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Charter Spectrum's Apple TV App and Zero Sign-on May Not Arrive Until 2019
When tvOS 12 was introduced back in June of 2018, Apple announced a new Zero Sign-on feature, a followup to Single sign-on. Zero Sign-on is designed to let you sign into all TV apps automatically when connected to your TV provider's broadband. At the same time, Apple said the feature would first work with Charter Spectrum, with support expected to be implemented "later this year," aka some point before December 31, 2018. Charter Spectrum is expected to debut a new Apple TV app that will enable the feature and allow Charter Spectrum subscribers to watch cable content on the Apple TV. It looks like the rollout of the Charter Spectrum app and the Zero sign-on feature is not going to make that deadline, as Apple today updated its Apple TV 4K page to change some of the wording to reflect the delay. Rather than stating that Charter Spectrum cable subscribers will be able to watch live channels and on-demand programs with Apple TV "later this year," the page now says that the feature is "coming soon." Prior to today's wording change: "And later this year, Charter Spectrum cable customers can watch live channels and thousands of on-demand programs with Apple TV." After the wording change: "And coming soon, Charter Spectrum cable customers can watch live channels and thousands of on-demand programs with Apple TV." That Apple has swapped "coming soon" for "later this year" suggests the Charter Spectrum app and the Zero Sign-on feature will be coming sometime after 2018, perhaps early in 2019.Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 12Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Caution)Discuss this article in our forums
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Catalyst's Waterproof AirPods Case is Now Available From Apple
The Catalyst Waterproof AirPods Case, designed to protect your AirPods case from liquids, is now available from the Apple online store and Apple retail locations. Priced at $29.95, the Catalyst Case is made from a soft, durable silicone material that keeps water and dust out and protects the AirPods from drops and bumps. The silicone material, which comes in black, white, and a special glow in the dark shade, is supple and grippy, making it easier to hold onto your AirPods. A loop and aluminum carabiner is included at the the bottom of the case, so you can attach your AirPods to a bag or a backpack. The Catalyst Case is IP67 water resistant, which means it will hold up to water that's 3.3 feet deep for up to an hour. It's also ideal for keeping out other debris and keeping the AirPods safe in snow and rain. While the Catalyst Waterproof Case is available from Apple for $29.99, you can get it from Amazon.com for $24.99 in a wider selection of colors. Black is exclusive to Apple, however, and the glow in the dark model is also priced at $29.99 on Amazon.Discuss this article in our forums
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Apple Stops Signing iOS 12.1 Following Release of iOS 12.1.1 and iOS 12.1.2
Following the release of iOS 12.1.1 on December 5 and iOS 12.1.2 on December 17, Apple has stopped signing iOS 12.1, the previous version of iOS that was available to consumers. iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners who have upgraded to iOS 12.1.1 or 12.1.2 will no longer be able to downgrade to iOS 12.1. iOS 12.1.1, available for all iOS devices, introduced expanded eSIM support, a redesigned FaceTime interface, and Haptic Touch for notifications on the iPhone XR, among other features. iOS 12.1.2, available only for the iPhone, introduces eSIM bug fixes and may include software tweaks in China to remove patented Qualcomm functionality. Apple routinely stops signing older versions of software updates after new releases come out in order to encourage customers to keep their operating systems up to date. iOS 12.1.1 and iOS 12.1.2 are now the only versions of iOS that can be installed on iPhones and iPads.Discuss this article in our forums
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Deals: Shop the Latest iTunes Gift Card Deals and Apple's Big Holiday iTunes Movies Sale
Christmas is now one week away, and shipping estimates will only become more of an issue for shoppers the closer the holiday gets. That's when e-mail delivery App Store and iTunes Gift Cards come in, perfect to email directly to your friends and family members, or to print out and place inside of a holiday card. There aren't any 15 percent off $100 cards around right now, but there are a few notable discounts offering savings on iTunes credit. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. To start, Amazon is offering $7.50 off of iTunes gift cards worth $50 or more, making the $50 tier the best option for this deal since this is a straight cash discount amount and not a percentage offer. The $50 card will be priced at $42.50 when you enter the code APP750 during checkout. These cards are sold by trusted Amazon company ACI Gift Cards, LLC, and will be delivered via email within a few minutes after your purchase. Each shopper can only use this coupon code once, so be sure you have the amount you want correctly picked before you place your order. At Target, you can gain access to the retailer's usual buy one, get one 20 percent off discount this week. This sale is closer to the regular discounts on iTunes gift cards, offering shoppers the chance to get a $100 iTunes gift card for $90. Full savings on this sale can be found below: 2x $15 iTunes gift cards = $27, down from $30 2x $25 iTunes gift cards = $45, down from $50 2x $50 iTunes gift cards = $90, down from $100 2x $100 iTunes gift cards = $180, down from $200 Lastly, anyone looking to get extra funds added to their Apple ID could also take advantage of Apple's new promotion that offers customers a 10 percent bonus when adding funds directly to their Apple ID account in the United States. This promo lasts until Thursday, December 20, and the funds you add can be used when shopping on the iTunes Movies and TV store, and pretty much in every other instance that iTunes gift cards are used. Those interested can add funds to an Apple ID by going to Settings > Your Name > iTunes & App Store and tap your Apple ID > View Apple ID. Sign in if necessary, tap "Add Funds to Apple ID," tap the amount that you want to add, and confirm your selection. There's also a shortcut available at the bottom of the App Store. As you refill your iTunes account with credit, definitely keep a look out on the Movies and TV storefronts today as Apple has refreshed both with huge holiday sales across genres. These include 2-movie and 3-movie bundles, Disney films, new releases, holiday classics, and more. Below we've listed a few holiday and 4K films on sale, but be sure to head to iTunes on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, or Mac to browse the full sale. Blu-ray.com also has a useful list of everything on sale, with banners that note if anything is a new low price. Holiday Films - Under $10 Elf Home Alone Love Actually How the Grinch Stole Christmas A Christmas Story Scrooged Bad Santa Arthur ChristmasA Christmas Carol Frosty's Winter Wonderland The Holiday Jack Frost The Night Before A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas The Family Stone Krampus 4K Films - $4.99 to $9.99 Crazy Rich Asians The Meg BlackkKlansman The Spy Who Dumped Me Mile 22 Ocean's 8 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again A Quiet Place Hotel Translyvania 3 Kin Uncle Drew The Hitman's BodyguardMad Max: Fury Road Hidden Figures The LEGO Movie Hacksaw Ridge La La Land Logan The Big Lebowski Jurassic Park The Silence of the Lambs A Few Good Men 2012 Ender's Game More sales and discounts can be discovered by heading to our full Deals Roundup.Related Roundup: Apple DealsDiscuss this article in our forums
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Launch Center Pro Gains NFC Triggers, New Themes, Siri Shortcuts Support and More
Launch Center Pro, an app that offers quick access shortcuts for everyday tasks, today released a major update that adds quite a bit of new functionality. Version 3.0 of the app introduces NFC triggers, letting the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max trigger actions using custom NFC stickers. In-app NFC scanning is available for the iPhone 7 and later. NFC stickers can be purchased within the Launch Center Pro app and through Contrast's website. NFC stickers can be associated with different trigger actions, and will cause an action to launch via a notification when used. So, for example, you can put a sticker on your nightstand that triggers a shortcut showing your list of alarms, which will then pop up automatically when you place an iPhone XS, XS Max, or XR near it, or you can put a sticker in the car that triggers a message to someone letting them know your ETA. There are endless options for these NFC stickers for tasks like triggering HomeKit scenes, getting directions to a specific place, starting music or podcasts, and more. A new advanced scheduling feature in Launch Center Pro 3.0 is designed to let you assign more than one schedule to a single action, and Launch Center Pro actions can now be turned into Siri Shortcuts with Siri support. New themes have been added to the app, including a "True Black" theme designed for Apple's OLED devices. Alternate app icons have been added so you can choose from various color variations and all past Launch Center Pro icons, and there's an option to import icons from the Shortcuts app. @LaunchCenterPro 3.0 is now available! We’ve reworked much of the app to make it lightning fast and added lots of great new features. My favorite: you can now trigger actions (and Shortcuts) via custom NFC stickers! Stickers: https://t.co/CNSWvLl9Lb App: https://t.co/XZUEqiXK2H pic.twitter.com/zDJWNuhWKZ— David Barnard (@drbarnard) December 18, 2018 Also new is support for the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max, and this version of the app is also universal, which means the dedicated Launch Center Pro for iPad app has been retired. With the update, Launch Center Pro is free to download, with an in-app subscription and in-app purchases available to unlock full functionality. Anyone who has paid for Launch Center Pro in the past will be able to continue using the existing paid features sans subscription, but access to the new features in the 3.0 version will require a subscription purchase or one of several other payment options. Launch Center Pro also offers a one-time payment of $29.99 to unlock the 3.0 content ($24.99 for existing users) and individual 3.0 update features can be unlocked for one-time purchase prices starting at $1.99. Launch Center Pro can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]Tag: Launch Center ProDiscuss this article in our forums
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AT&T's First Mobile 5G Service Will Be Available in 12 Cities Starting Friday
AT&T today announced that it has launched its first mobile 5G service in parts of 12 cities across the United States, but 5G connectivity won't be available until Friday, when its 5G device launches. 5G connectivity has rolled out in Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Houston, Texas; Dallas, Texas; Indianapolis, Indiana; Jacksonville, Florida; Louisville, Kentucky; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; New Orleans, Louisiana; Raleigh, North Carolina; San Antonio, Texas; and Waco, Texas. In these areas, customers who sign up as early adopters will be able to use the 5G service with a Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot. AT&T's 5G offering provides 5G connectivity speeds using mmWave spectrum, which is faster than LTE. AT&T plans to start out with a small, limited launch in dense urban areas where mmWave works best, but promises that customers will see enhancements in "coverage, speeds and devices" over time. AT&T president Andre Fuetsch says that the company is "ready to learn fast and continually iterate" in the coming months. During the first half of 2019, AT&T plans to expand its mobile 5G coverage to parts of additional cities that include Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose. AT&T's Nighthawk Mobile 5G Hotspot plus 5GB of data will be available to "select businesses and consumers" at no cost for at least 90 days. Starting in the spring, customers will be able to get the device for $499 upfront and 15GB of data for $70 per month on a compatible plan. The first Android smartphones able to take advantage of 5G networks are expected to come out in 2019, but rumors suggest Apple will not adopt support for 5G networks until at least 2020, giving the new technology time to mature. Along with AT&T, other carriers are embracing 5G technology. Verizon, for example, launched its 5G home broadband service in October, with mobile 5G service to follow.Tags: AT&T, 5GDiscuss this article in our forums
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Twitter Adds Option for Viewing Your Timeline Chronologically
As of today, Twitter is introducing a new option that will allow iOS users to easily view their tweets in a chronological order, a feature Twitter users have wanted for quite some time. The chronological feed option can be accessed by tapping on a sparkle-shaped icon at the top right of the Twitter app, which changes the view between latest tweets and the current top tweets option. Twitter originally used a reverse chronological feed, showing the newest tweets at the top of the app before switching to a timeline that places a selection of top tweets first. It's been years since Twitter switched to the top tweets timeline style, and many Twitter users have missed being able to view content chronologically. New on iOS! Starting today, you can tap ✨ to switch between the latest and top Tweets in your timeline. Coming soon to Android. pic.twitter.com/6B9OQG391S— Twitter (@Twitter) December 18, 2018 Twitter in September introduced an option to turn off the "Show the best Tweets first" feature, but today's new toggle goes further and makes it easier to get a chronological timeline view. Twitter says the chronological feed toggle is available on iOS today and will roll out to the web and Android devices soon.Tag: TwitterDiscuss this article in our forums
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Apple Has Encountered 'Little Success' Growing in India Due to High Prices of iPhones
The Wall Street Journal has published an in-depth look at Apple's efforts to grow its sales in India, the "world's biggest untapped tech market." With smartphone sales flattening in saturated markets like the United States, Apple is said to have turned to India for new growth, but with "little success so far." The report claims that just one in four Indians own a smartphone, providing Apple with an opportunity to sell iPhones to millions of new customers in the country. The issue is that India is a very price-sensitive market, with more than 75 percent of the smartphones sold in the country costing "less than $250." Apple-authorized reseller Flipkart continues to sell the iPhone SE in India for around $250, but other iPhone models are priced between the equivalent of $325 and $1,950 in the country, well above the budgets of many Indian customers. The Wall Street Journal explains:At the heart of the issue is Apple's reluctance to change its traditional business model for selling the iPhone. Rather than make a range of handsets, it has prioritized a limited number of coveted products, sold at high prices—a strategy that revived the company after near bankruptcy in 1997 and helped make it the first U.S. public company to reach a $1 trillion valuation.The report claims the number of iPhones shipped in India has fallen 40 percent so far this year compared with 2017, and Apple's market share in the country has dropped to about one percent from about two percent, citing research firm Canalys. Apple created a five-year plan to increase Apple's sales in India to $5 billion by 2020, but the iPhone maker posted revenues of $1.8 billion in the country in its most recent fiscal year, according to the report, suggesting that the company is unlikely to meet its target without explosive growth within the next fiscal year. Government policies haven't helped the situation. Apple has faced difficulties in openings its first retail store in India, for example, as the country requires single-brand, majority-foreign-owned retailers to source at least 30 percent of their manufacturing materials from India-based suppliers. As one would expect, though, Apple CEO Tim Cook remains optimistic about Apple's future in India based on his recent comments. "We've had really great productive discussions with the Indian government and I fully expect that at some point they will agree to allow us to bring our stores into the country," Cook said on Apple's earnings call last month. "We've been in discussions with them and the discussions are going quite well." "I am a big believer in India," he added. "I am very bullish on the country, and the people, and our ability to do well there."Tag: IndiaDiscuss this article in our forums
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Satechi Launches New 'Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub' for iMac
Satechi today announced a new stand for the iMac, called the Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub. The accessory features seven built-in ports and an ergonomic design that the company says is aimed at maximizing desk space and providing easy access to USB ports. In total, the hub has one USB-C data port and three USB 3.0 ports (each running at 5 Gbps), slots for microSD and SD cards, and one audio jack port. The stand is made with a brushed aluminum finish to match Apple's iMac and iMac Pro line. It also raises the iMac monitor a few inches off of the desk to provide a more comfortable viewing level when working on an iMac. Satechi is selling the Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub for $89.99 in silver and space gray, on both Satechi.net and Amazon. The hub also comes with Satechi's Aluminum Type-A to Type-C Adapter. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.Tag: SatechiDiscuss this article in our forums
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Popular Photo Editing App 'Darkroom' Expands to the iPad
Popular iPhone photo editing app Darkroom is today expanding to the iPad, marking the app's biggest update since its fall 2017 launch. Darkroom has been rebuilt from the ground up to add support for the iPad, which means there are app-wide refinements, improvements, and optimizations. The new interface works with all iOS devices in every orientation. The app now supports Portrait, Portrait-Wide, and Landscape orientations on iOS devices, and it has been optimized to choose the best layout for each device and each size for a consistent editing experience. On devices where Darkroom is used in landscape orientation, Albums are available at the top level of the library next to photos for quicker album access. Also new to the landscape layout is a photo strip, making it easier to navigate through the photo library when editing. A long press on the photo strip will also bring up photo actions like copying edits, resetting edits, deleting photos, and more. Darkroom for iPad is designed to take advantage of all of the iPad's features, ranging from split-screen multitasking to keyboard shortcuts to the larger display. Along with iPad support, the update also adds a color histogram for visualizing the colors present in an image and how the sliders are interacting with those colors, and there's integration with the Moment Pro camera. Other improvements include value labels on sliders, tweaks to filter strength adjustments, right to left language support, and undo and redo gestures. Darkroom for iPad and iPhone can be downloaded from the App Store for free, but in-app purchases are required to unlock the full functionality. [Direct Link]Tag: DarkroomDiscuss this article in our forums
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New Apple Pay Promo Offers $20 Code for Future Nike Purchase When You Spend $100 or More
With the latest Apple Pay promotion you can save $20 on a future purchase from Nike, if you spend $100 or more in the Nike iOS app and pay for your order using Apple Pay. The offer is valid through December 22, and the promo code for $20 will be delivered within two weeks of your purchase. Apple says that you will then have until January 31, 2019 to redeem the code and afterwards it will expire. Apple has been increasing its holiday promos for Apple Pay recently, running discounts at numerous stores in December, including Pier 1, Groupon, JanSport, Oakley, Rakuten, and more. These websites and apps will keep up their Apple Pay offers for one more day, expiring on December 19. Prior to the holiday deals, Apple this year has partnered with companies like Ray-Ban, Postmates, Under Armour, and Panera Bread for its Apple Pay promos. Previous sales have also been themed around major holidays and events, including summer vacations, back to school, Thanksgiving, and now Christmas.Tag: Apple Pay promoDiscuss this article in our forums
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iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max Smart Battery Cases Spotted in Apple's Fall 2018 Merchandising Guide
Photos of Apple's rumored Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have been uncovered in a product merchandising guide for Apple Premium Resellers that was obtained by the blog Appleosophy. The guidelines instruct Apple Premium Resellers how to organize Apple's various leather and silicone cases for the iPhone 7 through iPhone XS Max in their stores. While the photos are low resolution, two of the cases clearly have a battery pack hump and a cutout for the vertically-aligned rear camera on the latest iPhones. The new Smart Battery Cases are listed as "leather" products, but this is likely a mistake, as they appear to be silicon in the photos like Apple's previous Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7. The guidelines are dated "Fall 2018," suggesting that Apple planned to release the new Smart Battery Cases within the past few months. The season officially ends this Friday, December 21, so there's still some time. Of course, Apple may also delay the cases until 2019 or never end up releasing them. 9to5Mac, which confirmed the merchandising guide is legitimate, earlier discovered assets related to Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR within iOS and watchOS code. The assets suggest the cases might no longer have a "chin" extending past the bottom of the iPhone. Apple's first Smart Battery Case was for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, and was equipped with a 1,877 mAh battery that protruded out of the back of the case. Apple later released an iPhone 7 version with a similar design but larger 2,365 mAh battery. Both remain available for purchase for $99 in the United States. At this point, ample evidence of Smart Battery Cases for the latest iPhones has surfaced, so all eyes are on Apple's online store.Related Roundups: iPhone XS, iPhone XRTag: Smart Battery CaseBuyer's Guide: iPhone XS (Buy Now), iPhone XR (Buy Now)Discuss this article in our forums
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Engineer Builds Glitter Bomb Trap for Package Thieves Out of HomePod Box
Package thievery has only increased in recent years as more people shop online for large-scale gifts. Unfortunately, sometimes there's not much you can do about it if you don't have an outside camera and alarm system watching your home, and sometimes even that isn't enough. Former NASA engineer and current YouTuber Mark Rober decided to go the extra mile recently to stop rampant package thieving at his house, building a complex glitter bomb and stink bomb trap hidden in the box of Apple's HomePod. In a new video, Rober explains a bit of the early development of the trap, which took six months, multiple design iterations, and help from his friend Sean Hodgins to help build the smaller pieces of electronics inside the so-called "revenge package." Hodgins posted an in-depth video about building the glitter bomb as well, which you can check out here. The brain of the trap is a custom printed circuit board with an accelerometer, which checks to see if it's left a set geofenced area of Rober's house when it's been moved. If it has, four included Android smartphones wake up and start recording using their wide-angle lenses, allowing Rober to capture every angle of the package thief's reaction when the top of the HomePod box is removed. Someone stole a package from me. Police wouldn’t do anything about it so I spent the last 6 months engineering up some vigilante justice. Revenge is a dish best served fabulously. Vid link- https://t.co/9OjD6ETdbZ pic.twitter.com/u4o0doWglr— Mark Rober (@MarkRober) December 18, 2018 To top it all off, Rober included a mechanism that sprays fart spray into the area five times every 30 seconds once the lid has been removed. The engineer said that this ensured he could recover the package because the thief would likely end up throwing it outside of their car or home in frustration, but even if they didn't all four Android phones had LTE data plans and automatic cloud uploads. This way, he was going to be able to recover the video footage even if the package was permanently lost. Rober even placed a reference to the film Home Alone directly on the package's shipping label, but it goes unnoticed by every thief in the video. Eventually, the engineer shares a collection of reaction shots from the glitter bomb's cameras, and once it begins working for him on multiple occasions, he passes it on to his friends who have also had online packages stolen from their porches. In every case recorded, the thieves eventually ditch the package without realizing there are four smartphones in it, and Rober is able to recover it. You can check out more of Rober's science and design-themed videos on his YouTube channel.Discuss this article in our forums
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How to Pair an Apple Remote to an Apple TV (or Even a Mac)
When you set up a new Apple TV and power up the set-top box, the Apple Remote that comes in the box should pair automatically as soon as you press one of the buttons. If the Apple Remote stops working, it's probably out of juice and needs charging for 30 minutes via a USB to Lightning cable connected to a USB outlet. But if that doesn't fix the problem, your best bet is to re-pair the device with your Apple TV. This article shows you how. These instructions will also come in useful if you need to pair a new replacement Apple Remote in the event that the one that came with your Apple TV stops working completely or is damaged beyond repair. In addition, at the end of this article we've included a quick tip for pairing your Mac with an Apple TV Remote, for controlling things like iTunes, VLC, and Keynote. How to Pair an Apple Remote with Apple TVMake sure your Apple TV is powered on. Point the Apple Remote three inches away from the set-top box, then press and hold the remote's Menu and Volume Up buttons for five seconds. If you see a notification on your television screen asking you to bring the Apple Remote closer, place the Remote on top of the Apple TV. If you don't see Remote connected notification on the television screen, unplug your Apple TV from the wall power outlet, wait at least six seconds, then plug it back in. If necessary, repeat steps 1 to 3.How to Control Your Mac With an Apple Remote. Apple used to include a small white or silver infrared remote control with some Macs, which allowed Mac users to control things like Keynote presentations and media in iTunes and QuickTime from afar. When newer Macs no longer included an IR receiver (indicated by a black line of the front edge of the body) Apple stopped including these remotes, but Apple TV owners can optionally use their Apple TV Remote to control their Mac, thanks to a free third-party Bluetooth macOS utility called SiriMote by Eternal Storms Software. SiriMote isn't available in the App Store, but you can download it directly from the Eternal Storms website [Direct Link]. After downloading SiriMote, drag it from your Downloads folder to your Applications folder, then launch the app and follow the onscreen instructions to pair your Apple Remote with your Mac.Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 12Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Caution)Discuss this article in our forums
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British Broadcaster Channel 4 Releases 'All 4' On-Demand App for Apple TV
After months of uncertainty over when it would finally drop, British broadcaster Channel 4 on Monday officially brought its All 4 on-demand service to Apple TV in the form of a dedicated tvOS app. Channel 4 is the last of the major terrestrial British broadcasters – BBC, ITV, and Channel 5 – to release dedicated apps for Apple TV. Prior to Monday's release, the only way TV viewers in the U.K. could watch the channel on Apple TV was by using the All 4 app on iPhone or iPad and streaming the feed over AirPlay. Thankfully, that's no longer the case, as the All 4 app for Apple TV includes all the free box sets and on-demand catch-up services viewers have come to expect of the iOS app. Hi Ben, good news - an #All4 app for Apple TV was released today— 4Viewers (@4Viewers) December 17, 2018 To access the service, regular viewers can log in using their existing account details, while new users will need to sign up for a free account on the Channel 4 website. After logging in, viewers can use the Home tab to discover content and continue watching shows they've started, find shows using the Search tab, and manage their account via the My4 tab. The All 4 app for Apple TV is available to U.K. users for free on the tvOS App Store. Tag: United KingdomDiscuss this article in our forums
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Qualcomm Claims Apple is Still Violating Chinese Court Order Despite Software Update to Remove Patented Features
Qualcomm on December 10 scored a victory in its ongoing legal battle with Apple after winning an import ban on the iPhone 6s through the iPhone X. The ban was enacted after a Chinese court said that the older iPhones infringe on two of Qualcomm's patents related to resizing and reformatting photos for wallpaper and switching between apps. After the court's ruling, Apple said that the patented features were software related rather than hardware related, and that it would release a software update for iPhone users in China to remove any infringing functionality. Apple today pushed an iOS 12.1.2 update that presumably includes the promised OS tweaks in China (Apple has not confirmed iOS 12.1.2 includes these fixes), but Qualcomm says that despite the software update, Apple is still violating the Chinese court's order. In a statement to Reuters, Qualcomm said that Apple continues to "flout the legal system" by violating the injunction and releasing misleading statements about the ruling."Despite Apple's efforts to downplay the significance of the order and its claims of various ways it will address the infringement, Apple apparently continues to flout the legal system by violating the injunctions," Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm's general counsel, told Reuters in a statement on Monday. "Apple's statements following the issuance of the preliminary injunction have been deliberate attempts to obfuscate and misdirect," Qualcomm's Rosenberg said in a statement on Monday.Apple last week said that "based on the iPhone models" currently offered in China, that it believed it was in compliance with the court's order, but a software update was planned anyway to address "the minor functionality of the two patents at issue in the case." Apple did not clarify why it believes it is in compliance with the order, but several sites have speculated that devices running iOS 12 do not include the infringing features. That's not clear, however, as Reuters said that operating systems are not mentioned in the court order. According to Apple, if the ban is ultimately upheld, it will cause "truly irreparable harm to Apple and other companies," costing millions of dollars a day. From a statement last week:The ban would cost Apple millions of dollars a day and affect both the Chinese government and consumers, the company added, noting it has created 5 million jobs in China across the supply chain and third-party software developers. The Chinese government "may suffer hundreds of thousands of tax losses" from the iPhone ban because of lost taxes from sales of the devices, the company also said, citing estimates of 50 million units sold in the country in 2017. [...] "Apple and many other companies, consumers, and government will suffer truly irreparable harm," the company said in the filing.Qualcomm says that regardless of any software update, Apple is violating the court's ruling by continuing to sell the iPhones without explicit permission allowing it to do so. "They are legally obligated to immediately cease sales, offers for sale and importation of the devices identified in the orders and to prove compliance in court," Rosenberg told Reuters. In response, Apple reiterated previous comments that it is in compliance with the order. Apple has not stopped selling any of its devices in China to date.Tag: QualcommDiscuss this article in our forums
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Apple Shares New Apple Watch Series 4 Tutorial Videos on YouTube
Apple this evening shared several new Apple Watch Series 4 tutorial videos on its YouTube channel, walking Apple Watch owners through features that include watch face customization, Walkie-Talkie, Activity rings, customizing workout metrics, locating an iPhone from Apple Watch, and streaming Apple Music. All of the videos are about 30 to 40 seconds in length and are designed for those who are new to the Apple Watch, though the content may also be useful for those who have forgotten about the existence of some Apple Watch features. A full list of the new tutorial videos is below: Each video includes a simple set of step-by-step instructions for completing a given task on the Apple Watch, making the content easy to follow for Apple Watch owners. Apple regularly does tutorial videos for various features on Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, and Mac, but most of these videos are released on its Apple Support YouTube channel. Apple does, however, occasionally share tutorial videos for new products on its main YouTube channel. These quick Apple Watch Series 4 tutorial videos may be shown in ad spots on TV or shared on social networks like Instagram and Twitter in the near future. Apple released the Apple Watch Series 4 in September. The new device features a larger display, a slimmed down body, a more powerful processor, an ECG feature in the U.S. that works through a new sensor in the Digital Crown, a louder speaker, and more.Tag: Apple adsDiscuss this article in our forums
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Apple Shares Six Free Classic Audiobooks Narrated by Celebrities
Apple recently released a series of six audiobooks that have been narrated by celebrities that include Kate Beckinsale and Kelsey Grammer, making them available to Apple Books users for free. The titles are all in the public domain, but are unique because of their celebrity narrations. A list of available titles is below: Pride and Prejudice, written by Jane Austen and narrated by actress Kate Beckinsale The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, written by L. Frank Baum and narrated by comedian Tituss Burgess The Secret Garden, written by Frances Hodgson Burnett and narrated by actress Karen Gillian The Time Machine, written by H.G. Wells and narrated by actor Kelsey Grammer Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley and narrated by podcaster Aaron Mahnke Winnie the Pooh, narrated by the Disney Book Group All six of the books are available for download through the Audiobooks section of the Apple Books app on the iPhone and iPad. You can also get them through the audiobooks section of the iTunes Store on the Mac, where they're listed as a featured download option.Tag: Apple BooksDiscuss this article in our forums
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U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment Clears T-Mobile's Sprint Purchase, but Approval is Still Needed From Other Agencies
The United States Committee on Foreign Investment, aka Cfius, has approved T-Mobile's planned takeover of Sprint, reports The Wall Street Journal. The government agency reportedly told the two companies on Monday that their planned union was approved following months of negotiations with company representatives. The U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment reviews foreign deals for potential national security issues. Sprint is mainly owned by Japanese telecom group SoftBank, while German company Deutsche Telekom AG is a majority shareholder of T-Mobile's U.S. arm. Under the terms of the merger, neither SoftBank nor Deutsche Telekom will be required to make significant changes to their operations. Sprint and T-Mobile first reached a merger agreement in April 2018, which, if approved, will combine two of the four major carriers in the United States. The new combined company, which will have nearly 100 million customers, will be named T-Mobile and current T-Mobile CEO John Legere will serve as the Chief Executive Officer. Before the merger can move forward, it needs to be approved by the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department. T-Mobile executives believe the approval process will be finished by the second half of 2019.Discuss this article in our forums
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Sphero Discontinues Disney Products Including BB-8 and R2-D2
Sphero, known for its popular BB-8, BB-9E, and R2-D2 iPhone-controlled droids, today confirmed that it is discontinuing all licensed products. In a statement provided to The Verge, Sphero CEO Paul Berberian confirmed that Sphero is cleaning out its remaining licensed inventory and has no plans to produce more. Sphero will no longer make BB-8, BB-9E, R2-D2, Lightning McQueen cars, or talking Spider-Man toys. None of the products are available from the Sphero website anymore, with Sphero instead selling its own Bolt, Mini, and SPRK+ products. The licensed products are now "legacy products" no longer in production, though App Support is set to continue for at least two years. Berberian said that Sphero is discontinuing its Disney partnership because the licensed toy business "required more resources" than it was worth, with sales waning over time after a movie was released."When you launch a toy, your first year's your biggest," he says. "Your second year's way smaller, and your third year gets really tiny." The opposite is true of the company's non-licensed educational robots, he says, which become more popular year after year.With its licensed partnerships at an end, Sphero will now focus on expanding its educational ecosystem with the goal of getting more products into schools.Tags: Disney, SpheroDiscuss this article in our forums
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How to Disable Memories Alerts in iOS 12
Have you ever woken up to your iPhone or iPad alerting you to the fact that "You Have a New Memory" on this day, in the form of photos and videos you shot years ago? If the answer is yes, you've been the willing (or unwilling) recipient of a Photos feature notification called Memories. In iOS 12, the Photos app automatically curates photos and videos that you've taken into specific memory collections. Essentially, these are homemade movies of past events like family gatherings or vacations which your device generates without any input required on your part (although you can edit them).How to Use the New Photos App Features in iOS 12Despite Apple's good intentions, the risks inherent in its Memories feature are pretty obvious. So if you're less than enthusiastic about the idea of your iOS device digging up bygones from the annals of your Photo library, here's how to switch off those Memory alerts. How to Disable Memories Alerts in iOS 12Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap Notifications. Select Photos from the list of apps. Tap Memories. Toggle the Allow Notifications switch to the OFF position. Note that this doesn't disable the automatic Memories feature, which will still appear in the Photos app's For You tab, but at least you won't receive unexpected reminders about events that you intentionally consigned to the history books long ago.Related Roundup: iOS 12Tag: PhotosDiscuss this article in our forums
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Apple Now Offering Free Next Day Delivery on Holiday Purchases Made by December 21
If you still need to purchase holiday gifts for friends and family, Apple is now offering free next-day delivery on any in-stock item ordered by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 21. Apple was previously offering free next-business-day delivery on all items purchased before that date, but to make sure presents arrive on time, that's been upgraded to free next-day delivery, which includes weekends. For several years now, Apple has offered upgraded shipping options over the holidays to attract last minute shoppers who may not otherwise be able to get delivery of Apple products and accessories. Apple is also offering an extended return policy, which will let customers return products purchased between November 14, 2018 and December 25, 2018 until January 8, 2019. If you're still seeking gift ideas for the Apple fan in your life, we've created an extensive 2018 holiday gift guide with suggestions from MacRumors readers and editors.Discuss this article in our forums
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Apple Releasing iOS 12.1.2 With eSIM Bug Fixes Today
Apple will soon release iOS 12.1.2, the fourth update to the iOS 12 operating system since its September launch. iOS 12.1.2 comes just two weeks after the release of iOS 12.1.1, and one week after Apple seeded the first iOS 12.1.2 beta to developers. The iOS 12.1.2 update will be available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the update, go to Settings > General > Software Update. As with all iOS updates, iOS 12.1.2 is free to download. According to Apple's release notes, iOS 12.1.2 is a bug fix update that focuses on addressing issues with eSIM activation and a cellular connectivity issue in Turkey. From Apple's release notes:iOS 12.1.2 includes bug fixes for your iPhone. This update: - Fixes bugs with eSIM activation for iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max - Addresses an issue that could affect cellular connectivity in Turkey for iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS MaxThe timing of the iOS 12.1.2 release is curious as Apple often seeds more than one beta before launching a software update. It's likely that iOS 12.1.2 is addressing a bug that Apple did not want to wait to fix. eSIM functionality was first introduced in the iOS 12.1 update and expanded with iOS 12.1.1. In the U.S., T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T are all now supporting the eSIM feature, as are multiple other carriers around the world.Related Roundup: iOS 12Discuss this article in our forums
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Apple Shares Paul McCartney's New 'Who Cares' Music Video
Apple today announced that Paul McCartney's new music video "Who Cares" is available to watch exclusively on Apple Music. "Who Cares" is a six-minute video starring McCartney and Emma Stone that calls for an end to bullying. "My hope is that if there are kids being bullied, and there are, maybe by listening to this song and watching this video, they might just think it's not as bad," McCartney said. "It's the kind of thing you can just stand up to and laugh off and get through." Your first look at @PaulMcCartney's new musical short is here! Watch #WhoCares now, only on Apple Music! https://t.co/NpUNDf6us3 pic.twitter.com/bI2wMQLvFe— Apple Music (@AppleMusic) December 17, 2018 The video can be watched on Apple Music on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac via this link.Tag: Apple MusicDiscuss this article in our forums
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Apple Found Not Responsible in Fatal Car Crash Involving Distracted Driver Using FaceTime
Back in 2014, iPhone user Garrett Wilhelm was using FaceTime on his iPhone 6 Plus while driving, causing him to crash into the back of another vehicle. The crash resulted in the death of five-year-old Moriah Modisette, and her father, James Modisette, launched a lawsuit in 2017 against Apple for not offering safety warnings or a feature that disables FaceTime while a person is driving. The lawsuit contended that Apple had, at the time, patented technology that would have prevented FaceTime from being used while a vehicle is being operated, but had not installed it in the iPhone 6. The plaintiffs requested damages from Apple for its "wrongful failure to install and implement the safer, alternative design for which it sought a patent in December 2008.""At the time of the collision in question, the iPhone utilized by Wilhelm contained the necessary hardware (to be configured with software) to automatically disable or 'lock out' the ability to use [FaceTime] ... However, Apple failed to configure the iPhone to automatically 'lock out' the ability to utilize FaceTime while driving at highway speeds, despite having the technical capability to do so."The lawsuit against Apple was dismissed after a court decided that Apple was not at fault for the crash, and as of today, a California appeals court has agreed with that decision. According to the BBC, the appeals court ruled Apple "did not owe the Modisettes a duty of care," and that it was not up to Apple to take responsibility for the actions of individuals using its apps. The family, said the court, could not establish that the design of the iPhone was the cause of the injuries suffered. Garrett Wilhelm, the driver of the vehicle who killed the girl, was indicted on manslaughter charges. His trial has been delayed several times because the FHI has not yet been able to gather data from his iPhone, but if he is found guilty, he could serve up to 20 years in prison. Wilhelm is set to be tried before a jury on June 3, 2019. While Apple was not found to be responsible for the crash, the Cupertino company has since implemented a Do Not Disturb While Driving feature designed to prevent iPhone users from accessing apps like FaceTime while operating a vehicle. Do Not Disturb While Driving was implemented in iOS 11 and it is designed to block incoming messages and phone calls if a phone is not connected to a car via Bluetooth.Tags: lawsuit, FaceTimeDiscuss this article in our forums
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Review: Braxley Bands Are Comfortable and Easy-to-Wear Elastic Apple Watch Accessories
Third-party Apple Watch bands have been around since Apple debuted the original Apple Watch back in 2015, typically offering customers a low-priced alternative to styling their watch, as opposed to Apple's bands, which start at $50. From left to right: Rosé, Orchid, High Tide, and Denim Braxley Bands A new option for shoppers is now offered by an Austin, Texas-based company called Braxley Bands, which sells $30 Apple Watch bands with a unique twist: they're unibody bands that are fully elastic and stretch over your hand to lay on your wrist. Installation Like all other Apple Watch bands, Braxley Bands snap onto the Apple Watch case by sliding the lugs into the cutouts at the top and bottom of the Apple Watch. There is a logo on each band, but they face inward when wearing your Apple Watch, so they won't be visible. The Braxley Bands didn't fit in my Apple Watch Series 2 quite as snug as the bands made by Apple itself (like my Sport Loop and Classic Buckle), so there was a bit of a wiggle when I would check each side of the band. This wasn't so bad that I worried the Braxley Bands would disconnect, however, and is a reality of some third-party Apple Watch bands. Once installed, Braxley Bands have one of the simplest processes to place on your wrist: you stretch the band until it's big enough to go over your hand, and slide it up onto your wrist. Some of the company's materials make this more difficult initially, including the Denim and Rosé options I received, leading to a bit of a struggle to stretch the material over the larger part of your hand before it snaps back into place on your wrist. Over time, however, things get easier as the tougher material becomes a bit more pliable. For the more elastic bands, including the High Tide and Orchid designs, this was never an issue as these bands were immediately able to slip over my wrist without any hassle. Daily Use I've been using four Braxley Bands on my 42mm Apple Watch Series 2 for the past few weeks, and have mostly enjoyed the accessories. My favorite Apple-created band is the Sport Loop because it's so simple to put on, is a great workout companion, and the darker colors still look nice in a formal situation. A few of the Braxley Bands I tested offered this utility, and all of them were comfortable to wear on a daily basis. Starting with the more colorful designs, Braxley Bands sent me one High Tide (with black connector, seen in image above) and one Orchid (with rose gold connector, seen below), both in medium. The company offers a collection of these retro-style bands, including one that mimics the design of 90's Solo cups. Of the two I received, I ended up preferring the High Tide design in person. Both bands are well-designed and tough, surviving through numerous workouts and staying firm on my wrist. Both bands did come with one or two slightly frayed fabric ends, but otherwise they were both very clean and well constructed, and repeatedly stretching them over my hand throughout the day never appeared to cause them to lose any elasticity. In terms of comfort, these were the best of the bands thanks to their super-soft fabric that's built using Braxley Bands' trademarked "ELSTC" material. The other two bands I received were Denim (with silver connector) and Rosé (with rose gold connector), which are essentially the same build as the previous bands with a bit of a tougher material. These are the company's more formal band options, with one uniform color taking up the entirety of the band's design. Otherwise, they have all of the same features, with a fully elastic body, moisture wicking fabric, and are fully machine washable. While the company says these bands are made using the same material as the more heavily designed bands, they are noticeably coarser to the touch, and as a result aren't as immediately comfortable. As I mentioned above, these take more work to stretch out and get over your hand, so when they snap back onto the wrist they tend to feel a bit tighter than the other bands. This is only for a short break-in period, however, and eventually the Rosé band in medium became as comfy to wear as the High Tide and Orchid bands. One thing that should be taken into account with Braxley Bands is that if you wear other pieces of jewelry on your wrist, you may have to remove them prior to sliding the Apple Watch down onto your wrist, especially if your jewelry is large. Otherwise, Braxley Bands earn a lot of points for how quick and easy it is to put them on; I quickly began sliding my Apple Watch on in the dark, before I even got out of bed in the morning. The Denim Braxley Band in large In regards to sizing, the company says that small bands will fit 6-inch wrists, medium will fit 6.5-inch wrists, and large is aimed at 7-inch wrists. My wrist measures just between 6.5 and 7 inches, and medium fit the best on me, while large was a bit too loose and would slide down on my wrist. All of the medium-sized bands were solid during workouts across the board, sitting in place just above my wrist and not moving even while I was running. While each band supports moisture wicking during workouts, anything more than sweat will quickly drench the Braxley Bands and it does take a few hours for them to dry. This means that Braxley Bands aren't really suited for wearing in the shower. Although my Apple Watch is stainless steel, I thought the Braxley Bands with non-silver connectors still looked pretty good with it, but this is definitely a personal taste issue that will change from person to person. You can't customize the connector color when purchasing from Braxley Bands (just like you can't with Apple), so it is unfortunate that you may really like a color like High Tide, but prefer a connector that isn't black. At this point, Apple Watch owners will be used to such a concession. Bottom Line Overall I enjoyed the time I wore Braxley Bands, and as of now plan to keep the Rosé band on my Apple Watch for a while. The company's bands are ultra-comfortable, sturdy, and easy to remove, and their designs should satisfy both customers who want colorful designs and those who want something a bit more subdued. How To Buy You can purchase one of the Braxley Bands on the company's website, and as of writing there are 12 total designs to choose from, all priced at $29.99. Braxley Bands sent MacRumors four of its Apple Watch bands for the purposes of this review. No other compensation was received.Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Buy Now)Discuss this article in our forums
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Apple Inks TV Deal With 'Fast and Furious' Director Justin Lin
Apple has signed an exclusive TV development deal with Justin Lin's Perfect Storm Entertainment company, reports Variety. Justin Lin is known for directing several of the movies in the "Fast and Furious" franchise, including the 2009 "Fast and Furious" revival movie, "Fast Five," and "Fast and Furious 6," best known as Tokyo Drift. He also directed "Star Trek: Beyond" and has worked on episodes of "Community" and "True Detective." Image Credit: Hee Chul/EPA/REX/Shutterstock, via Variety Lin's deal with Apple comes after he spent six years working with Sony Pictures TV. His company, Perfect Storm Entertainment, developed several Sony TV shows for CBS including "Scorpion," "S.W.A.T," and "Magnum P.I." Under the terms of the deal with Apple, Andrew Schneider, who has previously worked with Free Association and Fox 21 Television Studios, will run Perfect Storm Entertainment TV. Specific details on television shows that Lin will develop for Apple are unknown at this time, but Perfect Storm Entertainment will be exclusively creating content for Apple. Apple has dozens of original television shows and projects in the works at the current time as it prepares to launch a subscription television and movie service that could debut sometime in 2019. A full list of the company's television and movie projects can be found in the original content section of our Apple TV roundup.Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 12Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Caution)Discuss this article in our forums
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T-Mobile Becomes Third U.S. Carrier to Offer eSIM Support on iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR
T-Mobile today announced the launch of its new T-Mobile eSIM app (via VentureBeat), designed to allow iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max users to sign up for T-Mobile as a second carrier via the eSIM feature in the newest iPhones. U.S. customers who want to try T-Mobile, existing customers that want separate lines, and people traveling to the United States can add T-Mobile as a secondary prepaid line to any iPhone XS, XS Max, or XR using the new T-Mobile app. T-Mobile is offering three different prepaid eSIM plans: T-Mobile ONE Prepaid with unlimited voice, text, and data for $70; 30 day expiry Simply Prepaid with unlimited voice, text, and 10GB of LTE data for $40; 30 day expiry Tourist Plan with 1000 minutes, unlimited text, and 2GB of LTE data for $30; 21 day expiry Adding T-Mobile as a secondary carrier on a device is as simple as downloading the T-Mobile eSIM app, entering an email address, and following the activation steps within the app. At the current time, T-Mobile is only offering prepaid eSIM plans, but the carrier says it will also offer postpaid ongoing eSIM plans in the future. The eSIM, or digital SIM, is designed to let new iPhone users activate a cellular plan from a carrier without the need to use a physical SIM card. With eSIM support, dual-SIM functionality is available on the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max, enabled through the existing physical SIM slot and the eSIM in all countries with the exception of China. In China, the new iPhones have two SIM card slots. T-Mobile is the third U.S. carrier to implement support for the eSIM, following Apple's activation of the feature in iOS 12.1. Verizon and AT&T both added eSIM support to their services last week. The T-Mobile eSIM app can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]Tags: T-Mobile, eSIMDiscuss this article in our forums
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Deals: Amazon Discounts 11-Inch iPad Pro, Anker Debuts Last-Minute Holiday Sales, and More
Amazon this week has discounted the all-new 11-inch iPad Pro by as much as $70 for select configurations. Both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + Cellular models are available in the sale, with the lowest priced iPad starting at $759.00 for the 64GB Wi-Fi model, down from $799.00. These are currently the lowest prices available online for the configurations listed below, although they are being matched at MacMall and B&H Photo in a few instances. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. Wi-Fi, 64GB, Space Gray - $759.00, down from $799.00 Wi-Fi, 64GB, Silver - $769.99, down from $799.99 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 64GB, Space Gray - $899.00, down from $949.00 (matched at MacMall) Wi-Fi, 256GB, Silver - $899.99, down from $949.99 Wi-Fi, 256GB, Space Gray - $899.99, down from $949.99 (matched at B&H) Wi-Fi, 1TB, Silver - $1,479.99, down from $1,549.99 Wi-Fi, 1TB, Space Gray - $1,479.99, down from $1,549.99 Also on Amazon, Anker has a new crop of promo codes available for shoppers this week, aimed at anyone looking for a few last-minute holiday shopping ideas. Amazon Prime members have until Saturday, December 22 to order items with free two-day shipping in time for Christmas, which would put items to arrive on Christmas Eve. PowerLine+ II USB-C to A (3ft, red/black) - $9.69 with code CABLE8462, down from $12.99 (exp. 12/31) PowerLine+ II USB-C to A (6ft, red/black) - $11.19 with code CABLE8463, down from $14.99 (exp. 12/31) Soundcore - $20.99 with code ANKERS02, down from $32.99 (exp. 12/20) Soundcore Life 2 Set - $74.99 with code ZWSD3023, down from $89.99 (exp. 12/30) Zolo Liberty Earbuds - $59.99 with code ZWSDZ2000, down from $98.95 (exp. 12/30) Zolo Liberty+ Earphones - $74.99 with code ZWSDZ2010, down from $149.99 (exp. 12/30) PowerWave 7.5/10W Wireless Charger - $18.99 with code AKWIRELESS, down from $25.99 (exp. 12/30) Bluetooth Ultra-Slim Keyboard - $12.99 with code ANKERKB2, down from $19.88 (exp. 12/31) In another sale, Best Buy has the Apple Watch Series 3 discounted by as much as $50 this week. The cheapest Apple Watch in the sale is the 38mm Aluminum model with GPS, priced at $229.00, down from $279.00. Those looking for the larger sized Apple Watch can purchase the 42mm Aluminum model with GPS for $259.00, down from $309.00. There are GPS + Cellular models available at a discount as well, starting at $329.00, down from $379.00 for 38mm Aluminum. Those looking for Stainless Steel cases will also find a few devices discounted in Best Buy's sale, with these options starting at $579.00 for 42mm Space Black Stainless Steel and rising from there. Head to Best Buy to check out the full list of Apple Watch Series 3 devices on sale. Best Buy's 20 Days of Doorbusters event is nearly over, and today has a few notable deals. The main discount is Sony's Wireless Noise Cancelling Over-the-Ear Headphones for $114.99, down from $249.99. You can also save on Anki robots: Vector is available for $164.99, down from $249.99, and Cosmo is priced at $125.99, down from $179.99. Be sure to visit our Deals Roundup for more information on all of the best sales to keep an eye on during the final week of holiday shopping.Related Roundup: Apple DealsDiscuss this article in our forums
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'Calm' Became Top Meditation App After Apple's 2017 App of the Year Award, 'A Touchy Subject' at Rival Headspace
One year ago, Apple awarded the meditation app "Calm" as the iPhone app of the year, and since then the company has dethroned the previous #1 meditation app on the iOS App Store, Headspace. In a new report by The Wall Street Journal out today, the two companies talk about how they are in a "mindful competition" with one another, and about the merits of Apple's best of the year awards system. Calm (left) and Headspace (right) Headspace predates Calm (founded in 2010 and 2012, respectively), and dominated the iOS App Store's meditation space throughout its life, until 2018. According to Calm chief product and growth officer Dun Wang, "Since winning App of the Year, we seem to have a much higher growth rate than they do, and we'll surpass them from now on." Since December 2017, Calm has topped the meditation category in both downloads and mobile revenue, earning $50.7 million in revenue through October 2018, compared to $34.3 million for Headspace, according to Sensor Tower data. One Headspace spokeswoman pointed out that Sensor Tower's data didn't account for subscriptions paid for through its website and corporate partnerships. Comparatively, Calm subscriptions cost $69.99/year ($12.99/month) and Headspace costs $94.99/year ($12.99/month). Apple's award is said to be "a touchy subject" at Headspace. “I think people are blowing App-of-the-Year way out of proportion,” says Ben Spero, a managing director at Spectrum Equity, a Headspace investor. “It’s good P.R., but it’s not determinative. It’s not that Apple was saying that Calm is a better app—they’re big fans of Headspace, too,” he says, pointing out that the App Store often features Headspace on its landing page. Calm co-CEO and co-founder Michael Acton Smith on the competition with Headspace: “We’re both growing the sector. This is such a huge market, there’s going to be room for a few different winners,” Mr. Acton Smith says. “We want Calm to be the number one, of course—and we wish the others the best for second place.” Calm and Headspace offer largely the same experiences, with slightly different variations on meditation. A Calm subscription grants you access to a new "Daily Calm" meditation every day, new featured Sleep Stories narrated by celebrities like Matthew McConaughey, mindful music, and a central meditation tab with dozens of classes that offer 7 to 21 days of focusing on anxiety, stress, happiness, self-esteem, and more. Headspace offers classes for focus, exercise, and sleep; an "Everyday Headspace" with new meditation topics each day; mini-meditations; sleep sounds; and more. Both apps have coaches that guide you through everything so that you can follow the exact steps for each meditation. Recently, Headspace has signed deals with more than 300 companies to integrate the app into employee health and wellness benefits, but according to a Calm investor these are just vanity partnerships: "Calm has managed to overtake Headspace because they've been laser-focused without getting distracted by the types of vanity partnerships, like with sports teams, that look good in the press but don't move the needle." Still, Dun Wang at Calm says that sometimes companies approached by Headspace will then contact Calm and ask if they want to put in an offer as well. "It's working out great for us. We don't need to be the ones making the cold calls to win these projects." Next, Headspace plans to make waves by becoming the first prescription meditation app for certain chronic illnesses, by seeking Food and Drug Administration approval. If granted, Headspace could be covered by health insurance. As of writing, Calm is #1 on the Health & Fitness iOS App Store chart for top free apps, while Headspace is #5. You can download Calm [Direct Link] and Headspace [Direct Link] for free from the iOS App Store.Tags: Calm, HeadspaceDiscuss this article in our forums
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Apple Offering 10% Bonus When Adding Funds Directly to Apple ID
Apple has launched a new promotion that offers customers a 10 percent bonus when adding funds directly to their Apple ID account in the United States. The offer extends to Japan and was first highlighted by Japanese blog Mac Otakara. The funds can be used towards purchases on the iTunes Store and App Store, an iCloud storage subscription, and so forth. To add funds directly to an Apple ID, go to Settings > Your Name > iTunes & App Store and tap your Apple ID > View Apple ID. Sign in if necessary, tap "Add Funds to Apple ID," tap the amount that you want to add, and confirm your selection. There's also a shortcut available at the bottom of the App Store. Adding funds to an Apple ID requires having a valid payment method on file and is particularly useful for prepaid credit cards.Tag: Apple IDDiscuss this article in our forums
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Apple Still Charging Customers Over $300 for iPhone 7 Microphone Defect Despite Previously Offering Free Repairs
In May of 2018, Apple acknowledged a microphone issue affecting some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models running iOS 11.3 or later in an internal document made available to Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers. MacRumors obtained the document from a reliable source earlier this year. An excerpt from Apple's document:Some customers might report that after they've updated to iOS 11.3, the microphone on their iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus doesn't work and the speaker button is grayed out when they make or receive a call. Symptoms: - The speaker button is grayed out during calls - Other people are unable to hear the customer on cellular or FaceTime calls - If a customer plays back a video or voice memo that they've made after installing iOS 11.3, there is no soundApple's document then provided troubleshooting steps for its service providers to follow, including disconnecting any Bluetooth headsets or accessories connected to the iPhone. If the issue persisted, and the iPhone was out-of-warranty, Apple advised service providers to "request a warranty exception" with the company. For a short time, Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers were able to proceed with repairs at no cost to the customer. "I just had my wife's iPhone 7 replaced this morning," wrote one MacRumors forum member on July 30, 2018, in a discussion topic about the issue. "Out of warranty and Apple took care of the bill. The mic on the device had failed." The exemptions abruptly ended in July of 2018, though, when Apple deleted its internal document related to the microphone issue and prevented free repairs from being processed through its service portal. Since then, many Apple retail and support employees have refused to acknowledge the policy ever existed. MacRumors has received several emails from affected customers since we published our article in July, but there has been little we can do to help. Apple did not respond to our original request for comment, so we've followed up today. The microphone issue appears to remain a problem as of iOS 12.1.1, but Apple's document never identified a cause. Based on the number of users affected, it is almost certainly a hardware defect, so it's unclear why Apple is no longer offering free repairs and forcing customers to pay out of pocket for a fix. Apple's out-of-warranty repair fee for this issue is over $300 in the United States, according to affected customers on the MacRumors forums and Twitter. iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices still within Apple's limited one-year warranty period or covered by AppleCare+ remain eligible for a free repair. "I had this issue a month ago and paid $349 for a replacement," said one MacRumors reader in an email. "Two weeks ago my brother in law started having the same issue with his iPhone 7 Plus and today my wife's iPhone 7 started doing the same thing. It's a new phone and barely 15 months old." "Unfortunately, I like hundreds have been told by Apple that 'we don't know what you're talking about,' and Apple wants $319 to send me a refurbished phone that they can't tell me won't have the same problem," another reader emailed. Twitter is home to similar complaints: so ios 12 broke all of my iphone 7’s microphones and apple wants $320 to replace it... what do i do— michael (@meantomatoes) December 6, 2018Called @AppleSupport because iPhone 7+ microphone stopped working during calls. It’s a common issue, not damage. Their answer: pay us! Apple doesn’t support its products or customers. #Pixel3 looking pretty good... https://t.co/LQJS37yEYc— Michael Seth (@wolfms) November 24, 2018@Apple I upgraded my Iphone 7 to IOS 12.1 - it just stopped working, does not work speaker, microphone, does not make calls, I do not hear anything.It was u updated the software to 12.1 and stoped everything.— Ana Carol Oliveira (@anacsso) November 3, 2018@AppleSupport @AppStore you guys have some shaddy gray policies about your products. I have an iphone 7 Plus with a grayed out microphone, issue wich applies for a recall product, i went to an apple store and they told me I have to pay 475 usd to get it solved.— Paola Valdez (@paola0666) October 21, 2018 It's worth noting that a few customers have managed to argue their way to a free repair, but this is not the common result. Apple has a track record of great customer service, and it offers several different public repair programs for hardware issues on various products, but it appears to be leaving customers in the dust here for reasons unclear. We'd love to hear Apple's side of the situation if the company chooses to respond. In the meantime, repairs can be initiated by booking an appointment at a Genius Bar or at an Apple Authorized Service Provider via the Contact Apple Support page: iPhone → Repairs & Physical Damage → Unable to Hear Through Receiver or Speakers → Built-in Speaker → Bring In For Repair.Related Roundup: iPhone 7Discuss this article in our forums
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Apple Hires Former Tesla and Microsoft HoloLens Designer Andrew Kim
Senior Tesla designer Andrew Kim has left his role at the automotive company to join Apple (via The Verge). Kim is the the latest in a long line of Tesla employees who have left the company for Apple, including Tesla lead engineer Doug Field's return to Apple this past August. Kim's work history includes user interface design at Microsoft, contributions to HoloLens and Xbox One S, and designs for Tesla's Model 3, S, X, and Y. His LinkedIn profile confirms his move to Apple this month, but doesn't specify what he'll be doing at the company outside of being a "Designer." Due to his history, it could be work on Apple's rumored AR glasses, Project Titan, or something else entirely. Project Titan is Apple's long-rumored vehicle project, which is believed to have originated in 2014 and could see a consumer Apple Car available between 2023 and 2025, according to Ming-Chi Kuo. This estimate came from a report in August, but previous rumors suggested that focus on Project Titan has shifted to autonomous driving software for cars instead of a vehicle specifically designed by Apple. Kuo's report and news about Apple's hiring of Tesla employees -- now including Kim -- have reignited the speculation that Apple could again be planning to build its own vehicle. If accurate, the future Apple Car would have Apple's autonomous driving software built inside of a car designed by the Cupertino company.Related Roundups: Apple Car, Apple VR ProjectDiscuss this article in our forums
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Huawei Continues 'Hole-Punch' Smartphone Trend With New Nova 4
Chinese smartphone maker Huawei today introduced the Nova 4, featuring what has become known as a "hole-punch" display. The "hole-punch" design refers to the tiny hole for the 25-megapixel front camera, rather than the controversial notch, allowing for a nearly edge to edge display. Of course, this means the Nova 4 lacks the necessary sensors for 3D facial recognition and instead relies on a fingerprint scanner for authentication. The display still has a thicker bottom bezel, known as a "chin," so this still isn't a completely full-screen design. As noted by The Verge, the Nova 4 follows in the footsteps of Huawei's View 20 and Samsung's new Galaxy A8s as the latest smartphone with a "hole-punch" display. The Nova 4 also has a triple-lens rear camera setup, including a main 48-megapixel lens, a trend that some 2019 iPhones are expected to follow. Galaxy A8s There's a slim chance that Apple ever adopts the "hole-punch" design for iPhones due to the TrueDepth system for Face ID, unless it invents new ways to integrate all of the various sensors under the display. The more likely possibility is that the notch is here to stay for now, but gets slimmed down over time. The Nova 4 is currently limited to China, priced around the equivalent of $490. Huawei will likely expand availability to select other regions soon, although its devices aren't available through any major carriers in the United States.Tag: HuaweiDiscuss this article in our forums
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Shazam App is Now Ad-Free Following Apple Acquisition
Two and a half months after Apple announced the completion of its Shazam acquisition, the music recognition iOS app is now completely ad-free [Direct Link]. Previously, Shazam would present users with various border advertisements throughout the app, similar to most other ad-supported iOS apps, but as long as you are on version 12.5.1 you will no longer see any ads in Shazam. The app still opens on the main "tap to Shazam" screen, where you can discover a song by allowing Shazam to listen to it. To the left of the main screen is the "My Shazam" area, where the app keeps a list of all the songs you have Shazamed recently. To the right of the main screen is Shazam's "Discover" tab with artist, song, and playlist recommendations, user posts, friend Shazams, and more. Shazam finally going ad-free comes one year after Apple first announced its plans to acquire Shazam back in December 2017. At the time, Apple said, "Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit," and that the two companies "have exciting plans in store." In September 2018, Apple completed the acquisition and said that the Shazam app would become ad-free soon. In October 2018, Shazam began informing its users about the Apple acquisition and aligning its data privacy policies with those of Apple. Shazam has been built into Siri since iOS 8 and there are connections with Apple Music in the Shazam app, and Apple is expected to further integrate the music recognition service with its products down the line.Tags: Apple acquisition, ShazamDiscuss this article in our forums
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App Store Glitch Leads to Missing Ratings and Reviews
It appears that the App Store on iOS devices has been experiencing an issue causing missing ratings and reviews over the past day or so. The problem was alerted to us by MacRumors reader Robin van Doorn, who noticed that his apps Centraal Beheer and Run Trainer suddenly have around 1,000 fewer ratings displayed in the App Store. Other developers have acknowledged the glitch on Twitter, although not every developer is affected. While some developers have seen their ratings count return to normal, others have tweeted about the issue within the past few hours: Hey @AppStore there seems to be a bug with the number of ratings displayed for all apps (it’s been showing a much lower number than the actual for a couple days).— Kyle Richey (@ConquerApathy) December 17, 2018Bug on the Apple App Store? Half the number of ratings in the search results vs when on the app listing? pic.twitter.com/KGS0nA1anc— Ryan Murton (@ryan_murton) December 17, 2018Hoping this is just a temporary glitch but my apps lost 50% of their #AppStore #ratings overnight... Go fix it Apple, thanks 😅😑— Edouard Barbier 👨🏻‍💻📲 (@barbieredouard) December 17, 2018 The unexplained drop in App Store ratings, first reported by the blog The Apple Post, is visible in the App Store Connect dashboard for some developers. A few users have shared screenshots of a discrepancy between the number of ratings displayed in App Store search results and specific app listings as well. It's not entirely clear if the issue is limited to certain regions or other parameters, but hopefully Apple resolves the issue for everyone soon.Tag: App StoreDiscuss this article in our forums
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New York Times Article Explores Apple's Failed Attempt to Build the Macintosh in California
The New York Times today printed an interesting article exploring how Apple co-founder Steve Jobs set up a Macintosh manufacturing plant in Fremont, California in the 1980s that failed early on into its tenure. Titled "When Apple Was Homegrown," the piece by John Markoff offers an insight into Jobs' fascination with Henry Ford's mass automobile manufacturing in Detroit and the high-quality manufacturing capabilities of Japanese companies like Sony, and how Jobs aimed to synthesize the two cultures in a "highly automated" Mac factory. Apple's ill-fated California Macintosh facility (Credit: Terrence McCarthy for NYT)"Steve had deep convictions about Japanese manufacturing processes," recalled Randy Battat, who joined Apple as a young electrical engineer and oversaw the introduction of some of the company's early portable computers. "The Japanese were heralded as wizards of manufacturing. The idea was to create a factory with just-in-time delivery of zero-defect parts. It wasn't great for business."Construction of the plant, located just across San Francisco Bay from Apple's headquarters, began in 1983. The first reporters to tour it were told that factory labor would account for 2 percent of the cost of making a Macintosh, thanks to its state-of-the-art production line. Expectations were therefore high, but the practical realities of working at the plant were markedly different. Mr. Gassée, a French specialist in office automation, had just been promoted to president of Apple’s product division by John Sculley, then Apple's chief executive, and was responsible for the company's engineering and manufacturing work. When he first started, Mr. Gassée decided to spend two days learning how the company actually built its products by working on a factory production line. [...] "I embarrassed myself attaching a display to the computer bezel with a screwdriver," Mr. Gassée recalled in a recent interview. At the end of his shift, Mr. Gassée grabbed a broom and swept up the parts that had fallen off the production line. "It was really shameful," he said of the noticeably slipshod process.Lacking the requisite schooling and subcontractors, Apple's Macintosh manufacturing in California was unable to reach the production volume that Jobs had envisioned. Eight years later, the plant was shuttered. Jobs made a second attempt to establish a manufacturing culture in Silicon Valley shortly after leaving Apple. In 1990 he oversaw another $10 million plant to build his Next personal workstation. The facility featured robotic devices, but it too was unable to produce in quantities that would support a long-term assembly operation, and it failed just like its Apple predecessor. Jobs thinking on manufacturing had changed by the time he returned to Apple in 1997, and the next year he hired veteran supply chain overseer Tim Cook as Apple's senior VP for worldwide operations. Apple's manufacturing outsourcing quickly expanded to form an sprawling ecosystem of global suppliers. "When I started my career, all my flights were to Japan," said Tony Fadell, one of the hardware designers of the iPod and iPhone at Apple. "Then all my flights went Korea, then Taiwan, then China."In recent years under Cook's watch as CEO, Apple's complex web of global suppliers has boomed in response to the demand of making products like the iPhone for mass markets. "You can't bring manufacturing back because of those webs," said Andrew Hargadon, a former Apple product designer who worked on the Macintosh Powerbook Duo in the early 1990s. "You would have to bring the entire community back," he told Markoff. Recently, Apple announced plans to build a new $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, as well as plans for a general expansion of operations over the next three years in cities across the United States. The pans are expected to create thousands more jobs, although the large majority of them aren't thought to be in manufacturing. Apple says it is on track to create 20,000 jobs in the U.S. by 2023. Interested readers can find John Markoff's full New York Times article online but with the alternative headline, "Apple Computers Used to Be Built in the U.S. It Was a Mess." Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.Tags: Steve Jobs, MacintoshDiscuss this article in our forums
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3D Printed Head Fools Android Face Recognition, iPhone X 'Impenetrable'
Forbes recently challenged a variety of smartphone face-recognition systems with a 3d printed head modeled after the author's head.The head was printed at Backface in Birmingham, U.K., where I was ushered into a dome-like studio containing 50 cameras. Together, they combine to take a single shot that makes up a full 3D image. The final model took a few days to generate at the cost of just over £300. With it, the author tested it out against four Android smartphones and the iPhone X. All Android phones tested were able to be unlocked with the fake 3d printed head.If you're an Android customer, though, look away from your screen now. We tested four of the hottest handsets running Google's operating systems and Apple's iPhone to see how easy it'd be to break into them. We did it with a 3D-printed head. All of the Androids opened with the fake. Apple's phone, however, was impenetrable.The Android phones tested included the LG G7 ThinQ, Samsung S9, Samsung Note 8 and OnePlus 6. It's been long known that many implementations of facial recognition amongst Android phones have been less secure than Apple's Face ID system. Some of those face recognition systems have been fooled with simple photographs. Apple's Face ID, however, also includes IR depth mapping and attention awareness technology. The attention awareness alone may be enough to explain the inability for a static 3d printed head to unlock the iPhone X. That said, the iPhone X's Face ID has been fooled in the past with more sophisticated printed 3d heads.Tags: Android, Face IDDiscuss this article in our forums
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