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Apple Planning to Fix 'BeautyGate' Skin-Smoothing Camera Effect in iOS 12.1 Update
This morning reviews for Apple's iPhone XR were released, and among them were The Verge's impressions on the new smartphone. In a section of the review that focuses on the iPhone XR 's camera, the site notes that Apple is planning to address the issue of "BeautyGate" in the upcoming iOS 12.1 update, which is currently being tested by developers and public beta testers. BeautyGate began when iPhone XS and XS Max users started noting that selfies captured on the new smartphones were applying a skin-smoothing effect or "beauty filter," resulting in photos that looked quite different from those taken on the iPhone X or earlier iPhones. All three of Apple's new 2018 iPhones have a 12-megapixel rear-facing wide-angle camera lens (while the iPhone XS and XS Max have an additional 12-megapixel telephoto lens), as well as the exact same front-facing TrueDepth camera system. With all of the same tech inside of it, iPhone XR is now facing reports of skin-smoothing camera effects in its first reviews, which caused The Verge to ask Apple about the issue. In essence, Apple's new iPhones are taking multiple pictures at varying exposure levels, requiring noise reduction that creates a smoothing effect over the entire image, not just specifically on skin tones. While this "Smart HDR" feature brings out more details in highlights and shadows, when faces show up in an image they sometimes appear tuned and artificial. This is what Apple is aiming to fix: Apple told me that the forthcoming iOS 12 .1 update, currently in public beta, will address the issue of the front camera appearing to smooth out skin by picking a sharper base frame for Smart HDR, but I wasn’t able to test it yet. As the BeautyGate scandal grew, earlier in the month YouTuber Jonathan Morrison challenged user's perception of skin-smoothing effects in a video. Before the video, he shared two selfies on Instagram that he claimed were taken on Google Pixel 2's Portrait Mode, and then asked for his viewers' opinions. Many responded by touting the Pixel 2's quality, pointing out that it didn't need a beauty filter like iPhone XS . A few days later, Morrison revealed that both selfies were captured on an iPhone XS Max, not a Google Pixel 2. In the reveal video, he stated, "I just wanted it to be a little bit of a lesson out there: don't let a preconceived notion or headline skew your judgement." The iPhone XR is getting solid reviews from numerous media outlets today, which tout the smartphone's lengthy battery life, performance and speed, quality Liquid Retina LCD display, and colorful paint jobs. As The Verge points out in its review, the real difference between the iPhone XR and XS are the 6.1-inch LCD screen vs the 5.8-inch OLED screen: "The real question for iPhone buyers is whether the high-res OLED display on the XS is worth $250 more than the XR. Because otherwise, the XR offers almost everything you’d want in a 2018 phone."Related Roundups: iPhone XS, iPhone XRBuyer's Guide: iPhone XS (Buy Now), iPhone XR (Buy Now)Discuss this article in our forums
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iPhone XR Reviews Roundup: Best LCD Display Yet, Decent Single-Lens Camera, Excellent Performance and Battery Life
The first round of iPhone XR reviews were published by media outlets this morning. Below we've highlighted some of the key takeaways from around the web ahead of Apple's official iPhone XR launch day this Friday. Priced starting at $749, the iPhone XR is Apple's lowest-priced flagship iPhone and is available in several colors. It features Face ID, an edge-to-edge LCD display, a single-lens camera, a glass body for wireless charging, and an A12 Bionic processor. On the 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD display: The Verge's Nilay Patel: The display on the iPhone XR is… fine. It's fine! It has lower resolution and pixel density than the OLEDs in new flagship phones like the iPhone XS, Galaxy S9, and Pixel 3, but it's the same 326 pixels per inch as Apple's previous non-Plus LCD iPhones. Anyone coming to this phone from any iPhone save the iPhone X will not notice a huge discrepancy in resolution.Matthew Panzarino writing for TechCrunch: While the screen is one of the best LCDs I’ve ever seen, it's not as good as the other models. Specifically, I believe that the OLED's ability to display true black and display deeper color (especially in images that are taken on the new XR cameras in HDR) set it apart easily. That said, I have a massive advantage in that I am able to hold the screens side by side to compare images. Simply put, if you don't run them next to one another, this is a great screen. On the iPhone XR 's single-lens camera:Engadget's Chris Velazco: The XR's single camera is a very good one: It's the exact same 12-megapixel wide-angle camera Apple uses in the XS and XS Max, and it still produces some lovely photos. You'll find a lot of detail and some excellent colors in the resulting stills, and it's been surprisingly handy in low-light thanks to its f/1.8 aperture and sensor with deeper tranches between those pixels. Wired's Lauren Goode: Since the iPhone XR only has a single-lens rear camera (it has a wide-angle lens, but not a telephoto lens), it doesn't capture as much depth information as the dual-lens camera on the iPhone XS . This means that when you swipe to Portrait mode in the Camera app, the background-softening effect will only work if you're snapping a picture of a person, since Apple has decided to train the camera's machine learning on human shapes. Try to snap a Portrait photo of your food, or your cat, or a pumpkin (because it's pumpkin season) and "No person detected" will appear at the top of the photo frame. The iPhone XR also only has three lighting options in Portrait mode, versus five on the iPhone XS . Regarding Haptic Touch:iMore's Rene Ritchie: When and where it works, it feels enough like 3D Touch that I sometimes find myself forgetting it's not 3D Touch . Until I try to use 3D Touch in other places — which I've gotten used to using fairly often over the last few years. Yeah, I'm the one. You're welcome. It uses a system closer to the MacBook Trackpad, but with the Taptic Engine that still makes most competing haptics seem totally crude by comparison, but it only works on the Lock screen icons for Flashlight and Camera, the Control Center icons that spring up additional options, and the keyboard when you long-press the space bar to switch to trackpad mode. Everything else, from Live Photos on the Lock screen to shortcuts on the Home screen to peek and pop… are simply not there. Like you might as well be using an iPhone 6 or iPhone SE or, yeah, iPad, not there. On the A12 Bionic processor's performance: Pocket Lint's Stuart Miles: Since getting the phone in the office we've been playing Fornite and Asphalt 9 to put it through its paces with no issues whatsoever. Having extensively used the iPhone XS prior to testing the iPhone XR , it's clear there is no difference in terms of processing power or capabilities. The experience hasn't been subdued in terms of power or performance. On battery life: TechRadar's Gareth Beavis Apple believes you'll be able to get 90 minutes more battery life out of the iPhone XR than the 8 Plus, which is a big jump in real terms. Well – and we don't want to spoil the surprise a little later – we'd say it's even better: the iPhone XR finally achieves the holy grail of all-day battery life in an iPhone.Mark Spoonauer writing for Tom's Guide: On the Tom's Guide Battery Test, which involves continuous web surfing at 150 nits of screen brightness, the iPhone XR lasted 11 hours and 26 minutes. That beats the times from the iPhone XS Max (10:38) and iPhone XS (9:41) by a significant margin. The Pixel 3 XL lasted only 9:30, while the Galaxy Note 9 also endured for 11:26. In everyday use the iPhone XR 's endurance also impressed. After unplugging at 100 percent at 7 a.m., I used the phone intermittently to play games, check Facebook and email, and stream Spotify and capture photos and videos, and I still have 24 percent battery left at 9 p.m. Be sure to check back, as we'll be adding more links below to online reviews of Apple's iPhone XR as the day goes on.Related Roundup: iPhone XRBuyer's Guide: iPhone XR (Buy Now)Discuss this article in our forums
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iPhone XR No Longer Available for Launch Day Delivery From Apple
In the United States and several other countries, the iPhone XR is no longer available for launch day delivery from Apple's online store. All colors and capacities from all carriers are listing a delivery date of one to two weeks, with new orders made today set to arrive from November 5 to November 12. In store pickup for the iPhone XR is also no longer available for orders placed today via Apple's website or the Apple Store app, with Apple likely saving remaining supply for walk in purchases on launch day. After pre-orders launched last Friday, the iPhone XR remained largely in stock in the United States, though some T-Mobile yellow iPhone XR options sold out. There's no longer an option to order online for launch day delivery, but Apple should have plenty of supply for people who want to make a purchase after the iPhone XR launches on Friday, October 26. Apple's carrier partners and major retailers like Best Buy are also offering the iPhone XR and some still have stock available for launch day delivery for online orders. Priced starting at $749, the iPhone XR is Apple's lowest-priced flagship iPhone. It features Face ID, an edge-to-edge LCD display, a single-lens camera, a glass body for wireless charging, and a super fast A12 Bionic processor.Related Roundup: iPhone XRBuyer's Guide: iPhone XR (Buy Now)Discuss this article in our forums
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Apple Stops Signing iOS 12 Following iOS 12.0.1 Launch
Following the release of iOS 12.0.1 on October 8, Apple has stopped signing iOS 12, the previous version of iOS that was available to consumers. iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners who have upgraded to iOS 12 .0.1 will no longer be able to downgrade to the release version of iOS 12 . iOS 12 .0.1 introduced fixes for a Lightning charging issue and Wi-Fi problems, improving performance over iOS 12 . 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 .0.1 is now the only version of iOS that can be installed on iPhones and iPads by the general public. Developers and public beta testers can download iOS 12 .1, an iOS 12 update that's being beta tested.Discuss this article in our forums
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Supermicro CEO Joins Cook in Calling for Bloomberg to Retract Supply Chain Hack Story
Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook called on Bloomberg to retract a highly controversial story suggesting Chinese spies planted microchips in the Supermicro server motherboards used in Apple's data facilities, saying there was no truth to Bloomberg's claims. Today, Supermicro Charles Liang joined Cook in calling for a retraction. In a statement shared by CNBC, Liang said that Supermicro has not found malicious hardware components in its products, nor has Bloomberg produced an affected Supermicro motherboard. Bloomberg, he says, should "act responsibly" and retract its "unsupported allegations." Liang's full statement:Supermicro is committed to making world-class servers and storage products. Bloomberg's recent story has created unwarranted confusion and concern for our customers, and has caused our customers, and us, harm. Bloomberg should act responsibly and retract its unsupported allegations that malicious hardware components were implanted on our motherboards during the manufacturing process. The allegations imply there are a large number of affected motherboards. Bloomberg has not produced a single affected motherboard, we have seen no malicious hardware components in our products, no government agency has contacted us about malicious hardware components, and no customer has reported finding any malicious hardware components, either.Supermicro, like Apple and other companies involved, has denied all of Bloomberg's claims since the story was first released. Supermicro previously said it was not aware of any investigation nor any companies that had found illicit hardware in their Supermicro products. Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy also spoke out against Bloomberg today, saying that the story is "wrong about Amazon, too." Like Cook, Jassy says Bloomberg at no point offered proof or listened to what Amazon had to say about the situation. @tim_cook is right. Bloomberg story is wrong about Amazon, too. They offered no proof, story kept changing, and showed no interest in our answers unless we could validate their theories. Reporters got played or took liberties. Bloomberg should retract. https://t.co/RZzuUt9fBM— Andy Jassy (@ajassy) October 22, 2018 Cook last week said that Apple "turned the company upside down" and dug "very deep" but could find absolutely no evidence that such an attack took place. "Each time we came back to the same conclusion: This did not happen," said Cook. "There's no truth to this." Since Bloomberg released its report, Apple has refuted the site's claims in multiple clearly worded statements denying it happened. Bloomberg continues to stand by its original reporting, which, citing 17 sources, said Apple, Amazon, and other tech companies had purchased and installed Supermicro servers that had been tampered with by the Chinese government. Along with Apple, Amazon, and Supermicro, multiple other sources have cast doubt on the information shared in Bloomberg's story. The UK's Cyber Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, former FBI general counsel James Baker, and NSA Senior Advisor Rob Joyce, for example, have all questioned the veracity of Bloomberg's claims and have denied knowledge of such an investigation. 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: China, The Big HackDiscuss this article in our forums
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Industry Group Representing Apple, Google, Amazon and Others Releases User Privacy Framework to Guide Policymakers
The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), a technology lobbying group that represents companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook, and more, today released a framework for regulations to protect user privacy. The ITI's guidelines [PDF] are designed to provide information and guidance for policymakers both in the United States and abroad as they tackle the issue of data privacy online. The purpose of this framework is to inform the development of legislation or the promulgation of rules that enhance personal data protection, further the trust relationship between companies and their customers, and enable innovation while also avoiding regulatory fragmentation that undermines all three goals.Inspired by Europe's General Data Protection Regulation and privacy protections put in place in other countries, the document suggests individuals should have full rights to control the use of their personal data, and is built on the following principles:Enhance Transparency. The framework ensures individuals are informed when their personal data is collected or used so they have a better understanding of what they are or are not consenting to. Increase Consumer Control. The framework gives individuals the right to expressly and affirmatively consent to the use of their sensitive personal data, and further allows individuals to access, correct, port, delete, and object to the use of their personal data where it is appropriate to the context of the use of such personal data. Establish Company Accountability and Expands Responsibility. The framework lays out clear mechanisms for regulators to hold companies responsible for their data practices, including recommending subjecting companies in violation of a national privacy law to a meaningful penalty on the first offense. It also requires companies to identify, monitor and document uses of known personal data, and ensure all uses are legitimate as defined by that law. Promotes Security. The framework mandates companies put into place comprehensive security programs that support and protect their operations, activities and the sensitive information they control.The text of the document was drafted after "dozens" of meetings with outside groups and policymakers, as well as experts from some of the ITI's member companies, ITI president Dean Garfield told Axios. He says that the framework goes "deeper" than other privacy proposals that have been developed. The ITI is hoping the framework will serve as a model for governments worldwide and a "workable alternative" to a "patchwork of laws" that could ultimately lead to uncertainty over the protections that individual consumers are entitled to. The ITI's full document with a complete list of suggested guidelines for government reference can be viewed on its website. 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.Discuss this article in our forums
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Apple Identifies Issue With GasBuddy App Causing Some iPhones to Become Unresponsive [Updated]
Apple has identified an "issue" with the GasBuddy app that may result in some iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max devices becoming "unresponsive," according to an internal announcement shared with Apple Stores today. The memo was obtained by MacRumors from a reliable source. Apple says affected iPhones will have a black screen with an endlessly spinning wheel—aka a respring loop. In its memo, Apple says it is working with GasBuddy to "resolve" the issue, which started "sometime after October 18, 2018." If a customer reports the issue at an Apple Store, Apple has instructed its Genius Bar employees to force restart the iPhone, and then ask the customer to uninstall the GasBuddy app. If the device is still unresponsive, Genius Bar employees are instructed to continue with the standard service process. It's unclear why the GasBuddy app is crashing some iPhones. A spokesperson for GasBuddy said its team "has been and continues to investigate," and delayed further comment until the company has more insight about the matter. A spokesperson for Apple did not immediately respond to request for comment. GasBuddy is a popular app for locating gas stations with the lowest-priced gas in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. The app, which boasts 70 million users, relies on users submitting gas prices when they fill up to help alert others. GasBuddy also provides alerts when gas prices are set to increase. According to GasBuddy's release notes, the app was updated on October 17 with support for iOS 12. The update also "fixed some crashes." On October 19, the app was again updated with bug fixes, including one that caused some location-based information to not appear, and another related to gas station details. Update: A spokesperson for GasBuddy has issued the following statement to MacRumors, indicating that it is "rapidly preparing an update" that it believes "solves the underlying issue." In the meantime, GasBuddy will be temporarily removing its app from the App Store to limit exposure.On Friday (October 19), Apple approved the latest version of the GasBuddy app. This was subsequent to our app going through Apple’s typical, thorough review process that, as you know, Apple requires before releasing any app into its store. Over the weekend, we heard from a single user that encountered an issue that resembles the one you described. We had not heard anything from Apple about GasBuddy causing unresponsive phones, or that a new app build would be required, until maybe 10 minutes before we received your inquiry. We absolutely regret any association with a poor user experience. We are committed to doing our part to address this quickly and completely. Thus, we are rapidly preparing an update we believe solves the underlying issue and are making our app temporarily unavailable for download to limit the number of potentially affected users.GasBuddy has also tweeted about an incoming fix:We are aware that some people are encountering issues with our iOS app. We're rapidly preparing an update we believe solves the issue and are making our app temporarily unavailable for download to limit the number of potentially affected users.— GasBuddy (@GasBuddy) October 22, 2018Update - 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time: GasBuddy has returned to the App Store with an update that "resolves an issue that was causing some devices to crash." They have an update out pic.twitter.com/gDDiGlzDrX— Mike Quinn (@mikequinn_) October 23, 2018 MacRumors will update this article if and when we receive any new information from Apple or GasBuddy.Related Roundups: iPhone 8, iPhone XSTag: GasBuddyBuyer's Guide: iPhone XS (Buy Now)Discuss this article in our forums
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Tim Cook Visits Europe Ahead of Brussels Privacy Conference
Later this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook is set to speak at the European Data Protection Conference in Brussels during the "Debating Ethics: Dignity and Respect in Data Driven Life" session. Ahead of the event on Wednesday, Cook is in Europe visiting app developers and filmmakers who work with the iPhone. Cook has been sharing his European adventures on Twitter. Cook visiting the developers behind Asana Rebel, a yoga app Cook started off the week in Berlin, where he met with developer Peter Kolski and took a look at mauAR, an upcoming augmented reality app that will display the Berlin Wall as it was prior to its demolition in the 1990s. Schön, wieder einmal in Berlin zu sein! Thank you @peterkolski and the mauAR team for bringing the Berlin Wall's history to life through augmented reality -- a new way to learn from the past. We are looking forward to seeing your app on the App Store! pic.twitter.com/NhwGUUgG2O— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) October 21, 2018 Cook went on to visit the Asana Rebel team, who have created an augmented reality yoga app available on the iOS App Store . Here's to the rebels! Thanks for the visit, @AsanaRebel, and for sharing your enthusiasm for yoga and wellbeing. 🧘‍♂️ We're thrilled when entrepreneurs like you use the App Store to turn their passion into a thriving global business. pic.twitter.com/G4FOR3HtNK— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) October 21, 2018 After that, he stopped off in Paris where he met with French filmmaker Claude Lelouch, who shot his upcoming movie on the iPhone. Bonjour Paris! 🇫🇷 Honored to meet legendary director Claude Lelouch and hear about his upcoming film, which will be #shotoniphone. In 50 years of filmmaking, he says he's "never been happier" than when shooting with iPhone! pic.twitter.com/t5q8J8jOW6— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) October 22, 2018 Cook then stopped by the offices of Foodvisor in Paris. Foodvisor is an app that is designed to analyze the nutrients in food through a photograph. Now here's a good reason to snap that photo of your lunch! Had a blast at @foodvisor_app's office in Paris, seeing how their artificial intelligence makes food tracking easy. 🍣 pic.twitter.com/i1NoM1OLM3— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) October 22, 2018 After visiting Foodvisor, Cook stopped by L'Atelier des Artistes en Exil in Paris, which showcases the artwork of artist refugees around the world. A profoundly moving visit to @aartistesenexil in Paris. Through their works of creativity and courage, these artists are shining a light on the hardships that so many face as refugees. “On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.” pic.twitter.com/rKGz2rlFAX— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) October 22, 2018 Cook has one more day in Europe ahead of the Brussels conference, and he is planning to meet with French president Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace tomorrow, where taxes and developer relationships may be topics of conversation. Cook will be in Belgium on Wednesday, and following the conference, he may spend some more time in Europe before flying back to the United States to prepare for Apple's October 30th event in New York City.Tag: Tim CookDiscuss this article in our forums
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Intel Says 10nm Chip Development is On Track
Responding to claims earlier this morning that it had ended development on its 10nm "Cannon Lake" processors, Intel announced on Twitter that it is "making good progress" on its upcoming 10nm chips. The announcement followed a claim from SemiAccurate suggesting Intel had killed off its 10nm process. Intel's 10nm chips were supposed to launch at some point in 2016, but have been delayed multiple times due to production difficulties. According to Intel, yields on its 10nm process are improving "consistent with the timeline" shared during the last earnings report, which means sans additional delays, the chips will come out in 2019. Media reports published today that Intel is ending work on the 10nm process are untrue. We are making good progress on 10nm. Yields are improving consistent with the timeline we shared during our last earnings report.— Intel News (@intelnews) October 22, 2018 Apple uses Intel chips in its line of Mac desktops and notebooks, and Intel's delays have caused problems for the Cupertino-based company in recent years. As a result, Apple is said to be planning to transition away from Intel chips to its own custom-designed chips as soon as 2020 or 2021, using supplier TSMC as a manufacturer. With custom-designed Mac chips, Apple will no longer be forced to delay updates due to Intel's manufacturing issues, and custom chips will give the company more control over design, better profits, and a way to differentiate its products from competing PCs. Apple has long used Apple-designed A-Series chips in its iOS devices, and the marriage between hardware and software often results in performance that is unmatched by competing products. Similar gains could come when Apple has more control over Mac chip design as well. Apple won't be ready to transition to its own chips by 2019, and will likely adopt the 10nm Cannon Lake chips from Intel provided those chips make their launch date. Cannon Lake chips will bring performance improvements, reduced power consumption, and support for faster, more efficient LPDDR4 RAM.Tag: IntelDiscuss this article in our forums
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Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of iOS 12.1 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]
Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming iOS 12.1 update to developers, one week after seeding the fourth beta and more than a month after releasing iOS 12, a major new version of the iOS software. Registered developers can download the new iOS 12 .1 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center. iOS 12 .1 includes several new features that Apple promised would come to the iPhone XS and XS Max. The beta introduces support for the eSIM, which is a digital SIM that lets you activate a cellular plan from a carrier without the need to use a physical SIM card. Carriers will need to implement support for eSIM, which is likely to happen after iOS 12 .1 launches. In the U.S., AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile will support eSIM. The iOS 12 .1 update brings a new real-time Depth Control feature, which lets you adjust the depth of field of your Portrait Mode photos before you capture them. Right now, in iOS 12 , Depth Control is only available for post-capture editing. If you tap on the "F" icon at the top of the screen while capturing a photo you use Depth Control to adjust the amount of background blur in an image. In addition to these iPhone XS and XS Max features, iOS 12 .1 reintroduces the Group FaceTime feature that was removed from iOS 12 during the beta testing period. Group FaceTime was present in many early betas but was ultimately removed because Apple needed more time to test it. Group FaceTime is designed to let iPhone and Mac users conduct video and audio chats with up to 32 participants at one time, with new camera effects features included. The update also adds more than 70 new emoji to iPhones and iPads, with options that include red hair, gray hair, curly hair, cold face, party face, face with hearts, mango, kangaroo, peacock, lobster, cupcake, and tons more. As for bug fixes, iOS 12 .1 addresses a charging problem that could cause iPhone and iPad models running iOS 12 to fail to charge when connected to a Lightning cable while the screen is off and it fixes a bug that caused iPhone XS and XS Max models to prefer 2.4GHz WiFi networks to 5GHz networks, resulting in perceived slower WiFi speeds. Both of these bugs have also been addressed in the iOS 12.0.1 update. Update: Apple has released a new version of iOS 12 .1 to its public beta testing group.Related Roundup: iOS 12Discuss this article in our forums
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Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of watchOS 5.1 to Developers
Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming watchOS 5.1 update to developers, one week after seeding the fourth watchOS 5.1 beta and more than a month after releasing the new watchOS 5 operating system. Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software update. To install the update, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it has to be in range of the iPhone. watchOS 5 .1 includes support for the Group FaceTime feature that's also available in iOS 12.1 and macOS 10.14.1, with Group FaceTime calls able to be answered in an audio-only capacity on the Apple Watch . Group FaceTime allows you to chat with up to 32 people at one time. The watchOS 5 .1 update brings a full-screen new "Color" watch face option for the new Apple Watch Series 4 models, with users able to choose between dozens of shades. There's also a filled-in circular color option for older Apple Watch models that joins the standard Color clock face. Alongside macOS 10.14.1 and iOS 12 .1, watchOS 5 .1 introduces support for more than 70 new emoji characters like face with hearts, red hair, gray hair, curly hair, super heroes, kangaroo, peacock, parrot, lobster, cupcake, mango, and more. For additional details on watchOS 5 and what was introduced in the new software, make sure to check out our watchOS 5 roundup. Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Buy Now)Discuss this article in our forums
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Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of tvOS 12.1 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]
Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming tvOS 12.1 update to developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the fourth update and over a month after releasing the tvOS 12 update. Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the new tvOS 12 .1 beta can be downloaded onto the Apple TV via a profile that's installed using Xcode. Subsequent betas can be downloaded over-the-air. We're not yet sure what fixes and changes the tvOS 12 .1 update might bring, but it's likely to focus on bugs that have been discovered since the release of tvOS 12 . No new features were discovered in the first several tvOS 12 .1 betas. Apple's tvOS updates have historically been minor in scale, and Apple does not often provide us with detailed notes outlining what's new, but we'll update this post should any changes be found in the sixth beta. Update: Apple has released a new version of tvOS 12 .1 to its public beta testing group.Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 12Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Caution)Discuss this article in our forums
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HomePod is Ninth Most Popular Smart Speaker in United States According to Recent Survey
Apple's HomePod is the ninth most popular smart speaker model in the United States, according to an online survey of 1,011 smart speaker users conducted by research firm Strategy Analytics in July and August. The top eight positions are held by various Amazon Echo and Google Home models in the Strategy Analytics rankings. The standard Amazon Echo tops the list with an estimated 23 percent share of the U.S. installed base of smart speakers, while the HomePod is estimated to have just four percent market share.Amazon Echo: 23% Amazon Echo Dot: 21% Google Home: 8% Google Home Mini: 7% Amazon Echo Plus: 5% Amazon Echo Spot: 4% Amazon Echo Show: 4% Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition: 4% Apple HomePod : 4% Google Home Max: 2%Apple does not disclose HomePod sales in its quarterly earnings results. In August, Strategy Analytics estimated that HomePod shipments totaled 700,000 units in the second quarter of 2018, giving Apple a roughly six percent share of the worldwide smart speaker market at the time. While the HomePod may have only a single-digit share of the overall market, Strategy Analytics shared data last month indicating that Apple accounts for 70 percent of the small but growing $200-plus smart speaker market, topping competing products such as the Google Home Max and a variety of Sonos speakers. That data shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as Amazon Echo and Google Home models are regularly priced as low as $49, whereas the HomePod retails for $349. Apple has marketed the HomePod as a premium speaker that also has Siri, as opposed to a personal assistant that also plays music. It's also worth noting that the HomePod only launched this past February, two to three years after its biggest competitors. Today, the HomePod is available in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, and Germany, with sales set to begin in Mexico and Spain on Friday. Back in April, well-connected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple was "mulling" a "low-cost version" of the HomePod, possibly in the form of a Siri-enabled Beats speaker. The status of those plans is unclear.Related Roundup: HomePodTag: Strategy AnalyticsBuyer's Guide: HomePod (Neutral)Discuss this article in our forums
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eBay Debuts New Smartphone Trade-In Program 'Instant Selling'
eBay today launched a new option for customers who are looking to trade in their iPhones or other smartphones, which it's calling "Instant Selling." Using this feature, you can list an old iPhone and get paid instantly with an eBay voucher. Instead of listing an old device on eBay as normal, waiting for bids to come in and for payment to be received, eBay is making this process easier with Instant Selling. To use the program, visit eBay, enter your device's information to see if it's eligible, add images, list the device, and get a quote. Afterwards, you'll receive an instant eBay voucher representing the resell cost of the smartphone, which you can then put towards the purchase of a new smartphone or anything you come across on eBay. The retailer will also provide a shipping label for you to ship out your old iPhone. “Millions of Americans have unused phones in their homes and simply don’t realize how much their devices are worth, probably because trade-in values are typically so low,” said Alyssa Steele, Vice President of Hard Goods, eBay. “With Instant Selling, people can find out exactly how much their phone is worth, and sell their phone within a matter of minutes to immediately help fund the holidays, or maybe something off their personal wish list.” eBay's program will be helpful for anyone who plans on doing a lot of holiday shopping on the site, since the provided voucher is only accepted on eBay. If you think that might be you, eBay says that Instant Selling provides higher trade-in values on average in comparison to sites like Gazelle, EcoATM, Apple's GiveBack program, and more. A table that eBay provided highlights its high-end values, but it still looks like Instant Selling could be a solid trade-in option for eBay shoppers. eBay offers $579 for an excellent condition used 64GB iPhone X, compared to the Apple GiveBack program's $525. As of now, Instant Selling eligibility includes unlocked smartphones on Verizon and AT&T, the Samsung Galaxy S7 to S9+, and the iPhone 6s 16GB to iPhone X 256GB. Next month eBay will add Sprint, T-Mobile, Google Pixel, and some LG devices to the program. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with eBay. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.Tag: eBayDiscuss this article in our forums
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Kuo: iPhone XR Pre-Order Demand Over First Weekend Exceeded That of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone XR pre-order demand in the first three days of the device's availability was "better than that" of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus during the same period last year, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a research note obtained by MacRumors, Kuo said that although pre-order demand immediately after launch has been lower for the iPhone XR versus the flagship iPhone XS models, overall iPhone XR shipment momentum is "more stable" because it will drive more customers to upgrade than the iPhone 8 series over time. Kuo added that iPhone XR shipping estimates on Apple.com (many models remain available for launch day delivery on Friday) do not indicate exact demand, as the type of customers interested in the device are more general users, with many ordering through carriers to take advantage of promotions. An excerpt from Kuo's research note with TF International Securities:We are not surprised that XR's initial delivery times are shorter than those of the iPhone XS series after pre-order open given that XS and XR have different target customers. The former's target customers are Apple fans, who snap up new models rapidly after the pre-order open. The latter's are general users who are used to operating iOS with characteristics including favoring the Apple brand, limited budget, or no urgent replacement demand.Some other analysts had expressed concerns that the iPhone XR 's strong availability implied weak sales of the $749 handset. Kuo already predicted that iPhone XR demand would be higher than that for the iPhone 8 series last year in a research note shared last week. He also increased his iPhone XR shipment forecast to 36 to 38 million units in the fourth quarter of 2018, up 10 percent from his original estimate of 33 to 35 million units.Related Roundups: iPhone 8, iPhone XRTags: Ming-Chi Kuo, TF International SecuritiesBuyer's Guide: iPhone XR (Buy Now)Discuss this article in our forums
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iPhone Ownership Among American Teens Remains Steady While Intent to Purchase Grows
American teenagers are still choosing Apple's iPhone over the competition, with 82 percent of surveyed U.S. teens saying that they own an iPhone, according to Piper Jaffray's latest survey (via Business Insider). This number has grown steadily from 76 percent in April 2017 to 78 percent in October 2017, and it now appears to have plateaued temporarily in 2018, as 82 percent of teens said they owned an iPhone back in April. Looking to the future, 86 percent of teens surveyed said that they plan on buying an iPhone as their next smartphone. This is an increase from 84 percent in the spring. In comparison, 10 percent of the teens said they planned on buying an Android smartphone next, down from 11 percent in the spring. The researchers at Piper Jaffray say that American teens' intent to buy an iPhone is now at the highest they have ever seen. Other tidbits from the report include: 45 percent of teens saying that the brand of an item is the most important factor in a purchase decision, Amazon is the top preferred website, and Instagram is now the most used social platform as Facebook faces an ongoing decline. Netflix represented 38 percent of daily video consumption, ahead of YouTube (33 percent), cable TV (16 percent), and Hulu (5 percent). For this survey, Piper Jaffray surveyed around 8,600 teenagers across 47 states with an average age of 16 and an average household income of $68,300. 44 percent of the teens were female, while 56 were male.Tags: Piper Jaffray, teen surveyDiscuss this article in our forums
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Phil Schiller on iPhone XR Display: 'If You Can't See the Pixels, at Some Point the Numbers Don't Mean Anything'
Engadget's Chris Velazco recently sat down for an interview with Apple's marketing chief Phil Schiller to discuss all things iPhone XR. We've rounded up some of Schiller's comments about the device below. What the "R" stands for in iPhone XR:I love cars and things that go fast, and R and S are both letters used to denote sport cars that are really extra special.How the iPhone X led to the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR:We had this technology we were working on for many years to be the future of the iPhone. It was a huge ask of the engineering team to get it to market last year, and they did. ... We knew that if we could bring that to market and it was successful very quickly after that, we needed to grow the line and make it available to more people.Making sure the iPhone XR is still "the best phone":If we're going to push the upper boundaries with XS and XS Max to make something the best, how do we make something that's more affordable for a larger audience? To make the overall iPhone audience even larger? What choices can we make and still make it a phone that people can hold and say, "I have the best too"?Expanding on that:We don't think about categories. We think the iPhone X technology and experience is something really wonderful, and we want to get it to as many people as possible, and we want to do it in a way that still makes it the best phone.Addressing concerns about the iPhone XR's lower-resolution display:I think the only way to judge a display is to look at it. … If you can't see the pixels, at some point the numbers don't mean anything. They're fairly arbitrary.As far as the iPhone XR launching over a month after the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, Schiller simply said "this is when it's ready." iPhone XR pre-orders began last Friday in over 50 countries. The first deliveries to customers and in-store availability will begin Friday, October 26. The colorful device starts at $749 in the United States. Full Article: With the iPhone XR, Apple broadens its 'best'Related Roundup: iPhone XRTag: Phil SchillerBuyer's Guide: iPhone XR (Buy Now)Discuss this article in our forums
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iPhone XR Repair Fees Without AppleCare+: $199 for Screen Damage, $399 for Other Damage
Apple has detailed out-of-warranty repair fees for the iPhone XR ahead of the smartphone's launch on Friday. In the United States, Apple will charge $199 to repair a damaged iPhone XR screen and $399 to repair other damage to the device, unless it is a manufacturing defect covered by Apple's standard one-year limited warranty. Prices vary in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and other countries. These prices do not apply to customers who purchase AppleCare+ for the iPhone XR, starting at $149 in full or $7.99 per month. AppleCare+ is an optional warranty plan that extends an iPhone's warranty coverage to two years from the purchase date of the plan. AppleCare+ adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a lower service fee of $29 for screen repairs and $99 for any other damage. As with any form of insurance, AppleCare+ provides peace of mind, but only yields savings in the event it is used. If the screen cracks on an iPhone XR, for example, the repair fee with AppleCare+ is up to $178, savings of at least $21. If the back glass shatters, the repair fee with AppleCare+ is up to $248, savings of at least $151. Those prices are based on the full $149 cost of AppleCare+ for iPhone XR plus deductibles. If a customer pays for AppleCare+ in monthly instalments, there is the potential for even more savings versus the out-of-warranty fees. iPhone XR pre-orders began last Friday in over 50 countries. The first deliveries to customers and in-store availability will begin Friday, October 26. The colorful device starts at $749 in the United States.Related Roundup: iPhone XRTag: AppleCareBuyer's Guide: iPhone XR (Buy Now)Discuss this article in our forums
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PayPal Offering $100 iTunes Gift Cards for $85 as Apple Celebrates Halloween With Horror Movie Sale
PayPal has kicked off its latest 15 percent discount on App Store and iTunes gift cards today on its Digital Gifts eBay storefront. If you head over to the website you can get the $100 iTunes gift card for $85 while the discount lasts, which can be anywhere from a few hours to multiple days. The gift card will be delivered via email within 24 hours and will be valid only on purchases made in the United States App and iTunes Stores. Like all iTunes gift card sales, this is a great opportunity to stock up on iTunes credit at a reduced price, which you can put towards third-party app subscriptions like Netflix and Hulu, iTunes movie rentals, iBooks purchases, your Apple Music subscription, and more. 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. iTunes Movies sales are one place you can spend newly acquired iTunes credit, and Apple recently kicked off a new under $10 "Modern Horror" sale in preparation for Halloween next week. You can check out a few of the films in this sale below, and the rest can be discovered on the iTunes Movies home page on iOS, macOS, and tvOS: The Descent - $7.99, down from $9.99 Green Room - $7.99, down from $14.99 Let the Right One In - $7.99, down from $12.99 A Quiet Place - $9.99, down from $19.99 IT (2017) - $9.99, down from $14.99 Get Out - $9.99, down from $14.99 Insidious - $9.99, down from $12.99 The Conjuring - $9.99, down from $14.99 The Conjuring 2 - $9.99, down from $14.99 Drag Me To Hell - $9.99, down from $14.99 Slither - $9.99, down from $14.99 Lights Out - $9.99, down from $14.99 Be sure to visit our full Deals Roundup for even more information on the latest sales, today including a Geek Squad certified refurbished pair of AirPods for $122.99 at Best Buy, as well as a sale on the 2018 9.7-inch iPad at Target.Related Roundup: Apple DealsDiscuss this article in our forums
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How to View the Desktop Version of a Website on Your iPhone and iPad
Most popular websites these days come in both desktop and mobile versions, with the latter rendering content in a more responsive fashion for a consistent browsing experience across a variety of tablet and smartphone screens. Mobile-friendly websites are often stripped down and streamlined for easier navigation, with the result that some full-page content isn't displayed at all – and even when it is, finding that content can sometimes be a chore, especially if you're used to the desktop version of a site. Recognizing this, Apple has had the foresight to let you bypass mobile versions of websites and view original desktop versions on its mobile devices instead. To request a desktop site on your iPhone and iPad, simply follow these steps. Launch Safari on your iOS device and navigate to the website in question. Long press the Reload button in the far right of the address bar. On iPhone, tap Request Desktop Site at the bottom of the screen. On iPad, the same option appears in the dropdown menu below the Reload button. Note that you can also access this option by tapping the Share button (the square with an arrow pointing out) and selecting Request Desktop Site from the third row of the Share Sheet.Related Roundup: iOS 12Tag: SafariDiscuss this article in our forums
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Latest WhatsApp Update Adds iPhone XS Max Support, Hints at Future Dark Mode
WhatsApp received an update this morning that adds official support for the larger display on Apple's iPhone XS Max, as well as some other improvements and new clues on what's next for the messaging platform. Prior to today's update, the WhatsApp interface didn't scale properly on the 2,688 x 1,242 resolution screen exclusive to Apple's new 6.5-inch device, but happily the issue has been fixed in this update and the UI now takes full advantage of the larger OLED display. Elsewhere in this version (2.18.100), WhatsApp has introduced a redesigned contextual action menu for message bubbles in chat threads. Previously, a long press on a message would bring up a horizontal popup menu similar to the one found elsewhere in iOS. Old message action menu (left) versus redesigned menu In contrast, the new vertical menu masks the background to highlight the selected message and allows more options to be shown in the first popup, with an ellipsis replacing the arrow button to reveal additional actions. Elsewhere, consecutive voice messages now play in sequence, so users no longer have to tap play on each message. The latest update also adds new reply options to user status messages, with documents, voice messages, locations and vCards being added to the existing text, images, GIFs and videos. In addition to these changes, WABetaInfo has uncovered alpha code in the latest version suggesting future features for the app will include an optional Dark Mode and the ability to preview videos in WhatsApp notifications. Image via WABetaInfo In the hidden Dark Mode, incoming messages currently have a dark gray color and outgoing messages are dark green, but it's worth noting that the theme is still in early testing and may look very different when the Dark Mode officially goes live. WhatsApp is a free download for iPhone available from the App Store. [Direct Link]Tag: WhatsAppDiscuss this article in our forums
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Apple Launches Redesigned Jobs Website: 'Do More Than You Ever Thought Possible'
Apple today launched a redesigned Jobs at Apple website, complete with a new video highlighting work across the company. The website now provides more detailed information about the various teams at Apple, grouped into the following categories: hardware, software and services, design, operations and supply chain, marketing, corporate functions, sales and business development, retail, and support and service. Apple has profiled a handful of employees, including Divya, who manages a team responsible for developing the Apple Watch's sensors. A new About Apple page highlights the company's innovative business practices, collaborative work environment, employee benefits, diverse workforce, and other advantages of working at the tech giant. Apple has expanded its Students section with a list of opportunities for interns, undergrads, and graduates, ranging from the AppleCare College Program to the Apple Store Leader Program. The updated page includes a profile from a software engineer named Alexa, who describes her impact at Apple. Apple's jobs search portal has also been updated with a cleaner design. Apple says it has created over two million jobs in the United States, including those attributable to the App Store ecosystem. Apple also says it is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. Discuss this article in our forums
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Apple Signs Lease for Large Manufacturing Facility in Milpitas, California
Apple has reportedly signed a 10-year lease for nearly 314,000 square feet of industrial manufacturing space in Santa Clara County, California (via Silicon Valley Business Journal). The agreement between Apple and project developer McCarthy Ranch is for a sing-story warehouse facility located at McCarthy Creekside, a new multiphase development in the city of Milpitas, for which Apple is said to be paying around 90 cents per square foot. Render depicting corner of 800,000 square foot industrial development in Milpitas Silicon Valley's vacancy rate was already a miniscule 1.5 percent, but the deal has reportedly made it hit an all-time low of just to 0.7 percent, according to the Journal. "The shortage of available warehouse space is restricting tenant mobility,” Lena Tutko, research manager for Colliers International, said. "Warehouse users are often left with two options: renewing their lease, as seen by the top four of five deals of the third quarter, or relocate outside of the Valley."It's not yet clear what Apple's plans are for the industrial space north of San Jose, but developer Joey McCarthy told the Journal that McCarthy Creekside is purpose-built for "industrial, R&D, [and] manufacturing." Aside from specialist operations like the Mac Pro facility in Austin, Texas, the vast majority of Apple's manufacturing takes place outside of the U.S., which adds an extra layer of intrigue to the company's intentions in Milpitas. On the other hand, the space could indicate an expansion of Apple's autonomous car project. Apple is believed to be using several Bay Area facilities for its self-driving car research, while McCarthy Creekside is already home to autonomous driving R&D, with a building on the development having been leased to electric vehicle maker SF Motors.Related Roundup: Apple CarDiscuss this article in our forums
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Apple Begins Selling Refurbished 2018 15-Inch MacBook Pro Models in United States and Canada
Apple has added 2018 models of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar to its refurbished store in the U.S. for the first time. Prices are discounted by roughly 15 percent compared to the equivalent brand new models. Quantities are limited, so we recommend acting fast or using Refurb Tracker to monitor when inventory is replenished. Apple says refurbished MacBook Pro models are thoroughly inspected, tested, cleaned, and repackaged, including the manuals and cables included in the box. In our view, a refurbished MacBook Pro is virtually indistinguishable from a brand new model, so this represents a good opportunity for savings. Note that third-party resellers sometimes offer better deals than Apple's refurbished prices, so be sure to monitor our deals roundup. A refurbished MacBook Pro comes with Apple's standard one-year warranty effective on the date the notebook is delivered. The warranty can be extended to three years from the original purchase date with AppleCare+ for Mac, which costs $379 for the the 15-inch MacBook Pro in the United States. Apple has also added refurbished 2018 models of the 15-inch MacBook Pro to its Canadian store at a 15 percent discount. Apple began selling refurbished 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro models earlier this week. Related Roundup: MacBook ProTag: refurbishedBuyer's Guide: MacBook Pro (Buy Now)Discuss this article in our forums
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Apple Self-Driving Car Involved in Minor Collision on October 15
One of Apple's Lexus SUVs outfitted with autonomous driving equipment was involved in a minor car accident on October 15 while being driven in manual mode, and the accident in question does not appear to have been the driver's fault. According to an incident report filed with the DMV, on Monday, October 15, an Apple test vehicle in manual mode was side swiped while turning left in a dual left turn lane onto Stewart Drive from North Wolfe Road, an area in Sunnyvale, California that's close to the Cupertino company's headquarters. Both of the vehicles suffered minor damage, but no injuries were reported. The full text of the accident description is below:On October 15th at 10:28 AM, an Apple test vehicle in manual mode was side swiped while preparing to turn left onto Stewart Drive from North Wolfe Road. The Apple test vehicle was traveling at approximately 5 MPH when a Toyota Camry traveling at approximately 15 MPH crossed out of its lane and contacted the Apple test vehicle. Both vehicles sustained minor damage and no injuries were reported. The police were notified that the driver of the Toyota Camry left without exchanging information.This is the second time that one of Apple's test vehicles was involved in a minor traffic accident. Back in August, one of the Lexus SUVs Apple uses to test its software was hit by a Nissan Leaf while attempting to merge in autonomous mode. Apple, like other companies in California testing self-driving vehicle technology, is required to disclose all autonomous vehicle collisions to the California DMV. Apple has been testing its self-driving software since early 2017 using Lexus RX450h SUVs outfitted with a host of sensors and cameras. All of the vehicles are piloted by a pair of drivers at all times even when in autonomous driving mode. We don't yet know what Apple plans to do with its self-driving software, but rumors this year have suggested the company is once again exploring the possibility of a full Apple-branded vehicle that could come out between 2023 and 2025. Apple is also developing a self-driving shuttle service called "PAIL," or "Palo Alto to Infinite Loop," which is designed to transport Apple employees between the company's offices across Silicon Valley.Related Roundup: Apple CarDiscuss this article in our forums
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Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls on Bloomberg to Retract Supply Chain Hack Story: 'There's No Truth to This'
For the first time since Bloomberg published a highly controversial story suggesting Chinese spies planted microchips in Supermicro server motherboards Apple used in its iCloud facilities, Apple CEO Tim Cook has gone on the record to vehemently deny the claims. In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Cook said there is "no truth" to the story about Apple, before making the unprecedented move of calling on Bloomberg to publish a retraction. Since the report went live earlier this month, Apple has refuted Bloomberg's claims in multiple clearly worded statements denying such an incident ever took place. Apple maintains that the story is "completely untrue," malicious chips were never found in its servers, and there was never an FBI investigation into the incident. Bloomberg has continued to stand by its original report, which, based on info obtained from 17 unnamed sources, said that Apple, Amazon, and other tech companies had purchased and installed Supermicro servers that had been tampered with by the Chinese government. Small chips were allegedly implanted into server motherboards, allowing China to access corporate secrets and other information. Apple did have an issue with Supermicro servers that led to the company dropping Supermicro as a supplier, but the relationship ended after malware was discovered on a single server in an incident unrelated to Bloomberg's claims. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, though he only spoke out publicly about the Bloomberg story this week, he's been involved in Apple's response "from the beginning.""I personally talked to the Bloomberg reporters along with Bruce Sewell who was then our general counsel. We were very clear with them that this did not happen, and answered all their questions," said Cook. "Each time they brought this up to us, the story changed and each time we investigated we found nothing."Cook went on to say that Bloomberg failed to provide Apple with specific details about the malicious chips the company supposedly found and removed, and that Bloomberg's claims are based on "vague secondhand accounts." Cook told BuzzFeed that Apple did a deep search through all of its documentation and could find zero evidence of malicious chips or an FBI investigation."We turned the company upside down," Cook said. "Email searches, data center records, financial records, shipment records. We really forensically whipped through the company to dig very deep and each time we came back to the same conclusion: This did not happen. There's no truth to this."As BuzzFeed points out, Apple has never publicly called for a retraction of a story before, even in instances where incorrect information was published. Following Cook's discussion with BuzzFeed, the site again contacted Bloomberg, and Bloomberg once again refused to budge."Bloomberg Businessweek's investigation is the result of more than a year of reporting, during which we conducted more than 100 interviews," a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News in response to a series of questions. "Seventeen individual sources, including government officials and insiders at the companies, confirmed the manipulation of hardware and other elements of the attacks. We also published three companies' full statements, as well as a statement from China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We stand by our story and are confident in our reporting and sources."Along with multiple strongly worded denials from Apple, including one to Congress, several other sources and government agencies have supported Apple's claims that the information shared in Bloomberg's story is false. The UK's Cyber Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, former FBI general counsel James Baker, and NSA Senior Advisor Rob Joyce have all questioned the veracity of Bloomberg's claims and have denied knowledge of such an investigation. 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: China, Tim Cook, The Big HackDiscuss this article in our forums
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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Tech Folio for iPad Pro From WaterField Designs
For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with WaterField Designs to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Tech Folio or Tech Folio Plus, which are cases that are designed for the 10.5 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models. Priced at $119 for the Tech Folio (for the 10.5-inch iPad) and $149 for the Tech Folio Plus (for the 12.9-inch iPad), the two accessories are available for purchase in a ballistic black nylon with black leather accents or waxed canvas with chocolate leather accents. Tech Folio WaterField Designs' Tech Folios are meant to hold an iPad Pro along with all of the accessories that you might need to go along with it. The Tech Folio Plus, designed for the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro holds more because of its larger size, but both have space for quite a lot of equipment. Tech Folio Plus There's a main padded compartment that's designed to hold the iPad itself, while zipped interior mesh pockets are able to hold cables, power adapters, and other small accessories to keep them from getting jumbled up and tangled. You can open up the interior area all the way so that it lays flat on a table or desk for easy access to everything that you need. Double zippers have been included so you can pull a cord out for charging purposes if you need to. Two additional interior pockets can hold a mouse, an iPhone, an external hard drive, or a similar device, and a front pocket is available for items that you want to access quickly. Waterproof zippers are included on both models to keep your iPad Pro and accessories safe from liquids and rain, and there's a convenient handle for carrying the folio along with D-rings for an optional strap. Apple is expected to introduce new iPad Pro models in late October, and because the new tablets are believed to be similar in size, WaterField Designs' Tech Folios may also fit these new models. Also, while this is designed for the iPad Pro, it will work with other similarly sized tablets and ultra thin notebooks. We have two Tech Folios and one Tech Folio Plus to give away to MacRumors readers. To enter to win our giveaway, use the Rafflecopter 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. a Rafflecopter giveawayThe contest will run from today (October 19) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on October 26. The winners will be chosen randomly on October 26 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.Tag: giveawayDiscuss this article in our forums
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Apple Encourages Developers to Get Their Mac Apps Notarized
In macOS Mojave, Apple introduced a new notarization feature for apps distributed outside of the Mac App Store that's designed to further protect users from malicious Mac apps. Apple is encouraging Mac app developers to submit their apps to Apple to be notarized. An Apple-notarized Mac app comes with a "more streamlined Gatekeeper dialog" to assure users that an app is not known malware. Apple already provides trusted non Mac App Store developers with Developer IDs that are necessary to let the Gatekeeper function on macOS install non Mac App Store apps without a hassle, but notarization takes it one step further and adds an extra layer of security. Notarization automatically scans Developer ID-signed software and performs security checks for malicious code and code signing problems. According to Apple, in a future version of macOS, notarization will be required for Developer ID-signed software.macOS Mojave is here. Give Mac users even more confidence in your software distributed outside the Mac App Store by submitting it to Apple to be notarized. When users on macOS Mojave first open a notarized app, installer package, or disk image, they'll see a more streamlined Gatekeeper dialog and have confidence that it is not known malware. Download Xcode 10 and submit your software today. In an upcoming release of macOS, Gatekeeper will require Developer ID-signed software to be notarized by Apple.The notarization process is designed for non Mac App Store apps and is not required for those that are submitted to the Mac App Store. More information on notarization can be found on Apple's developer site.Tag: Mac App StoreDiscuss this article in our forums
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Chrome 70 Now Enables Picture-in-Picture by Default on macOS
Google Chrome now enables picture-in-picture as a default setting on Mac, Windows, and Linux computers as of Chrome 70. If you are up-to-date and watching a compatible video in the Chrome web browser, you can minimize it and continue browsing the web in other tabs, while the video keeps playing in a new miniature screen (via Android Police). The feature works similarly to Safari's implementation of PIP: on compatible websites you can two-finger click twice on a playing video to find "Picture in Picture." This will pause the video on the main tab, turn it black, and display the video in a new window that can be moved around anywhere on the screen. PIP was previously in the Chrome 69 beta but it had to be manually enabled, so it appears that Google is making it easier for users to gain access to the feature with Chrome 70. PIP still isn't available on every video-playing website since it will have to be adopted by each site, but you can enable PIP with YouTube in Chrome on macOS starting today.Tags: Google, ChromeDiscuss this article in our forums
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Deals: Carriers Kick Off iPhone XR Promos, Anker and Choetech Launch New Charging Sales, and More
Today is iPhone XR pre-order day, and like with previous iPhone models you are able to pre-order the XR from all of the major cellular carriers, most of which are offering promotions. If you haven't pre-ordered your iPhone XR yet, check out the list below to see all of the various deals and offers you can get when buying the colorful new iPhone. 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 - Buy one iPhone XR and get another $700 off / both must be bought on AT&T Next with wireless (minimum $80/month) / must have DirecTV (minimum $29.99/month) Verizon - Buy any iPhone XR, XS, XS Max, or X and get the 64GB iPhone XR at no cost, or get $750 off a higher capacity / must add a new line to one of the iPhones / bill credit of $31.25 over 24 months starting in 1-2 billing cycles T-Mobile - Get T-Mobile Unlimited with iPhone XR at $40/month ($30 for the plan and $10 for the iPhone XR) for four lines / qualifying credit, finance agreement, and trade-in required (including iPhone 7/7Plus and 8/8 Plus) Sprint - Get the 64GB iPhone XR for $0/month when purchased on Sprint Flex lease with eligible trade in (including iPhone X, 8/8 Plus, and 7/7 Plus) / $31.25 bill credits applied within two bill cycles / requires 18 month lease with new line of service or eligible upgrade and approved credit Of course, a few retailers are also offering promotions if you visit their stores to buy the iPhone XR. If you pre-order the iPhone XR at Sam's Club you'll get a $100 Sam's Club gift card, as long as you purchase and activate the smartphone by October 28 on an installment or two-year device plan. Sam's Club says that all major carriers are participating in the offer, and it will keep pre-orders up for the iPhone XR through October 21. If you visit your local Best Buy store, you can get up to a $275 Best Buy gift card when trading in iPhone 7 Plus or newer models, which you can put towards an iPhone XR pre-order. If you choose to go the Best Buy route, the retailer also supports the carrier offers for Verizon (BOGO $750 off) and Sprint ($0/month on Sprint Flex lease with trade in). Note that this offer is only available in Best Buy stores and not online. Besides the iPhone XR, there are a few other deals going on as we head into the weekend. Over on Amazon, Anker has introduced two new discount codes for its premium nylon USB-C to USB-A cables of varying sizes. Additionally, Choetech has introduced a trio of new discount codes for shoppers interested in stocking up on cheap and reliable wireless chargers and car chargers. Check out all of these sales and a few others below: Anker Premium Double-Braided Nylon USB-C to USB-A Cable (2-pack, 3ft) - $7.19 with code ANKER322, down from $8.99 (exp. 10/24) Anker Premium Double-Braided Nylon USB-C to USB-A Cable Black (2-pack, 6ft) - $8.09 with code ANKER333, down from $9.99 (exp. 10/24) Choetech iPhone Wireless Charger - $6.99 with code PXGTHIDM, down from $12.99 (exp. 10/20) Choetech Dual USB QC 3.0 Car Charger - $5.99 with code P5I5G7O9, down from $13.99 (exp. 10/30) Choetech Bluetooth Sweatproof Sports Headphones - $12.99 with code WGFRPHUM, down from $18.99 (exp. 10/30) Top Greener's USB-A and USB-C Wall Outlet - $20.92 with promo code TYWIRE20, down from $26.15 Eve Degree Weather Station with HomeKit compatibility - $54.95, down from $69.99 For information on other savings be sure to visit our full Deals Roundup.Related Roundup: Apple DealsDiscuss this article in our forums
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How to Scan Documents With Your iPhone in Three Quick Steps
The document scanning feature found in Apple's stock Notes app is a great way to digitize all sorts of print-based content, from letters and receipts to recipes and photos. If you often make a digital record of paper in this way, you'll be familiar with the typical steps involved: unlock your device, launch the Notes app from the Home screen, create a new note, tap the "+" button, choose Scan Documents, then line up the document you want to shoot and save. It's not immediately obvious, but there is a way to cut out several of these steps and make scanning a document a much quicker process, which is great news if you tend to scan things several times a day. First, you'll want to add Notes to the Control Center, like so: Launch the Settings app. Tap Control Center. In the More Controls list, tap the green "+" button next to the Notes entry. Now that's set up, you can get to the document scanning screen in fewer steps, as described below. How to Scan Documents in Three Quick Steps Launch Control Center from the Lock screen: On iPhone 8 or earlier, swipe up from the bottom of the screen; on iPhone X/XS/XR, swipe down from the upper right "ear". Hard press (or long press) the Notes icon. Tap Scan Document and allow Face ID to automatically authenticate you (If you're using an iPhone with Touch ID, place your finger on the Home screen to unlock.) You're now ready to scan your document and save it as a note. Don't forget, if you want to generate a PDF of the scan as soon as it's been saved as a note, simply tap the Share Sheet icon (the box with an arrow pointing out) at the upper-right of the screen and select Create PDF from the third row of options. Once it's generated you'll be offered the option to save it to the Files app, or you can share it elsewhere with another tap of the Share Sheet icon.Related Roundup: iOS 12Discuss this article in our forums
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Jony Ive Discusses His Team's Move to Apple Park, Remains Tight-Lipped About Prospects of Apple Car
Apple's design chief Jony Ive sat down for an interview over lunch with Financial Times reporter Nicholas Foulkes earlier this month, discussing a wide range of topics, including the Apple Watch, Apple Park, and prospects of an Apple Car. Jony Ive portrait via Financial Times Questioned on why Apple's design team was among the last to move into the company's new Apple Park headquarters, Ive said that was the plan all along, adding that relocating some 9,000 people takes time.It wasn't late, it was always scheduled to be then. When you're moving 9,000 people, you don't do it in one day. We're one of the last groups. It's a loaded and significant event because it meant leaving a studio that has decades of history, where we designed and built first prototypes. This is the studio I went back to on the day that Steve died. And it's the place where we figured out the iPhone and the iPod.Ive said his team's move to Apple Park has allowed for increased collaboration among different areas of creative expertise:Moving to Apple Park represents the coming together, at last, of these different areas of creative expertise that are incredibly diverse. I'm fairly confident that this has never happened before, to have industrial designers next to font designers, next to prototypers, next to haptic experts. The best haptic experts in the world are sat next to a bunch of guys who have PhDs in material science.On the prospects of an Apple Car, Ive remained tight lipped. In general, he said it's important to work on the associated issues and challenges with any new product, rather than talk about it and risk having the ideas and technologies copied:We explore so many different thoughts and so many different technologies for products or services. Some companies use the fact that they are exploring lots of different ideas as a PR tool — we don't. If you are genuinely working on something, it's better to be working on it and struggling with the associated issues and challenges, rather than talking about it. Our capital, our equity, is our ideas and the technologies that we're developing. It's important that as long as possible that remains ours, to try and postpone that point when they will then be copied — which is what history suggests.When asked if the Apple Watch is best described as a watch, Ive instead referred to it as a "very powerful computer":No, I think that this is a very powerful computer, with a range of very sophisticated sensors, that is strapped to my wrist. That's neither very descriptive nor very helpful. You and I share the same perspective and we had this same challenge with the product that we called the iPhone. Clearly the capability of the iPhone extends way beyond the function of what we would traditionally call a phone.Ive went on to say that Apple believes it has a responsibility to understand and mitigate the implications and consequences, both positive and negative, of the products it creates — i.e. Screen Time in iOS 12. "It keeps me awake," he said:If you genuinely have a concern for humanity, you will be preoccupied with trying to understand the implications, the consequences of creating something that hasn’t existed before. I think it's part of the culture at Apple to believe that there is a responsibility that doesn't end when you ship a product… It keeps me awake.Also see Ive's interview with Vogue's Anna Wintour at WIRED's 25th anniversary event earlier this week.Tag: Jony IveDiscuss this article in our forums
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'Company of Heroes 2: Master Collection' Now on the Mac App Store for $39.99
Feral today announced that the Company of Heroes 2: Master Collection is now available on the Mac App Store. Originally developed by Relic Entertainment and generally regarded as the definitive version of the critically acclaimed real-time strategy game, the Master Collection on Mac utilizes an implementation of Apple's Metal that brings a leap forward in performance and graphics, according to Feral. Company of Heroes 2: Master Collection challenges players to direct their troops through fast-paced real-time battles in the brutal fight to turn the tide of World War II. From the desperate defense of Stalingrad to victory in Berlin, they must defeat a tenacious enemy through the deadly cold of the Russian winter and the fast-moving battlegrounds of the western front.The Company of Heroes 2: Master Collection comes with the base game, its entire catalogue of DLC, and all three expansions, including The Western Front Armies, Ardennes Assault, and The British Forces. The Western Front Armies changes the course of multiplayer warfare by bringing U.S. Forces and the German Oberkommando West to Online and Skirmish mode. Meanwhile Ardennes Assault puts players in command of U.S. Forces in a single-player campaign against the Germany army. The British Forces challenges players adds a new multiplayer army and a new set of maps ranging from northwest Europe to Nazi Germany. The game officially supports the following Macs:All 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros released since 2016 All 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros released since Mid 2012 All 15-inch MacBook Pros released since Mid 2012 with a 1GB graphics card or better All 21.5-inch iMacs released since Late 2013 with a 1.8GHz i3 processor or better All 27-inch iMacs released since Late 2013 (Late 2012 models with Nvidia 675MX or Nvidia 680MX graphics are also supported.) All 27-inch iMac Pros released since Late 2017 All Mac Pros released since Late 2013Company of Heroes 2: Master Collection is now available from the Mac App Store for $39.99/£38.99. Customers who already own the Mac App Store version of Company of Heroes 2 will receive all the DLC and expansion packs in a free update.Tag: FeralDiscuss this article in our forums
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Some iPhone XR Models Start Selling Out
iPhone XR pre-orders kicked off at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time, and just a half hour after orders went live, some colors started selling out and became unavailable for launch day delivery in the United States. Right now, some yellow iPhone XR models from T-Mobile won't ship out for one to two weeks, delivering in November instead of on October 26. In the UK, iPhone XR supply is also starting to slowly sell out, with coral and yellow models starting to list a one to two week delivery estimate. All other colors are still available for launch day delivery in the United States at this time, but available supply for in-store pickup has dwindled for some models in some areas. It's not clear if yellow is a popular color choice or if Apple made fewer yellow iPhone XR models, but with one color selling out, the others could soon follow. Apple did not provide SIM-free models of the iPhone XR for pre-order in the United States, which typically means that supplies are not quite as strong as Apple would like. SIM-free models are, however, available in other countries around the world. Curiously, Apple has also not provided iPhone XR cases for the new device, which is unusual as new iPhone releases are typically accompanied by matching cases. iPhone XR press releases in some countries mentioned that Apple would debut a clear case for the iPhone XR to show off the colors of the device, but no such case is available as of yet. If you're planning to get an iPhone XR, it's best to place an order right away if you want launch day delivery, because it's not clear if and when available stock will sell out. Apple will, as always, have some devices available for walk-in purchases on October 26.Related Roundup: iPhone XRBuyer's Guide: iPhone XR (Buy Now)Discuss this article in our forums
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Apple Debuts New USB-C Magnetic Apple Watch Charger
Alongside the iPhone XR, Apple today released a new 0.3m Magnetic Apple Watch Charger that's equipped with a USB-C connector for the first time. At $29, the USB-C version of the Apple Watch Magnetic Charger is priced the same as the USB-A version that's long been available. The USB-C version of the Apple Watch Charger is only available in 0.3m, and is not available in the longer 1m and 2m lengths. It's not clear why Apple has decided to only offer it in the smaller size, but additional chargers with longer USB-C cables could be added in the future. Apple has been selling Lightning to USB-C cables designed for the iPhone for quite some time, but there was no equivalent option for the Apple Watch, so it couldn't be charged via a USB-C power adapter or a USB-C Mac sans adapter. The new USB-C Apple Watch Charger will ship out in one business day and will be available in Apple retail stores starting next week.Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Buy Now)Discuss this article in our forums
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Apple Shares New iPhone XR Promo Videos Following Pre-Order Launch
Following the launch of iPhone XR pre-orders at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time on October 19, Apple uploaded two new iPhone XR videos to its YouTube channel. The two short videos are designed to show off the iPhone XR's design and feature set, with the "Spectrum" video focusing on the different colors available and a second introductory video highlighting the Liquid Retina LCD display, the single lens camera with Depth Control, and Face ID. These are the first iPhone XR videos that Apple has shared so far following the device's September introduction. Pre-orders for the iPhone XR are now live, with pricing starting at $749. For full details on the new features in the iPhone XR, make sure to check out our roundup.Related Roundup: iPhone XRBuyer's Guide: iPhone XR (Caution)Discuss this article in our forums
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iPhone XR Now Available for Pre-Order From Apple's Online Store
Apple is now accepting pre-orders for the new iPhone XR through its online storefront on the web and through its Apple Store app on iOS devices. The 6.1-inch iPhone XR is the third iPhone in the 2018 iPhone lineup, and the most affordable of the new devices. Rather than an OLED display, a dual-lens camera system, a stainless steel frame, 3D Touch, and Gigabit LTE, the iPhone XR features more affordable components that include an LCD display with a resolution of 1792x828, a single-lens camera system, lesser water resistance, an aluminum frame, Haptic Touch, and LTE Advanced. On the plus side, the iPhone XR has a longer battery life than the iPhone XS and XS Max, and it comes in six colors: white, black, blue, coral, yellow, and (PRODUCT)RED. Design wise, it looks similar to the iPhone XS and XS Max with an edge-to-edge LCD display that includes a notch and a TrueDepth camera system, but its bezels are slightly wider. The iPhone XR adopts the same Face ID functionality as the iPhone XS and XS Max, with Apple eliminating the Home button in all of its flagship iPhones in 2018. The iPhone XR also supports dual-SIM functionality like the iPhone XS, and it has the same super fast A12 chip. It also features a glass body that supports wireless charging functionality, and through software enhancements, it supports many of the same camera features including Portrait Mode, Depth Control, and Smart HDR. Pre-orders for the iPhone XR are available in first wave launch countries including Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Herzegovina, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the UAE, UK, US and US Virgin Islands. All of the major U.S. carriers -- Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile -- are accepting pre-orders for the new devices, as are many other carriers around the world. Major online retailers including Best Buy and Target are also accepting pre-orders starting today. Pricing on the iPhone XR starts at $749 for 64GB of storage, with 128GB of storage available for $799 and 256GB of storage available for $899. iPhone Upgrade Program customers can get the iPhone XR starting at $37.41 per month. In the United States, customers can purchase iPhone XR models from any of the four major carriers using Apple's site. SIM-free models are not available at this time, suggesting supplies of the iPhone XR could be somewhat constrained. Customers who successfully place an order for launch day delivery can expect to begin receiving their devices starting on Friday, October 26, the official launch date for the iPhone XR.Related Roundup: iPhone XRBuyer's Guide: iPhone XR (Caution)Discuss this article in our forums
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Apple's Online Store Down Ahead of iPhone XR Pre-Orders
Apple has taken its online storefront down to prepare for pre-orders for the 6.1-inch iPhone XR, the third iPhone in the 2018 iPhone lineup. Apple will begin accepting orders for the iPhone XR at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time or 3:01 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, October 19. In other countries, pre-order times will vary based on local time zone. Pre-orders will kick off at 5:01 p.m. in Sydney, for example, 3:01 p.m. in China, and 8:01 a.m. in the UK. For full details on when pre-orders go live in your country, make sure to check out our post that lists all pre-order times by country. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Apple will accept pre-orders through the Apple website and the Apple Store app. T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon will all be accepting pre-orders for the iPhone XR in the United States, as will major retailers like Best Buy. Pre-orders for the iPhone XR will be available from Apple at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time in the following first wave launch countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Herzegovina, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the UAE, UK, US and US Virgin Islands. iPhone XR will expand to Israel on November 1 and Armenia, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Macau, Maldives, Myanmar, Ukraine, and Vietnam on November 2, according to pre-order details shared by Apple. Apple did not launch the iPhone XR at the same time as the iPhone XS and XS Max because of issues that delayed production, so it is not clear if Apple will have adequate supply to meet demand. Customers hoping to get one of the new devices on launch day should order as early as possible just in case. The iPhone XR is priced starting at $749, and it is available in 64, 128, and 512GB capacities in six colors: white, black, blue, coral, yellow, and (PRODUCT)RED. Compared to the iPhone XS and XS Max, the iPhone XR has an LCD display instead of an OLED display, a single-lens camera rather than a dual lens camera, and LTE Advanced instead of Gigabit LTE. On the plus side, the iPhone XR offers even longer battery life than the iPhone XS Max. For more detail on the iPhone XR, make sure to check out our iPhone XR roundup to read up on the new device's feature set ahead of when pre-orders begin. The first pre-orders placed for the new iPhone XR models will arrive on Friday, October 26, the iPhone XR's official launch date. Related Roundup: iPhone XRBuyer's Guide: iPhone XR (Caution)Discuss this article in our forums
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USB-C Instead of Lightning Again Rumored for Upcoming iPad Pro Models
Apple's upcoming iPad Pro models will feature a USB-C port instead of a traditional Lightning port, according to information gathered from accessory makers at the Global Source Mobile Electronics Trade Fair by Japanese site Mac Otakara. The trade fair kicked off today and Mac Otakara heard "talk" from manufacturers attending the event about a switch to USB-C. iPad Pro mockup by Álvaro Pabesio This isn't the first time we've heard of Apple's plans to adopt USB-C instead of Lightning on its new iPad Pro models, which would further bridge the gap between mobile device and computer. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who often accurately predicts Apple's plans, said in September that Apple's 2018 iPad Pro models will use USB-C instead of Lightning. USB-C connectivity would enable new functionality, such as the ability to connect an iPad Pro to a 4K monitor. Mac Otakara also says that manufacturers at the event were showing off a photo of the 2018 iPad Pro dimensions that was first shared on Slashleaks last week. That image, said to be based on measurements secured from case makers, suggested the smaller iPad Pro model will be 7 inches wide (178.52mm) and 9.7 inches tall (247.64mm), while the larger model will be 8.5 inches wide (215mm) and 11 inches tall (280.66mm). Both models could have bezels that measure in at 6mm around all sides, and at least one model may be as thin as 5.9mm. Apple's new iPad Pro models are rumored to feature a TrueDepth camera system for Face ID and no Home button. The new devices are expected to make their debut on Tuesday, October 30, at an event Apple is planning to hold in Brooklyn, New York.Related Roundup: iPad ProBuyer's Guide: 10.5" iPad Pro (Don't Buy), 12.9" iPad Pro (Don't Buy)Discuss this article in our forums
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When You Can Pre-Order the iPhone XR in Every Time Zone
Pre-orders for the iPhone XR will kick off on Friday, October 19 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time, allowing customers to purchase the third flagship iPhone in the 2018 iPhone lineup. Apple is planning to make the new devices available in multiple countries around the world simultaneously, so we've created a list of when pre-orders will kick off all around the world. Australia West - 3:01 p.m. AWST Australia East - 5:01 p.m. AEST Austria - 9:01 a.m. CEST Belgium - 9:01 a.m. CEST Canada West - 12:01 a.m. PDT Canada East - 3:01 a.m. EDT China - 3:01 p.m. CST Denmark - 9:01 a.m. CEST Finland - 10:01 a.m. EEST France - 9:01 a.m. CEST Germany - 9:01 a.m. CES Guernsey - 8:01 a.m. BST Hong Kong - 3:01 p.m. HKT Ireland - 8:01 a.m. IST Isle of Man - 8:01 a.m. BST Italy - 9:01 a.m. CEST Japan - 4:01 p.m. JST Jersey - 8:01 a.m. BST Luxembourg - 9:01 a.m. CEST Mexico - 2:01 a.m. CDT Netherlands - 9:01 a.m. CEST New Zealand - 8:01 p.m. NZDT Norway - 9:01 a.m. CEST Portugal - 8:01 a.m. WEST Puerto Rico - 3:01 a.m. AST Saudi Arabia - 10:01 a.m. AST Singapore - 3:01 p.m. SGT Spain - 9:01 a.m. CEST Sweden - 9:01 a.m. CEST Switzerland - 9:01 a.m. CEST Taiwan - 3:01 p.m. CST UAE - 11:01 a.m GST United Kingdom - 8:01 a.m. BST United States West - 12:01 a.m. PDT United States Mountain - 1:01 a.m. MDT United States Central - 2:01 a.m. CDT United States East - 3:01 a.m. EDT US Virgin Islands - 3:01 a.m. AST We haven't listed every time zone for every country, such as in Canada, Russia, and the United States, nor have we listed every available pre-order country, so make sure to double check your specific time zone so you're certain you know the exact time that pre-orders will kick off. A time zone converting website is a useful tool for confirming accurate pre-order times. It's not yet clear if supplies of the iPhone XR will be constrained, but there have been rumors of production issues that led to a launch delay, so it's best to pre-order the iPhone XR as soon as possible if you're aiming to get a new device on release day. iPhone XR pre-orders will be available on October 19 in Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Herzegovina, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the UAE, UK, US, and US Virgin Islands. The first iPhone XR pre-orders will arrive to customers on Friday, October 26, the XR's official launch date. Related Roundup: iPhone XRBuyer's Guide: iPhone XR (Caution)Discuss this article in our forums
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Apple Pay Promo Offers $25 Coupon After $100 Purchase From Oakley
Apple today sent out emails highlighting its latest Apple Pay promotion, which offers Apple Pay users a $25 coupon after they spend $100 at Oakley.com. To get the reward, users must make a purchase of $100 or more from the Oakley website and then use Apple Pay as a payment option when checking out. The discount is not immediate and will not apply to the $100 purchase, but will instead be provided as an additional $25 discount coupon within two weeks of purchase. Apple says the deal will be available from October 18 through October 24. The $25 coupon must be redeemed before December 31, 2018, and it can only be used on full-price items. The full fine print:Offer valid on purchases of $100 or more on Oakley.com with Apple Pay from October 18 through 24. Customers will receive their $25 coupon via email within two weeks of purchase. Limit one per customer. Coupon must be redeemed before December 31, 2018, and can only be used on full-priced items. Cannot be combined with other promotions or discounts. Void where prohibited. Some restrictions apply. Offer only valid with Oakley.Apple's latest email also promotes several other companies that offer outdoor and cold weather gear including Ugg, The North Face, and Teva, all of which support Apple Pay.Related Roundup: Apple PayDiscuss this article in our forums
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Apple Highlights Apps Offering Siri Shortcuts Integration
Apple in iOS 12 introduced a new Siri Shortcuts feature that's designed to let users create multi-step automations using first and third-party apps. Since iOS 12's release, app developers have been adding Siri Shortcuts support to their apps, and today, Apple highlighted several apps that have launched useful Siri Shortcut options. Tile, for example, has added a Shortcut designed to let you find an item attached to a Tile device, like your keys, by asking Siri. Apps like CARROT and Dark Sky offer up weather details with Siri commands like "rain report" or "UV index," while Citymapper lets you get commute information in seconds. Evernote lets you get quick access to Shortcuts for sharing notes, creating audio notes, creating camera notes, and printing, while Day One has Shortcuts for creating journal entries and recording audio. Calendar app Fantastical lets you schedule events and preview what's coming next, and Trello, Things, and Omnifocus all have Shortcut options for streamlining projects. Apple also highlights Waterminder for tracking your water intake, Lose It! for keeping track of what you're eating, MyTherapy for monitoring daily medications, and meditation in Headspace, all features that can be accessed via simple Siri commands without the need to open up the respective apps.Related Roundup: iOS 12Tag: SiriDiscuss this article in our forums
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Square Launches All-in-One Payment Device 'Terminal' With NFC and Card Support
Payments company Square today announced the launch of a new point-of-sale hardware device called "Terminal," which combines NFC, credit/debit card swiping, and chip-based payments all in one piece of hardware. Like Square's other devices, Terminal supports Apple Pay, Google Pay, and other mobile wallets using near-field communication. Square says Terminal can be used alongside an existing point-of-sale solution or as its own standalone payment processing system. Terminal also has an all-day battery, Wi-Fi and Ethernet internet connections, an offline mode, quick setup, fraud prevention, and is fully mobile so it can be used on a countertop or taken directly to customers. In terms of pricing, businesses will have to pay one transaction rate of 2.6% + 10¢ for every payment, and Square promises no hidden fees. “We love how the hardware, payments, and printer are all part of one device,” said Fabrice Borg, manager of Prive by Laurent D Salon in New York, NY. “Square Terminal makes for a more seamless and professional experience when we bring the terminal to our customers and they can pay for their services right from the salon chair.” Square first launched its original NFC reader back in November 2015, allowing any business to introduce Apple Pay support to their checkout process. Over the years the company expanded into the United Kingdom, introduced new point-of-sale devices like the Square Register, and updated the swipe-based Square Reader with a Lightning connector. Those interested can purchase Terminal in the Square Shop for $399, or pay $37 per month for 12 months.Related Roundup: Apple PayTag: SquareDiscuss this article in our forums
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Tweetbot 5 for iOS Now Available With Refreshed Look, Dark Mode, and GIPHY Support
The newest version of the popular Tweetbot Twitter app for iOS devices launched this morning, introducing a revamped look for the app along with several new features. Tweetbot 5's new look better matches the redesigned Mac version of Tweetbot that was introduced back in May, with redesigned profiles, tweet status details, timeline, and more. The app also adopts the new Tweetbot app logo that first debuted for Mac. The updated version of the iOS app includes a revamped Dark Mode that looks great on Apple's lineup of OLED iPhones, and GIFs and videos can now be set to autoplay. Autoplay is turned on when updating, but can be adjusted within the settings of the app. Built-in support for GIF service GIPHY adds a new GIF button to the compose window for quickly searching for and then adding a GIF to a tweet. Descriptions can be added to an image when creating a tweet, and Tapbots has added haptic feedback support. Full release notes for the update are below:- GIF support in compose view (Powered by Giphy). - Redesigned profiles. - Redesigned tweet status details. - New iconography and app icon. - Optimized dark theme for OLED displays. - Support for haptic feedback. - Auto video playback in the timeline (which can be disabled in the settings). - Ability to add descriptions to images when composing.Tweetbot can be downloaded from the App Store for $4.99. The new update is free for existing users. [Direct Link]Tag: TweetbotDiscuss this article in our forums
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First iPhone XR Review Videos Now Available on YouTube
The iPhone XR will be available for pre-order at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time on October 19, and ahead of when pre-orders go live, the first iPhone XR reviews have been published on YouTube. Apple appears to have provided several YouTubers and media sites with iPhone XR review units, with a list of some of the available review videos embedded below. Apple's iPhone XR is the third iPhone in Apple's 2018 iPhone lineup. It's the least expensive of the three new devices, priced starting at $749 vs. $999 and $1,099 for the iPhone XS and XS Max. Compared to the iPhone XS, the iPhone XR features an LCD display instead of an OLED display, Haptic Touch instead of 3D Touch, and an aluminum frame instead of a stainless steel frame. It's got a lower water resistance rating at IP67, and it has slower LTE Advanced instead of Gigabit LTE. Most notably, the iPhone XR uses a single-lens camera system instead of a dual-lens camera system, but the two devices feature many of the same capabilities such as Depth Control and Smart HDR, enabled through software. Aside from these differences, the iPhone XR and iPhone XS have the same components including the super fast A12 chip, TrueDepth camera system for Face ID, and glass body for wireless charging capabilities. The iPhone XR will officially launch on Friday, October 26, one week after pre-orders take place.Related Roundup: iPhone XRBuyer's Guide: iPhone XR (Caution)Discuss this article in our forums
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Apple Launches Special Event Page for October Event With Dynamic Set of Apple Logos
Apple today sent out invites for an upcoming October 30th event set to be held in Brooklyn. Apple did something special for its invites this time around, and each one features unique artwork with a different Apple logo. Apple also designed a new event page for the event, and each time you reload the page, you can see a new Apple logo that Apple created. It's not clear how many different Apple logos Apple designed for the event, but it appears to be at least several dozen. You can see a selection of approximately 10 of them by refreshing the event page, but not all of the artwork that showed up on the invites appears to be on the page. Apple's event, which will focus on the iPad Pro and its Mac lineup, is set to take place on Tuesday, October 30 in New York City at the Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn. It is Apple's first NYC event in several years. Rather than starting at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, Apple's October event will kick off at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, or 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time because the event is taking place on the East Coast instead of the West Coast. According to the event page, Apple will live stream its New York event. You will be able to watch through the Events app on the Apple TV or on Apple's website through the Events page.Discuss this article in our forums
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Apple Invites Media to October 30th Event in New York City
Apple today sent out media invites for a second major 2018 event set to be held in New York City on Tuesday, October 30 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House. Apple's October event, which will focus on products not introduced at the iPhone-centric event in September, will kick off at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Image via Neil Cybart We're still awaiting multiple product refreshes before the end of 2018, including updates to several Mac models and the iPad Pro, which are likely to see a debut at the event. 2018 iPad Pro models are expected to adopt an iPhone X-style design with no Home button, slimmer bezels, and a TrueDepth camera system that will enable Face ID for biometric authentication. 2018 iPad Pro mockup by Álvaro Pabesio While the iPad Pro is expected to continue to use an LCD rather than OLED due to the high price of OLED displays, rumors suggest it could adopt a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port and that the headphone jack could potentially be eliminated. Along with new iPad Pro models, we're also expecting refreshes to the MacBook line. Refreshed 12-inch MacBooks are said to be in the works, and based on rumors, Apple has developed a low-cost notebook with a Retina display that could be positioned as an updated MacBook Air. The Mac mini, which has not been updated for more than 1,400 days, is expected to be refreshed for the first time since 2014. We don't know a lot about what to expect for the Mac mini update, but upgraded internals and faster processors are a sure thing. It's possible that at this iPad and Mac-focused event, we'll also hear more about the modular Mac Pro that Apple is working on for a 2019 debut. Apple's 2018 iPhone keynote event will begin at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Apple typically streams the event live on its website and on Apple TV, but for those who are unable to watch, MacRumors will be providing full event coverage both on MacRumors.com and through our MacRumorsLive Twitter account.Related Roundups: iPad Pro, Mac mini, MacBook Air, MacBookBuyer's Guide: 10.5" iPad Pro (Don't Buy), Mac Mini (Don't Buy), MacBook Air (Don't Buy), 12.9" iPad Pro (Don't Buy), MacBook (Don't Buy)Discuss this article in our forums
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Tim Cook Highlights 'The Big Draw' Sketching Sessions Taking Place at Apple Stores This Month
To celebrate The Big Draw Festival, a monthlong worldwide celebration of drawing held every October, eight Apple Stores are hosting special Today at Apple sessions related to the festival throughout the month. A total of 108 sessions will be hosted by the end of the month at Apple Regent Street in London, Apple Piazza Liberty in Milan, Apple Dubai Mall in Dubai, Apple Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Apple SoHo and Apple Williamsburg in New York, Apple Orchard Road in Singapore, and Apple Union Square in San Francisco. Apple CEO Tim Cook today tweeted about a session hosted by artist Marcy Smith, who helped customers learn how to draw and sketch with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil at the Union Square store on Wednesday evening. Artists like @MarcyMoji make #TodayatApple sessions so inspiring. We're hosting @The_Big_Draw celebrations around the world this month, including Marcy’s masterclass on drawing with iPad last night at San Francisco’s Apple Union Square. pic.twitter.com/A37rRKskMN— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) October 18, 2018 The sessions, which include Live Art and Sketch Walks, are free to attend as space permits. There are still plenty of sessions remaining through the second half of October, and those interested can browse and sign up for sessions on the Today at Apple page. Most sessions are scheduled to run 90 minutes.Related Roundup: Apple StoresTag: Today at AppleDiscuss this article in our forums
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