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Vox Signs on to Join Apple's News Subscription Service for Future Paid Tiers
Apple has inked a deal with Vox for Vox to become a part of its upcoming subscription service that will be available in Apple News, reports Bloomberg. Vox is owned by Vox Media, which also owns the Verge, Recode, Eater, and SB Nation, but Apple's deal is only for the Vox site for now. Vox does not have a subscription offering at the current time, but Vox CEO Jim Bankoff recently said that paid subscriptions would be added to the Vox site later this year. Apple News subscribers who sign up for Apple's paid service, set to be called Apple News Magazines, will be able to access a variety of magazines and paywalled news from participating publishers. Rumors have suggested Apple plans to charge around $9.99 for the service, with the Cupertino company keeping 50 percent of the fee while splitting the rest of the fee among publishers. The Wall Street Journal and many magazine publishers have signed up to participate, but other news sites like the Washington Post and The New York Times have declined. Apple plans to unveil its new Apple News Magazine service at an event that will take place at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on March 25.Tag: Apple NewsThis article, "Vox Signs on to Join Apple's News Subscription Service for Future Paid Tiers" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Comcast Launches New $5 Month Ad-Supported Streaming TV Service
Just ahead of when Apple plans to launch a new subscription video service that will give customers access to bundled cable channels, Comcast has introduced Xfinity Flex, a streaming service that combines video on demand content, ad-supported, free live streaming content, and access to add-on subscription apps. Xfinity Flex is priced at $5 per month and is available to customers who subscribe to Comcast's Xfinity internet service. It comes with a 4K set-top box and X1 voice remote for accessing content. Comcast says that thousands of free movies and shows will be offered, with free content from Tubi TV, YouTube, Xumo, Pluto TV, and more offered alongside subscription content from apps like Netflix, HBO, EPIX, and Prime Video. It will also be paired with podcasts and music services from Pandora, iHeart Radio, NPR One, among others. The app will have an interface that's not unlike the interface of the Apple TV, with a content library, access to a "Watch" section for TV content, a listen section for music, and an apps section for accessing different apps and home WiFi settings."Xfinity Flex will deepen our relationship with a certain segment of our Internet customers and provide them with real value," said Matt Strauss, Executive Vice President, Xfinity Services for Comcast Cable. "For just five dollars a month, we can offer these customers an affordable, flexible, and differentiated platform that includes thousands of free movies and shows for online streaming, an integrated guide for accessing their favorite apps and connected home devices, and the ease of navigating and managing all of it with our voice remote."Comcast plans to allow customers to subscribe to third-party video services through its platform, which is something that Apple is also going to offer with its own streaming service. According to Comcast, more than 10,000 free online movies and TV shows will be included alongside the streaming services that its customers subscribe to, along with options to purchase and rent movies and TV shows. Comcast plans to make Xfinity Flex available to Comcast subscribers on March 26. It will be available to residential customers who have internet service with 25Mb/s or above that's compatible with xFi gate.Tag: ComcastThis article, "Comcast Launches New $5 Month Ad-Supported Streaming TV Service" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Apple Secures Rights to AirPower Trademark Amid Launch Rumors
Amid launch rumors that Apple is preparing to release the AirPower sometime soon, the Cupertino company has finally secured the rights to the AirPower trademark. To get the AirPower trademark, Apple had to jump through quite a few hoops over the course of the last few months, ultimately seeming to purchase access from a company that had previously applied for the trademark. Apple first attempted to trademark the AirPower name in the summer of 2018, but found that a company named Advanced Access Technologies had filed an earlier application to trademark the term. The AirPower trademark registered by Advanced Access Technologies was then provisionally granted and published for opposition in December 2018. Ahead of when a trademark is officially granted, the USPTO takes opposition filings from anyone who believes the trademark could result in confusion with an existing product. Apple opposed Advanced Access Technologies' trademark of AirPower in January 2019, claiming that it would interfere with similar trademarked Apple product names, including AirPlay, AirPort, AirPods, and AirPrint. After fighting to prevent the AirPower trademark from being granted to Advanced Access Technologies for several months with multiple different filings with the USPTO, Apple yesterday suddenly withdrew its opposition and the dispute was terminated. Just after Apple withdrew opposition on Advanced Access Technologies' trademark of the AirPower name, an Apple lawyer was appointed the attorney of the trademark case, suggesting that Apple purchased rights to the AirPower trademark from Advanced Access Technologies ahead of an imminent AirPower launch that would not give Apple time to secure the trademark through other means. Advanced Access Technologies is still listed as the owner of the trademark, but Apple appears to be in the process of getting that changed, with Apple lawyer Thomas Perle now named as the attorney on the trademark application. Apple's acquisition of the AirPower trademark comes amid new rumors suggesting a launch for the long-delayed accessory isn't too far off. There's new code in the iOS 12.2 beta related to charging multiple devices at once, which wasn't there before, indicating Apple may be planning to release the AirPower sometime around when iOS 12.2 comes out. The Wall Street Journal recently confirmed that Apple approved production of the AirPower earlier this year, and just today, we found an image of the AirPower with an iPhone XS and the new AirPods Wireless Charging Case hidden in the source code on Apple's website in Australia. It's still not clear when the AirPower is actually going to launch, but with increasing signs of its arrival, it could come at any time. Apple this week released new iPads, iMacs, and updated AirPods on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, leading to speculation the company was gearing up to introduce the AirPower, but there's still no sign of the device. We could potentially hear word on when we can expect the AirPower at Apple's March event, which will take place next Monday. Apple is using the event to introduce a new Apple News service and streaming TV service. Rumors have, however, suggested the event will not focus on hardware, so we could be waiting until later in the spring for an AirPower update.This article, "Apple Secures Rights to AirPower Trademark Amid Launch Rumors" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Apple Updates Final Cut Pro, Motion, Compressor, and iMovie
Apple today updated a number of its video-related Mac apps, including Final Cut Pro, Motion, Compressor, and iMovie. Most of the updates are minor in scale, focusing on bug fixes and under-the-hood performance improvements. For all four apps, Apple has added a feature that detects media files that could be incompatible with future versions of macOS after Mojave. In Final Cut Pro and iMovie, these files will be converted to a compatible format, while just highlighted in Motion and Compressor. Apple is phasing out support for 32-bit Mac apps after Mojave, which is why this new feature has been introduced. All three software updates also include improved reliability when sharing video to YouTube. In Final Cut Pro, Apple has also added a number of bug fixes, with the release notes listed below:- Detects media files that may be incompatible with future versions of macOS after Mojave and converts them to a compatible format - Fixes an issue that could cause share destinations to disappear from the share menu after quitting Final Cut Pro - Fixes an issue that could cause the workflow extension button to disappear when resizing the interface - Fixes an issue in which the Select Clip command could incorrectly select the clip beneath the playhead - Fixes an issue in which a successful share notification appears after the share operation was cancelled - Fixes an issue in which frames saved to the frame browser in the Comparison Viewer may appear differently than they do in the viewer - Fixes an issue in which frequency information for Hum Removal may not be visible in the audio inspector - Fixes an issue in which relinked media may appear with black thumbnails in the browser and timeline - Fixes an issue in which the share menu may be obscured behind the viewer when using Final Cut Pro in fullscreen mode - Improves reliability when sharing video to YouTubeFinal Cut Pro, Motion, Compressor, and iMovie are all available from the Mac App Store. iMovie is a free download, while Final Cut Pro is priced at $299, Motion is priced at $49.99, and Compressor is priced at $49.99.This article, "Apple Updates Final Cut Pro, Motion, Compressor, and iMovie" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions Passwords in Plain Text, Thousands of Employees Had Access
Facebook today announced that during a routine security review it discovered "some user passwords" were stored in a readable format within its internal data storage systems, accessible by employees. As it turns out, "some user passwords" actually means hundreds of millions of passwords. A Facebook insider told KrebsOnSecurity that between 200 and 600 million Facebook users may have had their account passwords stored in plain text in a database accessible to 20,000 Facebook employees. Some Instagram passwords were also included, and Facebook claims many of the passwords came from Facebook Lite users. Facebook says that there's no "evidence to date" that anyone within Facebook abused or improperly accessed the passwords, but KrebsOnSecurity's source says 2,000 engineers or developers made around nine million internal queries for data elements that contained plain text user passwords. Facebook employees reportedly built applications that logged unencrypted password data, which is how the passwords were exposed. Facebook hasn't determined exactly how many passwords were stored in plain text, nor how long they were visible. Facebook plans to notify users whose passwords were improperly stored, and the company says that it has been looking at the ways certain categories of information, such as access tokens, are stored, and correcting problems as they're found. "There is nothing more important to us than protecting people's information, and we will continue making improvements as part of our ongoing security efforts at Facebook," reads Facebook's blog post. Facebook and Instagram users who are concerned about their account security should change their passwords, using unique passwords that are different from passwords used on other sites. Facebook also recommends users enable two-factor authentication.Tag: FacebookThis article, "Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions Passwords in Plain Text, Thousands of Employees Had Access" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Two Zero-Day Vulnerabilities Discovered in Safari for Mac on Day One of Pwn2Own Hacking Contest
The 19th annual CanSecWest security conference is underway in Vancouver, Canada, including the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest, and two zero-day security vulnerabilities have so far been discovered in Safari on macOS. The contest kicked off on Wednesday with security researchers Amat Cama and Richard Zhu teaming up against Safari. The duo successfully exploited the browser and escaped the sandbox by using a combination of an integer overflow, heap overflow, and brute force technique, earning them $55,000. Later in the day, a trio of Niklas Baumstark, Luca Todesco, and Bruno Keith targeted Safari with a kernel elevation. They demonstrated a complete system compromise, but it was only a partial win since Apple supposedly already knew of one of the bugs used in the demo. They still netted $45,000. In total, participants were awarded $240,000 on day one of Pwn2Own. Day two of the contest is currently underway. All exploits discovered during the contest are reported to the necessary companies like Apple so they can be patched.Tags: Safari, Pwn2OwnThis article, "Two Zero-Day Vulnerabilities Discovered in Safari for Mac on Day One of Pwn2Own Hacking Contest" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Apple Store App Gains Revamped Sessions Tab, Easier Access to Trade-In Values
Apple today updated its Apple Store app to version 5.3, introducing a redesigned Sessions tab at the bottom of the app that houses dozens of new Today at Apple sessions that Apple users can sign up to attend. Apple says that it's also now easier to check the trade-in values of your devices when using the Apple Store app. You'll see trade-in options when purchasing a new iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple Watch, and Apple will give you a list of your current devices where you're signed in with your Apple ID and their trade-in value. You can tap one, go through Apple's status checklist, and then finish the trade-in process right when checking out. The splash screen when starting the app after installing the new update also says that returns have been streamlined with options to track the progress of your order, initiate a return, or print a return label directly from the Apple Store app. The Apple Store app can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]Tags: Apple Store, Today at AppleThis article, "Apple Store App Gains Revamped Sessions Tab, Easier Access to Trade-In Values" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Apple Plans to Sell Bundles of Cable TV Channels Through New Streaming Service
While Apple's new TV streaming service will include its own original content, Apple will also be offering customers access to video streaming subscriptions from third-party services, such as HBO and Showtime. Part of this effort could potentially include bundles of channels from various content providers, according to new reports from Recode and The Information. Apple has negotiated rights to bundle streaming services together as part of its deals with media firms, which will allow it to offer packages of channels like HBO, Showtime, and Starz at a price that's lower than what each service would cost on a standalone basis. From Recode:That wholesale/retail relationship also means Apple, not the streamers, can set the price for the stuff it sells. Apple isn't likely to sell, say, HBO for less than HBO sells itself on rival platforms like Roku. But it definitely plans to sell bundles of pay tv channels at a discount, just like pay TV operators have always done.It's not entirely clear when Apple plans to offer bundles like these, but providing discounted access to a group of channels would provide Apple with an edge over Amazon. Amazon, as The Information points out, allows customers to sign up for streaming services like Showtime through their Amazon account, but customers must pay full price. According to Recode, Apple's service isn't going to be a major Netflix or Hulu competitor because the focus is going to be on selling streaming video subscriptions from other companies and taking a cut of the transaction. Apple is working on original content, but its own shows and movies "should be considered very expensive giveaways, not the core product." Apple is offering its content partners a revenue share that's similar to Amazon, which keeps 30 to 50 percent of the subscription fee. Apple, however, won't be offering access to as much data as Amazon provides. Still, The Information says publishers find bundling "appealing," and Apple has been touting its huge subscriber base to score deals. Apple's subscription TV content will be made available through its existing TV app which is available on the Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad. There's no word on which channels Apple will include in bundles, but Apple has signed deals with 15 streaming channels for separate subscriptions, including digital only services like Cheddar and Tastemade and TV channels like Showtime and Starz. Apple has not yet inked a deal with HBO. Apple is going to introduce its streaming service at its upcoming March 25 event, and the service is expected to launch in the United States later in the spring before expanding to additional countries. Apple is also unveiling an Apple News subscription service at the event, and rumors have suggested that the TV and news services could be bundled with Apple Music as part of one subscription for Apple users. Apple is also going to announce an Apple credit card provided by Goldman Sachs.Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 12Tag: Apple's Hollywood ambitionsBuyer's Guide: Apple TV (Don't Buy)This article, "Apple Plans to Sell Bundles of Cable TV Channels Through New Streaming Service" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Apple's WWDC 2019 Ticket Lottery Ends, Winners Begin Receiving Confirmation Emails
The ticket lottery for Apple's 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference ended yesterday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, and following the end of registration, Apple has started sending out confirmation emails to winners. Developers who scored a ticket to WWDC can expect to see their credit cards charged for the $1,599 over the course of the next few days. Apple uses a lottery system to provide developers with WWDC tickets and has done so for the last several years due to overwhelming demand. There are approximately 5,000 spots open for developers, but Apple gets many more applications than that. Developers who receive a WWDC ticket will be able to attend iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS app development sessions and more than 1,000 Apple engineers will be on hand and in labs to provide assistance. The 2019 event will start on Monday, June 3 and will last through Friday, June 7 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Apple will host a keynote event on Monday to introduce new iOS, tvOS, macOS, and watchOS software. There are sometimes a few hardware surprises, though we haven't heard much detail on what could be included. It's possible we'll see our first glimpse at the new modular Mac Pro Apple has been working on since 2017. Following the keynote event, Apple will make new software updates available to developers and the rest of the week will be spent in technical sessions and hands-on labs. Developers not selected to purchase a WWDC ticket will be able to watch the keynote session and follow along with technical sessions through the Apple Developer Website and the WWDC app for iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV.Related Roundup: WWDC 2019This article, "Apple's WWDC 2019 Ticket Lottery Ends, Winners Begin Receiving Confirmation Emails" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Deals: B&H Photo Takes $200 Off Pre-Orders for New Entry-Level 21.5-Inch 4K iMac
Earlier this week we highlighted a few deals for pre-orders on Apple's new iPad mini and iPad Air, and now B&H Photo has introduced a notable pre-order discount for the new entry-level 21.5-inch 4K iMac, which Apple refreshed on Tuesday. B&H Photo is only providing a pre-order discount on one model of the iMac, but you can find pre-order links to more models below. It's unclear how long B&H Photo will be keeping the offer up for, but the new iMacs are expected to exit their pre-order phase and begin shipping next week. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with B&H Photo. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. 21.5-inch 4K iMac Pre-Order Discount 3.6 GHz Intel Core i3, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD - $1,099.00, down from $1,299.00 ($200 off) 2019 iMac Pre-Orders 27-inch 5K 3.0 GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive - $1,799.00 3.0 GHz, 8GB RAM, 2TB Fusion Drive - $1,999.00 3.7 GHz, 8GB RAM, 2TB Fusion Drive - $2,299.00 21.5-inch 4K 3.6 GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive - $1,399.00 3.0 GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive - $1,499.00 3.6 GHz, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD - $1,699.00 Head to B&H Photo for the full list of 2019 iMacs that you can pre-order today, and our Deals Roundup has more sales for you to check out.Related Roundup: Apple DealsThis article, "Deals: B&H Photo Takes $200 Off Pre-Orders for New Entry-Level 21.5-Inch 4K iMac" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Apple Has Reportedly Acquired Italian Startup Stamplay
Apple has acquired Italian startup Stamplay, which offered an API-based back-end development platform, according to Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. The report does not disclose how much Apple paid for the small company. The report also does not cite Apple's standard statement for acquisitions, which typically reads "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." We've reached out to Apple for our own confirmation, but we did not immediately hear back. Nevertheless, one telltale sign of the acquisition or at least an acqui-hire is that Stamplay's website was almost entirely stripped of information within the past few weeks, as is usually the case with Apple acquisitions. Stamplay describes itself as a "low code workflow automation platform, empowering organizations to streamline manual work by integrating data and business applications used every day." The "API-based development platform" enables developers to build and launch "full-featured cloud-based web apps." From the startup's LinkedIn page:The powerful web-based editor includes everything a developer needs to create and run a powerful backend for their app, including popular APIs like Stripe (payments), Sendgrid (email), Twilio (SMS and VoIP), Pusher (realtime notifications) and many more.The report was brought to our attention by setteBIT:Apple avrebbe acquisito l’italiana (emigrata in UK) Stamplay, startup che realizza app con "poco codice" (sito già svuotato e dipendenti a Cupertino. Anche @Giuliano84 & @NicolaMattina? https://t.co/Ib3DJ47sis). Lo direbbe StartupItalia (niente online) via https://t.co/eequAuI2K1 pic.twitter.com/BhgntGemAi— setteBIT (@setteBIT) March 21, 2019 Stamplay was co-founded by Giuliano Iacobelli and Nicola Mattina.Tag: Apple acquisitionThis article, "Apple Has Reportedly Acquired Italian Startup Stamplay" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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New AirPower Image With iPhone XS Appears Within Source Code on Apple's Website
Based on source code from the AirPods page of Apple's website in Australia, we've uncovered what appears to be a new image of the AirPower with an iPhone XS on it, serving as yet more evidence that a release is still forthcoming. More details to follow…Tag: AirPowerThis article, "New AirPower Image With iPhone XS Appears Within Source Code on Apple's Website" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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New iPad Mini Reviews: Capable Small Tablet With Nearly All Features of New iPad Air
Early reviews and hands-on impressions of the new iPad mini came out today. Most publications agree that the iPad mini is a great update for fans of the smaller 7.9-inch tablet with almost identical tech specs to the new iPad Air. That includes the same A12 Bionic chip, 8-megapixel rear camera, 7-megapixel front camera, Touch ID, Lightning connector, 64GB and 256GB storage options, two speakers, headphone jack, Gigabit-class LTE, first-generation Apple Pencil compatibility, and up to 10 hours of battery life. The new iPad mini's only notable differences versus the new iPad Air are its smaller screen and lack of Smart Keyboard compatibility. As The Verge's Nilay Patel notes, however, the iPad mini design is now very old:You're still looking at the exact same external design, which is now nearly seven years old. If you secretly replaced any previous iPad mini with the new one, there's a chance you might not even notice the difference. All the changes to this new mini are on the inside, and they're significant — which they should be, given the amount of time since it was last refreshed.And while the iPad mini finally supports the Apple Pencil, it comes with all of the downsides of the first-generation version:…the iPad Pro came out late last year with a new second-gen pencil that magnetically clips onto the side of the iPad and charges wirelessly, but this new mini doesn’t have any of that. Instead, you’ve got Apple’s first-gen Pencil, which has never been a triumph of design or usability. You still pair and charge it by plugging it into the bottom of the iPad, which looks even more ridiculous on the mini, and the cap is still insanely easy to lose.As for the iPad mini sticking with the Lightning connector, Apple told Patel that it views USB-C as a "pro" feature — aka iPad Pro. Patel added that "the display is very nice" on the new iPad mini despite not having the iPad Pro's ProMotion variable refresh rate for smooth scrolling, but found that its same old 8-megapixel rear camera "takes at best medium-good photos." Most reviews conclude that if you want the smallest iPad possible, the new iPad mini is quite capable and at least somewhat reasonably priced at $399. And with little competition from Android tablets, the iPad mini is one of the only small tablets worthy of consideration in the first place. Patel's closing paragraph:But the decision to get an iPad mini is simple: do you want a small, capable tablet? If you do, the mini is obviously worth $399, especially when you consider how long Apple has supported iPads for in the past. There’s just nothing else like it. Let’s just hope that next time we don’t have to wait four years for Apple to remember it exists again.Lauren Goode of Wired:I haven't fallen in love with the new Mini, just as I never felt the need to buy one before. But I could see why people would. It's less burdensome than a lot of other things we carry. It's not quite pocketable, but it's close. Again, I can't hold it in one hand, but some people can, I'm sure. The Mini feels personal in a way that other devices no longer do. Not because of its actual newness, but because it is still here, and slightly reinvented once again.Harry McCracken of Fast Company:It still looks like an iPad Mini–complete with home button and headphone jack. But after three loooooong years, Apple’s little tablet is finally getting the features it needs to qualify as a modern iPad.Chris Velazco of Engadget:I'd actually argue it's perhaps the best small tablet out there right now. There's more than enough power here for most people, and if portability is your biggest concern, there's no denying the mini is more convenient to lug around.Raymond Wong of Mashable:There simply isn't a tablet as powerful as the new iPad mini with the same or similar dimensions. You can get a 7-inch Kindle Fire for $50, but it's demonstrably inferior in every way from the construction, to the app selection, to the performance, to the storage, to display, and etc.Scott Stein of CNET:An iPad Mini with a faster processor and Pencil support is filling a specific need not everyone will have. It's like a specifically sized screw, or a particular TV size. As Apple keeps splitting its iPad line into more variants, the Mini feels far less essential than ever, particularly as the iPhone screens creep to six inches or more. But if you need an efficient iPad this size and don't want a bigger iPhone for the job... well, this is what you're looking for.Videos Other Reviews and Hands-On ImpressionsSix Colors Business Insider TechCrunch CNBC USA Today Yahoo Finance Pocket-lintThe new iPad mini can be ordered now on Apple.com and will be available in Apple Stores starting next week.Related Roundup: iPad mini 5Tag: reviewsBuyer's Guide: iPad Mini (Buy Now)This article, "New iPad Mini Reviews: Capable Small Tablet With Nearly All Features of New iPad Air" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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New Apple Pay Promo Offers Free Instacart Delivery on Orders Over $35
With Apple Pay's latest promotion, you can get free delivery through Instacart when you use Apple Pay to checkout. To get the free delivery, you'll have to spend $35 or more on your order. This promotion lasts through March 27, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. PT, and is subject to availability as Instacart is not available in all zip codes. Apple's new promotion is themed around grocery shopping, and encourages users to shop using Apple Pay at Aldi, Hy-Vee, Sprouts, Giant Food Stores, Stop & Shop, Giant Eagle, Meijer, and Raley's. This week's Apple Pay promo follows previous offers featuring Panera Bread, Adidas, Fandango, 1-800-Flowers, and many more.Tag: Apple Pay promoThis article, "New Apple Pay Promo Offers Free Instacart Delivery on Orders Over $35" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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New AirPods vs. Old AirPods Comparison
Apple in March debuted second-generation AirPods, featuring several updates over the original massively popular wireless earbuds of the same name. So what's improved in the new AirPods compared to the older model, and what's stayed the same? Read on to find out. Price of New AirPods vs. Old AirPods Buying Apple's original AirPods was straightforward as they came with a single $159 price tag, but that's changed with the second-generation models. The new AirPods still start at the same price, but customers now have the option to buy the earbuds with a Wireless Charging Case for $199. Apple is also offering the Wireless Charging Case separately for $79, so if you already own first-generation AirPods you can buy the case and charge your earbuds using any Qi-compatible charging mat. The Wireless Charging Case still includes a Lightning port so you can charge your AirPods via cable if you prefer. Apple's new AirPods can be ordered on Apple's website and will be available in Apple Stores and resellers from March 26, 2019. Apple no longer lists first-generation AirPods on its website, but you should be able to find them elsewhere online at a lower price now that the new AirPods are available. Design of New AirPods vs. Old AirPods Apple's new AirPods look identical to the first-generation models, save for a single LED on the front of the Wireless Charging Case. This light simply tells you the charging status of the AirPods when you place them on a Qi-compatible charging mat. On the standard charging case, which came with the original AirPods, the LED was inside the lid between where the two AirPods go. Otherwise, both versions of AirPods have the same dimensions and weight, and both are only available in white. Processor in New AirPods vs. Old AirPods Apple's second-generation AirPods use a new proprietary chip called the H1, whereas the original AirPods run on the W1 chip. Both chips are responsible for the earbuds' seamless one-tap pairing process, but Apple claims the H1 allows the new AirPods to connect to calls up to 1.5 times faster and generally provide a more stable wireless connection to devices like iPhones and iPads, while making them up to twice as fast when switching between active devices. In addition, the H1 chip delivers up to 30 percent lower latency, which means you should experience fewer delays between onscreen events and their accompanying audio when playing games. Using Siri With New AirPods vs. Old AirPods One of the headline features of the new AirPods is the ability to invoke Siri handsfree when you're wearing them, thanks to Apple's new H1 chip. With the first-generation AirPods you have to double tap the earbuds before you can talk to the personal assistant, but the new models allow you to say simply "Hey Siri" for it to register your spoken query or command. This is particularly neat if you wear them when your hands are busy or you want to exclusively control your music using Siri commands. Battery life in New AirPods vs. Old AirPods Apple's new AirPods offer the same overall battery life as the original AirPods, which is 5 hours on a single charge and over 24 hours of additional battery capacity in the charging case. According to Apple, the second-generation AirPods offer 50 percent more talk time due to the H1 chip. In other words, the new AirPods get up to three hours of talk time per charge, compared to up to two hours with the previous generation. So that's something to think about if you'd be using them to take a lot of calls. Bottom Line Apple's second-generation AirPods aren't an earth-shattering upgrade over its original wireless earbuds, with the company seemingly holding rumored features like health monitoring, noice cancellation, and water resistance for the next generation, expected in 2020. That said, new features like handsfree "Hey Siri" activation and wireless charging are still welcome improvements, and even if you're not convinced they present a worthwhile upgrade over your first-generation AirPods, you still have the option to buy the new wireless case to charge your existing earbuds using a Qi-compatible charging pad. Whatever you decide, be sure to check out our complete guide to AirPods to learn a lot more about what AirPods can do and how you can make the most of them, and read our roundup for more details on the new second-generation AirPods. Related Roundup: AirPods 2Buyer's Guide: AirPods (Buy Now)This article, "New AirPods vs. Old AirPods Comparison" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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AltConf 2019 Offers San Jose Alternative for Developers Unable to Attend WWDC, Plus Satellite Events for Keynote Viewing
AltConf, a popular alternative conference that takes place at the same time as Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, is returning in 2019. Developers unable to get a ticket to WWDC can instead attend AltConf to meet and mingle with others in the iOS and macOS communities. This year's AltConf event will take place at the Marriott San Jose, located close to the McEnery Conference Center where WWDC will be held. AltConf will kick off on Monday, June 3, and will last through Thursday, June 6. There will be speakers at AltConf, along with a community labs feature where attendees can get expert advice on their apps, discuss ideas, and more. On Monday, AltConf will kick off with viewings of Apple's keynote event and State of the Union for developers, with the venue able to accommodate more than 900 attendees. New to AltConf this year is an Apple-themed escape room that will require attendees to use their "Apple skills and knowledge" to save a doomed Apple keynote from failure. Tickets are priced at $5. AltConf is free to attend, but there is an option to become a Hero Supporter to show support for the event. For developers unable to make it to San Jose who still want to attend a developer-centric event, AltConf is hosting a number of satellite events in Europe that will be all-day conferences. AltConf satellite events will take place in London, Madrid, Paris, and Berlin, with each hosted and curated by local community volunteers. There will be speakers and events, which will be followed by a viewing of Apple's keynote event at night. Tickets to the satellite conference events will range in price from 29 to 50 pounds based on location, though keynote viewing in the evening will be available for free.Related Roundup: WWDC 2019This article, "AltConf 2019 Offers San Jose Alternative for Developers Unable to Attend WWDC, Plus Satellite Events for Keynote Viewing" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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'Downton Abbey' Star Michelle Dockery and 'IT' Actor Jaeden Martell Join Apple Series 'Defending Jacob'
Michelle Dockery, best know for her role as Lady Mary Crawley in PBS's "Downton Abbey," has signed on to star in "Defending Jacob," one of the TV shows Apple has ordered. "Defending Jacob" is a thriller based on William Landay's bestselling novel of the same title. The book covers the murder of a 14-year-old boy and his friend Jacob, who may have committed the crime. Image credit: Shutterstock Described as a character-driven thriller, the show will star Chris Evans and also Jaeden Martell, who starred in the recent remake of Stephen King's "IT." Evans will be playing Andy Barber, the father of a 14 year old (played by Martell) accused of murder. Dockery will be playing Laurie Barber, Andy's wife and Jacob's mother. Apple has more than a dozen television shows in the works, and the company is set to give us a first look at its upcoming streaming service on Monday, March 25 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 12Tag: Apple's Hollywood ambitionsBuyer's Guide: Apple TV (Don't Buy)This article, "'Downton Abbey' Star Michelle Dockery and 'IT' Actor Jaeden Martell Join Apple Series 'Defending Jacob'" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Wall Street Journal to Join Apple's News Subscription Service, but NYT and Washington Post Not Participating
The Wall Street Journal plans to join Apple's subscription news service that's set to be announced Monday, reports The New York Times. Other publications like the Washington Post and The New York Times itself are not on board, however, due to the revenue split Apple has requested. Apple and The Wall Street Journal plan to announce the partnership at Apple's planned media event on March 25. Apple's subscription service for Apple News will provide readers with access to news articles and magazines from "hundreds" of participating publishers for one monthly fee, thought to be $9.99 per month. Rumors have suggested that Apple has been having trouble securing deals with news sites like The New York Times and the Washington Post because Apple wants to keep 50 percent of all subscription revenue, splitting the other 50 percent of the revenue between publishers according to the amount of time users spend engaged with their articles. Major paywalled news sites offer their own subscription access to articles, with revenue that does not need to be shared with Apple. Participating in Apple's service could cause current subscribers to swap over, leading to overall lower revenue. Apple is also declining to provide credit card information or email addresses to publishers, details that news sites use to create customer databases and market their products, and they're asking partners to provide unlimited access to content. To lure publishers to join its Apple News service, Apple executives are citing the scale of Apple News, which is installed on all iOS devices out of the box. Apple is telling publishers that millions of new customers could be introduced to their content, but some are not convinced. Many magazine publishers are on board with Apple's proposed revenue terms, but most magazines have no existing online revenue streams. Magazine publishers have also already been working with the 50/50 revenue split following Apple's acquisition of Texture, the magazine subscription service Apple is basing its new offering on. Apple will debut its new subscription service for Apple News at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Monday, March 25. Apple will also use the same event to unveil its rumored streaming video service.Tag: Apple NewsThis article, "Wall Street Journal to Join Apple's News Subscription Service, but NYT and Washington Post Not Participating" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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AirPods With Wireless Charging Case Delivery Date Slips to April
Just hours after Apple unveiled new second-generation AirPods with "Hey Siri" support and a new Wireless Charging Case, they've started selling out. At launch, Apple listed a U.S. delivery date of March 27 to March 29 for the new $199 AirPods paired with the Wireless Charging Case, but now, those delivery estimates have slipped to April 2 to April 5. The $159 second-generation AirPods with a standard Charging Case continue to be available for March 27 to March 29 delivery, as does the standalone $79 Wireless Charging Case Apple introduced for current AirPods owners. Those who want to pick up the new AirPods with Wireless Charging Case should do so soon, as historically, Apple has had trouble keeping its AirPods in stock due to high demand. We may soon see these delivery estimates slip even further into April. Apple's new second-generation AirPods do not bring exciting new features that were rumored like a new black color and health updates, but they're a solid upgrade over the previous version. There's a new H1 wireless chip inside that powers hands-free "Hey Siri" functionality so you don't need to tap to access the voice assistant. Your AirPods are able to switch between devices two times faster when playing music, and there's an extra hour of talk time, bringing total talk time to three hours. The new Wireless Charging Case allows the AirPods to charge using Qi-based wireless charging accessories, and it perhaps heralds the upcoming launch of the AirPower. Apple is designing its own wireless charging mat meant to charge AirPods, the iPhone, and the Apple Watch all at once, but it's not yet entirely clear when it will launch given the many delays since its 2017 introduction. In the meantime, with no AirPower, AirPods can charge on any Qi-based accessory that you might already have for your iPhone. Apple will likely have some stock of the new AirPods models in its retail stores next week for those who were unable to order and receive a March delivery date. If you order online, though, you can get your AirPods case engraved, a feature new to the second-generation model. We expect AirPods to be in stores right around March 25. The new AirPods require iOS 12.2, watchOS 5.2, and macOS Mojave 10.14.4, all of which are in beta testing right now. Those releases are expected on March 25, so AirPods could be in stores soon afterwards. We're giving away a pair of AirPods to one lucky MacRumors reader, and you can enter to win in our AirPods roundup.Related Roundup: AirPods 2Buyer's Guide: AirPods (Buy Now)This article, "AirPods With Wireless Charging Case Delivery Date Slips to April" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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AppleCare+ for Mac Expands to Spain, Singapore, Thailand, and Greater China
AppleCare+ for Mac availability has expanded to Spain, Singapore, Thailand, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau as of this week. AppleCare+ extends the warranty period of a Mac by an additional three years from the AppleCare+ purchase date, and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee that varies by model. AppleCare+ is available for every Mac that Apple sells - prices vary. Until now, only the basic AppleCare Protection Plan was available for the Mac in these regions, which provided 24/7 priority access to Apple support advisors via online chat or phone, but did not include accidental damage coverage. Without AppleCare, most Apple products have a limited one-year warranty and an initial 90 days of complimentary support.Tag: AppleCareThis article, "AppleCare+ for Mac Expands to Spain, Singapore, Thailand, and Greater China" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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OWC Announces RAM Upgrades for New 27-Inch 5K iMacs
Apple on Tuesday unveiled new iMac models that support up to 64GB RAM. Apple charges high prices for RAM upgrades, though, but luckily, there are do-it-yourself options for replacing an iMac's memory after purchase. Other World Computing this week announced memory upgrade kits designed for the 2019 27-inch 5K iMacs, which let you upgrade your available RAM more affordably. There are three RAM kits available depending on your needs: - 16GB Kit (8 GB x 2) OWC2666DDR4S16P - $118.88 - 32GB Kit (16GB x 2) OWC2666DDR4S32P - $229.88 - 64GB Kit (16GB x 4) OWC2666DDR4S64S - $449.99 OWC's RAM kits let you save 40 to 60 percent over Apple's upgrade pricing, and there is an option to trade in the existing RAM in your machine to get a discount. OWC says that it is testing 128GB of memory in the 27-inch iMac models and will confirm whether or not the machine supports it in the near future. So far, the 27-inch iMac has been able to see 128GB of memory, which seems promising for even further RAM upgrades. OWC offers a lifetime limited warranty for its memory kits, along with a 30 day money back guarantee. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with OWC. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.Tag: OWCThis article, "OWC Announces RAM Upgrades for New 27-Inch 5K iMacs" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 78 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements
Apple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced three years ago in March 2016. Apple designed the Safari Technology Preview to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari. Safari Technology Preview release 78 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for Pointer Events, Web Inspector, WebDriver, Web API, Accessibility, and Media. The new Safari Technology Preview update is available for both macOS High Sierra and macOS Mojave, the newest version of the Mac operating system that was released to the public in September 2018. The Safari Technology Preview update is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store to anyone who has downloaded the browser. Full release notes for the update are available on the Safari Technology Preview website. Apple’s aim with Safari Technology Preview is to gather feedback from developers and users on its browser development process. Safari Technology Preview can run side-by-side with the existing Safari browser and while designed for developers, it does not require a developer account to download.This article, "Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 78 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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WSJ Says Apple Approved Production of AirPower Earlier This Year as Previously Rumored
The Wall Street Journal today reports that Apple approved production of its long-awaited wireless charging mat AirPower earlier this year after facing challenges with developing the accessory. This supports previous supply chain rumors. From the report:The company earlier this year approved production of a wireless-charging pad called AirPower, according to people familiar with the matter. It had announced the product in late 2017. AirPower, which would allow users to charge the new AirPods and an iPhone simultaneously, has been delayed by product-development challenges, the people said. Apple typically announces new products within months of beginning production.Last month, reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the AirPower will launch in the first half of 2019 alongside new AirPods, which were announced today, but a specific release date is unclear. Kuo also expects a new iPod touch with a faster processor in the first half of this year, but there has been no sign of one so far this week. Apple has announced new iPads on Monday, new iMacs on Tuesday, and new AirPods on Wednesday of this week, so it is possible the AirPower could follow on Thursday or Friday, but no reliable rumors have indicated that will be the case. Apple initially said the AirPower would be released in 2018, but the year came and went without a release, and the company hasn't said a word about the mat in many months. Apple removed the last remaining reference to the AirPower on its website, a photo of the mat, from its AirPods page earlier today. .@trippmickle with some AirPower details https://t.co/Epx0rQNAE4 pic.twitter.com/2qQFcUnjOO— Joanna Stern (@JoannaStern) March 20, 2019 Apple is holding a media event on March 25 at Steve Jobs Theater, where it is widely expected to unveil news and streaming video services, but this week's product announcements suggest the event might not see much if any hardware on stage. AirPower is designed to charge multiple Apple devices at once, including the iPhone 8 and newer, Apple Watch Series 3 and newer, and AirPods when they are placed in the new optional wireless charging case introduced today.Tag: AirPowerThis article, "WSJ Says Apple Approved Production of AirPower Earlier This Year as Previously Rumored" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Apple Requiring New and Updated Apps to Support iPhone XS Max and 12.9-Inch iPad Pro Starting March 27
Apple today announced that all new and updated iPhone and iPad apps submitted to the App Store on and after March 27, 2019 must be built with the iOS 12.1 SDK or later and support the iPhone XS Max or the latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro. App Store screenshots for those devices will also be required. Likewise, all new apps and app updates for Apple Watch will need to be built with the watchOS 5.1 SDK or later and support the Apple Watch Series 4.This article, "Apple Requiring New and Updated Apps to Support iPhone XS Max and 12.9-Inch iPad Pro Starting March 27" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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T-Mobile Offering iPhone XR at No Extra Cost When Adding New Lines and Trading in Old iPhone
T-Mobile kicked off a new promotion today that lets new and existing customers get the 64GB iPhone XR at no extra cost when they add new voice lines and trade in a qualifying device. Specifically, the promotion is for up to $750 off the iPhone XR over 36 monthly bill credits at $20.84 per month. You can also put the $750 credit towards an iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max to reduce the price of the smartphones. New customers will need to activate two new lines of qualifying service, one of which needs to be used with the new device being purchased. Existing T-Mobile customers will need to activate at least one new line of qualifying service to be used with the new device. Secondly, you'll need to trade in one of the following eligible devices in good condition: iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus. T-Mobile notes that this offer is available both in store nationwide and online at T-Mobile's website, but it'll only last for a limited time.Tag: T-MobileThis article, "T-Mobile Offering iPhone XR at No Extra Cost When Adding New Lines and Trading in Old iPhone" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Satechi Launches New USB-C Headphone Jack Adapter and 100W USB-C Charging Cable
Satechi, known for its line of accessories for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, today announced the launch of two new USB-C accessories designed for Macs and iPads. The Type-C Headphone Jack Adapter plugs into the USB-C port on an iPad to allow iPad users to listen to music using standard headphones with a 3.5mm headphone jack. The adapter features USB-C Power Delivery so listening to music while charging is possible. Satechi's Type-C Headphone Jack Adapter comes in Space Gray aluminum that matches the Space Gray iPad, and it is available for $24.99 from Satechi's website or from Amazon starting today. Satechi is also introducing a new 100W USB-C charging cable, which is ideal for use with any USB-C laptop or device. The cable features reversible USB-C connectors on each side with Power Delivery support and data transfer at speeds of up to 480Mb/s. The cable is made from a durable, braided nylon material that's designed to protect against breakage, while an integrated velcro strap keeps excess cable wrapped up. Satechi's 100W USB-C cable is available from the Satechi website or from Amazon.com for $19.99.This article, "Satechi Launches New USB-C Headphone Jack Adapter and 100W USB-C Charging Cable" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Roundup: AirPower Removed From AirPods Page, iOS 12.2 Arrives Next Week, and More
Apple today unveiled second-generation AirPods with a new H1 chip that enables hands-free Siri and up to an extra hour of talk time, and there are a handful of details worth mentioning surrounding the announcement. Apple removed this AirPower image from its AirPods page today Five thoughts:The new AirPods require iOS 12.2, watchOS 5.2, or macOS 10.14.4 and later, which are all currently in beta testing. With the new AirPods arriving to customers early next week, this means the software updates should be publicly released on or around March 25 event day. Apple removed an image of its AirPower wireless charging mat from its AirPods page today. However, many sources believe the AirPower is coming soon. Apple announced new iPads on Monday, new iMacs on Tuesday, and new AirPods on Wednesday, so it is possible the AirPower could follow on Thursday or Friday, but no reliable rumors have indicated that will be the case. Apple has discontinued the original AirPods. The new lineup includes the second-generation AirPods paired with either a wired charging case for $159 or with a wireless charging case for $199. The wireless case is also sold separately for $79 and is compatible with the original AirPods. According to Mark Gurman, these AirPods were initially planned to go on sale last year. As he has previously reported, Gurman says Apple is working on a subsequent pair of AirPods with noise cancellation and water resistance that were originally planned for release later this year, but he now speculates that they could arrive in 2020. MacRumors received a tip earlier this month claiming that Apple would announce new iPads, iMacs, and iPods on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week, and while most of this information proved to be accurate, new AirPods ended up arriving on Wednesday instead of a new iPod touch. Multiple sources still expect a new iPod touch, but announcement timing is unclear.For more details about the new AirPods, read our earlier coverage of the announcement.Related Roundups: iOS 12, AirPods 2Tag: AirPowerBuyer's Guide: AirPods (Buy Now)This article, "Roundup: AirPower Removed From AirPods Page, iOS 12.2 Arrives Next Week, and More" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Apple Launches New Spring Colors for iPhone Cases and Apple Watch Bands
Alongside the second generation of AirPods, Apple today refreshed its iPhone case and Apple Watch band lineup for spring. In Silicone cases for iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max you can now choose from Spearmint, Papaya, and Delft Blue. The iPhone XS Smart Battery Case is now available in a Pink Sand color option, after first launching in just White and Black. iPhone XS Leather Cases are gaining Cornflower, Sunset, and Lilac. The same colors can be found for iPhone XS Max Leather Cases, iPhone XS Leather Folio, and iPhone XS Max Leather Folio. Apple Watch Sport Bands are also matching the new iPhone case colors in Spearmint, Delft Blue, and Papaya. You can get these in 40mm or 44mm to fit all previous generations of Apple Watch and Apple Watch Series 4. In Sport Loop there is Papaya, Cerulean, Spearmint, and Lilac as well. Just like Sport Bands, these are available in both 40mm and 44mm sizes. The Nike Sport Band lineup also updated with Black/Hyper Grape, Spruce Fog/Vintage Lichen, and Teal Tint/Tropical Twist. These bands are made with the same fluoroelastomer as Apple's Sport Bands. There are also new Nike Sport Loop bands, in Spruce Fog, Teal Tint, Hyper Grape, Summer White, and Black. New Modern Buckle colors include Cornflower, Lilac, and Sunset. These join new Leather Loop colors in Cornflower and Sunset as well. Lastly, new Hermès options include Rose Sakura/Craie/Argile Swift Leather Double Tour, Bleu Lin/Craie/Bleu du Nord Swift Leather Double Tour, and Etoupe Swift Leather Double Tour. Single Tour bands get the same new colorways. Head to Apple.com to purchase the cases and bands, and check out our post on the second generation of AirPods for more information on Apple's latest wireless headphones.Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5, iPhone XSBuyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Neutral), iPhone XS (Neutral)This article, "Apple Launches New Spring Colors for iPhone Cases and Apple Watch Bands" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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New AirPods Launch With H1 Chip, Hey Siri, 50% More Talk Time, and Optional Wireless Charging Case
Apple today announced second-generation AirPods with an H1 chip for "Hey Siri" and an optional wireless charging case. The new AirPods are available to order starting today for $159 with a standard charging case and for $199 with a wireless charging case. More details to follow…Related Roundup: AirPods 2Buyer's Guide: AirPods (Caution)This article, "New AirPods Launch With H1 Chip, Hey Siri, 50% More Talk Time, and Optional Wireless Charging Case" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Disney Completes $71.3 Billion Acquisition of 21st Century Fox
After first confirming its plan to acquire certain parts of 21st Century Fox in December 2017, today The Walt Disney Company has officially closed its $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox (via The Hollywood Reporter). The deal had to go through various regulatory and antitrust reviews, and Disney saw a bit of competition with Comcast for Fox's assets throughout 2018. Now, Disney owns 20th Century Fox Film and Television studios, the FX stable of networks, National Geographic, and the Fox-related cable and international TV businesses, like India's Star India. The acquisition has also made Disney the majority owner of Hulu thanks to Fox's 30 percent stake in the streaming service, combined with Disney's existing 30 percent stake. Disney is said to also be looking into acquiring WarnerMedia's 10 percent Hulu stake, but will leave the service as it is and focus mainly on its upcoming Disney+ platform instead of altering Hulu. For Disney+, the company now has a huge back catalog of Fox films and TV shows to bolster its not-yet-released streaming service, and potentially entice more customers to join. It's already been confirmed that Disney+ will host "the entire Disney motion picture library," signaling the end of the Disney Vault in the process and allowing subscribers to stream any Disney film they desire. There will also be new original TV shows and films based on Disney properties, like The Mandalorian set in the Star Wars universe, and a Marvel show focused on Tom Hiddleston's Loki. Disney plans for the service to be family-friendly and educational, with shows based on Monsters, Inc. and documentaries about Walt Disney Imagineering. This content will now be combined with Disney-owned Fox properties, including films from the X-Men and Avatar franchises, and many more. The impact of the acquisition is expected to lead to between 4,000 and 10,000 layoffs. What's leftover of the new Fox Corporation will now focus on news and sports in the United States more so than entertainment programming, including the Fox broadcast network, TV stations, the Fox News channels, and Fox Sports, none of which Disney acquired. Disney's interest in Fox started with its bid to acquire a large portion of Fox's assets for $52.4 billion in stock in late 2017. Comcast entered with its own $65 million cash offer for Fox's assets, leading to Disney's increased $71.3 billion cash and stock bid in June 2018. At the time that it bowed out of the running for Fox, Comcast CEO Brian L. Roberts congratulated Disney and its CEO Bob Iger and commended the Murdoch family and Fox "for creating such a desirable and respected company." With the acquisition, Disney+ is also becoming a big competitor to current and future streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Apple's own TV service, which is set to be unveiled next week. Apple's platform is taking the Disney+ approach, with many original TV shows and films produced by Apple that will be mixed in with purchased content from third parties. We don't know yet how much Apple's service will cost or what shows will be available at launch, but we should get more details in just a few days, as the company's "It's Show Time" event kicks off on Monday, March 25 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.Tags: Disney, FoxThis article, "Disney Completes $71.3 Billion Acquisition of 21st Century Fox" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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