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  • 9to5Mac reported last month that Apple is working on a redesigned wallpaper settings panel for iOS, based on an early build of iOS 14, which includes images separated by categories and more. Now Twitter user DongleBookPro, who often shares some images of Apple’s internal products, has today posted screenshots that shows the new wallpaper settings panel from iOS 14 in action. more… The post Leaked iOS 14 screenshot shows new wallpaper settings, beta code reveals Home screen widgets appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Drama with Apple’s graphics processing unit chip maker partner Imagination has been revived again, but not for the same reason as 2017. Sky News reports that the UK-based chip designer is hastily responding to the likelihood that its state-controlled Chines investor is planning to take over control of Imagination. The issue could have privacy ramifications Apple, an on-again-off-again customer of Imagination GPU chips. more… The post Imagination losing control to state-controlled Chinese investor despite Apple deal, UK officials asked to intervene over national security risk appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • It’s no secret that Apple has ambitious plans for augmented reality and a future AR-focused headset. Apple is practically building the platform for its future headset out in the open with ARKit. What’s new is that Apple is believed to be in the process of acquiring a California-based virtual reality company called NextVR, 9to5Mac has learned. more… The post Exclusive: Apple likely buyer of NextVR, a live event streaming AR/VR company being sold for ~$100M appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • It’s Saturday, so I am back with another podcast recommendation for you to check out. As a reminder, I post ‘Podcast of the Week’ every Saturday to help promote a show I am currently listening to at the moment. This week’s show is Floodlines by the Atlantic. more… The post Podcast of the Week: Floodlines by The Atlantic appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • After over a year of rumors, we are finally nearing the release of Apple’s highly-anticipated low-cost iPhone. The 2020 iPhone SE, also previously referred to as the iPhone 9 and iPhone SE 2, is expected to be released imminently. Here’s everything we know about it. more… The post 2020 iPhone SE: Everything we know so far and what you should expect appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • A handful of streaming services are offering extended trials through the Apple TV app during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, you can get extended one-month trials of Showtime and other services, as well as completely free access to EPIX. Read on for the details. more… The post Apple TV Channels offering free EPIX access, extended free trials of Showtime and many more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • New data from Counterpoint this week underscores the continued growth of streaming music as the competition intensifies between Apple Music and Spotify. According to the data, Apple Music’s subscriber base grew by 36% in 2019, giving Apple a 19% share of the total paid subscriptions in the industry. more… The post Apple Music gains on Spotify in subscribers and revenue, Counterpoint data indicates appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Although there are a lot of similarities in K–12 and enterprise networks, K–12 networks will have some requirements that must be considered when overhauling a network. Over the next few weeks, I am going to discuss all the various pieces of building a K–12 network. We will look at firewalls, switches, Wi-Fi, device management, and device selection. This week, I am going to look at picking the best firewall. more… The post Making the Grade: A firewall is a crucial part of your network, here’s how to pick one appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • I’ve been using my iPhone to track my runs since 2010 when I first signed up for RunKeeper when I had an iPhone 3GS. I’ve  only used a GPS watch for varying points in my running career, so for me, the iPhone has always been my primary run tracker. In recent years, many of the popular running apps have been moving towards a subscription model (which is understandable considering the apps need constant development), but I always believed there was room for a simple running that that was private by default and shared the data with Apple Health/Activity app. Finally, there is a simple iPhone Run Tracker, and its called OutRun. more… The post OutRun is a simple iPhone run tracker that is privacy focused and integrates with Apple Health appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Tim Cook is known to deliver a commencement address in front of graduating college students every spring. This year is no exception, although the global health pandemic calls for unique measures: a virtual appearance. more… The post Tim Cook keeping commencement address streak with virtual Ohio State graduation on May 3 appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • We’ve teamed up with OWC this month for our biggest giveaway yet: Apple’s brand new Mac Pro Rack worth $6499 USD. Not only are we giving away Apple’s most expensive desktop machine to date, OWC is also including 384GB of its new memory and its Accelsior 4M2 4TB SSD made for the new Mac Pro (normally worth around $3000 USD combined!). Head below to enter the giveaway and more on OWC’s new Mac Pro products: more… The post 9to5Rewards: Mac Pro Rack giveaway + OWC memory & storage appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • After the surprise move of Apple buying Dark Sky, the popular hyperlocal weather app, Bloomberg has learned that it has also purchased another company this week called Voysis. The latest is an artificial intelligence startup that could help Apple improve Siri’s skill at understanding natural language. more… The post Apple acquires AI startup Voysis to improve Siri’s natural language skills appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • During the coronavirus pandemic, college football teams are faced with the interesting scenario of trying to get their players in peak physical shape for the fall season…remotely. A new report from The Athletic (paywall) details how Alabama has issued Apple Watch to all of its players before the college was shut down to keep the training of its players going and check in on their sleep and heart rate data, all while walking a tricky line of not breaking SEC rules. more… The post Alabama football picks Apple Watch for fitness edge during the pandemic appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Satechi launched its latest multi-device USB-C charger at CES back in January and it comes with the most ports and power you’ll find in pretty much any option on the market. Read on for our full review of Satechi’s 108W USB-C PD Desktop Charger. more… The post Review: Satechi’s 108W USB-C Desktop Charger offers Apple devices max power and ports appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • While WrestleMania normally has up to 100,000 fans attend the big event, this year due to the coronavirus, it will be held in a more or less empty arena in Orlando. Follow along for how to watch WrestleMania 2020 for free on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, and the web. more… The post How to watch WrestleMania 2020 for free on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and the web appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple launched its user-friendly and helpful COVID-19 screening app and website last week. Even though the company publicly detailed it isn’t collecting responses, four US senators have asked Tim Cook for more details on the privacy policy of the app. Here’s what we found in our analysis of the app. more… The post US senators are asking Apple how private their COVID-19 app is, so we tested it appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Microsoft has made some nice improvements to its Skype video call service. Starting today, users don’t need to sign up for an account or download software to join cross-platform video conferences. There’s also a simpler interface that allows users to start a video call in just one click. more… The post Skype ditches account and download requirements, offers link-based option for free video calls appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Mythic Quest arrived on Apple TV+ as the service’s first comedy series in February. Now in light of filming halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, the cast is having some fun streaming playing the 2D fighter Brawlhalla. more… The post Watch the cast of Apple TV+’s ‘Mythic Quest’ battle on Twitch live playing Brawlhalla appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple is currently running a special promotion for employees. The HomePod usually retails for $299 for customers, but Apple retail and corporate employees can pick up a HomePod right now at half price: $149.50 each to be exact. This special employee discount is not unprecedented, but uncommon. It is possible that Apple is trying to reduce inventory of the HomePod ahead of a rumored product update. Although the HomePod is widely praised for its sound quality, its high price relative to the smart speaker market has meant it has not been a mainstream success. more… The post Apple discounts HomePod to $149 for employees, possibly to reduce inventory ahead of update appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Over the last few years, Facebook has had a slew of privacy and security blunders and more details about one of them have come to light through a new court filing as the social media company is suing the spyware company NSO Group. It turns out Facebook tried to buy controversial government spyware to monitor iPhone and iPad users. more… The post Facebook tried to buy controversial tool to spy on iPhone users, court filing reveals appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Benjamin and Zac unpack the week of news including more features coming to iOS 14 and watchOS 7, Siri for Spotify on Apple Watch, Apple’s COVID-19 app, the Amazon Prime Video App Store situation, new AirTag leaks, Apple buying Dark Sky, breaking 2020 iPhone SE news, and much more. Subscribe to receive new episodes every Friday: 🟣 Apple Podcasts 🟠 Overcast 🟢 Spotify Sponsored by LinkedIn Jobs: Go to LinkedIn.com/HAPPYHOUR and get $50 OFF toward your first job post! Sponsored by Pillow: Pillow is an all-in-one sleep tracking solution to help you get a better night’s sleep. Download it from the App Store today. Sponsored by SaneBox: The easiest way to get your email under control and hit inbox zero. Get a free two-week free trial and a $25 credit at sanebox.com/9to5mac. https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/04/9to5Mac-Happy-Hour-04-03-2020.mp3 more… The post 9to5Mac Happy Hour 271: Amazon skirts App Store rules, Apple buys Dark Sky, iPhone 9 is iPhone SE appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • In the past few years of building up my collection of HomeKit products, I would tell people that the value of HomeKit is the ability to bring multiple products from multiple manufacturers into a single application that makes it easy to use. After installing my abode alarm system a few weeks back, something clicked for me. As I was settings up my automations, it clicked in my brain that the true benefit of HomeKit is to leverage automations from all of the devices exposed in your HomeKit ecosystem. more… The post HomeKit Weekly: The true benefit of HomeKit is in the automations you can create appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Friday’s top deals include Beats wireless headphones from $200, plus Best Buy’s new 1-day sale, and Apple’s iPad Air at $130 off. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break. more… The post Friday deals: Beats Solo and Powerbeats Pro $50 off, plus Best Buy 1-day Mac sale, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Rogue Amoeba’s Audio Hijack is a handy application that allows you to record audio from any Mac app including Safari, video calls, and much more. Now the app has gained support for live streaming with some of the most used services. more… The post YouTube Live and Twitch streaming now available in Audio Hijack from Rogue Amoeba appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple Arcade launched with close to 100 titles and the service is seeing new games added regularly. Follow along with our guide on the latest from Apple’s gaming service. more… The post These are the latest Apple Arcade games for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple TV appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Earlier this week, Eufy started rolling out HomeKit Secure Video support for the eufyCam 2, and it now seems there is a new pan-and-tilt Eufy camera on the way. If accurate, this would be the first non-static camera from the budget-focused smart home company… more… The post [Update: Launching April 13] New HomeKit-compatible pan-and-tilt Eufy camera seems to be on the way appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Following yesterday’s big TV show sale, Apple is back with a fresh batch of movie deals highlighted by $5 essentials from the last few decades. You’ll also find price drops on recent releases at $10 alongside a smattering of other deals. Hit the jump for all of our top picks. more… The post Apple’s decades movie sale has iconic hits for $5, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • It seems hardly a day can go by without more Zoom vulnerabilities being discovered – with not just one but two more being revealed today … more… The post Another day, another couple of Zoom vulnerabilities discovered … appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • iMazing, the popular tool that consumers use to back up data from their iOS devices that Apple doesn’t support, has released two new tools for Apple IT administrators: iMazing Configurator and iMazing Profile Editor. These new tools will be handy for system administrators to keep around when configuring iOS devices in bulk. more… The post iMazing releases Apple Configurator alternative and a new configuration profile editor appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • A white-hat hacker was able to hijack iPhone cameras using a chain of three vulnerabilities he discovered. The same approach would also work with the cameras on Macs. Ryan Pickren disclosed the vulnerabilities to Apple in December of last year. The company fixed the most serious of them in January, and the rest last month. The approach relied on an exception to the normal privacy requirement for apps to seek permission for camera or microphone access… more… The post White-hat hacker able to hijack iPhone camera; Apple has now fixed appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • With many cities, states, and countries asking people to remain at home, Google and Facebook location data is being used to help determine how many people are complying with the coronavirus lockdown… more… The post Google and Facebook location data shows coronavirus lockdown compliance appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Update: The Apple News service appears to be fully operational once again. Original story below unchanged. Many users are unable to use the Apple News app this morning. Rather than seeing a feed of today’s stories, upon opening the app, users are presented with an error message stating that the feed is unavailable. If you dismiss the dialog, other areas of the News app appear still to be up. So you can browse the News+ catalog or find individual channels, but the main Today news feed is not loading. more… The post Apple News is down for many users [update: fixed] appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple TV+ offers exclusive Apple original TV shows and movies in 4K HDR quality. You can watch across all of your screens and pick up where you left off on any device. Apple TV+ costs $4.99 per month. Here’s every Apple original television show and movie available now on Apple TV+, as well as the latest trailers …more… The post Apple TV+ Guide: Here are all the Apple TV shows and movies available now appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Best Buy has a fresh 1-day sale today with a number of price drops across all areas of consumer technology, including Apple products, TVs, and more. Free shipping is available on orders over $35, and curbside pickup is also in option at most retail locations at this time. Head below for all of our top picks. more… The post Best Buy 1-day sale: Up to $1,100 off MacBook Pro, 25% off iPhone cases, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Recent Apple MacBooks have included an aggressive security feature that disconnects hardware microphones when the lid is physically closed. The feature is designed to prevent eavesdropping on compromised hardware. Starting with the recently introduced 2020 iPad Pro, Apple is bringing the same privacy feature to iPads. more… The post 2020 iPad Pro first model with microphone hardware disconnect privacy feature appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • As the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen, Apple has made the decision to keep all of its retail stores in the United States closed until at least May. In a message obtained by 9to5Mac, Apple’s SVP of Retail + People Deirdre O’Brien reassured store employees that Apple will continue to support them during this difficult time. more… The post Apple anticipates US retail store closures to last until at least ‘early May’ appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • 9to5Mac previously reported that the launch of the new 2020 iPhone SE is imminent, as our source told us that Apple plans to announce it as soon as tomorrow. Now there’s more evidence that the new iPhone SE will be released soon based on Apple’s own website, including a new Belkin screen protector and an updated AppleCare+ plan. more… The post More 2020 iPhone SE evidence: Belkin screen protector listed early for 4.7-inch display [Update: Removed] appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • 9to5Mac has learned new information about Apple’s long-rumored, entry-level iPhone model, including the marketing name, product colors, and storage options, based on a tip from a highly trusted reader. Based on the new information, it’s possible Apple could be planning to open orders for the new iPhone as soon as tomorrow; the information definitely tells us that Apple is ready to start accepting orders very soon. more… The post Exclusive: iPhone 9 launch imminent, 2020 ‘iPhone SE’ in red, white, and black with up to 256GB appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • A handful of useful applications and services are going free for the coming weeks in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These include at-home fitness applications, news outlets, and much more. Read below for all of the details. more… The post These apps and services are responding to coronavirus pandemic with free information appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Developer Steve Troughton-Smith’s new universal app for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, called Broadcasts, is out this week. The app is a new version of his app HCC Radio, which allows users to listen to radio stations on the go now across all three platforms. more… The post New ‘Broadcasts’ app lets you listen to streaming radio on the go with iPhone, iPad, and Mac appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple’s former SVP of retail Ron Johnson offered his insight on the future of shopping post-coronavirus in a new interview with Yahoo Finance. Johnson was instrumental in the early success of Apple Retail, working alongside Steve Jobs to take Apple Stores from risky concept to global success. He left Apple for JCPenney in 2011 and is now building the retail personalization startup Enjoy. more… The post Former Apple SVP Ron Johnson praises Apple’s proactive approach to closing retail stores appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple has uploaded a new support video to its YouTube channel today, and hidden in the video is a mention of the upcoming AirTag item trackers. 9to5Mac first reported the AirTags marketing name for the accessory back in October. [Update: The video has been removed by Apple] more… The post Apple references unreleased AirTag item trackers in new support video appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • After writing an apology note earlier today, fixing two serious Mac flaws, and detailing a plan to improve its security, privacy, and transparency moving forward, Zoom has also fixed its “malware-like” installer with the latest macOS update. more… The post Following Mac flaw patches, Zoom fixes ‘malware-like’ macOS installer in latest update appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • No two mediums are better suited to keep us up to date with the latest news around COVID-19 than podcasts and Twitter. Oddly enough, Twitter was created after Apple built the iTunes Podcasts directory and essentially put Odeo out of business. The folks behind Odeo eventually went on to create Twittr, now known as Twitter. Apple has released a dedicated Apple Podcasts feature related to COVID-19 coverage. more… The post Apple Podcasts has a dedicated channel for COVID-19 to help you stay informed appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Today’s best deals include Sonos AirPlay 2 discounts from $129, Apple Watch Series 5 $50 off, and various HomeKit accessories. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break. more… The post Thursday deals: Sonos AirPlay sale from $129, Apple Watch Series 5 $50 off, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • ecobee offers some of the most popular smart thermostat options on the market, particularly for those who want HomeKit support and the company. Today the company has launched a new feature to make its customers’ experience more seamless with automatic air filter delivery. more… The post HomeKit thermostat maker ecobee adds air filter delivery service for convenience appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. Enjoy the podcast? Shop Apple at Amazon to support 9to5Mac Daily! https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/04/9to5Mac-Daily-04-02-2020.mp3 more… The post 9to5Mac Daily: April 02, 2020 – iOS 14 Keychain features, Apple and Amazon reach a deal appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • The Danalock has filled the last remaining hole in my smart home armory: a smart lock. You could say I’m something of a home automation fan. I had near-withdrawal symptoms when briefly forced to live without it for a while after moving home back in 2017. Getting things back up-and-running was a great relief! Lights and smart sockets were followed by window blinds (later given HomeKit compatibility), smart(ish) heating (though more on that another day), and even a control panel. But I’d avoided a smart lock for three reasons … more… The post Review: Danalock, the device which finally persuaded me to get a smart lock appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Let’s just cut to the chase: if you already own 2018’s refresh of the iPad Pro, you probably shouldn’t upgrade to the 2020 edition. That’s because this latest iPad Pro is more of an incremental update than its predecessors have traditionally been. In terms of specs, it’s probably the most lukewarm upgrade we’ve had in an iPad Pro since the often-forgotten 9.7-inch model was released in early 2016. With that in mind, if you want a good idea of what to expect from the 2020 iPad, read our in-depth review of the 2018 model. Most of the hardware aspects still apply, but it’s the software updates that have really pushed the iPad forward over the last few years. The release of iPadOS 13, and now iPadOS 13.4 have transformed Apple’s tablet for the better. If you held off on the 2018 iPad Pro update, this latest 2020 model should make you happy, as it’s an overall better value thanks to increased RAM and flash storage in the base configuration. And thanks to the new embedded LiDAR Scanner, which ushers in impressive new AR capabilities, the 2020 iPad Pro also provides us with a sneak preview of what we might expect from Apple’s long-rumored augmented reality headset. Watch our hands-on video as we discuss the top features and initial impressions of the 2020 iPad Pro.more… The post iPad Pro (2020) top features and impressions – a glimpse into the future [Video] appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple today launched the America’s Food Fund, hosted on GoFundMe, along with partners including Leonardo DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs, and the Ford Foundation. The project aims to support food access for vulnerable people across the United States. more… The post Apple, Laurene Powell Jobs and Leonardo DiCaprio launch America’s Food Fund in response to coronavirus crisis appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Better late than never, right? Facebook is starting to ship its dedicated Messenger for macOS app through the Mac App Store. The desktop messaging software was first spotted last April in a leaked announcement that included a preview. more… The post [Update: Now available globally in App Store] Facebook kicks off long-awaited Messenger for Mac rollout  appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • A number of autism apps have been highlighted by Apple on World Autism Awareness Day, an annual event intended to educate people about those with autistic spectrum disorders. It is part of the company’s extensive commitment to accessibility. The United Nations has drawn attention to the specific challenges faced by people with autism during the coronavirus outbreak… more… The post Autism apps highlighted by Apple on World Autism Awareness Day appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Zoom penetration tests have been commissioned by the popular videoconferencing service after a series of security and privacy issues were found in the company’s mobile and desktop apps. Zoom’s problems have been a messy mixture of poor communication, sketchy marketing, rule-breaking, and actual security holes … more… The post Zoom penetration tests commissioned to improve ‘trust, safety and privacy’ appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • After bringing the long-awaited feature to iOS last fall, Spotify has updated its app today to take advantage of Siri support on Apple Watch in watchOS 6. more… The post Spotify launches Siri support for Apple Watches running watchOS 6 appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Following Tuesday’s big 4K movie sale, Apple is back today with a number of price drops on TV show complete seasons. Of course, all of which will become a permanent part of your library. Deals start at $10 and you can find all of our top picks below. more… The post Apple’s TV show sale includes complete series, more starting at $10 appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it will be voting on a plan to open up the 6GHz band for general use by device makers. The FCC positions this as a fivefold increase in the spectrum available for Wi-Fi use, but in reality, it will be used for very short-range communications, with two specific uses likely by Apple… more… The post FCC to vote on Apple-backed plan to allow device makers to use 6GHz band appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Tile has made an accusation of Apple breaking promises to work toward resolving the dispute between the two companies, and says that indeed things are even worse than they were. The dispute centers around Apple’s apparent intention to launch AirTags, which will directly compete with Tile trackers — small devices attached to gadgets and other valuables to track their location … more… The post Tile says Apple breaking promises, that anticompetitive behavior is worse appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Whether it’s happening to you right now or you’d like to know what to do in case it happens, read on for how to force quit frozen menu bar apps on a Mac. more… The post Mac: How to force quit frozen menu bar apps appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • If your kids are like my kids, they are stir crazy, ready to go back to school, and generally tired of being at home. Over the years, I’ve collected some of my favorite apps and podcasts that my kids have grown to love. So, I wanted to compile a list to help other parents in the same boat. more… The post Roundup: Best kid focused apps and podcasts to help with social distancing appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • The popular calendar app Fantastical has been updated today with cursor support for iPadOS 13.4 and a variety of other changes. This update comes after Fantastical was overhauled in January with a powerful new universal app and much more. more… The post Fantastical for iPad now enhanced for new iPadOS 13.4 trackpad feature appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Over the last several weeks, various reports have detailed how Apple is adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the supply chain and product development. Now, a report from The Wall Street Journal adds more detail to the ongoing situation. more… The post WSJ: Apple ‘scrambling’ to prevent iPhone delays amid COVID-19 pandemic appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Remember the old Nike+iPod Sensor that you snuck in your sneakers before a run in the mid-2000s? NURVV Run is like that, but in the age of the Apple Watch. The modern run tracking sensor is way more sophisticated than the technology inside basic step trackers. NURVV Run even helps prevent running-related injuries from overtraining. more… The post NURVV Run is a run tracking sensor that helps prevent injuries and works with Apple Watch appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • In October, Apple said that it was teaming up with the US Census Bureau for the 2020 census. Now, a report from CNET dives deeper into that partnership, including details on how Census Bureau employees will use iPhone 8 devices and a new app for this year’s national census. more… The post US Census Bureau teaming up with Apple to equip 500,000 canvassers with iPhone 8 appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Zoom has risen to the top as one of the most used video call apps as the coronavirus has spread around the globe. It’s cross-platform, free, and easy to set up calls for businesses and well as individuals. However, it has some serious security and privacy flaws, the latest of which were shared today. For those looking for some good Zoom alternatives, follow along after the break for a range of choices for both business and personal use. more… The post 10 Zoom alternatives for more secure, cross-platform video calls appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Update: In a statement, Apple told 9to5Mac that it has an “established program for premium subscription video entertainment providers” and qualifying apps like Prime Video can offer customers the option to buy or rent movies and TV shows using the payment method tied to their existing video subscription. This same program covers features like integration with the TV app, AirPlay 2, universal search and single sign-on integration. Original story below. In a significant shift, the Amazon Prime Video app on iOS and Apple TV now features a built-in content store. This means users can now buy or rent TV shows and movies directly inside the app on Apple platforms. The change was first spotted by The Verge. For the longest time, Amazon did not support this because of Apple’s App Store rules which require the developer to use Apple’s In-App purchase system for digital content and give 30% of the revenue to Apple. The app now seems to use Amazon payment method if you have a card on file, otherwise it uses Apple In-App Purchase. more… The post Amazon Prime Video now lets users buy TV shows and movies in the app, seemingly struck special deal with Apple appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple is rolling out a new detailed financial report option to App Store Connect for developers this month. The company made the announcement in a post on its Developer blog this afternoon. more… The post Apple adding new detailed financial report option to App Store Connect for developers appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Jamf has just announced a new Apple Watch app to help parents navigate the challenges that have been suddenly brought on by a switch to distance learning. Jamf Parent, is a tool that it had previously released for iPhone and iPad to help parents with managing school-owned devices at home. more… The post Jamf releases new Apple Watch app to assist parents with distance learning appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • In response to the continued coronavirus outbreak, Apple and Goldman Sachs are allowing customers to skip their Apple Card March payment without incurring interest charges. Apple Card holders should receive an email announcing this “Customer Assistance Program.” more… The post [Update: April too] Apple allowing Apple Card customers to defer March payment due to coronavirus appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Dark Sky is an incredibly useful weather app that’s been on my radar since I joined 9to5Mac in 2013. In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, Dark Sky announced that it was joining Apple. Within minutes, the Dark Sky app joined Apple’s list of software in the App Store. We know Dark Sky is now dead on Android and the weather data provider API for other apps is going away, but what happens next for Dark Sky at Apple? more… The post What Apple buying Dark Sky could mean for iOS 14, iPad and Mac, and developers appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Deciding when to rewrite a piece of code, what makes Combine such a great way to do reactive programming in Swift, and the final part of our indie app development special series. Also, tips for coding beginners, Indie Support Weeks, and much more. Sponsored by Setapp: Try Setapp with over 170+ Mac apps completely free for the first week. http://traffic.libsyn.com/stacktrace/IYWiiPdGMl_StacktraceEp76.mp3 more… The post Stacktrace Podcast 077: “Structs that are real”, featuring Kaya Thomas, Casey Liss, Christian Selig and Jordan Morgan appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple is releasing the first developer beta of watchOS 6.2.5 today. This comes after Apple began beta testing of iOS 13.4.5 and other updates yesterday, oddly leaving Apple Watch out until now. Update: watchOS 6.2.5 is now available to developers. more… The post Apple releasing first beta of watchOS 6.2.5 to developers today [U] appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple is working to improve the iCloud Keychain password manager on iOS, 9to5Mac has learned, with two-factor password integration and more. These new features described are based on an early build of iOS 14 obtained by 9to5Mac. more… The post iOS 14: Keychain password manager to gain new 1Password-like features appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Wednesday’s best deals include iPad Pro and iPad Air at some of this year’s best prices, plus a new B&H sale discounting Apple Watch and more. Hit the jump for all of today’s top deals in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break. more… The post Save up to $350 on various iPads, plus MacBook Air, Apple Watch, and iPod touch deals, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. Enjoy the podcast? Shop Apple at Amazon to support 9to5Mac Daily! https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/04/9to5Mac-Daily-04-01-2020.mp3 more… The post 9to5Mac Daily: April 01, 2020 – Apple’s Dark Sky acquisition, iOS 13.4.5 beta appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Zoom, the popular video call service has had a number of privacy and security issues over the years and we’ve seen several very recently as Zoom has seen usage skyrocket during the coronavirus pandemic. Now two new bugs have been discovered that allow hackers to take control of Macs including the webcam, microphone, and even full root access. more… The post [Update: Zoom patches and responds] Ex-NSA hacker finds new Zoom flaws to takeover Macs again, including webcam, mic, and root access appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • The push for contact tracing apps continues with a joint initiative in Europe and a rather more authoritarian app launching tomorrow in Russia. We recently outlined how contact tracing works, and described an option for a privacy-respecting version that could potentially be baked into iOS and Android for near-universal coverage… more… The post Tech coronavirus roundup: from an Orwellian app, to preventing face-touching appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • I’ve been working from home the past few weeks as many of you. One of the challenges I’ve run into is that I don’t have a proper home office, and my children are also at home doing their school work. I’ve had countless Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Skype meetings over the past few weeks, so I have been searching for a way to eliminate background noise from my calls. Thankfully, I’ve discovered a great solution: Krisp. more… The post Krisp eliminates unwanted background noise from Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, etc appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • After almost two years, T-Mobile and Sprint’s $26 billion merger is now officially a done deal. The result is the “New T-Mobile” that has big aspirations for moving the US wireless market forward. more… The post New T-Mobile becomes a reality as the un-carrier and Sprint officially complete merger appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Various people have suggested in the past that Apple should allow FaceTime for Android and Windows, in an attempt to make it the default standard for consumer video calls. That idea gained new impetus when Apple launched the Group FaceTime function for calls between up to 32 people. But the coronavirus outbreak has taken consumer group videoconferencing to a whole new level. Back in February, most non-techies had never done it in their lives. Fast-forward to now, and Zoom conferences are a completely normal thing for everyone … more… The post Opinion: FaceTime for Android and Windows could make it the new default appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • As the investor community fears devastating repercussions to the production schedules of Chinese industry in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, many doubt whether Apple’s major iPhone 12 release cycle will be able to go ahead as normal. For its part, Foxconn appears unfazed. Via Bloomberg, the key iPhone assembly told investors on a private conference call today that it is still prepared for a fall 5G iPhone debut. more… The post Foxconn tells investors that 5G iPhone production is still on track for a fall launch appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • An Apple coronavirus donation has been doubled as the company seeks to provide additional help in China. Apple CEO Tim Cook today announced on Weibo that the company would be contributing more than 50 million yuan ($7M) in total … more… The post Apple coronavirus donation doubled in China, focusing on long-term efforts appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Whether you’re having temporary trouble with your Wi-Fi or would like to set up a persistent network connection, follow along for how to use Ethernet with iPad over both USB-C and Lightning. more… The post How to use Ethernet with iPad over USB-C or Lightning appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple @ Work Podcast is brought to you by Jamf, the standard for Apple in the enterprise. Learn more at Jamf.com/9to5mac. In this episode of the Apple @ Work podcast, Bradley is joined by Joel Rennich to discuss the FIDO Alliance and the future of password management for the enterprise and consumers. https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/03/Appleatwork3.mp3 more… The post Apple @ Work Podcast: FIDO Alliance and the future of passwords appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Niantic, the studio behind Pokémon GO, announced today that it has acquired augmented reality startup 6D.ai. As TechCrunch reports, this San Francisco-based startup had focused on creating technology that would allow smartphones to quickly detect 3D layouts. more… The post Niantic acquires augmented reality startup as it looks to build powerful rival to Apple’s ARKit appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple has officially debuted a new MacBook Air that brings some of the first major changes to the laptop since Apple revitalized it in 2018. Read on as we compare the new 2020 MacBook Air against its predecessor, with details on performance, the new keyboard, and more. more… The post Here’s why you should buy the new 2020 MacBook Air [Comparison] appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple has updated iMovie for iPadOS with new features including mouse and trackpad support, new keyboard shortcuts, more image format, and more. The new version also prepares Apple’s video editing app for the upcoming Magic Keyboard accessory for iPad Pro. more… The post iMovie is now ready for Apple’s new Magic Keyboard and trackpad for iPad Pro appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • In a truly unexpected move, Apple announced today that it has acquired the popular Dark Sky weather app. While the company says there will be no changes to Dark Sky for iOS at this time, we can expect Apple to integrate the app with its own Weather solution for iOS. With that in mind, designer Parker Ortolani has created a concept that imagines what the Apple’s Weather app would look like by redesigning it based on Dark Sky. more… The post Concept imagines a redesigned Weather app for iOS based on Dark Sky appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • The popular live streaming software Streamlabs has officially launched for the Mac today. The Logitech-owned company announced that eager users can now use Streamlabs OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) for Mac in beta, and there’s integration with Twitch, YouTube, and more. more… The post Live streaming software Streamlabs OBS officially comes to macOS in beta appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple today has officially stopped signing iOS 13.3.1 following last week’s release of iOS 13.4. This means users can no longer downgrade from iOS 13.4 to iOS 13.3.1. Apple has also stopped signing iOS 12.4.5 and tvOS 13.3.1. more… The post Apple blocks downgrades to iOS 13.3.1 following release of iOS 13.4 appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • There are many solutions available to remotely control a computer via an iPhone or iPad, and Screens 4 is one of them. Screens app for iOS was updated today with some great new features, including full compatibility for mouse and trackpad on iPad with iPadOS 13.4. more… The post Screens VNC client for iOS updated with mouse and trackpad support on iPadOS appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple is rolling out a round of updates today to the iWork collection of apps for Mac. These updates bring iCloud Drive folder sharing support and much more to Keynote, Pages, and Numbers for macOS. Update: Apple is also now rolling out updates to Keynote, Pages, and Numbers for iOS and iPadOS with these features as well as support for the upcoming Magic Keyboard. more… The post Apple updates iWork for Mac with iCloud Drive folder sharing, new themes, and more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • We’ve heard a lot about the new iPhone 9, which could be announced in the near future according to rumors. 9to5Mac found references to the new entry-level iPhone model in iOS 14 code, and now we can corroborate that information with the iOS 13.4.5 beta firmware released today for developers. more… The post iOS 13.4.5 beta code corroborates a new iPhone model with Touch ID, Express Card, and future CarKey support appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • A few years ago my wife and I purchased two new Hondas. My Civic came with Apple CarPlay, but her HR-V had a basic entertainment system. We were both used to driving with CarPlay by then, so we upgraded her system with an Alpine unit with Wireless CarPlay. I really wanted Wireless CarPlay, but replacing my entertainment system was too disruptive. Now there’s a solution for turning standard CarPlay into Wireless CarPlay, at least for some models, and it actually works! more… The post Review: This adapter turns standard CarPlay into Wireless CarPlay, and somehow it actually works appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple has just released the first beta version of iOS 13.4.5 (yes, you read it right) for developers, and although we are still looking for major changes, there’s an interesting new feature for Apple Music subscribers. Users can now share the music they’re listening to on Instagram and Facebook Stories, something that was only possible before using third-party tools. more… The post iOS 13.4.5 beta includes new option to share songs from Apple Music on Instagram Stories appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. Enjoy the podcast? Shop Apple at Amazon to support 9to5Mac Daily! Take advantage of iPadOS 13.4 with the Magic Trackpad, Magic Mouse, or Logitech MX Master https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/03/9to5Mac-Daily-03-31-2020.mp3 more… The post 9to5Mac Daily: March 31, 2020 – iPhone 9 rumors, watchOS 7 kids mode appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • In a big move to improve its weather app, Apple has purchased the highly popular iOS app Dark Sky. Along with the acquisition comes the end of Dark Sky for Android as well as an end to the API that’s used by popular apps like Carrot Weather, and more. more… The post Apple purchases hyperlocal weather app Dark Sky, ending API and killing Android apps appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple Configurator 2 is a tool created by Apple to simplify the setup and deployment of multiple iOS devices in businesses and schools. The app was today updated to version 2.12, which brought support for restoring the 2019 Mac Pro firmware, in addition to new features for VPN networks and more. more… The post Apple Configurator 2 update brings support for restoring 2019 Mac Pro firmware, VPN improvements, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple has released the first developer beta of iOS 13.4.5. This comes following last week’s public release of iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4. This week’s update focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements. more… The post Apple releases first beta of iOS 13.4.5 and more to developers appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Even with everything going on in the world, keeping your important files, family photos, and other content backed up is always something to have on your mind. In fact, having a reliable at-home backup might be even more relevant these days. So with today being World Backup Day, we’re taking a deep dive into how using Synology’s latest entry-level NAS, you can build a respective backup server, or upgrade an existing for off-site storage and more. Head below for all the details. more… The post Celebrate World Backup Day by getting started with everyday backups, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Snapchat announced last year that it would begin letting third-party apps build in support for its Stories feature. Now that functionality, called “App Stories” is live as part of the Snap Kit suite of developer tools. more… The post Snapchat releases App Stories tool to bring the feature to third-party apps appeared first on 9to5Mac.