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  • Apple announced macOS Big Sur last month with a redesigned interface, including new icons for nearly all the system’s native apps. And if you don’t like to have new icons mixed with old ones, you can now replace them with a more appropriate version. more… The post Make your Dock icons more consistent on macOS Big Sur with these custom icon packs appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook agreed to testify in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee antitrust probe later this month, with the date to be announced. The House Judiciary today confirmed that Cook and other CEOs of big tech companies will be heard on July 27. more… The post Tim Cook and other CEOs to testify in antitrust subcommittee on July 27 appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple has signed a new multi-year deal with the Maurice Sendak Foundation to produce new children’s content for Apple TV+. Sendak is the creator of the popular book Where the Wild Things Are, which will be used to develop new shows for Apple’s streaming platform. more… The post Apple TV+ signs multi-year deal with Maurice Sendak Foundation to produce new children’s content appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Ireland has debuted its COVID-19 Tracker application today, its solution to help contract trace and slow the spread of coronavirus. The app is built using the Exposure Notification API developed by Apple and Google, and users in Ireland can download it from the App Store now as well as Google Play. more… The post Ireland releases COVID-19 Tracker app using Apple/Google Exposure Notification API appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • iOS 14 is only in developer beta, but it’s already exposing just how often some applications are checking users’ clipboards. The latest app to be scrutinized for this practice is Reddit, but the company says a forthcoming update will remove the code in question. more… The post Reddit promises to stop accessing user clipboards after being exposed by iOS 14 appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Gallium nitride chargers are seemingly popping up all over the market in 2020 following their introduction earlier this year. We’ve seen examples from Anker and Aukey, amongst others, but today we’re getting our first glimpse of Hyper’s latest. Following a successful Kickstarter launch, the HyperJuice 100W GaN USB-C Charger is available at various retailers for all. With quick power-up speeds and the latest in charging technology, this accessory is sure to be a hit with the latest MacBooks and iPad Pros. Hit the jump for full details on pricing, availability, and more. more… The post New HyperJuice 100W charger for MacBook Pro, iPads, more hits the market today appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Today, after several years of research and standardization, the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute announced the official release of the successor to H.265 HEVC, appropriately named H.266/Versatile Video Coding (VVC). What does that mean for the future of video on Apple devices? more… The post H.266/VVC codec released as successor to H.265/HEVC, paving way for higher quality video capture in iOS 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. Sponsored by WaterMinder and Calory: WaterMinder is the ultimate water tracking tool that will help you stay hydrated during the day. Calory is the quickest way to count calories, track macros, water, and all of your food intake. https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/07/9to5Mac-Daily-07-06-2020.mp3 more… The post 9to5Mac Daily: July 06, 2020 – iOS 14 Keychain features, iPhone 12 speculation appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • For the past several iOS (now iPadOS) releases, Apple has worked to improve multitasking on tablets. Split View lets you use two app at the same time, and Gmail on iPads now has support for this feature. more… The post Gmail for iOS finally supports Split View multitasking on iPads appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Today’s best deals include AirPods Pro at $220, Apple’s latest MacBook Pro is $200 off, and Anker has a fresh batch of price drops. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break. more… The post AirPods Pro hit $220 in today’s best deals, plus Apple’s latest 13-inch MacBook Pro $200 off, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Portrait mode for iPhone arrived back in 2016 as a beta. The Bokeh effect photo feature has improved and evolved over the years but Apple still hasn’t offered the feature for shooting video. Now a new app called Focos Live adds the functionality to shoot wide aperture videos with a Bokeh effect on iPhone. more… The post Portrait mode videos come to iPhone with Focos Live app appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • An Apple patent application has described how transparent glass keycaps could be used to improve MacBook keyboard durability. Rather fittingly, given the unhappy history of the butterfly keyboard on MacBooks, the patent acknowledges the difficulties inherent in trying to design a keyboard that is both thin and durable… more… The post Apple patent describes transparent glass keycaps for greater keyboard durability appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Actor Tom Hanks has said that it’s “an absolute heartbreak” that his new war movie, Greyhound, is appearing on Apple TV+ instead of in movie theaters … more… The post Tom Hanks says it’s a ‘heartbreak’ that his war movie Greyhound is on Apple TV+ appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • COVID-19 has changed the Apple Store experience you’ve come to know. Modified shopping and support services encourage social distancing. New safety procedures protect employees and customers. If you need to visit an Apple Store in the US during the pandemic, here’s how to make your experience safe, efficient, and successful. more… The post COVID-19: How to have a safe and successful Apple Store visit appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Both WhatsApp and Telegram have announced that they will not – for now, at least – hand over user data to Hong Kong authorities even when sent official demands to do so. The move follows China introducing a new ‘national security’ law which bans criticism of the Chinese government. Hong Kong residents who have been critical of China fear that their social media posts and messages might now be used as a basis for arrest and imprisonment … more… The post WhatsApp and Telegram will not hand over user data to Hong Kong authorities appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • There’s been a lot of discussion about the macOS 11 Big Sur icons, much of it heated. Once again, Apple has managed to polarize opinion between those who are heaving a sigh of relief that Apple isn’t bringing completely flat design to the Mac, and those who are just heaving at what they consider ugly and inconsistent graphics. One designer argued that Apple is on-trend with ‘neumorphism,’ but Apply Pixels icon designer Michael Flarup says this isn’t a new trend, but rather Apple bringing back fun and ‘judicious expressiveness’ to its visual design … more… The post Designer says macOS 11 Big Sur icons about ‘fun and judicious expressiveness’ appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Update: The deal is now official. Full statement below. Rumors about Uber buying Postmates have been confirmed by a new report today, which says that the deal has been agreed and is set to be officially announced shortly … more… The post Uber buying Postmates after failing to acquire GrubHub to boost food deliveries [U] appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Whether you are selling your iPad, having issues, or just want a fresh start, there are a variety of reasons you may need to reset it. Let’s take a look at how to factory reset your iPad and erase everything on it. more… The post How to factory reset an iPad and erase all content appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • After taking a good look at each of the main features in the latest Logic Pro X update, it’s time for the notable holiday weekend plug-in deals. This time of year tends to bring a number of half year sales and things of that nature on plug-ins, software instruments, FX, and even some hardware gear for Logic users and music makers of all kinds. Head below for this weekend’s deals and freebies from Waves, UAD, iZotope, Spitfire Audio, Native Instruments, KORG, Apogee, and many others. more… The post Holiday weekend instrument and FX deals for Logic Pro X users + more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple officially unveiled watchOS 7 to developers last month at WWDC, detailing new features such as sleep tracking support, facing sharing, and more. While the update is currently available to developers, we’re still a few months away from the general release — but this year, a public beta will also be available to Apple Watch users for the first time. more… The post watchOS 7: When will Apple release it to the public and what to expect when it’s available appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • In this week’s top stories: More rumors about the iPhone 12 and its accessories, benchmarks from the Apple Silicon Mac mini, new iOS 14 tidbits, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.more… The post This week’s top stories: iPhone 12 charger rumors, Apple Card updates, new iOS 14 tidbits, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • This summer, Today at Apple and the creative arts youth space Spotlight are joining forces to give young artists in London an opportunity to learn the secrets of the music industry from experts. The Music Survival series of creative sessions runs from July 27 to August 28 and is the latest program produced in Apple’s Made in LDN series, which is supported by the mayor of London. more… The post Today at Apple’s Made in LDN series returns to help young artists break into the music industry appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • After going in depth with iOS 14 earlier this week, today we focus on macOS Big Sur. The biggest takeaway from my hands-on time with the follow up to macOS Catalina is that Apple’s latest OS is clearly being designed with the future in mind. Although it’s unmistakably Mac, Big Sur is a departure from previous versions of macOS in terms of aesthetics. Everything, from the dock, to the menu bar, to window chrome, icons, and even sounds have been updated. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough as we discuss over 85 macOS Big Sur changes and features, and be sure to subscribe to 9to5mac on YouTube for more videos. more… The post Hands-on: 85+ new macOS Big Sur changes and features [Video] appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • The Adorama 4th of July sale is now in full swing. This year’s event features a range of notable discounts including MacBook Pro and MacBook Air configurations, along with a substantial collection of price drops in the smart home and entertainment categories. A series of Mirrorless and DLSR cameras, lenses, drones, headphones, and more are also joining in the celebration this weekend with as much as 65% in savings. Head below for a closer look. more… The post Adorama 4th of July Sale: Up to 65% off MacBook Pro/Air, iPad, accessories, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • In addition to the redesigned Home screen with widgets, App Library, and features like Car Key, iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 brings important enhancements to iCloud Keychain. Apple has made improvements to give users access to more helpful information about their passwords. Read on for a hands-on look at what’s changed on iCloud Keychain with iOS 14. more… The post iOS 14: iCloud Keychain now alerts users about leaked passwords, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • One of the aspects of Apple Podcasts that I really think is better than any other podcast app is the Browse section. I look at it on a weekly basis to see what’s new, trending, etc. I was recently looking at the top podcast list and came across Missing in Alaska. more… The post Podcast of the Week: Missing in Alaska appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • WWDC 2020 has come and gone, and while there is a lot to unpack for the consumer side, there is a considerable amount to unpack on the enterprise side as well. One of my favorite slides of the entire keynote is where they show the grab bag features that didn’t make air time but are often very important. This year, one of the key things I noticed for enterprise and K–12 customers was the ability to set default email and browsers on iPad and iPhone. What does this mean for enterprise and K–12 customers as they look ahead to iOS 14? more… The post Apple @ Work: What’s the impact of changing default apps on iOS for enterprise customers? appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • We recently covered that TikTok was caught reading users’ clipboards on iPhone and iPad thanks to the new privacy features of iOS 14. This week, iOS 14 users also noticed that the LinkedIn app is copying and pasting from the clipboard in the background for no apparent reason, which raised some concerns. more… The post iOS 14 exposes LinkedIn app reading users’ clipboards in background, company says it’s a bug appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • A major new change that comes with iOS 14 alongside home screen widgets is the iPhone App Library. The feature offers a new way to manage the many apps you’ve got with auto-generated categories, a new alphabetical view, the ability to hide app pages, and more. Read on for a hands-on look at how to use the new iPhone App Library in iOS 14. more… The post Hands-on: Everything you can do with the new iPhone App Library in iOS 14 appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Editor’s note: Tested with 9to5Toys is a new series focused on everyday accessories and essentials to take your setup to the next level, starting with the new Anker PowerExpand Elite Dock. Have a product you’d like to see us review? Sound off in the comment section below!   elago has been cranking out fun Apple accessories for a while now. In recent years, the brand has turned its attention to unique add-ons for your iPhone, iPad, and AirPods. Almost all of them are made from a soft and flexible plastic, which allow for each product to easily slide in and out when needed. Not to mention, the material won’t scratch up your beloved tech either. On the latest episode of Tested with 9to5Toys, we’re taking a close up look at elago’s newest AirPods Pro case. In recent months, elago has introduced a range of new products for Apple’s high-end AirPods, and now we’re going to see what all the fuss is about. more… The post Tested: elago’s latest AirPods Pro cases re-create iconic designs appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple has recently started sending surveys to iPhone users about how they use the USB charger that comes in the box. This comes ahead of the iPhone 12 announcement later this year and also rumors about Apple not including the USB charger and EarPods in the box for the first time. more… The post Apple surveys iPhone users on USB charger included in the box ahead of iPhone 12 appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Today’s best deals include Apple’s previous-generation iPad Pro up to $500 off, plus discounts on Smart Keyboard from Apple and iPhone XS Max is heavily reduced in price. Hit the jump for all that and more in today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break. more… The post iPad Pro up to $500 off, plus Apple’s Smart Keyboards are discounted, more in today’s best deals appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • I have been eyeing the OneLink Safe and Sound for a few months now, and I decided to pull the trigger a few weeks ago and see what it’s like in day to day use. My house is seven years old, so I’ll be looking to replace all of the smoke detectors in the next few years, so if I wanted to go for a smart home route, I wanted to have time to spread out the purchases. more… The post HomeKit Weekly: Is OneLink Safe and Sound smoke and CO detector worth the steep price for AirPlay 2? appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • The day is here: Hamilton is officially available to stream on Disney+ around the world. The award-winning musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda chronicles the life of Alexander Hamilton, and you can now watch it on Disney+ right on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. more… The post The story of how ‘Hamilton’ ended up on Disney+, and how to watch today 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. Sponsored by Direct Mail: Create and send great looking email newsletters with Direct Mail, an easy to use email marketing app for the Mac. Get started for free and save 10% when you sign up for any pricing plan.  https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/07/9to5Mac-Daily-07-03-2020.mp3 more… The post 9to5Mac Daily: July 03, 2020 – Car Key details, macOS Big Sur updates appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Apple’s Developer Transition Kit ARM Mac mini, rumors that iPhone 12 won’t include a charger in the box, Apple Watch losing Force Touch in watchOS 7, Apple Arcade’s shifting game strategy, and new Apple Card features. Subscribe to receive new episodes every Friday: 🟣 Apple Podcasts 🟠 Overcast 🟢 Spotify https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/07/9to5Mac-Happy-Hour.mp3 more… The post 9to5Mac Happy Hour 284: iPhone 12 charger rumors, Force Touch on watchOS 7, shifting Arcade strategy appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • You might have thought that ‘batterygate’ – the controversy over Apple throttling iPhone performance to prolong the life of the battery – might be all over by now. But nope: a European consumer organization (whose members somehow include Brazil) is demanding that iPhone owners in Europe receive compensation … more… The post Batterygate rumbles on with a new demand for consumer compensation in Europe appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Government action that badly disrupted iPhone production in India is no longer affecting imports of iPhone components, according to a Foxconn statement… more… The post Government action that hit iPhone production in India now resolved — Foxconn appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple rolls into the weekend with a new $5 movie sale for July 4th weekend. That’s on top of various bundles and this week’s earlier movie sale that’s still on-going. You’ll find all of our top picks down below. more… The post Apple’s July 4th movie sale starts at $4, classic movie bundles, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • A Twitter edit button has got to be the most-requested feature of any online service ever, but the social network has always seemed determined not to give us one. A new tweet from the official @Twitter account teased the possibility, but the company quickly made it clear it isn’t for real … more… The post Twitter edit button tease – from the official account, but just taunting us appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • I have absolutely no business reviewing the Livescribe Symphony digital pen. As regular readers of my iPad Pro Diary will know, I Do Not Do Writing. Or drawing. I haven’t handwritten anything substantive for about three decades. If I’m writing anything more than a few lines, I’ll use a keyboard. If it’s shorter, I’ll generally dictate to Siri. I did eventually find a vague excuse to buy an Apple Pencil, but even that was a bit of a stretch and I still don’t use it for anything else. All of which doesn’t make me an obvious candidate for a digital pen designed for use with paper … more… The post Tested: Livescribe Symphony, an Apple Pencil Plus for paper lovers appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple and the ad industry are once again in conflict, as ad associations object to the way iOS 14 seeks user permission for tracking. It’s not the first time this has happened – Apple’s adoption of Intelligent Tracking Prevention led to criticism by the ad industry back in 2018 … more… The post Apple and ad industry clash over iOS 14 popup seeking permission for tracking appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • watchOS 7 was announced last month at WWDC 2020 with several new features, including sleep tracking, handwashing guide, new workouts, and more. As we now have access to the first developer beta of watchOS 7, we can dive into what has changed in the system. more… The post watchOS 7: Here’s how to hide Control Center tiles appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • After being rumored for months, Apple announced Car Key last month as a feature of iOS 14 and also iOS 13. As the name suggests, this feature turns the iPhone into a real car key that can unlock, lock, and start a car. Read on as we detail Car Key options, compatibility, and availability. more… The post Here’s how Apple’s new Car Key feature works and when you’ll be able to use it appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple announced macOS Big Sur with a redesigned interface and new features, including widgets, Control Center, and more. The update also brings some important changes that weren’t mentioned on stage at WWDC 2020, such as a system capable of installing software updates faster in the background. more… The post Apple promises faster software update installation with macOS Big Sur appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple officially announced its new Car Key feature at WWDC 2020 last month, teasing that BMW drivers would be the first people able to use it. Now, the BMW Connected app for iPhone and Apple Watch has been updated with support for Car Key. more… The post BMW Connected app for iPhone adds Car Key support ahead of iOS 13.6 public release appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Facebook has announced that it is adding messaging to both Facebook and Instagram that encourages people to wear face masks to slow the spread of COVID-19. The messaging will appear at the top of the News Feed on Facebook and the top of the main feed on Instagram. more… The post Facebook and Instagram adding in-app banners reminding you to wear a face mask appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Rumors of a new 2020 iMac have been circulating for several months, and it appears that we’re inching closer and closer to a release. This brings up a few important questions, though, about whether you should buy now or wait, and consider the forthcoming Mac transition to Apple Silicon. more… The post When will Apple release a new iMac, and should you buy now or wait? appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple has today launched an online dashboard for Apple Card users to manage their account online. Previously, all interactions for the Apple Card took place through the Wallet app on the iPhone. This now means you can view your statements and pay your Apple Card bill online, for the first time. Before today, the only way to pay off your balance if you lost your iPhone was to call Goldman Sach’s telephone support. more… The post Apple launches web portal for Apple Card, pay your bill and view statements online appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • The macOS Big Sur redesign doesn’t mean the end of the world, right? Or does it? John and Rambo discuss the reveal of Apple Silicon, macOS 11, iOS apps coming to the Mac, and much more — all during a recording session stretched out over two days in the middle of a Brazilian lightning storm. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/stacktrace/xuebufNvun_StacktraceEp90.mp3 Download MP3 more… The post Stacktrace Podcast 090: “Adaptive lightning” appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Today’s top deals include the Best Buy July 4th sale, along with Apple’s previous-generation iPad Pro, and Satechi’s latest promotion. Hit the jump for all of our top picks from today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break. more… The post Early July 4th sales discount HomePod to $200, Apple Watch $169, iPad Pro, and more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Hodinkee has become one of the most pertinent sources of news about watches, and that coverage extends to the Apple Watch. Now, Hodinkee has announced that it is an authorized Apple Watch retailer, selling the latest Series 5 alongside a collection of accessories. more… The post Hodinkee teams up with Apple to become authorized retailer for Apple Watch Series 5 and accessories appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple seems to have found favor with analysts this week. As Bank of America seeks to show investors that Apple continues to innovate, another Apple analyst has outlined four reasons to believe in Apple’s continued success. He also argues that the claim once made by Steve Jobs – that the iPhone gave Apple a 5-year head-start on other smartphone brands – is twice as true when it comes to wearables … more… The post Analyst outlines four reasons to believe in Apple’s continued success 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. Sponsored by Direct Mail: Create and send great looking email newsletters with Direct Mail, an easy to use email marketing app for the Mac. Get started for free and save 10% when you sign up for any pricing plan.  https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/07/9to5Mac-Daily-07-02-2020.mp3 more… The post 9to5Mac Daily: July 02, 2020 – Unannounced iMac rumors, Apple Card promo appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • At least three major Bitcoin wallets are vulnerable to fraud, and could even be completely bricked, leaving them unusable by their owners, according to new research. Ledger Live, Edge, and Breadwallet (BRD) were all found to be vulnerable to the security flaw, but they may not be the only ones… more… The post Three major Bitcoin wallet apps found vulnerable to fraud; could be bricked appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Update: There seems some potential good news ahead. Economic Times reports that the Indian government is considering an exemption to the checks for foreign companies like Apple. iPhone assembly in India has been badly disrupted as tensions with China continue to rise, says a new report. Components arriving from China are said to have been held in Indian customs in what seems to be the latest escalation of the fallout from a disputed border between the two countries… more… The post iPhone assembly in India badly disrupted as Chinese border dispute worsens [U] appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Finding that some investors are concerned about whether Apple will retain its dominance in years to come, Bank of America analysts have highlighted 20 patents which they say shows that Apple is still innovating. The patents chosen to illustrate the point include several we have covered in the past, but a number of others which seem rather odd choices … more… The post Bank of America uses 20 patents to show investors Apple is still innovating appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • It appears that a longstanding border dispute between India and China was behind India’s partial ban on Chinese apps from the country. In one of the more bizarre elements of the story, it has been reported that Indian and Chinese soldiers fought with clubs and rocks … more… The post Border dispute seemingly behind India’s ban on Chinese apps, as Apple responds appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • The annual Best Buy July 4th sale is now live with expansive offerings and price drops across just about every category. Amazon is also price matching select offers. Now is a great time to load up on the latest tech from Apple and others, with a number of TVs on sale, smart home accessories, and much more. You’ll find all of our top picks down below. more… The post Best Buy July 4th sale discounts Apple’s latest offerings, TVs, smart home, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • If you’re ready to sell or give away your existing Mac notebook or wipe it for another reason there are a few things you’ll want to do in addition to erasing the hard drive. Read along for how to factory reset your MacBook Pro and reinstall a fresh copy of macOS. more… The post How to factory reset your MacBook Pro before selling or giving it away appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Facebook is once again involved in a controversial situation regarding privacy issues. The company has confirmed that thousands of developers have been able to access data from inactive users, which is an unexpected behavior. more… The post Facebook once again shares data from inactive users with developers appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple is offering another $50 bonus for new Apple Card users in July, following the Walgreens special offer last month. This time, the bonus is guaranteed after signing up for any Apple service, including Apple Music, Apple TV+, App Store, and more. more… The post New Apple Card promo offers $50 bonus when you sign up for an Apple service appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple announced last week iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, tvOS 14, and macOS Big Sur during WWDC 2020. This week, Apple’s Jenny Chen and Stephen Tonna were interviewed in the Connected podcast to talk about the new tools available to Apple Pencil users on iPadOS 14. more… The post Apple engineer talks iPadOS 14 Apple Pencil features and more in ‘Connected’ podcast interview appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook has agreed to testify as part of a US House Judiciary Committee antitrust probe later this month. Cook is the latest of the four largest tech companies CEOs to agree to testify during the antitrust hearing, following Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai, and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. more… The post Tim Cook agrees to testify in Congress this month during hearing on big tech antitrust appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple today began selling a new Radeon Pro W5500X MPX Module for Mac Pro, offering users another GPU option. This new module comes as a cheaper choice to the Radeon Pro W5700X MPX Module, which was introduced in April this year. more… The post Apple begins offering new Radeon Pro W5500X GPU option for Mac Pro appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • My inside dog became a part-time outside dog earlier this year when we completed our backyard fence. Apollo was over-the-moon happy to expand his playground, but as a dog owner I had mixed feelings. What if my dog dug a hole under the fence or one of the kids left the gate open and he escaped? I’ve been testing the Fi smart dog collar for the last few months to help ease that anxiety. Fi is like an Apple Watch for dogs with features like location sharing, alerts for unexpected location changes, and even step tracking. Fi relies on GPS and LTE-M to make sure your dog is safe, and the experience is managed from iPhone or Android. Here’s how Fi works. more… The post Review: Fi Smart Collar uses GPS and LTE to track your dog’s location on your iPhone appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Regulators around the world are increasing antitrust investigations into Apple. The latest sees the UK government looking into Apple’s deal with Google that makes it the default search engine on its devices in the Safari browser. more… The post UK regulators could break up Apple and Google’s billion-dollar search engine deal appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Every year at WWDC, Apple offers developers a unique jacket and set of pins to celebrate the year’s conference. This year, things were quite a bit different due to the all-online nature of WWDC 2020, but a new project on Kickstarter aims to offer developers and Apple fans a collection of pins. more… The post These WWDC 2020 pins are an unofficial souvenir for Apple’s virtual conference appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple today announced its fifth wave of US store reclosures in less than two weeks as states struggle to keep COVID-19 under control. The latest closures affect stores in Alabama, California, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, and Oklahoma. more… The post 30 more US Apple Stores reclose tomorrow, but why haven’t they all? appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • On March 13, Apple closed all of its retail stores outside of Greater China in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. As many regions around the world ease shelter-in-place orders, Apple has reopened its stores with additional safety procedures and a new social distancing protocol. In the US, each state has a slightly different strategy for reopening businesses, which may leave you wondering: is my Apple Store open? more… The post [Update: 46 US stores reclose this week] COVID-19: Which Apple Stores have reopened? appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • As Apple continues its original TV and movie efforts, the company has hired another executive from Sony Pictures TV Studios. Chris Parnell is leaving his co-president post at Sony to join the Apple TV+ team in a senior role. more… The post Apple continues poaching Sony execs for TV+ with new senior hire appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Various rumors have suggested that Apple has a new family of iMac models on the way sooner rather than later. Ahead of the official release, new benchmarks have surfaced that allegedly show a new iMac powered by Intel’s Core i9-10910 CPU with the AMD Radeon Pro 5300 GPU. more… The post Unannounced iMac appears in Geekbench results with 10-core Intel i9 CPU, Radeon Pro 5300 GPU appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • WhatsApp has officially announced the latest features coming to the platform today including animated stickers, dark mode for Mac and the web, QR codes to quickly share contact info, video improvements, and more. more… The post WhatsApp rolling out dark mode for Mac, animated stickers, QR codes, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Save on iPad Pro models bundled with the new Magic Keyboard in today’s best deals, plus MacBook Air is $899, and Timbuk2 has a number of MacBook-compatible bags on sale. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break. more… The post Deals: iPad Pro comes bundled with Magic Keyboard, Apple’s latest MacBook Air $899, Timbuk2 bags, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple has just acquired the global rights to an upcoming action thriller film called Emancipation starring Will Smith and directed by Antoine Fuqua (both pictured above). The deal marks the biggest-ever film festival acquisition with Apple reportedly spending more than $100 million to close the deal, competing against Warner Bros. and others. more… The post Apple wins bid for Will Smith action film ‘Emancipation’, reported $120 million deal 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. Sponsored by Direct Mail: Create and send great looking email newsletters with Direct Mail, an easy to use email marketing app for the Mac. Get started for free and save 10% when you sign up for any pricing plan.  https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/07/9to5Mac-Daily-07-01-2020.mp3 more… The post 9to5Mac Daily: July 01, 2020 – Apple Arcade strategy change, iPhone 12 rumors appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • California is today starting to enforce its digital privacy law, six months after it went into effect. It has been described as the toughest privacy law in the US, having been partly modelled on Europe’s gold-standard GDPR law… more… The post California now enforcing digital privacy law; NordVPN audit confirms zero logs appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • It’s great to see big changes like home screen widgets with iOS 14, but sometimes the tiny changes can add up to offer some valuable improvements in day-to-day use. One of these small new features is the iPhone emoji search option in iOS 14.more… The post iOS 14: How to use the iPhone emoji search option appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • After Apple stopped offering a direct way to print photos, calendars, and more in macOS, it fortunately allowed Photo app extensions from third-parties to integrate printing options. Now, popular Mac printing service Mimeo Photos has launched the ability to bring large wall decor prints to your home on metal, acrylic, and canvas. more… The post Mimeo Photos for Mac integration now supports large metal, acrylic, and canvas prints appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Following yesterday’s big movie sale, Apple is back with a new promotion on its iTunes storefront. Various TV series are discounted this week, taking up to 50% off the usual pricing, and delivering new all-time lows in some instances. This is a great chance to add an entire series to your library at a significant discount. Hit the jump for more. more… The post Apple’s new TV show sale takes up to 50% off complete seasons, more from $10 appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • The Apple Watch’s ECG feature can officially only indicate atrial fibrillation, but an anesthesiologist working at a California hospital says that it picked up on a critical heart disease so serious that he requires a bypass operation. Dr. Donald W Milne from Antelope Valley Hospital shared the story with us and has also written to Tim Cook … more… The post Doctor says Apple Watch diagnosed his critical heart disease, saved his life appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • In response to the continued coronavirus outbreak, Apple and Goldman Sachs are allowing customers to skip their Apple Card payments without incurring interest charges. Apple Card holders should receive an email announcing this “Customer Assistance Program.” more… The post Apple allowing Apple Card customers to defer payments due to COVID-19 appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • The Spotify Premium Duo account first tested more than a year ago has now launched in the US, UK, and more than 50 other countries. It enables couples or two home sharers to each have a premium account for a total payment of $12.99 per month. This represents a savings of $2/month over the Premium for Family plan which many couples use at present … more… The post Spotify Premium Duo account launches for couples; Apple Music to follow? appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • A leaker with a solid track-record has backed reports that the iPhone 12 will ship with no charger or EarPods, reducing costs for Apple and enabling the new phones to ship in a much slimmer box. The new iPhone 12 packaging is said to be ‘exquisite’ … more… The post Reliable leaker backs reports of no charger or EarPods in slim iPhone 12 box appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • A new report today suggests that iPhone 12 production is now 1-2 months behind schedule due to impact of the coronavirus crisis. It says that the current position is ‘months of delay’ to mass production, but that Apple and its suppliers are working flat out to make up for lost time … more… The post iPhone 12 production ‘1-2 months behind schedule’; launch plans remain unclear appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Mac users are now exposed to a new “EvilQuest” ransomware that encrypts files and causes multiple issues with the operating system. Malwarebytes has analyzed the ransomware today, which is being distributed through macOS pirate apps. more… The post New ‘EvilQuest’ Mac ransomware found in pirated apps encrypts users files appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple is working to offer even more exclusive content on Apple TV+, as the company has now signed a new multi-year deal with screenwriter Mark Bomback. Bomback is the showrunner behind Defending Jacob, one of the shows available on Apple TV+. more… The post Apple TV+ signs new multi-year deal with ‘Defending Jacob’ showrunner Mark Bomback appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • There are several apps in the App Store for people who like to keep a personal journal on their iPhone, and recently, I found a new app called Punkt. The app makes it easy and fun to register what you’ve been doing every day with different categories of emotions and more. more… The post ‘Punkt’ app simplifies the process of keeping a personal journal on your iPhone appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple has been gradually re-closing many of its reopened US stores in states swept by a significant rise in new COVID-19 infections. This week, more stores are re-closing in Florida, Mississippi, Texas, and Utah. more… The post More US Apple Stores reclosing this week including locations in Florida, Mississippi, Texas, Utah appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • iOS 14 and macOS 11 Big Sur bring improvements to a variety of stock applications, including Voice Memos. With this year’s updates, the Voice Memos app for iPhone, iPad, and Mac is adding support for folders, favorites, as well as a new Enhance Recording feature. more… The post Voice Memos app in iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur adds new Enhance Recording feature, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple is shifting its strategy for Apple Arcade in an effort to retain subscribers, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The report explains that Apple has canceled the contracts for some games still in development as it revamps its approach. more… The post Bloomberg: Apple shifting Apple Arcade strategy, canceling development of some games appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • iOS 14 brings a range of valuable new features, and some of them are designed as Accessibility options but happen to be useful for just about everyone. Read along for a hands-on look at how to use iPhone Sound Recognition to get alerts for things like doorbells, running water, smoke alarms, crying babies, animals, and more. more… The post Hands-on with iOS 14’s Sound Recognition feature that listens for doorbells, smoke alarms, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Jamf, a popular vendor for IT departments who manage Apple devices is said to have filed for its initial public offering. Jamf is one of the few Apple-only MDM vendors in the enterprise space where other vendors try to mix and match between Windows and Apple. more… The post Apple-focused device management vendor Jamf files for IPO appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Editor’s note: Tested with 9to5Toys is a new series focused on everyday accessories and essentials to take your setup to the next level, starting with the new Anker PowerExpand Elite Dock. Have a product you’d like to see us review? Sound off in the comment section below!   Anker has been around for years, offering everyday essential accessories for iPhones, Android devices, Macs, and PCs. So when Anker introduced its first Thunderbolt 3 dock, you better believe that it got our attention. There is no shortage of USB-C docks on the market today, adding a few extra I/O ports to your setup. However, making the jump to Thunderbolt 3 contracts the number of offerings notably. Given Anker’s track record and the competitive price of its new docks, it was a no-brainer for a review here at Tested with 9to5Toys. Below you’ll find a breakdown of specs and the various pros and cons of going with Anker’s first Thunderbolt 3 dock, the PowerExpand Elite. more… The post Tested: Anker PowerExpand Thunderbolt 3 dock arrives with ample connectivity appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Following WWDC20, Apple’s Josh Shaffer and Eliza Block have joined John Sundell on the Swift by Sundell podcast to talk in detail about everything that’s new in SwiftUI, the new home screen widgets in iOS 14, Xcode Previews, and more. more… The post Apple’s Josh Shaffer and Eliza Block detail what’s new in SwiftUI, iOS 14, more in new podcast appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple today is releasing the third developer beta of iOS 13.6 and iPadOS 13.6. This comes as beta testing of iOS 14 continues separately, with iOS 13.6 likely being released to the general public sooner rather than later. [Update: Public beta 3 released too.] more… The post Apple releasing iOS 13.6 beta 3 to developers ahead of CarKey debut, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Belkin is now out with its new Thunderbolt 3 Dock Core, the latest addition to its stable of USB-C hubs and other docking stations. Alongside notable features like 60W USB-C charging passthrough and the ability to drive 8K monitors, the upcoming 7-in-1 hub takes on competing offerings with a compact, bus-powered design. Head below for all of the details, including pricing and how to lock-in your pre-order. more… The post Belkin’s 7-in-1 Thunderbolt 3 Dock Core debuts with 8K display support, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Amazon’s SanDisk Gold Box highlights today’s best deals, plus you can pick up an Apple Watch from $130, and Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad is $99 off. Hit the jump for all that and more in today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break. more… The post SanDisk storage from $16 highlights today’s best deals, Apple Watch $130, $99 10.2-inch iPad, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • If you are an iOS developer, you have two options when testing your apps during development: Use real devices, or the iOS Simulator that ships with Xcode. With the large amount of device shapes and sizes these days, it’s not feasible for a developer to have all of them, and that’s when the Simulator comes in handy. more… The post Sim Genie is a new Mac app that helps developers manage multiple iOS Simulators 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. Sponsored by Direct Mail: Create and send great looking email newsletters with Direct Mail, an easy to use email marketing app for the Mac. Get started for free and save 10% when you sign up for any pricing plan.  https://9to5mac.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/06/9to5Mac-Daily-06-30-2020.mp3 more… The post 9to5Mac Daily: June 30, 2020 – Safari in macOS Big Sur, Apple Silicon details appeared first on 9to5Mac.