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Apple today released a supplemental update to macOS Catalina 10.15.4, two weeks after releasing the macOS Catalina 10.15.4 update with Screen Time Communication Limits and Real-Time Apple Music lyrics. The ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.4 Supplemental Update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for free using the Update feature in the System Preferences app. The new software introduces a fix that caused Mac computers running ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.4 to be unable to participate in FaceTime calls with devices running iOS 9.3.6 and earlier or OS X El Capital 10.11.6 and earlier. Apple says it also addresses an issue with Office 365 accounts, fixes a bug that could cause a USB-C port to become unresponsive, and addresses a problem that caused the 2020 MacBook Air to hang during Setup Assistant or when connecting or disconnecting a 4K or 5K display. Full release notes for the update are below:‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.4 supplemental update improves the stability and security of your Mac. - Fixes an issue where Mac computers running ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.4 could not participate in ‌FaceTime‌ calls with devices running iOS 9.3.6 and earlier or OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and earlier - Resolves an issue where you may repeatedly receive a password prompt for an Office 365 account - Fixes an issue where ‌MacBook Air‌ (Retina, 13-inch, 2020) may hang in Setup Assistant or when disconnecting and reconnecting a 4K or 5K external display - Resolves an issue where a USB-C port in your Mac may become unresponsive‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.4 could be one of the last updates to the ‌macOS Catalina‌ operating system as Apple transitions to working on macOS 10.16, which is unnamed as of yet.Related Roundup: macOS CatalinaThis article, "Apple Releases macOS Catalina 10.15.4 Supplemental Update With FaceTime Bug Fix" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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If you're stuck at home and are looking for things to do, our latest YouTube video has some suggestions for various apps and games that we've found fun during our quarantine period. We're highlighting podcast apps, a few games, and a couple other options that will hopefully help keep you or your family members entertained this week. Some of these are iPhone and iPad, while some are ‌iPad‌ only. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Quibi ($4.99/Month)- Quibi, which stands for "quick bites," is a new streaming video app that just came out this week. It's a service that promises to offer high quality content that's 10 minutes or less, with new episodes and new shows coming out on a daily basis. Quibi is ‌iPhone‌ only, and you can try it out free for 90 days before being charged $4.99 per month with ads, or $7.99 per month without ads. Google Podcasts (Free) - Google just recently brought its Podcasts app to the ‌iPhone‌, and if you're not a fan of Apple's Podcasts app, this might be a useful alternative. It has a great layout and Google's design aesthetics, making it easy to browse through content and find something to listen to. Episodes are sent to your device every day with auto-download and notification options. Listen App (Free) - If you're not a fan of Google Podcasts, you can also check out Listen App, which has some unique features such as an option to leave text and audio comments on podcast episodes, creating more of a community around podcasts. This is a new feature so there aren't a ton of comments, yet, but it has the potential to be a neat addition. Roundguard - Roundguard is an Apple Arcade game, and ‌Apple Arcade‌ is a pretty great solution if you're looking for games to play. It's $4.99 per month and gives you access to more than 100 games. Roundguard is a lot like Peggle, and the gameplay consists of hurling your warrior (or mage) down into pegs made up of monsters, potion bottles, and more, with the hopes that luck is in your favor and you come out victorious. Too Many Cooks (Free) - This is a fast-paced non-Apple Arcade game where the idea is to prepare sushi, pizzas, burgers, and more, delivering food to customers within an allotted time. This is a pretty well-known game type, but it's always fun. Gameplay gets progressively harder as more and more ingredients are introduced, and you can play by yourself or with a friend. This is a free game, but gameplay can be limited and there are in-app purchases for gems. Pigment (Subscription) - If you have an ‌iPad‌ and an Apple Pencil, coloring apps like Pigment can be a fun way to de-stress and do something mindless but calming while watching television. Pigment is one of the best apps on the market with lots of brushes, tools, and colors to work with, but it's going to cost $9.99 per month so you need to REALLY like coloring to subscribe. You can also pay $4.99 per week or $60 per year, which drops the price down a bit for those who are big fans of coloring and find it soothing. Chroma (Free, in-app purchases) - Chroma is another coloring app that also has in-app purchases, but it has more free options to use before you need to shell out money. The coloring experience isn't quite as refined as Pigment, but it's one of the better options. You can import pages from online and use Chroma's selection of brushes and tools, and it's a fun activity to do with kids. Have other great games and entertaining apps you're using while at home? Let us know in the comments, and we may do a followup video with reader suggestions.This article, "Six iPad and iPhone Apps and Games to Keep You Entertained at Home" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple today released watchOS 6.2.1, the seventh update to the watchOS 6 operating system that's designed to run on modern Apple Watch models. watchOS 6.2.1 comes two weeks after the release of watchOS 6.2, which brought a in-app purchases to the watchOS App Store. watchOS 6.2.1 can be downloaded for free through the dedicated ‌‌‌Apple Watch‌‌‌ app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update. To install the new software, the ‌‌‌Apple Watch‌‌‌ needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it needs to be placed on a charger, and it needs to be in range of the ‌‌‌iPhone‌‌‌. According to Apple's release notes, watchOS 6.2.1 fixes the FaceTime bug that prevented Apple Watches running watchOS 6.2 from participating in ‌FaceTime‌ audio calls with devices running iOS 9.3.6 and earlier or OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and earlier. Apple yesterday released iOS 13.4.1 to fix the same bug, which prevented audio and video ‌FaceTime‌ calls with devices running earlier versions of iOS. watchOS 6.2.1 may be one of the last updates to the ‌watchOS 6‌ operating system as Apple transitions to working on watchOS 7, which will be previewed this June before launching in the fall.Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 6Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Neutral)This article, "Apple Releases watchOS 6.2.1 With FaceTime Bug Fix" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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The iPhone continues to be the most popular smartphone among U.S. teens, a title that it has held for many years, according to new data gathered by investment firm Piper Sandler for its most recent semiannual teen survey in the United States. 85 percent of teens surveyed own an ‌iPhone‌, and 88 percent expect an ‌iPhone‌ to be their next phone, both of which are new all-time survey highs, but it's worth keeping in mind that most of these respondents are from higher-income families. Last year, 83 percent of teens surveyed owned an ‌iPhone‌, and 86 percent planned to purchase. 8 percent of teens said they planned to purchase an Android, down from 10 percent in the year-ago survey. Teen interest in the ‌iPhone‌ has been strong since the beginning of these surveys, but has grown steadily every year. In 2020, Apple is expected to release 5G iPhones and a new, more affordable ‌iPhone‌ SE option, which could cause teen ‌iPhone‌ adoption numbers to grow even further. This year's survey also took a look at the AirPods. 52 percent of teens said that they own a set of ‌AirPods‌, and of those that don't own ‌AirPods‌, 18 percent plan to purchase them within a year. Teen customers are important to Apple as brand loyalty will inspire them to continue purchasing products in the Apple ecosystem for years to come. Piper Sandler's "Taking Stock With Teens" survey asked 5,200 teenagers with an average age of 16.2 and a median household income of $65,600 about their purchasing habits and brand preferences. Piper Jaffray merged with Sandler O'Neill earlier this year, hence the new name, but this survey as been ongoing since 2001.This article, "Teen iPhone Ownership Hits an All-Time High in Long-Running Survey" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced four years ago in March 2016. Apple designed the Safari Technology Preview to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari. Safari Technology Preview release 104 includes extensive bug fixes and performance improvements for Web Inspector, Web API, CSS, Web Animations, Intersection Observer, Media, WebRTC, WebAuthn, and Safari Extensions. The new Safari Technology Preview update is available for both macOS Mojave and macOS Catalina, the newest version of the Mac operating system that was released in October 2019. The Safari Technology Preview update is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store to anyone who has downloaded the browser. Full release notes for the update are available on the Safari Technology Preview website. Apple's aim with Safari Technology Preview is to gather feedback from developers and users on its browser development process. Safari Technology Preview can run side-by-side with the existing Safari browser and while designed for developers, it does not require a developer account to download.This article, "Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 104 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Customers who require a replacement AirPod from Apple have in some cases been receiving an AirPod running 2D3 firmware, which is not a version of the AirPods firmware that's been publicly released. As described on the MacRumors forum and Reddit (via iMore), customers who get an AirPod with the 2D3 firmware are unable to pair it with the existing unreplaced AirPod, leaving the ‌AirPods‌ unable to be used together. Apple has apparently been shipping these ‌AirPods‌ running the unusable firmware since March 25 or earlier, so some customers have been without a functional set of ‌AirPods‌ for a few weeks. From Reddit:Having the same problem. Had the left replaced originally and that came with 2D3. Apple then replaced the right and that came with 1A673. I could get them to pair individually, but that's ridiculous. I eventually got through to a senior advisor yesterday who used screen sharing to take a look for himself; he was totally confused and handled it great so far. He made himself the assignee for my case and I'm expecting a call back today after he left me with some tips from engineering. Those tips didn't work and now it appears both ‌AirPods‌ are fried. I can no longer get any AirPod to pair with my phone. The case is fine since I can pair my wife's ‌AirPods‌ with my phone using my case. The advisor did admit that I'd never be able to get these to pair since the lesser versioned AirPod wouldn't be able to update to a non-public version. He even said there's little documentation on it, and that what likely happened is when it was made, 2D3 was about to be released but ended up not coming out because of bugs.Apple's support staff has been unable to help customers, and even after multiple ‌AirPods‌ shipments, customers have been unable to get a working set. From MacRumors reader blue_marzipan: I have the same problem and have spent the last 2 days trying to get Apple to help. The issue is the firmware 2D3 is not available for update yet. I finally got to a Senior Adviser and he said he could not help me other than send me another set but could not check the firmware before shipping so may or may not match. They have sent me 2 left ones, both with the 2D3 firmware which of course won't sync with the other one and cannot be updated. The adviser wasn't helpful at all. He said if many people report the problem (in my case it took 48hrs to get to him), then engineers might look at it. Otherwise there was nothing he could do for me.And from MacRumors reader SorsCode, who is experiencing the same problem:Update: Not a good one, but an update. I'm on my 4th replacement on the right Airpod now and still haven't been able to get one with 2D3 on it. They have sent me both Left and Rights at the same time. All my lefts have been 2D3 and my rights have been all over the place. Escalating tonight to see if we can just stop the madness and get a refurbished set sent.According to a person on Reddit who spent 10 hours talking to Apple's support staff over the course of a week, the 2D3 AirPod problem appears to be somewhat widespread, and given that Apple's teams are working from home right now, there's no available word on when the new 2D3 firmware might be released to solve the problem. There will be no solution until the new firmware is released, but in some cases, Apple's support team has been replacing affected replacement ‌AirPods‌ with new, functional sets that are running older firmware. This doesn't appear to be universal, though, and there are still some who are struggling to work out the problem. This appears to be an issue that is primarily impacting customers who own the second-generation ‌AirPods‌, but there have been a few reports from customers who own AirPods Pro that have been affected.Related Roundup: AirPods 2Buyer's Guide: AirPods (Neutral)This article, "Apple Sending Replacement AirPods With Unreleased Firmware, Rendering Them Unusable" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Amid the current work-from-home restrictions in place throughout the United States and other countries, tech companies are grappling with how their summer internship programs will work, and Axios has rounded up statements from a number of the largest employers to see what their plans are. Summer internship programs are important for both interns and the companies, as they provide valuable experience and contacts for students while companies can use them for recruiting purposes as they later look to bring some of those interns into full-time roles. While some companies are moving their internship programs online, Apple told Axios that it is currently planning a mix of online and in-person opportunities and is looking to bring on over 1,000 interns this summer.Apple, which told Axios it plans to hire more than 1,000 people for a mix of online and in-person internships and pledged in a statement to "extend to our interns the same precautions and care that we're extending to all our other personnel as a part of the ongoing COVID-19 response."With universities and businesses still largely shut down, however, the situation remains fluid and it remains to be seen what types of activities will be permitted or appear reasonable a month or two from now.This article, "Apple Working Out Plans to Safely Bring on Over 1,000 Interns for Online and In-Person Roles" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Multiple third-party resellers in China are offering discounts on the iPhone 11 lineup this week, with savings up to an equivalent of $227 off a high-end iPhone 11 Pro Max, according to the South China Morning Post. On JD.com, the 64GB version of the basic ‌iPhone 11‌ now costs 4,999 yuan (US$708), 500 yuan (US$70) cheaper than the original price. The more expensive iPhone 11 Pro has an even steeper price cut that shaves off 1,200 yuan (US$170). And the top-tier ‌iPhone 11 Pro Max‌ is selling for a whopping 1,600 yuan (US$227) off.The savings are likely passed on by Apple in an attempt to bolster demand during a time when consumer confidence and spending is lower, although the company declined to comment on whether it had authorized the price cuts and ‌iPhone 11‌ prices on Apple's Chinese website have not been reduced. Chinese resellers offered similar discounts on iPhone XS and iPhone XR models in early 2019, shortly after Apple lowered its revenue guidance for the first quarter of its 2019 fiscal year due to fewer iPhone upgrades than it had anticipated, particularly in the Greater China region.Related Roundups: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 ProTag: ChinaBuyer's Guide: iPhone 11 (Neutral), iPhone 11 Pro (Neutral)This article, "Chinese Retailers Slashing iPhone 11 Prices to Entice Reluctant Customers" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Amazon has a few notable discounts on Apple's 10.2-inch iPad from 2019, in both 32GB and 128GB sizes for the Wi-Fi only option. For the 32GB iPad, you'll find a sale price of $279.00, down from $329.00 ($50 off). Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Amazon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. This is currently the best price for this model among the major Apple resellers online, although it isn't quite the lowest price we've ever tracked. Both the Space Gray and Gold options are being discounted, but Gold will ship faster and arrive by the end of the month. $50 OFF$279.00 From Amazon For the 128GB Wi-Fi iPad, Amazon is discounting this tablet to $379.99, down from $429.00 ($50 off). This price is being matched at Best Buy, and is another best price available online at the moment. Both Space Gray and Silver are on sale at Amazon, with the former available to ship today. For even more iPad deals, head to our full Best Deals guide for iPad. In that guide we track the best discounts online for iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro.Related Roundup: Apple DealsThis article, "Deals: Apple's 10.2-Inch iPad Discounted by $50 at Amazon This Week (Starting at $279 for 32GB)" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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HBO today announced that its HBO GO and HBO NOW streaming services will no longer be available on second-generation and third-generation Apple TV models starting April 30, 2020. In a support document on its website, HBO says this change is being made "in order to provide the best streaming experience":In order to provide the best streaming experience, we need to make some changes to our supported devices list. Starting on April 30, 2020, HBO GO will no longer be available on the Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation). Not sure which Apple TV you have? Identify your Apple TV model If Apple TV was your primary streaming device, here are some other ways to stream HBO GO on your TV: - Stream HBO GO using another streaming player or a game console. For a list of supported devices, see Supported devices. - Use AirPlay to stream HBO GO to your Apple TV. - Use an HDMI cable to connect your phone, tablet, or computer to your TV. - Use Chromecast to cast HBO GO from your phone, tablet, or computer to your TV.There is an identical notice for HBO NOW. HBO's announcement comes just as a number of third-generation Apple TV users have also been struggling with accessing YouTube content.Tags: HBO, HBO GO, HBO NOWThis article, "HBO GO and HBO NOW Will No Longer Be Available on 2nd and 3rd Gen Apple TVs Starting April 30" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Accessory maker Nomad today launched a new sitewide sale that takes 30 percent off sitewide when you use the coupon code OPTINSIDE at checkout. The new sale is part of a larger event where numerous brands are coming together to provide discounts to customers in quarantine. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Nomad. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. For Nomad, you can find some solid discounts using the 30 percent off code. For example, company's Base Station Apple Watch Edition is marked down to $104.97, down from $149.95 ($45 off). There's also the regular Apple Watch Stand for $27.96, down from $39.95 ($12 off). Nomad has a series of Rugged Cases for AirPods Pro, now priced at $24.47 with the new discount code, down from $34.95. Similarly, there are a few Rugged Cases for iPhone 11 models, priced between $34.97 and $55.96 (up to $24 off). If you're shopping for Lightning and USB-C Cables, Nomad is still offering 50% off Kevlar cables with any purchase of a Base Station. This deal does stack with the new OPTINSIDE coupon code, so if you purchase a Base Station this week, you can save even more on Kevlar charging cables. Head to Nomad to browse the entire site and take advantage of the OPTINSIDE coupon code while it lasts. You can also check out the full list of brands offering their own version of this sale, including Moment and Nanoleaf. At Moment you can save 30 percent off Moment photography gear, and at Nanoleaf you can save 15 to 30 percent off light panels and the Nanoleaf Canvas.Related Roundup: Apple DealsThis article, "Deals: Nomad's 'OptInside' Sale Takes 30% Off Sitewide" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Facebook has quietly released Tuned, a new messaging app designed to provide a "private space" for couples to connect, reports The Information. Designed by NPE, an experimental group within the company that was established last year, the app encourages couples to share messages, notes, cards, voice memos, photos and Spotify songs with each other, thereby creating a "digital scrapbook" of their relationship. As described on the App Store: A private space where you and your significant other can just be yourselves. With Tuned, you can be as mushy, quirky, and silly as you are together in person, even when you're apart. Creatively express your love, share your mood, exchange music, and build a digital scrapbook of your special moments.The free-to-use app connects couples using their phone number and doesn’t require a Facebook account, although it does comform to Facebook's data policy, which means the information provided in the app could be used for ad targeting. According to Facebook, the Tuned app was released under a separate brand "to help set the appropriate expectations with users that NPE Team apps will change very rapidly and may be shut down if we learn that they're not useful to people." Tuned for iPhone is available to download today from the ‌App Store‌. [Direct Link]Tag: FacebookThis article, "Facebook Launches 'Tuned' Messaging App for Couples" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Developers Turn 10 Studios and Microsoft have announced that simulation racing game Forza Street is coming to iPhone and iPad on May 5. Forza Street is a simplified version of the original Forza racing game series for Xbox and PC that emulates the performance and handling characteristics of real-life production, modified, and racing cars. The mobile version will include a story-driven mode as well as the option to compete in races that last just a minute. In a game where collecting and upgrading cars often leads to domination on the streets, it'll be interesting to see how the developers balance the free-to-play mechanic with the presence of in-app purchases. With that in mind, anyone who plays Forza Street within the first month will get the Founders Pack, which includes the 2017 Ford GT as well as virtual credits and gold.Tag: MicrosoftThis article, "'Forza Street' Simulation Racing Game Coming to iOS on May 5" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Google appears to have handicapped its YouTube support for the third-generation Apple TV, based on hundreds of user complaints on Apple’s support forums and in YouTube’s Help Center. Multiple users are reporting problems accessing certain YouTube content such as music videos. When attempting to watch the content, viewers are being met with the message "An error occurred loading this content. Try again later." One Reddit user who contacted Apple customer support reports that Apple claims the issue is on Google’s end, following recent changes it made to the YouTube platform. However, Google has yet to address or acknowledged the problem, despite numerous reports being filed and submitted over the course of more than two weeks. Have you had trouble viewing YouTube content on a third-gen ‌Apple TV‌? Let us know in the comments below.Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 13Tag: YouTubeBuyer's Guide: Apple TV (Don't Buy)This article, "Apple TV 3 Owners Report Issues Viewing YouTube Content" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple Music today told independent record labels that it is launching a $50 million advance royalty fund to make sure that artists get paid amid the ongoing pandemic. In letters sent out to record labels that were seen and shared by Rolling Stone, Apple said that livelihoods are at risk and that it "wants to help."These are difficult times for the music industry globally. Livelihoods are at risk, with multiple sources of income that our industry relies on vanishing overnight. Apple has a deep, decades-long history with music, and we are proud to be in close partnership with the best labels and artists in the world. We want to help. Today ‌Apple Music‌ is announcing the creation of a $50 million-plus fund available as advances on future royalties to independent labels, to help them pay artists and maintain operations. Royalty advances will be offered to independent labels with a direct ‌Apple Music‌ distribution deal who meet a minimum quarterly threshold of $10,000 in ‌Apple Music‌ earnings. Each advance will be based on the label's past earnings, and will be recoupable against the label's future earnings. This offer is in good faith that labels will channel funds to artists and label operations based on financial need. Label agreements for the advances will be posted in iTunes Connect, in the Agreements, Tax, and Banking module, on April 10. To receive an advance you will need to accept the Royalty Advance agreement and be on the latest ‌Apple Music‌ distribution agreement before May 8, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. PDT. We hope that together we can help provide stability for artists by sustaining an enduring and vibrant music sector. If you have additional questions, please contact us.Independent record labels that earn at least $10,000 in quarterly ‌Apple Music‌ earnings will qualify for royalty advances, and a direct ‌Apple Music‌ distribution deal is required. According to Rolling Stone, the music industry has been struggling in recent months, as live music has been put on hold and many concert tours and major music festivals have been postponed or canceled. Music streaming is also down and artists are pushing back release dates for albums.Tag: Apple MusicThis article, "Apple Music Launches $50 Million Advance Royalty Fund to Make Sure Independent Labels Can Pay Artists" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Netflix today announced the addition of several new parental control options, including a feature that lets parents and others add a PIN to their profile to prevent the profile from being accessed by others. Setting a PIN can be done by opening up the account settings and scrolling down to the Profile and Parental Controls section. From here, users can choose to enable the "Profile Lock" feature, which will ask for the account's password and then will allow a four-digit PIN to be created. PINs can be set up either on the Netflix website or within the mobile app on an iPhone or iPad. Along with PINs for protecting profiles, Netflix has added filters for children's accounts that are based on country ratings, options to remove individual series or films by title, and a feature for reviewing each profile's setting using the Profile and Parental Controls hub in the settings menu.Tag: NetflixThis article, "Netflix Now Lets You Add a PIN to Your Profile" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple today updated its website to announce that it will share its earnings results for the second fiscal quarter (first calendar quarter) of 2020 on Thursday, April 30. Apple's second quarter earnings results will give us a better picture of how product sales have fallen due to the pandemic that has spread across the world. Apple's stores outside of China have been closed since March 14, and Apple's stores in China were closed for several weeks in February. In February, Apple announced that it would not meet its revenue goals for the quarter due to the outbreak. At the time, Apple cited store closures in China and manufacturing issues, but the problem has grown significantly worse since then. Apple originally expected to see revenue of $63 to $67 billion in the March quarter, but that number is likely to be much lower. Apple's quarterly earnings statement will be released at 1:30 p.m. Pacific/4:30 p.m. Eastern, with a conference call to discuss the report taking place at 2:00 p.m. Pacific/5:00 p.m. Eastern. MacRumors will provide coverage of both the earnings release and conference call on April 30.This article, "Apple to Announce Q2 2020 Earnings on April 30" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple has updated the search feature in the Apple Maps app to focus on categories that are most important to people right now: groceries, food delivery, pharmacies, hospitals, and urgent care. These category options come up first when searching, coming ahead of restaurants, fast food, gas stations, banks, and other categories that used to be higher priority in the list. Places that are currently closed, such as shopping centers, are at the bottom of the search category list. These changes were first noticed by German site iPhone Ticker, which also points out similar changes that have been made in the Google Maps app. Google Maps has gone even further than ‌Apple Maps‌, letting users know when a business is closed or has shorter hours. The app also warns users to call a doctor before visiting a medical location.Tag: Apple MapsThis article, "Apple Maps Focuses on Groceries, Food Delivery, Pharmacies and Hospitals When Searching" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Complete Anatomy, an iPad app from 3D4Medical, is designed to teach medical school students human anatomy with a virtual dissectible heart, real-time muscle movement mapping, nerve tracer, and microanatomy models to explore. In the future, Complete Anatomy will take advantage of the LiDAR Scanner built into the 2020 iPad Pro to add a new feature that will allow healthcare professionals to accurately and instantly assess the range of motion of patients who are recovering from an injury or surgery. The feature is demoed in a YouTube video featuring Irene Walsh, the chief design officer at Complete Anatomy. According to Walsh, there has been no standardized way to measure range of motion, a problem solved with the ‌iPad Pro‌'s LiDAR Scanner. Using the new 2020 ‌iPad Pro‌, Complete Anatomy is able to view movements in three dimensions, using motion capture to identify which movement a person is doing. Movements are paired with 3D muscle animations, providing information on the primary muscles required to carry out the action. Walsh says that the upcoming version of Complete Anatomy on the ‌iPad‌ "has the potential to transform the medical community of the future." The LiDAR Scanner feature is coming to the Complete Anatomy app in the near future, though no specific release date is provided. So far, few apps are able to take advantage of the LiDAR Scanner, but previews like these give us an idea of just how powerful of a tool it will be when implemented by developers. Rumors suggest that iPhones set to be released in 2020 will also include a similar 3D scanning LiDAR feature, which would allow Apple's iPhones and ‌iPad Pro‌ models to be used for more advanced and exciting augmented reality functions.Related Roundup: iPad ProBuyer's Guide: 11" iPad Pro (Buy Now), 12.9" iPad Pro (Buy Now)This article, "Complete Anatomy App Will Use LiDAR in iPad Pro to Measure Range of Motion After Injury" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple today updated its Clips app for iPhone and iPad, introducing trackpad and mouse support on devices running iPadOS 13.4 or later as well as a few other improvements and fixes. The update includes a new Duplicate button for creating a copy of a clip with its effects, there's a new springtime poster, and there are new Mickey and Minnie Mouse stickers. Apple has also added new 8-bit stickers and a Game Over poster for transforming a video into the look of an 80's arcade game.- Use Clips on ‌iPad‌ with a mouse, trackpad, or Bluetooth keyboard for new ways to create videos (requires ‌iPadOS‌ 13.4) - Use the Duplicate button to instantly create a copy of a clip with all its effects - Tap the Split button to divide any clip in two - Make stickers pop on and off the screen--just split any clip and apply stickers to either of the two new sections - Give your video the look of an 80's arcade game with updated 8-bit stickers and the new Game Over poster - Celebrate spring with the floral Springtime poster - Choose from 11 new Mickey and Minnie Mouse stickers, each with its own expressive animation - Performance and stability improvementsApple's Clips app is designed to allow users to combine video clips, images, and photos with voice-based titles, stickers, music, filters, and graphics to create unique videos that can be shared on social media networks. Prior to today's update, Clips was last updated in December 2019 to add new Animoji and Memoji. The app can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]Tag: ClipsThis article, "Apple Updates Clips App With Trackpad and Mouse Support, New Stickers" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple today released iOS and iPadOS 13.4.1, minor updates that come two weeks after the release of iOS and iPadOS 13.4, major updates that introduced iCloud Folder Sharing, a new Mail toolbar, trackpad support for the iPad, and more. The iOS and ‌‌iPadOS‌‌ 13.4.1 updates are available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the updates, go to Settings > General > Software Update. The update addresses an issue that prevented devices running iOS 13.4 from participating in FaceTime calls with devices running iOS 9.3.6 and earlier or OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and earlier. It also fixes a bug in the settings app that could cause choosing Bluetooth from the quick actions menu on the Home screen to fail. Discovered shortly after the release of iOS 13.4 and macOS 10.15.4, the ‌FaceTime‌ issue prevented iPhones, iPads, and Macs running these updates from making or receiving ‌FaceTime‌ calls from older devices that aren't able to upgrade, such as the ‌iPad‌ 2, third-generation ‌iPad‌, iPhone 4S, the first-generation ‌iPad‌ mini, and the fifth-generation iPod touch. It wasn't clear if the problem was caused by a bug or was intentional, but the fix included in today's update clarifies that Apple did not mean to remove the option for devices running iOS 13.4 to communicate with older devices. Full release notes for the iOS 13.4.1 update are below:iOS 13.4.1 includes bug fixes for your ‌iPhone‌. - Fixes an issue where devices running iOS 13.4 could not participate in ‌FaceTime‌ calls with devices running iOS 9.3.6 and earlier or OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and earlier. - Addresses a bug with the Settings app where choosing a Bluetooth from the quick actions menu on the Home screen would fail. The ‌iPadOS‌ 13.4.1 update fixes the same two issues, but also addresses a third bug that could cause the flashlight not to turn on on the new 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models after the Flashlight button in Control Center or the Lock screen is tapped. iOS 13.4.1 could be one of the last updates to the iOS 13 operating system as Apple prepares to transition work to iOS 14. There will be at least one additional update, though, as Apple is already beta testing iOS 13.4.5.Related Roundups: iOS 13, iPadOSThis article, "Apple Releases iOS and iPadOS 13.4.1 With Fix for FaceTime Bug" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple has a team called Information Systems & Technology (IS&T), that builds its internal technology tools, including servers and data infrastructure. The IS&T group, according to an excerpt from an upcoming book shared by BuzzFeed News "operates in a state of tumult." Made up largely of contractors hired by rival consulting companies, Apple's IS&T team has been likened to a "Game of Thrones nightmare" with turmoil, infighting, and disagreements that hinder work."There's a Cold War going on every single day," Archana Sabapathy, a former IS&T contractor who did two stints in the division, told me. Sabapathy's first stint at IS&T lasted more than three years, the second only a day. Inside the division, she said, contracting companies such as Wipro, Infosys, and Accenture are constantly fighting to fill roles and win projects, which are handed out largely on the basis of how cheaply they can staff up to Apple's needs.Companies involved in providing contractors for available roles don't care about the work, the talent, or the effort that's put in. People come and go with no notice, and Apple employees have been forced to rewrite code created by IS&T on multiple occasions. Experiences shared on Quora have said that working on the IS&T team is "worse than sweatshops in India" and a "soul sucking" place to be. Apple also has unrealistic expectations for the IS&T team, paying consulting companies as much as $150 an hour while contractors make much less, up to $55 per hour, leaving Apple with "lesser contractors" to fill the "same high demands." The excerpt suggests that Apple should make an effort to fix its "broken" IS&T division as it would be the right thing to do from a moral standpoint and could also help Apple's business. The full excerpt can be read over on BuzzFeed's website, and it comes from the book "Always Day One" by BuzzFeed writer Alex Kantrowitz. "Always Day One" takes a look at the inner workings of Amazon, Facebook, Google, Apple, and Microsoft.This article, "Book Excerpt Explores Apple's 'Soul Sucking' Information Systems & Technology Team" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Following this weekend's news from Tim Cook that Apple is working with its supply chain to produce a million face shields per week for medical workers, the company has shared a support document outlining how to assemble and adjust the shields. The document includes a series of images and animations showing how the simple three-piece product can be assembled for either a regular fit or with extra space between the user's face and the shield, and then how the latex-free silicone strap should be threaded to secure the shield and forehead band together and around the user's head. Apple includes a video of the assembly process, as well as instructions for use and for sterilizing and reusing shields. There's also a printable PDF of the instruction sheet that comes in the box with the shields. The paper copy includes a link and a QR code to make it easy to get to the online instructions, as well as an email support contact for those needing assistance with their shields. Cook said in his video announcement about the new face shields that they can be packed flat with 100 units per box.This article, "Apple Shares Assembly and Use Instructions for New Face Shields, Shipping 1 Million Per Week to Medical Workers" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Last week, we laid out evidence suggesting that the just-released iPad Pro models do not contain a U1 Ultra Wideband chip, including the lack of any mention of the chip in tech specs or Apple's press materials, the absence of software support for U1 features, and more. Most tellingly, iFixit was unable to find the chip or related antennas in the device. Daring Fireball's John Gruber has followed up on the situation, and he has "confirmed with a little birdie who would certainly know the answer" that the new ‌iPad Pro‌ indeed does not have a U1 chip. At first blush, it seems surprising that the 2020 ‌iPad Pro‌ wouldn't have a U1 chip when Apple deployed it across the entire iPhone 11 lineup last fall and indicated that it would be the basis for a number of future features. Perhaps the most high-profile rumored feature for the U1 relates Apple's AirTags item trackers that have yet to launch, with the chip allowing for highly precise locating capabilities. As discovered by iFixit in its teardown of the new iPad Pro, however, the new model's internals are nearly identical to those of the 2018 model, down to the logic board layout. Even the new A12Z chip is essentially the previous A12X with a previously disabled graphics core enabled. Adding a U1 chip to the ‌iPad Pro‌ would have required a redesign of the ‌iPad Pro‌ logic board, and depending on how the U1 interfaces with the device's main chip, may have required more substantial changes in the A12Z chip itself, perhaps necessitating an all-new A13X chip to support the feature. The U1 chip also requires associated antennas that wouldn't play particularly nicely with the ‌iPad Pro‌'s metal chassis. On the ‌iPhone 11‌ series, these antennas require cutouts in the metal case lining, but remain concealed thanks to the glass exterior of the phone. With rumors of a more substantial iPad Pro refresh as soon as this fall, including at least one mode with an A14X chip and a new mini-LED display, the latest model appears to have been a stopgap update to add some new AR-related capabilities without making a full overhaul of the device, and the addition of a U1 chip and associated hardware may have been required more substantial changes than Apple was willing to invest in for this update.Related Roundup: iPad ProTag: Ultra WidebandBuyer's Guide: 11" iPad Pro (Buy Now), 12.9" iPad Pro (Buy Now)This article, "2020 iPad Pro Confirmed to Lack a U1 Ultra Wideband Chip" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Rumors of Apple-branded over-ear headphones have been circulating for quite some time, while more recent rumors have mentioned an "AirPods Pro Lite" that could also be in the works, and Twitter leaker Jon Prosser's recent foray into Apple rumors provides a bit more detail on what we might able to expect for these products. Current Beats Studio3 Wireless and BeatsX On the over-ear side, Prosser says that Apple is targeting a June WWDC debut with pricing set at around $350, putting them in the range of Beats Studio3 and Bose 700 headphones. Prosser says Apple's codename for these headphones is B515, which matches up with leaked icons for these headphones found in an iOS 14 build last month. As for the "‌AirPods Pro‌ Lite" previously rumored by DigiTimes, Prosser says they are likely what he has heard are referred to as "AirPods X," which should launch in the September–October timeframe. He says these would be similar to the current BeatsX earphones, which are targeted at the sports market. He doesn't specifically say, however, whether the ‌AirPods‌ X would have a wire between the earbuds as BeatsX do. He also says the ‌AirPods‌ X, which carry a codename of B517, will be priced at around $200, which is double the price of BeatsX. You ready for this? 👀Apple Over-Ear HeadphonesCodename: B515(Think Beats 700)$350Aimed for WWDC‌AirPods‌ XCodename: B517For sports/running(think Beats X)~$200Aimed for Sept/Oct☝️ Probably what DigiTimes thought was “AirsPods Pro Lite”End goal: phase out Beats 🤫— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) April 7, 2020 Generally speaking, Prosser believes that Apple's ultimate goal is to eventually phase out the Beats brand, as both of these new Apple headphones are similar to existing Beats products. That will take time, however, as Beats offers a fairly extensive line of headphone options, including the fairly new Beats Solo Pro and the Powerbeats lineup that has seen several recent updates.Tags: Apple over-ear headphones, AirPods Pro Lite, Jon ProsserThis article, "Apple Reportedly Targeting WWDC for Over-Ear Headphones Launch, New 'AirPods X' Later in the Year" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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