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Apple today announced that current Apple hardware engineering SVP Dan Riccio is transitioning to a new role where he will focus on an unspecified project, with John Ternus set to take over as Apple's senior vice president of hardware engineering. In a statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Riccio made Apple a better and more innovative company, and that Ternus will bring a deep expertise and breadth of experience to the Hardware Engineering teams."Every innovation Dan has helped Apple bring to life has made us a better and more innovative company, and we're thrilled that he'll continue to be part of the team," said ‌Tim Cook‌, Apple's CEO. "John's deep expertise and wide breadth of experience make him a bold and visionary leader of our Hardware Engineering teams. I want to congratulate them both on these exciting new steps, and I'm looking forward to many more innovations they'll help bring to the world."There is no word on what project Riccio will be working on, but Apple has an Apple Car and various augmented reality and virtual reality devices in the works. The ‌Apple Car‌ project was recently taken over by Apple AI chief John Giannandrea, so Riccio's role is a mystery. Going forward, Riccio will be a vice president of engineering, which seems to be a title downgrade, so it's possible that he is aiming to take a step back from Apple. Riccio has been with Apple since 1998, when he joined the product design team. Riccio became vice president of iPad Hardware Engineering in 2010, and in 2012, took over the Hardware Engineering team. Apple says that Riccio will "continue to play an instrumental role in shaping the future of Apple's products." In a statement, Riccio said that working at Apple has been "the opportunity of a lifetime" and that it is now the right time for a change."Working at Apple has been the opportunity of a lifetime, spent making the world's best products with the most talented people you could imagine," said Riccio. "After 23 years of leading our Product Design or Hardware Engineering teams -- culminating with our biggest and most ambitious product year ever -- it's the right time for a change. Next up, I'm looking forward to doing what I love most -- focusing all my time and energy at Apple on creating something new and wonderful that I couldn't be more excited about."John Ternus initially joined Apple as part of the Product Design team in 2001, and in 2013 took on a role as vice president of Hardware Engineering. He has overseen the launch of products that include the first-generation AirPods, every ‌iPad‌, and the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro. Tags: Dan Riccio, John TernusThis article, "Dan Riccio Transitioning to New Project, John Ternus to Lead Apple's Hardware Engineering Team" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Designer Arun Venkatesan today shared an interesting deep dive into some of the classic watch designs that inspired various watch faces for the Apple Watch, detailing how Apple took design cues from well-known watches from companies like Rolex, Breitling, Heuer, and others. Venkatesan delves into the California watch face, the Chronograph and Chronograph Pro watch faces, the Count Up watch face, and the GMT watch face. The California watch face, for example, was inspired by a dial design that originated in World War II. The mix of Roman and Arabic numerals was thought to make the watch face more readable in low visibility.Originally called the "error proof" or "high visibility" dial, it adorned the fronts of "bubble back" Rolexes -- so-called because of the bubble-shaped back that gave the watches a thin appearance. Strikingly, the indices are set both in Roman and Arabic numerals where other watches would stick to one or the other. It's thought that mixing numerals aids both the wearer and his brothers-in-arms in reading the watch in low visibility conditions.The GMT watch face, meanwhile, was based on classic watches able to track two time zones at one time, while Count Up is based on classic dive watches.Unlike the previous faces, the name Count Up, refers to a type of bezel, not a dial or complication. Also known as the diving bezel, this rotating bezel, when coupled with the minute hand, helps measure elapsed time in minutes. The count up bezel can be traced back to a monumental year in the history of the dive watch -- 1953.Apple's Chronograph watch faces are built on a long history of chronograph watches that date back to the early 1800s and have become some of the most popular watch face types. Venkatesan says that his research led him to be impressed with Apple's dedication to design, as it's clear that Apple took the time to study the history of many of the classic watch faces that are available in a digital format on the Apple Watch.As I researched and wrote this essay, my respect only increased. With the watch faces, Apple could have taken the easy way out by merely mimicking existing watch archetypes at a surface level. Instead, they intensely studied each one's history. When designing each face, they took into account that history and the constraints and opportunities afforded by modern technology.For those interested in the history of the Apple Watch and those who want to know more about the classic watches that have inspired Apple's designers, Venkatesan's article is well worth reading through.This article, "Designer Shares Deep Dive Into History of Classic Apple Watch Faces" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Verizon today unveiled a new unlimited plan designed to allow prepaid customers to access Verizon's fastest 5G network for $75 per month. As noted by The Verge, the plan is priced at $10 more than the standard unlimited prepaid plan and provides access to Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband network, which is the fastest available 5G that can be accessed in a limited number of cities. It also includes unlimited 5G Ultra Wideband Mobile Hotspot data. Prior to now, access to the mmWave Ultra Wideband network was limited to Verizon postpaid customers on eligible unlimited plans, but all of Verizon's prepaid plans previously had access to the slower sub-6GHz 5G network that's not much faster than LTE. Verizon's standard 5G nationwide connectivity is available in more than 2,700 cities, but the faster mmWave Ultra Wideband 5G is limited to select parts of 64 cities across the United States, so those who subscribe to the higher-priced prepaid plan may not find widespread availability of the faster 5G speeds. All of Apple's iPhone 12 models in the United States are compatible with mmWave 5G networks such as Verizon's Ultra Wideband 5G.Tag: VerizonThis article, "Verizon Launches $75 mmWave 5G Plan for Prepaid Customers" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple today announced the launch of a new "Time to Walk" feature that's available to Apple Watch owners who are also Fitness+ subscribers, with the service offering up audio stories from celebrities. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. We took a quick look at Time to Walk in our latest YouTube video to see what it's all about and whether it's a worthwhile addition to the Fitness+ service. Time to Walk is technically a watchOS 7.3 feature and will be announced in the watchOS 7.3 release notes, but it is accessible now in watchOS 7.2 as Apple released it as an over-the-air server side update. Designed specifically for outdoor walks done while wearing an Apple Watch, Time to Walk features stories from musicians, actors, and athletes, with each story lasting from 25 to 40 minutes. Right now, there are four audio stories available from country music star Dolly Parton, NBA player Draymond Green, musician Shawn Mendes, and actress Uzo Aduba. Each audio story is meant to focus on the guest's "personal, life-shaping moments," and Apple has designed these workouts to feel like you're walking alongside the celebrity that's speaking. The person telling the story is also on a walk, and will describe their surroundings before jumping into a personal discussion. Shawn Mendes, for example, describes his walk in Griffith Park in Los Angeles before he delves into a discussion on the anxiety he faced when he went viral as a 15 year old, and the mindfulness techniques that he uses to achieve a sense of calm. Each of the Time to Walk stories is accompanied by photos at key intervals in the story, with Apple designing the discussions to feel like an intimate one-on-one experience. Apple Watch owners are meant to feel like they're walking right alongside the celebrity sharing their Time to Walk story, and stories are punctuated by the ambient sounds like birds, footsteps, breathing, and other people in the area. After a story has finished, each speaker provides three songs to listen to that are related. Time to Walk workouts are available to all Apple Fitness+ subscribers and can be accessed in the Workout app as a unique workout type. Since the audio is coming from the Apple Watch, AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones are required to listen. Time to Walk episodes can also be found in the Fitness+ section on the iPhone. Time to Walk episodes download automatically as long as you have the setting enabled on the ‌iPhone‌, and it's turned on by default. It can be found if you open the Apple Watch app, scroll down to Workout, and make sure "Add Newest Workouts to Watch" is enabled. Apple plans to release new Time to Walk episodes every Monday through April. Apple is hoping that Time to Walk might serve as a gateway to getting people more involved with Apple Fitness+, which has been designed to be welcoming to people of all skill levels. Apple launched Apple Fitness+ last month, and the service offers workouts across a wide range of categories from dance and yoga to cycling, running, and HIIT. A Fitness+ subscription is required for Time to Walk, and Fitness+ is priced at $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year, though those who purchased a new Apple Watch this year can get a free three month trial.Tag: Apple Fitness PlusThis article, "Hands-On With the New Apple Fitness+ 'Time to Walk' Feature" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple today shared a first look feature of "Palmer," an upcoming Apple TV+ film that stars Justin Timberlake taking on the role of a former college football phenomenon who returns to his hometown to get his life back on track after a stint in prison. Described as a story of "redemption, acceptance, and love," "Palmer" will be released on ‌Apple TV+‌ this Friday.After 12 years in prison, former high school football star Eddie Palmer returns home to put his life back together--and forms an unlikely bond with Sam, an outcast boy from a troubled home. But Eddie's past threatens to ruin his new life and family.Along with Justin Timberlake, "Palmer" stars Juno Temple, Alisha Wainwright, June Squibb, and newcomer Ryder Allen. The screenplay was written by Cheryl Guerriero, and it is directed by actor Fisher Stevens. Apple recently announced plans to extend all ‌Apple TV+‌ free trials until July 2021, giving people more time to watch the available original content before making a decision on whether to subscribe. ‌Apple TV+‌ has been available for free since November 2019 for those who purchased an eligible Apple device in September 2019 or later. Without the free trial, ‌Apple TV+‌ is priced at $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year, but Apple is also currently crediting paid subscribers as well. ‌Apple TV+‌ is available on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Macs, consoles, and other set-top boxes, as well as smart TVs from brands like Samsung, Sony, and LG.Tags: Apple TV Shows, Apple TV PlusThis article, "Apple Shares First Look at Upcoming Movie 'Palmer' Starring Justin Timberlake" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Italian consumer association Altroconsumo today announced that it has launched a class action lawsuit [PDF] against Apple for planned obsolescence (via Reuters). Altroconsumo is seeking damages of 60 million euros on behalf of Italian consumers who were "tricked" by the practice, with the lawsuit covering the iPhone 6, ‌iPhone‌ 6 Plus, ‌iPhone‌ 6s, and ‌iPhone‌ 6s Plus."When consumers buy Apple iPhones, they expect sustainable quality products. Unfortunately, that is not what happened with the ‌iPhone‌ 6 series. Not only were consumers defrauded, and did they have to face frustration and financial harm, from an environmental point of view it is also utterly irresponsible" said ​Els Bruggeman, Head of Policy and Enforcement at Euroconsumers. "This new lawsuit is the latest front in our fight against planned obsolescence in Europe. Our ask is simple: American consumers received compensation, European consumers want to be treated with the same fairness and respect."These claims date back to the 2017 release of iOS 10.2.1, which included a feature that throttled the performance of older iPhones with degrading batteries to prevent device shutdowns at peak usage points. Apple did not make it clear that avoiding shutdowns would require device performance to be scaled down, which led to a huge consumer outcry and blowback that's ongoing today. Italy in 2018 fined Apple 10 million euros for "dishonest commercial practices" for implementing an update that "caused serious malfunctions and significantly reduced performance, thus accelerating phones' substitution." Apple has maintained that the idea of planned obsolescence is absurd, with the iOS 10.2.1 update designed to make iPhones last longer by preventing interruptions in usage. Following the fiasco, Apple implemented battery health features in iOS and debuted a $29 battery replacement program, but it has still faced multiple legal issues related to planned obsolescence claims. The prior Italian lawsuit and fine were levied by regulators, while the current lawsuit seeks damages for consumers. Altroconsumo is seeking 60 euros on average for all owners of affected iPhones. Apple is facing similar lawsuits in Belgium and Spain, and a fourth class action lawsuit is set to launch in the near future. Italy is also currently investigating Apple for improper commercial practices in regard to cloud computing services and recently fined Apple 10 million euros for misleading water resistance claims.Tags: lawsuit, Italy, iPhone SlowdownThis article, "Italian Consumer Association Launches Lawsuit Against Apple for Planned Obsolescence" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple today seeded a second RC version of an upcoming macOS Big Sur 11.2 update to developers for testing purposes, with the new update coming a week after the first RC and two months after initial macOS Big Sur release. Developers can download the updated ‌‌‌macOS Big Sur‌‌‌ 11.2 release candidate using the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after installing the proper profile from the Apple Developer Center. ‌macOS Big Sur‌ 11.2eliminates a feature that allowed Apple apps bypass third-party firewalls, security tools, and VPN apps. ‌macOS Big Sur‌ 11 included a ContentFilterExclusionList that let Apple's apps like the App Store, Maps, iCloud, and more to avoid firewall and VPN apps that users had installed. These apps were not able to filter or inspect traffic for some built-in Apple apps. That functionality has been removed in ‌macOS Big Sur‌ 11.2. When ‌macOS Big Sur‌ 11.2 sees a release, Apple apps will be compatible with VPN apps and will no longer be able to bypass firewalls and other security tools. According to Apple's release notes, the update also improves Bluetooth reliability and includes multiple bug fixes. ‌macOS Big Sur‌ 11.2 improves Bluetooth reliability and fixes the following issues: - External displays may show a black screen when connected to a Mac mini (M1, 2020) using an HDMI to DVI converter - Edits to Apple ProRAW photos in the Photos app may not save - iCloud Drive could turn off after disabling the ‌iCloud Drive‌ Desktop & Documents Folders option - System Preferences may not unlock when entering your administrator password - Globe key may not display the Emoji & Symbols pane when pressedThe update addresses a bug that could cause external displays to show a black screen when connected to an ‌M1‌ ‌Mac mini‌ using an HDMI to DVI converter, and it fixes an issue that resulted in edits to Apple ProRaw photos in the ‌Photos‌ app not to save. It also includes fixes for ‌iCloud Drive‌, System Preferences, and more. Related Roundup: macOS Big SurThis article, "Apple Seeds Second Release Candidate Version of macOS Big Sur 11.2 to Developers" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple is today launching a new "Time to Walk" feature that will allow Apple Watch owners who are Apple Fitness+ subscribers to listen to audio stories from celebrities, musicians, athletes, and other influential people while they walk. Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams and Director of Fitness and Health technologies Jay Blahnik spoke to The Independent about the new feature to give some insight into how it works and how Apple envisions it being used. With Time to Walk, guests that include Shawn Mendes and Dolly Parton will tell Apple Watch owners about their lives during the course of the walk. It's set up as a one-to-one experience, with the guest in question also on a walk, and photographs are shared at key points during each story. According to Blahnik, there were many avenues for the "creative execution" of Time to Walk, but "having just the guest felt like the right thing." Williams said that Apple was aiming for a human connection in a time when many people are isolated. "If you ask somebody to tell you a life story, they will almost always involve challenges and, because we all face those, it's wonderful to hear about other people's challenges and how they've dealt with them. It's such a part of the human connection." "I think this is useful anytime, but one of the things with shelter-in-place is it can drive isolation. I think people yearn for social connection and Time to Walk encourages people to get out and walk and offers this sense of connection to interesting people. I've found that within a couple of minutes of an episode, I feel like I'm out walking with someone." Time to Walk is an experience meant to mimic walking alongside someone else, and Williams said that there's "something just really intimate" about taking a walk and sharing it with another person. "There was a lot of thought put into how this could be the most intimate experience for the individual," said Williams. On the topic of the full Apple Fitness+ service, Blahnik said that it was designed to be "welcoming to everybody," and that early feedback suggests Apple has been successful. There's a lot of people saying they're really motivated to do a whole bunch of things on their own, but they just need someone to lead them through a 10-minute yoga session. And then there are other people saying, 'I've never done anything and this is my first step and I'm doing the 10-minute yoga because I'm brand new'. I think we'll see that with Time to Walk: there'll be people who usually do something much more hardcore for their workout, but they really enjoy walking their dog and this makes it more entertaining. Blahnik expects that people may spend more time out walking with the Time to Walk stories, and that it may be a good on-ramp to get people involved with Apple Fitness+. Each of the four Time to Walk episodes that are available now range from 25 to 40 minutes in length, and Apple plans to add new episodes every Monday between now and April. Time to Walk is considered a watchOS 7.3 feature, but episodes are available now for Apple Fitness+ subscribers. Apple Fitness+ is priced at $9.99 per month, and in addition to these Time to Walk episodes, it provides access to home workouts across a range of categories from yoga and dance to running and cycling. Workouts can be watched on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.Related Roundups: Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, watchOS 7Tags: Jeff Williams, Jay Blahnik, health and fitnessBuyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Neutral), Apple Watch SE (Buy Now)This article, "Apple's Jeff Williams and Jay Blahnik Discuss New 'Time to Walk' Feature" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple has shared a full trailer for "The Snoopy Show," which is set to launch on February 5, as an unlisted video on the Apple TV YouTube channel. "The Snoopy Show" marks Apple's second series made in partnership with WildBrain (formerly DHX Media) and its subsidiary, Peanuts Worldwide. In 2019, Apple debuted faux documentary "Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10," and "Snoopy in Space," following Snoopy and the Peanuts gang as Snoopy pursues his dream of being an astronaut. Starring the world's most famous Beagle, and his best bud, Woodstock. He's a dog like no other — whether he's flying high in the sky, or searching for treasure at the bottom of the sea, he's always up to something fun. So gather your gang, and get ready to follow along with The Snoopy Show, only on Apple TV+. Apple won an Emmy for Outstanding Children's or Family Viewing Program for Peanuts in Space, and it has committed to producing a range of new "Peanuts" content in the future. The Snoopy Show comes to ‌Apple TV+‌ on Friday, February 5, with a season of six episodes.Tags: Apple TV Shows, Apple TV PlusThis article, "Apple Shares Trailer for 'The Snoopy Show' Coming to Apple TV+ Next Month" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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We're tracking a variety of different discounts to kick off the last week of January. This includes deals on MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini with the M1 chip, as well as Anker accessories, the iPad Air, and the AirPods Pro. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. AirPods Pro Apple's AirPods Pro are available for $199.98, down from $249.00 this week on Amazon. We did see the AirPods Pro at a lower price over the holidays, but in the new year around $50 off is among the best discount that you'll find on the noise cancelling Bluetooth headphones. $50 OFFAirPods Pro for $199.98 AirPods Pro are Apple's high-end Bluetooth headphones, offering active noise cancellation and many more features. The included charging case also supports Qi wireless charging, so you can recharge the headphones via any compatible Qi mat. We track sales for every model of the AirPods in our Best AirPods Deals guide, so be sure to bookmark that page while you shop around for the wireless headphones. M1 Macs There are a few deals on Apple's newest M1-enabled Mac models, including the lowest price seen on the 13-inch MacBook Pro. This model, with a 512GB SSD, is on sale for $1,399.00, down from $1,499.00, which remains the best ongoing price for this device in 2021. 512GB MacBook Air - $1,179.99, down from $1,249.00 ($70 off) 256GB Mac mini - $649.00, down from $699.00 ($50 off) [matched at B&H] 512GB 13-inch MacBook Pro - $1,399.00, down from $1,499.00 ($100 off, lowest price) [matched at B&H] Anker Anker's newest sale on Amazon includes discounts on wireless charging mats, Soundcore audio devices, and a few of eufy's smart home products. PowerWave Wireless Mat - $9.34, down from $11.99 Soundcore 2 Bluetooth Speaker - $29.99, down from $39.99 Soundcore Life Q20 - $42.39, down from $59.99 eufy Video Doorbell - $89.99, down from $119.99 eufy Security 2C 1-Cam Kit - $118.99, down from $139.99 iPad Air The $40 discount on the 2020 iPad Air has broadened to include more colors this week, namely the Sky Blue option. Now you can get the Green, Rose Gold, Sky Blue, and Space Gray 64GB Wi-Fi iPad Air for $559.00 on Amazon, down from $599.00. $40 OFFiPad Air (64GB) for $559.00 Shipping on the Sky Blue option is a bit delayed and this model won't be in stock until February 1, but all other colors are available now. You can also get the 256GB Wi-Fi iPad Air in Green, Sky Blue, and Space Gray for $699.00, down from $749.00. Keep up with all of this week's best discounts on Apple products and related accessories in our dedicated Apple Deals roundup.Related Roundup: Apple DealsThis article, "Deals: Shop Discounts on M1 Macs (Up to $100 Off), Anker Accessories, 2020 iPad Air ($40 Off), and AirPods Pro ($50 Off)" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple today officially introduced Time to Walk, a new feature for Apple Fitness+ subscribers with audio stories from influential people that Apple Watch users can listen to with AirPods or other wireless headphones while walking. Time to Walk episodes will be automatically downloaded to the Apple Watch with a Fitness+ subscription, and users can start an episode directly from the Workout app. New episodes ranging from 25 to 40 minutes in length will appear in the Workout app from a different guest each Monday through the end of April, according to Apple. Apple says each episode will be shaped by the guest's "personal, life-shaping moments" and include "lessons learned, meaningful memories, thoughts on purpose and gratitude, moments of levity, and other thought-provoking topics." Each episode will be complemented by photos that appear on the Apple Watch, and end with a short playlist of songs selected by the guest that users can listen to as they complete their Walk workout. Time to Walk launches today with four episodes from the following guests:- Country music star Dolly Parton has won nine GRAMMYs and is also a celebrated actor, businessperson, and humanitarian. Dolly reflects on her career, family, and growing up in rural Tennessee. "I've loved walking ever since I was a little girl in the Smoky Mountains," Parton says. "I think it's so important to be able to get out and walk if we can during this time. I do my best thinking when I walk. And while many of us feel confined during this time, I'm hopeful that people will take a walk down memory lane with me and we can all feel a little more freedom taking the time to walk together." - NBA player Draymond Green won three basketball championships with the Golden State Warriors, helping to change how the game is played. He reflects on the virtues of failure and tuning out criticism. "There's nothing better than a walk in nature, getting lost in my thoughts, and taking a deep breath of fresh air," Green says. "Take all the stresses of your day and let them blow away with the wind. I hope sharing my stories with those who go on a walk with me will give them the same drive to chase their dreams that I had in chasing mine." - Musician Shawn Mendes went viral on social media at 15, had his first platinum album by 19, and has toured the world. He shares how a slower pace has helped him personally and creatively. "Taking a walk is a great way to clear your mind," Mendes says. "It's the most simple thing you can do to calm the body and soul, reflect, and slow down. I hope people get to feel the same sense of calm I do while walking and can bring that to their own experiences." - Emmy Award winner Uzo Aduba found stardom on the series, "Orange Is the New Black," but only after many rejections. She talks about lifelong relationships and keeping the faith. "I love walking either by myself or with my dog," Aduba says. "It's a time to connect and have the conversations with myself that can often get overlooked throughout the day, and bring peace of mind. The experience of walking and telling my stories gave me that familiar feeling that walking brings, answering questions that need to be answered, and addressing topics that need to be addressed. I'm so excited to share that with those who take the time to walk with me."An equivalent Time to Push feature will be available for wheelchair users. Apple Fitness+ launched last month, providing subscribers with access to a library of workout videos, with new content added on a weekly basis. Fitness+ integrates personal metrics such as heart rate from the Apple Watch to motivate users, animating them on the screen during key moments in the workout. Time to Walk will be unique given that the workouts can be completed outdoors without needing to watch a screen. Apple Fitness+ is currently available in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. After a one-month trial, the service is priced at $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year in the United States.Related Roundup: Apple Watch Series 6Tag: Apple Fitness PlusBuyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Neutral)This article, "Apple's New 'Time to Walk' Feature Launches Today for Fitness+ Subscribers" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Coming in at 5.4-inches, Apple's iPhone 12 mini is one of the smallest premium smartphones on the market, and has received a broadly positive reception amongst its owners, despite reports of lackluster sales compared to Apple's larger iPhone 12 models. The reason for the smaller margin of ‌iPhone 12 mini‌ sales compared to the ‌iPhone 12‌, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max is likely a sign of a change in the way people use their smartphones, combined with rapidly evolving market forces, particularly in China, where Apple has recently made further inroads and where larger devices have historically been more popular. The size of the ‌iPhone 12 mini‌ harks back to the early days of smartphones – the original iPhone had a 3.5-inch display, for example, while devices above 4 to 5 inches were considered "phablet" territory just a few years ago. However, times have changed, and with phones now increasingly used for video consumption and gaming, larger devices have become the norm. The original ‌iPhone‌, circa 2007 Yet whether because of its pocket convenience, conduciveness to little (and perhaps younger) hands, or its ability to be used singlehandedly, the continued lure of the smaller form factor device remains, and it's not a desire limited to Apple users, either. Since the launch of the ‌iPhone 12 mini‌, many people have been left wondering if another smartphone company might step up to the plate and offer an equivalent rival Android offering. Enter, Sony. Serial leaker Stever Hemmerstoffer (@Onleaks) on Sunday revealed newly leaked images of the company's upcoming Compact Xperia, a 5.5-inch device that's smaller than its 2017 predecessor, the popular but relatively short-lived 5.7-inch Xperia XZ1. Measuring 140 x 68.9 x 8.9mm, it's slightly larger than the 5.4-inch ‌iPhone 12 mini‌ (131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4mm), but whenever it launches, it will be the standout contender for the smallest Android phone on the market, given current similar rivals. Consider that the Pixel 5, which some see as Google's equivalent to the ‌iPhone 12 mini‌, comes in at a not-insignificant 6-inches (measuring 144.7 x 70.4 x 8mm), while the Galaxy S20 – the smallest in Samsung's latest lineup – is nearly an inch larger than Apple's device. Returning to Sony's yet-to-be-released 5.5-inch Xperia Compact successor, the phone has a flat display that's surrounded by thick bezels and a chin, while an 8-megapixel selfie camera lies within its water-drop shaped notch. On the rear is a dual-lens setup in a vertical array featuring a 13-megapixel main camera. A fingerprint sensor is embedded in the power button – similar to Touch ID on the latest iPad Air – and a 3.5mm mini jack sits in the top of the phone for those who prefer wired headphones. Other than that, not much else is known about the new Xperia Compact, suffice to say that it appears to be a direct response to Apple's decision to resurrect the small form factor phone. In which case, its relative success or failure in the Android market will be interesting to compare to the ‌iPhone 12 mini‌'s apparently mixed fortunes against Apple's other flagship 2021 offerings thus far.Related Roundup: iPhone 12Tag: SonyBuyer's Guide: iPhone 12 (Buy Now)This article, "Leaked Sony 'Xperia Compact' Images Confirm Android-Based iPhone 12 Mini Rival on the Way" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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The Apple Watch Series 7 will reportedly feature blood glucose monitoring via an optical sensor, according to ETNews. The report, which mainly focuses on the blood glucose capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, explains that Apple is intending to bring blood glucose monitoring to the upcoming Apple Watch Series 7 using a non-invasive optical sensor. Measuring blood glucose levels, also known as blood sugar levels, is vital to managing conditions such as diabetes. Normally, measuring blood glucose requires testing a drop of blood in a blood sugar meter or using an implanted continuous glucose monitor (CGM). The ability to observe any major increases or decreases in blood glucose may raise awareness of a potential health condition or simply help to improve a user's diet. Apple is said to have secured patents around blood glucose monitoring, and the company is now purportedly "focusing on securing reliability and stability prior to commercialization of the technology." The Apple-designed optical sensor is believed to be a skin-top continuous monitoring solution that does not require an implant. Rumors suggest that Apple has been interested in adding blood glucose monitoring to the Apple Watch for some time. The company reportedly established a team of biomedical engineers and consultants specifically working on sensors for non-invasively monitoring blood sugar levels in 2017, and work on the sensor reportedly progressed to trials at clinical sites in the San Francisco Bay Area. Apple CEO Tim Cook has even been spotted testing what was believed to be a prototype glucose monitor connected to his Apple Watch. Apple has added new health-oriented features to the Apple Watch in recent years, such as the ability to measure blood oxygen levels or take an ECG. Late last year, ‌Tim Cook‌ teased the future of the Apple Watch, saying that the device is still "in the early innings," with Apple testing "mind blowing" capabilities in its labs. "Think about the amount of sensors in your car," said Cook, adding "and arguably, your body is much more important than your car." The Apple Watch Series 7 is expected to arrive later this year, but there have been few rumors around what the new models may feature. While there have been reports of microLED displays and solid-state buttons with haptic feedback for the Apple Watch, these are not directly expected for the Apple Watch Series 7.Related Roundup: Apple Watch Series 6Tag: etnews.comBuyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Neutral)This article, "Apple Watch Series 7 Rumored to Feature Blood Glucose Monitoring" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Earlier this week, Apple seeded the watchOS 7.3 Release Candidate, which is typically the final beta version of a software update. The release notes for the update list a new "Time to Walk" feature for Apple Fitness+ subscribers, described as "an audio experience in the Workout app where guests share inspiring stories as you walk." Apple Fitness+ subscribers will be able to open the Workout app on an Apple Watch, select Time to Walk, and choose from one of the audio stories to listen to during their walk. The feature will likely extend to wheelchair users. Based on a screenshot of a since-removed Apple Fitness+ promotional video shared by Twitter user Othmane, it appears that Time to Walk will include a 30-minute story from singer Shawn Mendes at launch. Othmane says the video also showed stories from singer Dolly Parton, NBA star Draymond Green, and actress Uzo Aduba, known for her role as Suzanne Warren on the Netflix original series "Orange Is the New Black." While settings for Time to Walk started showing up weeks ago in earlier betas of watchOS 7.3 and iOS 14.4, the stories are not yet accessible. The feature should launch when the software updates are publicly released, likely this coming week. A new setting on the Apple Watch can be toggled on to ensure that new Time to Walk stories are added to the Workout app as they become available. The stories will be downloaded when the Apple Watch is connected to power and near a paired iPhone, and they will be deleted automatically upon completion of the workout. Apple Fitness+ launched last month, providing subscribers with access to a library of workout videos covering strength, yoga, dance, running, walking, cycling, rowing, and more, with new content delivered each week from a team of trainers hired by Apple. Fitness+ integrates personal metrics such as heart rate from the Apple Watch to motivate users, animating them on the screen during key moments in the workout. Apple Fitness+ is currently available in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Apple is offering a one-month free trial to all Apple Watch users, and an extended three-month trial to customers who purchased a new Apple Watch Series 3 or newer after September 15, 2020. After the trial, the service is priced at $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year in the United States.Related Roundup: Apple Watch Series 6Tag: Apple Fitness PlusBuyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Buy Now)This article, "Apple Fitness+ Feature 'Time to Walk' Launching Soon With Audio Stories From Special Guests" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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It's early to talk about the 2021 iPhone, but rumors are already buzzing about what to expect from the so called iPhone 13. Here's what we know so far. Click to read our iPhone 13 Roundup.

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Earlier this month, an article in the Heart Rhythm Journal indicated that iPhone 12 models can "potentially inhibit lifesaving therapy in a patient" due to magnetic interference with implantable medical devices. Three doctors in Michigan tested this interaction by holding an iPhone 12 near a patient's implantable cardioverter defibrillator, which immediately went into a "suspended" state for the duration of the test, according to the article. "We hereby bring an important public health issue concerning the newer generation iPhone 12 which can potentially inhibit lifesaving therapy in a patient particularly while carrying the phone in upper pockets," the doctors wrote. "Medical device manufacturers and implanting physicians should remain vigilant in making patients aware of this significant interaction of the iPhone 12 and other smart wearables with their cardiac implantable electronic devices." The article in the Heart Rhythm Journal was first surfaced by Brazilian website MacMagazine. Since the launch of iPhone 12 models in October, Apple has acknowledged that the devices may cause electromagnetic interference with medical devices, but the company updated a support document today with additional information:Medical devices such as implanted pacemakers and defibrillators might contain sensors that respond to magnets and radios when in close contact. To avoid any potential interactions with these devices, keep your iPhone and MagSafe accessories a safe distance away from your device (more than 6 inches / 15 cm apart or more than 12 inches / 30 cm apart if wirelessly charging). But consult with your physician and your device manufacturer for specific guidelines.While the support document already mentioned "MagSafe accessories" in the title, Apple has further emphasized that accessories like the MagSafe Charger and MagSafe Duo Charger may also interfere with medical devices:All MagSafe accessories (each sold separately) also contain magnets—and MagSafe Charger and MagSafe Duo Charger contain radios. These magnets and electromagnetic fields might interfere with medical devices.Apple continues to state that while all iPhone 12 models contain more magnets than prior iPhone models, they are "not expected to pose a greater risk of magnetic interference to medical devices than prior iPhone models." Apple provides more information in the "Important safety information for iPhone" section of the iPhone User Guide.Related Roundups: iPhone 12, iPhone 12 ProTag: MagSafeBuyer's Guide: iPhone 12 (Buy Now), iPhone 12 Pro (Buy Now)This article, "Apple Elaborates on Potential for iPhone 12 and MagSafe Accessories to Interfere With Implantable Medical Devices" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Microsoft yesterday shared a new ad on YouTube titled "Microsoft Surface Pro 7: The Better Choice," in which the company compares its tablet computer to Apple's 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro, as spotted by MSPoweruser. The ad highlights the Surface Pro 7's touchscreen and included stylus as opposed to only a "little bar" (the Touch Bar) on the MacBook Pro. Other advantages of the Surface Pro 7 mentioned in the ad include the detachable keyboard, a cheaper price, and the claim that the tablet is "a much better gaming device" than the MacBook Pro. Results uploaded on Geekbench show that the Intel Core i3-equipped Surface Pro 7 with 8GB of RAM has single-core and multi-core scores of 769 and 1,851, respectively. Additionally, the Intel Core i5-equipped Surface Pro 7 with 8GB of RAM has single-core and multi-core scores of 1,210 and 4,079, respectively. By comparison, the ‌M1‌ chip running on a 13-inch MacBook Pro with 8GB of unified memory achieved greater performance than both Surface models with single-core and multi-core scores of 1,735 and 7,686, respectively. The 12.3-inch Surface Pro 7 starts at $749.99 with 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM and increases to $2,299.99 with 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM. In comparison, the current 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro starts at $1,299 with 256GB of storage and 8GB of unified memory and increases to $2,299 for 256GB of storage and 16GB of unified memory. Microsoft has long positioned its Surface devices as an ideal combination of both a tablet and computer experience. In years past, Microsoft has released several ads promoting its Surface lineup over Apple's MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iPad lineup.Related Roundup: MacBook Pro 13"Tags: Microsoft, Microsoft SurfaceBuyer's Guide: 13" MacBook Pro (Buy Now)This article, "Microsoft Touts Surface Pro 7 as 'The Better Choice' Over MacBook Pro in New Ad" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple is working on a third-generation version of the AirPods, and for this updated version rumored to be launching in 2021, we could see some design changes for the first time since the ‌AirPods‌ came out in 2016. This guide covers everything that we know about the upcoming ‌AirPods‌ 3. Design Updates The third-generation ‌AirPods‌ may be updated with a design that's similar to the AirPods Pro, featuring a shorter stem and replaceable silicone ear tips that are able to better fit a wider range of ears. The current ‌AirPods‌ Though the ‌AirPods‌ 3 might look like the ‌AirPods Pro‌, they're not expected to get Pro-level features like Active Noise Cancellation and will instead be identical in overall function to the current ‌AirPods‌. A leaked image that's said to be the ‌AirPods‌ 3 surfaced in November 2020, featuring a design that is similar to the ‌AirPods Pro‌, which is in line with rumors. The ‌AirPods‌ 3 have a more Pro-like rounded shape and are smaller in size. New Internal Hardware Apple is rumored to be working on a new wireless chip that could be included in the third-generation ‌AirPods‌, and there could potentially be some improvements in battery life. A new wireless chip could bring extended range, but the ‌AirPods‌ 3 are expected to function like the current version with fast device switching and quick pairing with Apple devices, among other benefits. In more technical news, the ‌AirPods‌ 3 will feature a more compact integrated system-in-package (SiP) that's similar to the SiP used in the ‌AirPods Pro‌. This will allow more of the audio features to be integrated into a smaller casing design like the ‌AirPods Pro‌. Cost Since the ‌AirPods‌ 3 aren't getting Active Noise Cancellation, it's likely the pricing will remain as is, with Apple charging $199 for the ‌AirPods‌ with Wireless Charging Case. It's not known if there will be a cheaper version available with a standard charging case that charges over Lightning as Apple could opt to discontinue this option. Release Date ‌AirPods‌ 3 are rumored to be coming in the first half of 2021, and if there is a March event as there has been in past years, the ‌AirPods‌ could make a debut in March. Read More For more on the current-generation ‌AirPods‌ and what we expect to see when the ‌AirPods‌ 3 launch, we have a full AirPods roundup with all of the details you might want to know.This article, "AirPods 3: Everything We Know So Far" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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We continued to hear a lot more about Apple's plans for its Mac lineup this week, including word of a high-end redesigned MacBook Air and the return of an SD card slot as part of the upcoming MacBook Pro redesign. It also sounds like Apple has been working on Face ID for Mac, but it won't be appearing in a redesigned iMac this year as originally planned. This week also saw rumors about the iPhone 13 getting a smaller notch, and Apple is just about ready to unleash a set of operating system updates including iOS 14.4 and macOS 11.2, as Release Candidate versions of all of the updates were pushed out to developers and other testers this week. Read on for details on all of these stories from the past week! Apple Working on 'Thinner and Lighter' High-End MacBook Air With MagSafe, Could Launch in Second Half of 2021 Following up on last Friday's batch of rumors, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman came out with a new report this week sharing a few more details on Apple's product plans. Most notably, Gurman says that Apple is working on a thinner and lighter MacBook Air that could launch later this year or sometime next year. The new MacBook Air will include an updated Apple silicon chip, MagSafe charging, and perhaps a smaller body enabled by shrinking the display bezels. The redesigned MacBook Air is said to be a high-end model that will be sold alongside cheaper models that continue to use the current design. Apple reportedly considered making a 15-inch version of the MacBook Air to go along with the popular 13-inch size, but has opted not to move forward with the model, at least for the next generation. iPhone 13 Rumored to Feature Smaller Notch, Sensor-Shift Camera Stabilization on All Models Apple plans to combine various Face ID components into one module to allow for at least a slightly smaller notch on iPhone 13 models, according to DigiTimes. The same report claims that Apple plans to extend sensor-shift optical image stabilization to the entire iPhone 13 lineup, compared to only the iPhone 12 Pro Max among current models. The technology stabilizes the camera's sensor instead of individual lenses for even greater image stabilization. Coupled with a larger sensor, users can expect even better photo quality. Earlier this month, DigiTimes reported that the LiDAR Scanner will also be expanded to the entire iPhone 13 lineup, while mmWave 5G is expected to become available on iPhone 13 models sold outside of the United States. Face ID for iMac Likely Pushed Back to Second Iteration of Upcoming Redesign Gurman also shared that while Apple has been working on developing Face ID technology for its Mac lineup and was planning to introduce it in the upcoming redesigned iMac he discussed last week, Apple has decided not to include it in the initial version. In addition, he says that Apple has tested offering cellular connectivity for its Mac lineup, but it sounds like that's not coming soon either. Next MacBook Pro to Feature SD Card Reader Redesigned MacBook Pro models are also in the works, as reported by Bloomberg last week, and one of the tidbits from that initial report was that the new designs will include more ports than the current models. This week's report expounds upon that claim a bit, specifically claiming that the new MacBook Pro models will include the return of an SD card slot, making it easier for photographers and other users of the popular removable storage standard to directly use the cards in their Macs without the need for a separate card reader. iOS 14.4 Release Candidate Now Available Apple this week seeded the Release Candidate version of iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 to developers and public beta testers. This version should mirror the final release of the software updates coming soon. iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 are relatively minor updates. Apple's release notes confirm that iOS 14.4 introduces a notification for when the camera is unable to be verified as a new, genuine Apple camera on the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, and there are several other bug fixes. The update also enhances Handoff functionality with the HomePod mini. Apple has also seeded Release Candidate versions of macOS 11.2, watchOS 7.3, and tvOS 14.4 for testing. All of the software updates should be released to the public in the near future. MacRumors Newsletter Each week, we publish an email newsletter like this highlighting the top Apple stories, making it a great way to get a bite-sized recap of the week hitting all of the major topics we've covered and tying together related stories for a big-picture view. So if you want to have top stories like the above recap delivered to your email inbox each week, subscribe to our newsletter!Tag: Top StoriesThis article, "Top Stories: 'Thinner and Lighter' MacBook Air, Smaller iPhone 13 Notch, iOS 14.4 Incoming" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Samsung in January unveiled new flagship Galaxy S21 smartphones and alongside the new phones, introduced the $200 Galaxy Buds Pro, which are priced at $199 and offer Active Noise Cancellation. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. These new Galaxy Buds Pro are clearly designed to compete with Apple's AirPods Pro, so we thought we'd compare the two sets of earbuds in our latest YouTube video. Design wise, the Galaxy Buds Pro look nothing like the ‌AirPods Pro‌, featuring a rounded in-ear design with no longer stem. They do have silicone tips like the ‌AirPods Pro‌, but MacRumors videographer Dan, who tested the Galaxy Buds Pro, found them to be much more uncomfortable than the ‌AirPods Pro‌. They need to be fitted tightly inside the ear to get the right fit and the proper seal, both to make sure they stay in the ear and to allow the ANC functionality to work properly. Without the right fit, the earbuds won't sound right and the audio quality will suffer. Samsung does offer several silicone tips to get a decent fit, but these earbuds may not work well for some users. Like the ‌AirPods Pro‌, the Galaxy Buds Pro offer Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), which is decent, but it's not as good as the ANC in the ‌AirPods Pro‌. It's definitely better than the ANC in last year's Galaxy Buds Live, but still not up to par with the ‌AirPods Pro‌. There's an ambient mode that's the equivalent of Transparency mode to allow ambient sounds to come through, but again, it's just okay and doesn't work as well as Transparency mode. There is a standout feature that the Galaxy Buds Pro offer that is not available in the ‌AirPods Pro‌ and that's Voice Detect. Voice Detect turns down the volume and turns on ambient mode when it hears the sound of your voice, which is handy. When it comes to sound quality, the Galaxy Buds Pro are close to indistinguishable from the ‌AirPods Pro‌. Audio on both sounds great, and whether you prefer one to another will come down to individual listening preferences. The Galaxy Buds Pro are warmer and heavier on the bass, which some people prefer. You do need a good in-ear fit for the best sound quality because if that's off, they don't sound as good. The Galaxy Buds Pro come with a case that's small and pocketable, with the case adding 18 to 20 hours of additional battery life depending on ANC use. The Galaxy Buds themselves have a five hour battery life with ANC on and an eight hour battery life with ANC off. Comparatively, the ‌AirPods Pro‌ last for 4.5 hours on a single charge with ANC on and five hours with it off, but the case provides an additional 24 hours of listening time. Apple's ‌AirPods Pro‌ charge wirelessly or via a Lightning port, while the Galaxy Buds Pro use USB-C. There are touch controls on each side of the Galaxy Pro earbuds, and taps enable play/pause, skipping tracks, and turning the ambient sound feature on and off. ‌AirPods Pro‌ offer similar controls, but on the stem rather than relying on taps, which works better. Apple designs ‌AirPods Pro‌ to be used with Apple devices, and the Galaxy Buds Pro are designed to be used primarily with Samsung devices. There are several features that only work when used with a Galaxy device, which is a little bit new for Samsung. Prior earbud models have been more feature agnostic and have been easily pairable with other Android devices or even iPhones, but with the Galaxy Buds Pro, you'll be missing out on features without a Galaxy smartphone. There's a one tap pairing feature for setting up the Galaxy Buds Pro with a Galaxy smartphone (you'll need to connect manually to an iPhone), and there's a 360 Audio feature that's the equivalent of the spatial audio feature in the ‌AirPods Pro‌. We couldn't test 360 Audio because the update that enables it on Galaxy devices (other than the S21) isn't available yet. Along with one tap pairing, the Galaxy Buds Pro support auto detecting devices and fast switching, but again, Galaxy devices only. There's an app for adjusting the EQ and other settings, but it's Android only and there's no ‌iPhone‌ version available. All in all, the Galaxy Buds Pro are solid headphones if you have a Galaxy smartphone, but these are not headphones that you're going to want to pick up if you have an ‌iPhone‌ because you'll be missing out on so many features. The price point is also only $50 cheaper than ‌AirPods Pro‌, so you're better off spending the $250 for ‌AirPods Pro‌ if you have an Apple device.Tags: Samsung, Galaxy BudsThis article, "Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro vs. Apple AirPods Pro" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple's stock price closed at an all-time high of $139.07 today after reaching a new intraday record of $139.85 moments earlier. The gains come just five days before Apple is set to report its earnings results for the first quarter of the 2021 fiscal year. Many analysts forecast that Apple's quarterly revenue will exceed the $100 billion mark for the first time thanks to strong iPhone 12 sales and the launch of several other products in the quarter, including the first three Macs with Apple silicon, HomePod mini, AirPods Max, and a redesigned iPad Air. Apple Fitness+ also launched last month and can be bundled with other services with Apple One. Apple has thrived financially during the ongoing pandemic as many customers work, learn, and connect with others from home, leading to strong iPad and Mac sales in particular. Apple products are also popular gifts during the holidays. Apple's earnings report will be released on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time and will be followed by a conference call with Apple's CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Apple's current quarterly revenue record is $91.8 billion, set in the first quarter of the 2020 fiscal year.Tag: AAPLThis article, "Apple's Stock Closed at All-Time High Today Ahead of Earnings Results Next Week" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with RAVPower to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a 30,000mAh 90W USB-C Power Bank for charging Apple devices. Priced at $80, the RAVPower USB-C Power Bank's 30,000mAh battery capacity is enough to charge a 16-inch MacBook Pro to full, plus it can charge an iPad Pro two and a half times or an iPhone 12 up to six times. At 90W, it can offer enough power to charge all of your devices at the fastest possible speeds provided you have the right cables available. It can charge a MacBook Pro from 0 to 50 percent in 40 minutes, and with a USB-C to Lightning cable, it can charge an iPhone from 0 to 50 percent in 30 minutes. There's a Power Delivery USB-C port and a USB-A port. When charging two devices at once, the power is split between 65W for the USB-C port and 18W for the USB-A port, and when recharging the power bank, it charges at 60W so it powers up quick. It can be charged to full in 2.5 hours with a 60W PD power adapter. Design wise, the RAVPower USB-C Power Bank has a rectangular shape that measures in at 6 inches long and 3.5 inches wide, plus it's just about an inch thick. It has a series of four LEDs on the side that display the estimated battery life. RAVPower says that the power bank supports safe charging with over-heat, over-current, over-discharge, over-voltage, and short circuit protection. We have 10 RAVPower USB-C Power Banks to give away to MacRumors readers. To enter to win our ‌giveaway‌, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the ‌giveaway‌ restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected. RAVPower Giveaway The contest will run from today (January 22) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on January 29. The winners will be chosen randomly on January 29 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen. For those who don't want to wait for the end of the ‌giveaway‌, RAVPower is offering a discount code on the RAVPower USB-C Power Bank. Just use promo code macrumors232 to get an extra $5 off in addition to the coupon available from Amazon to drop the price to $65. The deal will be available through January 25.Tag: giveawayThis article, "MacRumors Giveaway: Win a 30,000mAh 90W USB-C Power Bank From RAVPower" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple has placed a straight-to-series order for "Lessons in Chemistry," a 1960s-era drama series starring actress Brie Larson, according to Variety. The series is expected to begin streaming on Apple TV+ in spring 2022. The report notes that Larson will play Elizabeth Zott, whose dream of being a scientist is put on hold due to gender stereotypes:Set in the early 1960s, "Lessons in Chemistry" follows Elizabeth Zott (Larson), whose dream of being a scientist is put on hold in a society deeming that women belong in the domestic sphere, not the professional one. When Elizabeth finds herself pregnant, alone and fired from her lab, she musters the ingenuity only a single mother has. She accepts a job as a host on a TV cooking show, and sets out to teach a nation of overlooked housewives – and the men who are suddenly listening – a lot more than recipes, all the while craving a return to her true love: science.The series will be based on the upcoming novel of the same name by Bonnie Garmus, and will be written and executive produced by Academy Award nominee Susannah Grant. Jason Bateman and Michael Costigan will also serve as executive producers. Larson is best known for starring in "Captain Marvel," and for her Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning role in the 2015 film "Room." In 2019, it was reported that Larson would star in another Apple TV+ series based on undercover CIA operative Amaryllis Fox, but the project is said to be on hold as Larson focuses on "Captain Marvel 2." Tags: Apple TV Shows, Apple TV PlusThis article, "'Lessons in Chemistry' Drama Series Starring Brie Larson Coming to Apple TV+ in Spring 2022" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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"NUTS - A Surveillance Mystery" and "Spire Blast" are the latest games to join Apple Arcade's expanding library. NUTS is a single-player surveillance mystery game set in a remote forest, where players are tasked with discovering what a group of squirrels are hiding. Through carefully laying out equipment, recording the squirrels' movements, analyzing their behavior, and reporting findings, players can uncover their hidden secrets. With a bold visual style, full voice acting, careful pacing, and unusual gameplay mechanics, NUTS aims to offer something different. Spire Blast is a colorful, family-friendly puzzle game that challenges players to topple towers using a system of matching and powerups. Take a step into the colorful world of Spire Blast. With your ever hungry dragon companion collapse numerous mysterious towers of all shapes and sizes that have risen all over the kingdom. Test your wits and skills, use all the tools at your disposal and you will emerge victorious! NUTS - A Surveillance Mystery and Spire Blast are available now on ‌Apple Arcade‌, for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. Tag: Apple ArcadeThis article, "'NUTS' and 'Spire Blast' Arrive on Apple Arcade" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Following in the wake of a deal on the 6-core 21.5-inch iMac (mid 2020) earlier in the week, Amazon is now offering a new deal on the quad-core model. You can get this 21.5-inch iMac (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $1,219.00, down from $1,299.00. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. This is the lowest price that we've seen to date on this model of the 2020 21.5-inch iMac, and it's being matched at B&H Photo. The 21.5-inch iMac received a slight update in 2020 with new SSD models, and they also include Retina 4K displays. $80 OFF21.5-Inch iMac for $1,219.00 If you're interested in the 6-core option, Amazon still has this iMac for $1,349.00, down from $1,499.00. This is another low price, and it's also being matched at B&H Photo. You can keep track of ongoing sales on Apple's iMac line by visiting our Best iMac Deals guide. There, we keep track of the best iMac offers from Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, and other retailers, so be sure to check back often if you're shopping for an iMac for the first time, or thinking of upgrading.Related Roundup: Apple DealsThis article, "Deals: Amazon Discounts Quad-Core 256GB 21.5-Inch iMac Down to $1,219 ($80 Off, Lowest Price)" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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