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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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Last week, reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo outlined his expectations for new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models later this year, including the return of the MagSafe charging connector, the removal of the Touch Bar, a new flat-edged design, and the return of more ports built into the notebooks for expanded connectivity. A concept of a modern MacBook Pro with an SD card reader Kuo did not specify which ports might be making a comeback, but Bloomberg's Mark Gurman today reported that the next MacBook Pro models will feature an SD card reader for transferring photos shot with a digital camera and other files:The upcoming MacBook Pro is an example of Apple's renewed focus on Mac loyalists. The company is planning to bring back an SD card slot for the next MacBook Pros so users can insert memory cards from digital cameras. That feature was removed in 2016, to the consternation of professional photographers and video creators, key segments of the MacBook Pro user base.The latest MacBook Pro models only have Thunderbolt ports, forcing photographers to use an adapter or dock to gain access to an SD card reader. In his research note last week, Kuo mentioned that "most users may not need to purchase additional dongles" for the next MacBook Pro, so it is possible that an SD card reader will not be the only port that returns. As recently as 2015, the MacBook Pro was also equipped with an HDMI port and USB-A ports, but it would certainly be surprising to see the latter make a comeback given the tech industry's transition to USB-C. Kuo expects the new MacBook Pro models to launch in the third quarter, which spans July through September. They would replace the higher-end 13-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models released in May 2020 and November 2019, respectively. The base model 13-inch MacBook Pro was already updated with Apple's custom M1 chip a few months ago.Related Roundups: MacBook Pro 13", MacBook Pro 16"Tag: bloomberg.comBuyer's Guide: 13" MacBook Pro (Buy Now), 16" MacBook Pro (Don't Buy)This article, "Bloomberg: Next MacBook Pro to Feature SD Card Reader" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Amazon today is discounting a few of Apple's keyboards for the iPad Pro and iPad Air, starting with the Magic Keyboard for 11-inch iPad Pro at $199.00, down from $299.00. This is the lowest price that we've tracked to date for this Magic Keyboard, which can also be used with the fourth generation iPad Air. 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. You can also get the Magic Keyboard for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but this discount isn't quite as steep. It's priced at $329.98, down from $349.00. Both versions of the Magic Keyboard provide a full keyboard with a trackpad, backlit keys, and a new floating cantilever design that lets you adjust the iPad Pro to find the best viewing angle. $100 OFFMagic Keyboard (11-Inch) for $199.00 Another keyboard that's on sale is the Smart Keyboard Folio for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, priced at $149.00, down from $199.00. While a simpler alternative to the Magic Keyboard, this accessory still provides a full-size keyboard, front and back protection for the iPad Pro, and allows for a few convenient viewing angles. 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: Amazon's New iPad Keyboard Sale Includes 11-Inch Magic Keyboard for $199 ($100 Off, Lowest Price)" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple is believed to be working on redesigned versions of the iMac that feature the biggest design overhaul to the ‌iMac‌ line since 2012. However, Apple's Face ID facial recognition authentication system, which debuted in the iPhone X, is likely to feature in the second iteration of the redesign rather than the first, according to a new report today by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. The tidbit came at the end of a report today about a forthcoming redesign of the MacBook Air. In addition, the report highlights Apple's intention to launch a slew of updates to its Mac lineup that reflect the desires of the Mac's staunchest supporters, with the introduction of new ports and cellular connectivity. Apple has also developed underlying Mac support for both cellular connectivity — the ability for Macs to connect to the internet via smartphone networks — and Face ID, the company's facial recognition system. But neither feature appears to be coming soon. To that end, Face ID had originally been planned to arrive in this year's ‌iMac‌ redesign, but it's now unlikely to be included in the first iteration of the new design. Speculation that Apple will bring Face ID to Macs isn't new, however rumors have been few and far between, which makes Gurman's report worth highlighting. According to previous Bloomberg reports, the redesigned ‌iMac‌ models will feature slimmed down bezels around the display and the metal chin will be removed. It is expected to look quite similar to the Pro Display XDR monitor that Apple released in 2019. Instead of a curved rear design, the iMacs will feature a flat back, and prior rumors have described the new iMacs as using an "iPad Pro design language." At least one of the new models that will replace the 21.5 and 27-inch models will measure in at 23 to 24 inches, but it's not clear what size the second ‌iMac‌ will be. A 23 or 24 inch ‌iMac‌ would probably be the same size as the current 21.5-inch ‌iMac‌ physically, with the larger display enabled through smaller bezels. A new ‌iMac‌ with a fresh design and an Apple Silicon chip could come in either the fourth quarter of 2020 or early in 2021. The redesigned iMacs will adopt Apple silicon chips, and the revamped look will coincide with Apple's move to shift away from Intel's chips, giving the iMacs updated processors and a fresh design all at once. Apple plans to equip the new iMacs with next-generation versions of the Apple silicon chips that will be faster and with more GPU power. Apple is testing Apple silicon chips with as many as 16 power cores and four efficiency cores, but higher-end desktop models could have as many as 32 high-performance cores. Apple is also working on improved GPU technology and is testing 16 and 32-core graphics components. The new iMacs are expected be released in spring to fall 2021, and it's not yet clear if both models will come out at the same time.Related Roundup: iMacTag: Face IDBuyer's Guide: iMac (Caution)This article, "Bloomberg: Face ID for iMac Likely Pushed Back to Second Iteration of Upcoming Redesign" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple is working on a "thinner and lighter" version of the MacBook Air that the company plans to release during the second half of this year at the earliest or in 2022, according to a new report by well-connected Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman. It will include Apple's MagSafe charging technology and a next-generation version of the company's in-house Mac processors. Apple has discussed making the laptop smaller by shrinking the border around the screen, which will remain 13-inches. The current model weighs 2.8 pounds and is just over half an inch at its thickest point. The company considered building a larger version of the ‌MacBook Air‌ with a 15-inch screen, but Apple isn't moving forward with this for the next generation, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private matters. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.According to the report, the new 13-inch ‌MacBook Air‌ model will also have a pair of USB 4 ports for connecting external devices. The current ‌MacBook Air‌, upgraded in November with Apple silicon, is expected to remain in the company's lineup as an entry-level offering. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously said that Apple will introduce a new ‌MacBook Air‌ at some point in 2022, suggesting there may not be a refresh in 2021. According to Kuo, the ‌MacBook Air‌ coming in 2022 will feature a mini-LED display, a prediction also echoed by DigiTimes. Kuo also recently claimed the ‌MagSafe‌ charging connector design will be restored to Apple's MacBooks in future designs, though it's not quite clear what that means as Apple has transitioned to USB-C.Related Roundup: MacBook AirTag: bloomberg.comBuyer's Guide: MacBook Air (Buy Now)This article, "Bloomberg: Apple Working on 'Thinner and Lighter' High-End MacBook Air With MagSafe, Could Launch in Second Half of 2021" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Microsoft has updated its Edge browser for Mac with several new features, bringing "sleeping tabs," a password generator and monitor, new visual themes, and more. The "Sleeping tabs" feature aims to improve performance by releasing system resources for inactive or backgrounded tabs. The feature is optional and can be enabled in the browser settings menu. Meanwhile, the new password generator suggests to users a secure and complex password whenever they sign up to a website for the first time or attempt to change an existing password. Edge also now notifies users if a password has been compromised in a data breach, which is similar to a feature recently introduced in Apple's Safari browser. Elsewhere, 24 new themes offer visual customizations that affect various parts of the browser interface, including tabs, tab pages, and the address bar. The Edge development team has partnered with Xbox to offer themes from Microsoft franchises, including Halo, Gears, Forza, Flight Simulator, Sea of Thieves, Grounded, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, and more. In addition, sidebar search is now generally available in Microsoft Edge. While browsing web pages, users can highlight a word, right click and search. A side panel will open with search results so they can get quick answers without having to navigate away from your current page. Automatic Profile Switching has also come to macOS, as described in Microsoft's blog post:One of our most loved features, called Automatic Profile Switching, makes its way to macOS this month. I like to keep my work browsing and personal browsing activities separate, and profile switching makes it so easy. Now macOS provides the ability to switch sites that authenticate with a user’s work profile so it’s easier to toggle between work and personal browsing. To get started, check with your local admin if automatic profile switch is enabled for your organization. If so, sign in with your Microsoft personal and work accounts and you’re ready to go.Microsoft Edge has won over many users with its frequent feature updates and tight integration of Microsoft's design language with the design language of macOS. Tab syncing features were recently added, and it was also quick to offer native support for Apple Silicon, bringing optimized performance to Macs with the M1 chip. The browser can be downloaded from the Microsoft Edge website.Tag: Microsoft EdgeThis article, "Microsoft Edge Browser Gains 'Sleeping Tabs' Feature, New Visual Themes, Password Generator, and More" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Neo-noir psychological thriller "Losing Alice" debuted on Apple TV+ today. Written and directed by Sigal Avin and starring Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer, the series follows aging director Alice and her growing obsession with a young screenwriter named Sophie. "Losing Alice" is a thrilling cinematic journey that uses flashbacks and flash-forwards in a satisfyingly complex narrative that takes the viewer through the conscious and subconscious of its protagonist's mind. The series follows Alice (played by Ayelet Zurer), a 48-year-old female film director, who feels irrelevant since raising her family. After a brief encounter on the train, she becomes obsessed with a 24-year-old screenwriter femme fatale, Sophie (played by Lihi Kornowski), and eventually surrenders her moral integrity in order to achieve power, relevance and success. Through the prism of this female Faust, the series explores issues such as jealousy, guilt, fear of aging, and the complex relationships women have among themselves and each other. But above all, "Losing Alice" is a love letter for the still-too-rare female director.The first three episodes of the series are available now, with new episodes following on a weekly basis. It will be available to stream globally on ‌‌Apple TV+‌‌ through a co-production deal with Israel's Dori Media productions.Tags: Apple TV Shows, Apple TV PlusThis article, "Psychological Thriller 'Losing Alice' Debuts on Apple TV+" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Recent reports of Apple cutting iPhone 12 mini production to increase manufacturing capacity for the more popular iPhone 12 Pro were corroborated on Friday by DigiTimes, citing supply chain sources. Today's report suggests that Apple's smallest iPhone 12 model was launched to target the U.S. and European markets, but the global health crisis has impacted sales in these territories, leading to a slowdown in ‌iPhone 12 mini‌ orders. Pegatron has seen a slowdown in orders for the ‌iPhone 12 mini‌ as sales of the model in the US and Europe are affected negatively by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to industry sources. The sources pointed out that the ‌iPhone 12 mini‌ is targeting mainly consumers in the US and Europe, but overall smartphone sales there have been significantly undermined by the pandemic.The report suggests that strong demand for ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ models in China has led Apple to strengthen its supply of the more expensive devices in response. The East Asian market historically favors larger form factor devices, and China has not been seriously impacted by the pandemic in recent months compared to other parts of the world. Pegatron is the main producer of the ‌iPhone 12 mini‌, and the above factors have combined to reduce demand for the device at the Taiwanese manufacturer's expense. On Wednesday, a Morgan Stanley investment note claimed that Apple has shifted production away from the ‌iPhone 12 mini‌ for the first quarter of 2021, in an effort to combat continuing lead times for the more popular ‌‌iPhone 12 Pro‌‌. The note supported previous analysis that the ‌‌iPhone 12 mini‌‌ has suffered from lackluster sales, capturing just six percent of the total ‌‌‌iPhone 12‌‌‌ sales during the launch period, despite broad satisfaction reported by owners of the smaller device. Meanwhile, a separate DigiTimes report today indicates that Foxconn expects to see increased momentum in the first quarter of this year, thanks to Apple increasing orders of the ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ models. In a more positive note for Apple, the popularity of its Pro devices in China have reportedly eaten into Huawei's dominant market share in the region: Huawei, the largest smartphone brand in China, has seen its smartphone sales being bitten off by Apple's Pro series products in the past few months with Apple now the second largest 5G handset brand globally, behind only Huawei, the sources said.Related Roundups: iPhone 12, iPhone 12 ProTag: digitimes.comBuyer's Guide: iPhone 12 (Buy Now), iPhone 12 Pro (Buy Now)This article, "Reports of Lackluster iPhone 12 Mini Sales Corroborated By Supply Chain Sources" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple today seeded the RC version of an upcoming macOS Big Sur 11.2 update to developers for testing purposes, with the new beta coming a week after the second beta and two months after initial macOS Big Sur release. Developers can download the ‌‌‌macOS Big Sur‌‌‌ 11.2 beta using the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after installing the proper profile from the Apple Developer Center. ‌macOS Big Sur‌ 11.2 beta 2 eliminates 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 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's upcoming iOS 15 operating system, which we expect to see unveiled in June, is rumored to be dropping support for a few of Apple's older iPhones. According to French site iPhoneSoft, ‌iOS 15‌ will not be able to be installed on the iPhone 6s, the ‌iPhone‌ 6s Plus, or the 2016 iPhone SE, all of which have an A9 chip. The ‌iPhone‌ 6s and 6s Plus were introduced in 2015 and are now more than five years old, so it is not a surprise that the smartphones are not expected to be able to run ‌iOS 15‌. If the rumors are true, these iPhones will not be able to be updated past iOS 14. ‌iOS 15‌ will run on the ‌iPhone‌ 7, ‌iPhone‌ 7 Plus, and all newer iPhones that have been released, making it compatible with devices that have an A10 chip or newer. The seventh-generation iPod touch has an A10 chip, so it should be able to run ‌iOS 15‌. As for the iPad, iPadOS 15 could perhaps drop support for the iPad mini 4 (2015), iPad Air 2 (2014), and ‌iPad‌ 5 (2017), equipped with A8, A8X, and A9 chips, respectively. All newer iPads are expected to support the update. This is the second time that we've heard that ‌iOS 15‌ will not be available on the ‌iPhone‌ 6s and the ‌iPhone SE‌, as Israeli site The Verifier said the same thing back in November.Related Roundup: iOS 15This article, "iOS 15 Rumored to Drop Support for iPhone 6s and 2016 iPhone SE" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple today shared a new Valentine's Day gift guide that suggests a range of Apple products to those that are shopping for a loved one. As with most of Apple's gift guides, the Valentine's Day guide suggests Apple's newest devices, including iPhone 12 models, iPhone SE, AirPods Pro, AirPods, HomePod mini, Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, iPad, and Apple TV 4K. It also highlights a number of more affordable accessories such as MagSafe cases, Apple Watch Solo and Braided Solo bands, and Apple Pencil, plus Powerbeats Pro, which are currently $50 off. There are different sections to the gift guide with suggestions tailored to photography enthusiasts, musicians, those interested in health, creatives, and those looking for entertainment ideas. Each individual section has a different selection of products, with some including third-party suggestions like drones, fitness equipment, gaming controllers, and more. Apple often shares gift guides around holidays like Christmas and Mother's Day, but this appears to be the first time that the company has provided a Valentine's Day gift guide in a number of years.Tag: Apple gift guideThis article, "Apple Highlights iPhone 12, AirPods, HomePod Mini and More in Valentine's Day Gift Guide" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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A video demonstrating macOS Catalina running on a current 2020 iPad Pro has been shared on YouTube, giving us a look at an interesting hack that has a Mac OS up and working on one of Apple's iPads. There's limited information about how the process of getting ‌macOS Catalina‌ on an iPad Pro works, but it uses x86 emulation and was done through the UTM software that allows virtual machines to run on iOS. Booting up into ‌macOS Catalina‌ took a full 20 minutes, though the original creator says that it has since been optimized and now takes approximately 5 to 7 minutes. The video is over 37 minutes long due to how slow ‌macOS Catalina‌ is on the iPad, and it is not a functional or usable installation at this time, but it's interesting to see the macOS operating system on an ‌iPad Pro‌.This article, "Video Demos macOS Catalina Running on iPad Pro via x86 Emulation" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple today seeded the RC version of upcoming iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 updates to developers for testing purposes, with the new betas coming a week after Apple released the second betas. iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or over the air after the proper profile has been installed on an iPhone or iPad. Paired with the HomePod 14.4 beta that is only available to a limited number of testers, iOS 14.4 adds new HomePod mini functionality that takes advantage of the mini's U1 chip. There are now visual, audio, and haptic effects when songs are transferred from a HomePod mini to a U1-enabled iPhone 11 or iPhone 12. When an ‌iPhone‌ is near the ‌HomePod mini‌ it begins a soft haptic touch rhythm that gets faster and faster as the ‌‌iPhone‌‌ gets closer until the interface to transfer a song between the ‌‌HomePod mini‌‌ and the ‌‌iPhone‌‌ opens. This functionality will make handoff quicker and more reliable on a ‌‌HomePod mini‌‌ and an ‌iPhone 11‌ or ‌iPhone 12‌, all of which are equipped with U1 chips that let the devices better understand where they are in relation to one another. In the Workout section of the Apple Watch app on ‌iPhone‌ there's a new "Time to Walk" feature that includes a toggle to "Add Newest Workouts to Watch." This suggests that Apple could be planning to add guided walking workouts in the watchOS 7.3 beta. "Time to Walk Workouts are downloaded when Apple Watch is connected to power and near your ‌iPhone‌. Completed workouts are deleted automatically," reads the setting. This is not functional in the first beta of watchOS 7.3 and iOS 14.4, but could be activated later. iOS 14.4 includes a setting to specify a device type for third-party Bluetooth-connected audio devices so that Headphone Audio Level measurements can be taken correctly. Apple tracks headphone audio levels to send alerts if music is playing at a level that has the potential to damage hearing health over time. iOS 14.4 includes code that suggests Apple will add a warning on iPhones that have had their cameras repaired or replaced with aftermarket components. The warning, which says "Unable to verify this ‌iPhone‌ has a genuine Apple camera," will let users know that the camera is not a legitimate Apple camera. Apple's full release notes for the update are below: iOS 14.4 includes the following improvements for your ‌iPhone‌: - Smaller QR codes can be recognized by Camera - Option to classify Bluetooth device type in Settings for correct identification of headphones for audio notifications - Notifications for when the camera on your ‌iPhone‌ is unable to be verified as a new, genuine Apple camera in ‌iPhone 12‌, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max This release also fixes the following issues: - Image artifacts could appear in HDR photos taken with ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ - Fitness widget may not display updated Activity data - Typing may be delayed and word suggestions may not appear in the keyboard - The keyboard may not come up in the correct language in Messages - Audio stories from the News app in CarPlay may not resume after being paused for spoken directions or Siri - Enabling Switch Control in Accessibility may prevent phone calls from being answered from the Lock ScreenThere's no word yet on when iOS 14.4 will be released, but as release notes are available, the public version could be coming soon. Related Roundups: iOS 14, iPadOS 14This article, "Apple Seeds iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 Release Candidate to Developers and Public Beta Testers" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple today seeded the RC version of an upcoming watchOS 7.3 beta to developers for testing purposes, with the beta available a week after the release of the first beta and over a month after the launch of watchOS 7.2 with support for Fitness+, cardio fitness notifications, ECG updates, and more. To install the ‌watchOS 7.3 beta, developers need to download the proper configuration profile from the Apple Developer Center. Once the profile is in place, the ‌‌‌watchOS 7‌‌‌.3 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated ‌Apple Watch‌ app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update. To update to the new software, the ‌Apple Watch‌ needs to have 50 percent battery life, it must be placed on the charger, and it must be in range of the ‌‌‌‌‌‌iPhone‌‌‌‌‌‌. watchOS 7.3 adds a new "Time to Walk" feature for Apple Fitness+ subscribers, introducing an audio experience in the Workout app where guests share inspiring stories as you walk.ECG functionality is expanding to Japan, Mayotte, Philippines, and Thailand, while irregular heart rhythm notifications are coming to Japan, Mayotte, Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand. The update also introduces a Unity watch face that's inspired by the colors of the Pan-African flag, with shapes that change throughout the day as you move, creating a face that's unique to you. There's also a bug fix for an issue that could cause the Control Center and Notification Center to become unresponsive when Zoom is enabled. Apple's full release notes are below: watchOS 7.3 includes new features, improvements, and bug fixes, including: - Unity watch face—inspired by the colors of the Pan-African Flag, the shapes change throughout the day as you move creating a face that’s unique to you - Time to Walk for Apple Fitness+ subscribers—an audio experience in the Workout app where guests share inspiring stories as you walk - ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 or later in Japan, Mayotte, Philippines, and Thailand - Irregular heart rhythm notifications in Japan, Mayotte, Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand - Fix for an issue where Control Center and Notification Center may be unresponsive when Zoom is enabledNow that an RC version of watchOS is available, the update should see a public release next week. This article, "Apple Seeds Release Candidate Version of watchOS 7.3 to Developers" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple today seeded the RC version of an upcoming tvOS 14.4 update to developers for testing purposes, with the beta coming a week after release of the second beta. Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the tvOS 14.4 developer beta can be downloaded onto the ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌Apple TV‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ via a profile that's installed using Xcode. Apple's tvOS updates are often minor in scale, focusing on under-the-hood bug fixes and improvements rather than major outward-facing changes. There's no word yet on what's included in tvOS 14.4 update, and there was nothing new discovered in the first beta. Though we don't often know what's new in tvOS during the beta testing process, we let MacRumors readers know when new updates are available so those who are developers can download it upon release. The main tvOS 14 update released in September brought expanded Picture in Picture support, new HomeKit integration with ‌HomeKit‌ Secure video cameras, support for multiple Apple Arcade profiles, and more, with details available in our tvOS 14 roundup.This article, "Apple Seeds Release Candidate Version of tvOS 14.4 to Developers and Public Beta Testers" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple is set to report its earnings results for the first quarter of the 2021 fiscal year on Wednesday, January 27, and many analysts forecast that the company's quarterly revenue will exceed $100 billion for the first time. Apple's currently quarterly revenue record is $91.8 billion, set in the first quarter of the 2020 fiscal year. In an investor note shared with MacRumors, Monness Crespi Hardt analyst Brian White estimated that Apple will report quarterly revenue of $105.2 billion following the launch of several new products and services in the final three months of 2020, including the entire iPhone 12 lineup, a redesigned iPad Air, the first three Macs with Apple silicon, the HomePod mini, the AirPods Max, Apple Fitness+, and Apple One subscription bundles. "In our view, Apple's portfolio was positioned better-than-ever heading into the recent holiday season," said White, adding that Mac and iPad revenue should remain strong as many customers continue to work and learn from home amid the pandemic. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty is even more optimistic, forecasting that Apple will report quarterly revenue of $108.2 billion, according to MarketWatch. Huberty referred to the iPhone 12 as "Apple's most successful product launch in the last five years," and she also cited "sustained work and learn from home demand" for Apple products. 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 stock price is up around 3% today.Tag: AAPLThis article, "Apple Forecasted to Report Record-Breaking Quarter Next Week With Revenue Topping $100 Billion" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Anker and RAVPower have a collection of discounts going on this week on Amazon, providing sales on accessories like portable chargers, wireless chargers, surge protectors, HomeKit-compatible smart home products, and more. 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. All of the Anker sales will last for a few more days, but RAVPower's deal on the 20,000 mAh power bank is part of today's Amazon Gold Box, so if you're interested be sure to shop that sale before the day ends. Otherwise, there are a few markdowns on HomeKit cameras from Anker's smart home brand, eufy. This includes a few cameras in the eufy Security product line, like the eufy Security 2C 2-Cam Kit, which is on sale for $169.99, down from $199.99. Portable Chargers RAVPower AC Outlet Power Bank 20,000 mAh - $73.29 with on-page coupon, down from $86.99 Wireless Chargers Anker PowerWave II Stand - $30.59, down from $35.99 Wall Chargers Anker 2-Port USB-C Wall Charger - $39.09, down from $49.99 Anker Power Strip Surge Protector - $24.64, down from $28.99 Smart Home eufy Indoor Cam - $33.99, down from $39.99 eufy Security Wireless Add-on Video Doorbell - $101.99, down from $119.99 eufy Security Smart Lock - $119.99, down from $149.99 eufy Security 2C 2-Cam Kit - $169.99, down from $199.99 Audio Soundcore Trance Bluetooth Speaker - $99.99, down from $149.99 Head to our full Deals Roundup to get caught up with all of the latest deals and discounts that we've been tracking over the past week.Related Roundup: Apple DealsThis article, "Deals: Anker and RAVPower Discounting Portable Chargers, Smart Home Accessories, and More" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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New universal chat app "Beeper" combines 15 different chat platforms into a single inbox and offers iMessage on Android and Windows (via The Verge). The app comes from a team including former Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky, and enables users to integrate a range of messaging services, including WhatsApp, SMS, Signal, Telegram, Slack, Twitter, Skype, Hangouts, Discord, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger, into a single, searchable inbox. Most striking is support for Apple's iMessage, as it is only officially available on Apple devices. The app is "using some trickery" to achieve this, with the website's FAQ revealing that an always-online Mac running the Beeper app is needed to use as a bridge. Alternately, Beeper will ship a "Jailbroken iPhone with the Beeper app installed which bridges to iMessage" to users unable to use a Mac. The app is built on the open-source Matrix messaging protocol. While the clear short-term objective is to make it easier to chat across different services, Migicovsky has discussed the prospect of all users gradually transitioning to the open-source Matrix itself to chat, rather than simply using it as a bridge between services. Beeper will cost $10 per month for its hosted option, and is set to be available on macOS, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android. Prospective users can request an early invitation to join the app on the Beeper website.Tags: Google, Skype, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, iMessage, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, Slack, Telegram, Signal, DiscordThis article, "All-in-One Chat App 'Beeper' Brings iMessage to Android and Windows Using Workaround" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple's first virtual reality headset will be a "pricey, niche precursor" to a more ambitious augmented reality product, according to a new report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. As a mostly virtual reality device, it will display an all-encompassing 3-D digital environment for gaming, watching video and communicating. AR functionality, the ability to overlay images and information over a view of the real world, will be more limited. Apple has planned to launch the product as soon as 2022, going up against Facebook Inc.’s Oculus, Sony Corp.’s PlayStation VR and headsets from HTC Corp., the people said. They asked not to be identified discussing private plans. According to the report, the initial device has hit "several development hurdles" and the company has "conservative" sales expectations. However, the high-end, niche product reportedly aims to prepare outside developers and consumers for more mainstream AR glasses further down the line. The plans suggest that Apple’s first headset will be far more expensive than those from rivals, which cost about $300 to $900. Some Apple insiders believe the company may sell only one headset per day per retail store. Apple has roughly 500 stores, so in that scenario, annual sales would be just over 180,000 units — excluding other sales channels. That would put it on par with other pricey Apple products, such as the $5,999 Mac Pro desktop computer. An Apple spokesman declined to comment.According to the report, Apple plans to put much higher resolution displays in the headset than those in current VR offerings, and it aims to include advanced chips more powerful than even its latest M1 processors found in Apple Silicon Macs. Apple is said to have included a fan in the design of the headset, which is codenamed N301 and in a late prototype stage and yet to be finalized, suggesting the company's plans could change or the device could even be scrapped. The inclusion of the fan and powerful processors is said to have initially resulted in a device that was too large and heavy, so Apple reportedly brought the headset closer to the face and helped shrink the size. This meant users can't wear eyeglasses while using the headset, so to address this, Apple has developed a system where custom prescription lenses can be inserted into the headset over the VR screens. Apple is also said to be discussing how it might implement prescriptions at the point of sale online and in retail stores. Meanwhile, the AR glasses, codenamed N421, are in an even earlier development stage and are "several years away," according to people with knowledge of the matter, although Apple had initially planned to to release them as early as 2023. Current prototypes of the AR glasses are said to resemble high-priced sunglasses with thick frames that house the battery and chips. Former chief designer Jony Ive, who has since departed the company, is said to have preferred the concept of the N421 glasses over the headset. Apple was initially aiming for an ultra-powerful headset that came with a hub to house the processor, but Ive did not want to sell a device that would require a separate, stationary device for full functionality. Ive instead wanted a headset with less powerful technology that could be embedded directly in the device, but the leader of the AR/VR team, Mike Rockwell, wanted the more powerful device. It was a standoff that lasted for months, and Tim Cook ultimately sided with Ive. As a result, the headset is reportedly designed to work as a standalone device, meaning it can operate on a battery rather than be plugged into a wall or a Mac. According to Gurman, prototypes of the headset include external cameras to enable some AR features. Apple is said to be testing using the cameras for hand-tracking and is also working on a feature where a user can type virtually in the air to input text. Be sure to check out the full Bloomberg report, and for everything we know on Apple's AR/VR plans, check our dedicated roundup.Tags: bloomberg.com, Apple VR Project, augmented realityThis article, "Bloomberg: Apple's First AR/VR Headset 'Pricey, Niche Precursor' to More Ambitious AR Glasses and Could Launch Next Year" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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LG's UltraFine 4K Display listing appears to have been removed from regional Apple Stores across Europe sometime over the last 48 hours. The LG monitor was out of stock for quite some time in Europe over the holiday period. Now it no longer shows up in searches of Apple's online stores in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and several other European countries. Meanwhile, listings for LG's UltraFine 5K Display still appear in some European stores such as the UK and Italy, but stock is currently unavailable. LG's UltraFine 4K and UltraFine 5K Displays remain in stock and available to order in the United States, however. This isn't the first time LG's UltraFine Displays have been unavailable to order on Apple's online stores in some parts of the world. However, on previous occasions, the displays were out of stock and eventually replenished, and at no time were the listings removed. That they have been this time round could suggest that one or both are set to be discontinued. Introduced in May 2019, the UltraFine 4K features a 23.7-inch display with a 3,840 x 2,160 pixels resolution, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, three downstream USB-C ports, up to 500 nits brightness, P3 wide color gamut support, and built-in stereo speakers. The display is priced at $699.95 on Apple's online store in the United States. The Thunderbolt 3 LG UltraFine 5K Display offers a 5,120 x 2,880 resolution with 14.7 million pixels and P3 wide color gamut, plus built-in stereo speakers, a camera, a microphone, and an adjustable stand at a $1,300 price point. Apple continues to sell its high-end, 32-inch Pro Display XDR with a 6K resolution for $4,999, and a Bloomberg report last week claimed Apple is working on a lower-priced external monitor that would be sold alongside it. However, that product is said to be in early development and is therefore unlikely to launch anytime soon, making the apparent lack of LG UltraFine Displays harder to gauge. (Thanks Colin and Alpar!)Tags: LG, EuropeThis article, "LG's UltraFine 4K Display No Longer Listed in Apple Stores Across Europe" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple's iPhone 13 series will feature a redesigned Face ID system that will allow for a smaller notch at the top of the screen, according to a new report today. The rumor comes via hit-and-miss Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes, whose supply chain sources also claim that the ultra wide-angle lens in Apple's next-generation iPhones is due for an upgrade. The next-generation iPhones' Face ID system will see some design changes with the size of the notch at the top of the screen to shrink and their ultrawide angle lens upgraded from 5P to 6P, the sources said. The new design integrates Rx, Tx and flood illuminator into the same camera module, similar to that of a LiDAR scanner in the back camera module, to enable smaller notch sizes, the sources stated.This is the third time that we've heard rumors of a thinner or shallower notch for the ‌iPhone 13‌. Japanese site Mac Otakara has previously cited sources within the Chinese supply chain that say the same thing, while leaker "Ice Universe" has also claimed a smaller notch is coming this year. Both rumors have suggested that rather than being reduced in width, the notch may be reduced in height to make it less noticeable, so it's possible the 2021 ‌iPhone‌ models will have a notch that's the same length but not as tall. Today's story claims that the new Face ID camera module will be supplied by Foxconn and Korea-based LG Innotek, while the front-facing camera modules will be supplied by O-Film. In addition, DigiTimes' sources claim that the ‌iPhone 13‌ series will "continue to use the 7P lens module" used in last year's iPhones. However, the ‌iPhone 13‌ Pro models will feature a larger CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) bringing "resolution improvements," while the non-Pro models will inherit the CIS used in the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max: The sources revealed that the Pro family of the next-generation iPhones reportedly will feature a newly-designed CIS, while the other models will adopt the CIS used by the ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ devices. The CIS will be supplied mainly by Sony, the sources said.The rumors come from the same DigiTimes story that appeared on Wednesday in a preview version, claiming that the entire ‌iPhone 13‌ lineup will feature sensor-shift optical image stabilization.Related Roundup: iPhone 13Tag: digitimes.comThis article, "iPhone 13 Rumored to Feature Smaller Notch, Pro Model Cameras to Use Larger Image Sensor" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Apple CEO Tim Cook gifted former United States President Donald Trump with the first 2019 Mac Pro that came off of the assembly line in Austin, Texas, according to a financial disclosure report that was released today (via The Verge). "‌Mac Pro‌ Computer, the first created at the Flex Factory in Austin, Texas," reads the entry, which values the machine at $5,999, the base price for a ‌Mac Pro‌. The ‌Mac Pro‌ would not have been the very first from the Flex Factory because the facility was also used for 2013 ‌Mac Pro‌ assembly. Check out the gifts that people –– including the CEOs of @Boeing, @Ford and @Apple –– gave Trump. (from his final financial disclosure report, released today) https://t.co/nJYwiIxvAB pic.twitter.com/WiZP5HZ3EJ— David Enrich (@davidenrich) January 21, 2021 Ahead of the launch of the new ‌Mac Pro‌, Cook and Trump visited the Texas facility where some of the new models would be put together. At the time, Cook said that he was "proud" to build the new ‌Mac Pro‌ in the United States. Apple's Austin, Texas facility continues to be used to assemble the ‌Mac Pro‌, with the machines shipped across the United States.Tags: Tim Cook, Donald TrumpThis article, "Tim Cook Gifted Donald Trump 'First' 2019 Mac Pro" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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As of December 8, Apple has been requiring developers submitting new apps and app updates to provide privacy label information that outlines the data that each app collects from users when it is installed. Many app developers, such as Facebook, have complied and now include the privacy labels alongside their apps, but there's one notable outlier -- Google. Google has not updated its major apps like Gmail, Google Maps, Chrome, and YouTube since December 7 or before, and most Google apps have to date have not been updated with the Privacy Label feature. The Google Translate app does include privacy labels even though it has not been updated recently, but Google's search app, Google Maps, Chrome, YouTube, Google Drive, Google Photos, Google Home, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Assistant, Google Sheets, Google Calendar, Google Slides, Google One, Google Earth, YouTube Music, Hangouts, Google Tasks, Google Meet, Google Pay, Photoscan, Google Voice, Google News, and more do not display the information. On January 5, Google told TechCrunch that the data would be added to its iOS apps "this week or the next week," but both this week and the next week have come and gone with no update. It has now been well over a month since Google last updated its apps. When it said that an update was coming soon, Google gave no reason for the delay, and still has not offered up an explanation for the lengthy period of time between app updates. Google typically pushes updates much more frequently across its catalog of apps, and its Android apps have continued to be updated regularly. There has been speculation that Google is hesitant to provide the privacy label data because of the negative feedback that other companies like Facebook have received, but there's still no confirmed explanation. Got a finger cramp scrolling through Facebook's new privacy section on the App Store… pic.twitter.com/QVWAhN1Dxe— MacRumors.com (@MacRumors) December 15, 2020 Apple implemented App Privacy information in iOS 14.3 to provide customers with upfront details about what data an app collects from them so they can make an informed choice when opting to install an app. App developers are required to self-report privacy information in the ‌App Store‌, and developers must identify all data collection and use cases.Tags: App Store, Google, privacyThis article, "There's Still No Sign of Privacy Labels for Most Google iOS Apps" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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