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09/21/2020   Apple Insider
Apple may not limit the sourcing of mini LED chips for a rumored future iPad model to just one supplier, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests, with work from a second supplier on the technology potentially leading to cost savings for Apple.
Mini LED backlighting could help TFT screens in iPads have similar contrast levels to OLED panels. Mini LED backlighting could help TFT screens in iPads have similar contrast levels to OLED panels.
Mini LED is a display technology that could help TFT screens have a better backlight than existing displays, bringing it closer to OLED in terms of contrast. While Apple has been rumored to bring the technology to market in some form of iPad, it seems Apple may already have a way to boost production.

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09/21/2020   MacWorld

AirVPN is a popular service among privacy-conscious users. The VPN is well known for transparency about its network, reasonable costs, and attention to privacy. It’s not a perfect service, but it’s well worth considering for anyone who wants a good amount of anonymity.

AirVPN started life in 2010 as a free project by privacy-conscious “activists, hacktivists, and hackers,” according to the VPN’s about page. It then became its own entity with a dedicated company around 2012.

Note: This review is part of our best VPNs for Mac roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.
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09/21/2020   MacWorld
This self-amplified multi-room music streamer delivers high-res audio experiences that Sonos won’t, but Bluesound’s user experience isn’t nearly as polished.
09/21/2020   Apple Insider
Apple TV+ has won its first primetime Emmy as Billy Crudup won for his performance in "The Morning Show."
Billy Crudup, in Apple TV+ Billy Crudup, in Apple TV+ "The Morning Show"
Having gained Apple TV+ its first-ever award in January 2020, Billy Crudup has now earned the streaming service its first primetime Emmy for the same performance. Crudup took the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in "The Morning Show."

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09/20/2020   Mac Rumors
Apple TV+ had 18 nominations for this evening's virtual Primetime Emmy Awards, and the fledgling streaming service managed to come away with one win thanks to Billy Crudup's award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in "The Morning Show."


Crudup had also previously won the 2020 Critics' Choice Award for his role as Cory Ellison, the rising-star executive who leverages charisma and confidence to take advantage of a network suddenly finding itself in crisis.

Crudup's Emmy nomination was one of eight for "The Morning Show," with Steve Carell, Jennifer Aniston, Mark Duplass, and Martin Short also earning acting nominations while Mimi Leder earned a directing nomination. The show was also nominated for its colorful opening title sequence and for overall production design.

The Primetime Emmys are considered the primary Emmy awards, but Apple also previously won a pair of Daytime Emmys for ‌Apple TV‌+ children's shows "Ghostwriter" and "Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10."
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09/20/2020   Mac Rumors
Increased competition among Apple's suppliers for mini-LED display chips will accelerate the company's adoption of the advanced technology in its iPad and MacBook lineups, according to a new research note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seen by MacRumors.


Kuo says that while Epistar had been predicted to be the exclusive supplier of mini-LED chips for Apple products in 2021, Sanan Optoelectronics has experienced better than expected development on the technology and will also begin supplying Apple in 2021 rather than the previously estimated timeframe of 2022.

The increased supply capacity and competition among suppliers will reportedly drive Apple's cost for mini-LED display dies from $75–$85 down to around $45. As a result, Kuo expects that mini-LED technology will appear in roughly 30–40% of ‌iPad‌ shipments and 20–30% of MacBook shipments in 2021, up from previous estimates of 10–20% shipment share for both product lines.
Although Epistar has met Apple's mass production requirements, we believe that Apple continues to look for new suppliers in order to reduce supply risks and costs. Among the second supplier candidates, Sanan Optoelectronics' development schedule and cost are superior to competitors (including Osram and Seoul Semiconductor). We predict that Sanan Optoelectronics will have 20–30% and 45–55% of Apple’s mini LED market share in 2021 and 2022, respectively (vs. our previous estimates of 0% and 10–20%), plus non-Apple. The demand for mini LEDs in China has grown, so we believe that Sanan Optoelectronics will significantly benefit from the mini LED business in the next 3-5 years.
Apple has been rumored for some time to be looking to introduce mini-LED display technology to its iPad Pro and Mac notebook lineups, and Kuo said roughly six months ago that Apple has six mini-LED products in its pipeline planned to launch though the end of 2021. The products include a 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌, a 27-inch iMac Pro, a 14.1-inch MacBook Pro, a 16-inch ‌‌MacBook Pro‌‌, a 10.2.-inch ‌iPad‌, and a 7.9-inch ‌‌iPad‌‌ mini.

As we've outlined in our guide on mini-LED technology, the displays use on the order of 1,000 to 10,000 individual LEDs that offer a number of improvements over traditional LED-backlit displays, coming close to performance of OLED displays without some of the drawbacks of that technology.

Mini-LED displays can offer deeper, darker blacks, brighter brights, richer colors, and better contrast compared to traditional LED-based displays, though the technology comes at a significant increase in cost for the time being.
This article, "Kuo: Apple to Accelerate Adoption of Mini-LED Displays in iPad and Mac Notebook Lineups" first appeared on MacRumors.com

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09/20/2020   Apple Insider
A deal between Bytedance and Oracle to keep TikTok alike in the United States has been given the approval of US President Donald Trump, Just over a day before access to the app would have been curtailed in the United States.
TikTok narrowly gets approval 'in concept' from Donald Trump ahead of Sunday's deadlineTikTok narrowly gets approval 'in concept' from Donald Trump ahead of Sunday's deadline
Speaking to reporters on Saturday as he headed off to a North Carolina rally, Trump has given the go-ahead for the deal in principle, one that would have Oracle and Walmart partnering to operate TikTok's US operations.

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09/20/2020   Mac Rumors
In iOS 14, Apple introduced ‌the concept of Home Screen‌ widgets, which provide information from apps at a glance. Widgets can be pinned to the Home Screen in various spots and sizes, allowing for many different layouts.

Despite the relative lack of 3rd party widgets at launch, iOS users around the world have been busy customizing their home screens and sharing their work with others.



(Besides using iOS 14 Widgets, Twitter user Ben Zhu also used Shortcuts to change the look of the icons in the screenshot above.)

On Twitter, the hashtag #iOS14HomeScreen started trending this weekend with users showing off their latest creations. MacRumors followers also shared their creations on Twitter and in this forum thread.

Some bigger brands have already released widget support, including IMDB, Google, and Twitch. Spotify is notably absent from the early supporting apps, though TuneTrack already offers Spotify "Playing Now" widget support in the meanwhile.

Widgetsmith



One of the early Widget apps that has seen a lot of popularity is Widgetsmith [Free] which offers the ability to create widgets alongside styling customizations. Widgetsmith allows you to create customized small, medium or large widgets with Time, Date, Photos, Custom Text, Upcoming Events, Reminders, and Health and Activity. Widgetsmith also offers Weather and Tide widgets as part of their premium subscription package which costs $1.99/month or $19.99/year.

The flexibility of the tool has made it popular with iOS 14 Home Screen screenshots that have been circulating around the web. Taken to the extreme, you can see highly stylized home screens:



ColorWidgets





Another popular choice we've seen is ColorWidgets [Free] which offers a free Time and Battery widget with a lot of colorful styles. Some premium styles are also offered for a $3.99 one time purchase.

Weather Widgets



Weather is a popular widget type that has already seen a number of supporting apps. There are certainly more that we missed, but notably, Apple's own Dark Sky doesn't have widget support yet.




Other Widgets



Beyond that, there are a number of early widgets that we've run across, and here is a short list.

Fitness and Nutrition Widgets





  • Fitbod - Workout tracking. Free with IAP

  • FoodNoms - Food and calorie tracking. Free with IAP

  • Streaks - Forming habits on a daily basis. $4.99

  • Zones - Workout tracking. Free with IAP

  • Hour Blocks - Dayplanner that shows you what's next. $3.99



Finance Widgets





Travel Widgets





We will continue to cover notable Widgets as they are released. For a deeper dive, please visit our Twitter thread where we asked for widget recommendations and follow along in the 3rd Party Widgets Thread in our iOS 14 forum.
Related Roundups: iOS 14, iPadOS 14
Tag: widgets

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09/20/2020   Apple Insider
Apple included the Translate app in iOS 14, which aims to make it easy to communicate with others in a foreign language. Here's how to get up and running with the new app.
The Translate app in iOS 14 is quite easy to use. The Translate app in iOS 14 is quite easy to use.
Translation apps have been a staple of iOS for many years, with Google arguably offering one of the most popular versions on the planet. While users could ask Siri for translations previously, it couldn't really compete against an app dedicated to translations, especially for live conversations.

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09/20/2020   Apple Insider
A key update to both iOS 14 and watchOS 7 is the introduction of sleep-related features, including sleep tracking, a Sleep Mode, and Wind Down. Here's how to take advantage of the features to get a good night's rest.
Sleep features in iOS 14 and watchOS7 will help you get more sleep. Sleep features in iOS 14 and watchOS7 will help you get more sleep.
Sleep tracking isn't entirely a new concept to Apple's ecosystem, as the iPhone's has provided some of that functionality for a few years. Users could set a time to go to sleep, receive a reminder on their Apple Watch when they should consider going to bed to wake up on time after a desired number of hours of sleep, and then a log is kept of how much sleep the user had over time.

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09/20/2020   Apple Insider
Along with the launch of the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple debuted the Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop bands. We've been wearing them and here are our impressions, as well as a look at each of the colors.
Apple's Braided Solo Loop and Solo LoopApple's Braided Solo Loop and Solo Loop
Both the Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop have a one-piece design. Rather than a two-part design, like the classic Sports Band, these two are one long loop. As such, they are required to be available in a variety of sizes — nine to be exact.

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09/20/2020   Apple Insider
The impending ban of WeChat via an Executive Order from President Donald Trump was halted by a California judge on Sunday, hours before the app was due to be removed from Apple's App Store and Google Play in the United States.
A judge has ordered a stop to a ban on WeChat in the United StatesA judge has ordered a stop to a ban on WeChat in the United States
The main focus of the Executive Order has been on TikTok and its deal with Oracle and Walmart, but WeChat is the other China-centric app that was also in the firing line for the ban. In a filing early on Sunday, a judge issued a preliminary injunction that blocked Commerce order that would have prevented US companies from conducting transactions with the company.

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09/20/2020   Apple Insider
The "AirPods Studio" will contain the U1 chip, according to a prominent leaker, with the wireless chip capable of giving the rumored personal audio device extra features, such as determining how the headphones are being worn.
A render of the 'AirPods Studio' based on a video leak [via Jon Prosser]A render of the 'AirPods Studio' based on a video leak [via Jon Prosser]
In tweets early on Sunday, "L0vetodream" made a series of posts about the "AirPods Studio," Apple's long-rumored premium headphones. The tweets centered primarily around the use of the U1 chip, which is used by Apple for Ultra Wideband communications for spatially-aware functionality, such as improved device detection for AirDrop in the iPhone 11.

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09/20/2020   Apple Insider
We've spent 24 hours so far testing out the best new features found on the latest Apple Watch Series 6. Here are our impressions of the new features, how useful they are, and how they compare to the prior generation.
Apple Watch Series 6 (PRODUCT)REDApple Watch Series 6 (PRODUCT)RED

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09/20/2020   Mac Rumors
Proven leaker known as "L0vetodream" has today shared a range of information about the ultra-wideband U1 chip in Apple's upcoming AirTags item trackers and AirPods Studio headphones.



The first of a series of tweets shared today simply stated that AirPods Studio will contain an ultra-wideband U1 chip. It seems likely that the U1 chip would be used in ‌AirPods Studio‌ to track the location of the headphones in the Find My app, but it could also have other functions such as directional detection of other in-range U1 devices.



Apple says that the U1 chip will "enable short-range wireless location to support new experiences, such as next-generation digital car keys," but other than directional AirDrop, much of its functionality has yet to be realized.

The distance between two devices that support ultra-wideband can be measured precisely by calculating the time that it takes for a radio wave to pass between the two devices, with much more accuracy than Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi. The leaker went on to state that "The Internet of Everything starts with U1."

The U1 chip had only appeared in the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro. The lack of a U1 in the 2020 iPad Pro and the second iPhone SE cast doubt over the future of the chip until its recent inclusion in the Apple Watch Series 6.

A further tweet, translated from Chinese, explained more about the utility of the U1 chip in ‌AirPods Studio‌ and its wider significance. The leaker believes that the expansion of the U1 chip to the Apple Watch Series 6 proves Apple's ongoing commitment to the technology and serves as an indication that the chip will go on to be much more important within Apple's ecosystem in the future.

I said this point a few months ago. With the launch of S6 and the U1 chip, it has confirmed my prediction that the ecosystem in the future will use U1 to determine distance and direction, similar to AirPods' spatial audio function in iOS 14. It is likely that the new headset with the U1 chip should be able to automatically recognize the left and right positioning of the headset.


The U1 chip will reportedly facilitate automatic recognition of the headphone's orientation, meaning that it would not matter which way around users would wear the headphones. There would be no static left or right side, and users could simply put on the headphones and the audio channels would switch as needed without user intervention.

With the release of spatial audio for AirPods Pro and the introduction of directional AirDrop for ‌iPhone 11‌ with iOS 13, Apple appears to be increasingly interested in directional and location-centric technology.

A final translated tweet described how Apple's upcoming AirTags will have more nuanced importance than simply item tracking.

The tag is a node that interconnects everything. The node acts as a bridge to connect various devices. U1 is the most important part of the realization of this bridge. The privacy function of ‌iOS 14‌ is created to make the tag better used in a private environment. A good solution to the problem of privacy violations involved in use.


The idea of ‌AirTags‌ being a key part of a larger U1 network to "bridge" different devices, with privacy at the forefront, may explain what makes ‌AirTags‌ different from existing item trackers and why Apple has seemingly waited so long to unveil them. Not only does this have potential for more private, accurate, and widespread item tracking capabilities, but also close-range data transfer between devices with supplementary directional information.

‌AirTags‌ are believed to be arriving alongside the iPhone 12 in October. AirTags and AirPods Studio have reportedly been in production for some time.

As supposed renders and images, and videos of both products have been shared over the last week, it seems that the announcement of both products is not far away.
Related Roundup: AirPods Studio

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09/20/2020   Mac Rumors
Just hours before new app downloads would be banned in the United States, Vanessa Pappas, the interim head of TikTok, announced on Saturday that the company has reached a proposal with Oracle and Walmart that will keep the video sharing platform alive in the country. The deal has also been approved by President Donald Trump, reports Bloomberg.


The deal will effectively establish a new company, TikTok Global, in which Oracle and Walmart can together take up to a 20 percent stake in. TikTok Global will be headquartered in the United States and will bring 25,000 jobs to the country. Pappas said that Oracle will be responsible for storing user data, emphasizing the company's commitment to protect its users' privacy.

We're pleased that today we've confirmed a proposal that resolves the Administration's security concerns and settles questions around TikTok's future in the US. Our plan is extensive and consistent with previous CFIUS resolutions, including working with Oracle, who will be our trusted cloud and technology provider responsible for fully securing our users' data. We are committed to protecting our users globally and providing the highest levels of security. Both Oracle and Walmart will take part in a TikTok Global pre-IPO financing round in which they can take up to a 20% cumulative stake in the company. We will also maintain and expand the US as TikTok Global's headquarters while bringing 25,000 jobs across the country.


The deal was announced just hours before the U.S. Commerce Department was set to ban new downloads of TikTok, and Bloomberg says the ban on TikTok has been delayed by a week after Trump gave his initial approval of the proposal. The initial ban was set to include both TikTok and WeChat, but it is unclear at the current time if the latter app, which is owned by China's Tencent Holdings, will still be banned from Apple and Google's respective U.S. app stores on Sunday.

President Trump in August signed an executive order giving ByteDance, TikTok's parent company, 90 days to sell its TikTok business in the United States due to evidence of possible national security threats from the China-based company. Though TikTok has opted for a partnership instead of a divestment of U.S. operations, all user data will be stored by U.S.-based Oracle, and the company will be able to review TikTok's current source code and that of any subsequent updates.

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09/20/2020   Apple Insider
Following the verbal approval of a deal to save TikTok by President Donald Trump, TikTok along with Oracle and Walmart have issued statements confirming their involvement in negotiations, as well as offering more details of a plan of action.
TikTok's deadline has been extended by another week. TikTok's deadline has been extended by another week.
On Saturday, President Trump told reporters he had given the deal "my blessing," and that he "approved the deal in concept." Within hours, TikTok, Oracle, and Walmart issued statements on the matter, explaining their part in negotiations and giving more information on the arrangement reached by the firms.

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09/19/2020   Apple Insider
The release of iOS 14 brings with it an updated Apple Music app, which has been given an overhaul. Here's how to use all of the new features included in the app for all those who updated their iPhone and iPad.
The latest version of Apple Music makes quite a few changes in terms of appearance and utility, as expected of a new operating system update. While there are many smaller changes, there's four areas of major change in the app: Listen Now, Searches, Library Filtering, and Autoplay.

Listen Now



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09/19/2020   Apple Insider
Apple added Scribble to iPadOS 14, a feature that uses handwriting recognition and gestures to enable the Apple Pencil to enter and edit text in apps. Here's how to get the most out of the feature.
Scribble on iPadOS 14Scribble is Apple's latest attempt to improve how you use the iPad for productivity, by minimizing the need to stop using the Apple Pencil. A text editing feature, Scribble can enable changes to be made to text, and for text to be entered, all using Apple's stylus tool, and not a keyboard.


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09/19/2020   Apple Insider
The addition of the Handwashing Timer to watchOS 7 is meant to encourage Apple Watch users to properly wash their hands for at least 20 seconds. Here's how to get the feature working, to remind you to keep your hands clean.
The handwashing countdown timer listens out for running water. The handwashing countdown timer listens out for running water.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused health-related organizations and governments around the world to come up with ways to encourage people to be more hygienic. One idea that has been adopted around the world is that of regularly washing hands, and doing so for at least 20 seconds to minimize the risk of infection by touch.

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09/19/2020   Apple Insider
AppleInsider shows you how to play your favorite movies on your iPhone while browsing the web or using apps with iOS 14's new picture-in-picture mode.
Tip: How to use on picture-in-picture on the iPhone in iOS 14With the release of iOS 14 on September 16, Apple has now added a handy picture-in-picture mode for apps that play video content. Now, instead of choosing between browsing the internet and watching a video, you can easily do both. Picture-in-picture mode also works with most apps, too.


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09/19/2020   Apple Insider
Epic Games has responded to Apple's latest filing in the ongoing "Fortnite" lawsuit, denying a claim that the lawsuit was instigated as a marketing campaign for the iOS version of the game.
On September 16, Apple filed legal documents with the US District Court for the Northern District of California ahead of a hearing for the legal saga scheduled for September 28. In that filing, Apple suggested the lawsuit was an attempt by Epic to revitalize "Fortnite's" popularity via an elaborate marketing campaign.In the new filing, Epic counters Apple's statement that it had seen a near 70% drop of interest by July 2020 compared to October 2019, on the belief that Apple "cherry-picked" the data. Epic claims Apple used Google Trends data about search volumes, one that started from a "one-week spike" that took place in October that coincided with a popular in-game event.

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09/19/2020   Mac Rumors
With Apple's September Media event out of the way, it seems clear that the iPhone 12 won't be released until October. Rumors have been pretty consistent about that up to this point.

Two other minor rumors about the ‌iPhone‌ 12 seem essentially confirmed with the release of the Apple Watch Series 6. Apple introduced a new blue color for the Apple Watch, which has also been rumored for the ‌iPhone‌ 12. Apple also touted the positive environmental impact of removing the Power Adapter from the Apple Watch retail box. Rumors have previously suggested the same move for the ‌iPhone‌ 12.

Read More: iPhone 12 roundup.
09/19/2020   Apple Insider
Amazon-owned Woot has launched another flash sale on Apple products and today's savings include everything from 2020 iPad Pros to powerful 16-inch MacBook Pros.

Woot's Apple flash sale

The open box selection features a wide range of current and closeout hardware, with prices as low as $289. Packaging and warranty specifics can be found on each product page over at Woot, but the hardware typically comes with a 60 to 120-day Apple warranty.

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09/19/2020   Mac Rumors
This week's news was obviously dominated by Apple's media event and the launch of iOS 14, but there was a lot to digest, so check out our summary below for the high-level view of the past week.


With the exception of the massively redesigned iPad Air, all of the new hardware introduced this week is starting to appear on store shelves and on customers' doorsteps, while all of the new software updates bring some changes and new features to existing devices, so there's lots to explore!

Everything Apple Announced at This Week's iPad and Apple Watch Event in Just Seven Minutes


Apple hosted its virtual "Time Flies" event this week, where it introduced four new products, including the Apple Watch Series 6, lower-cost Apple Watch SE, a 10.9-inch iPad Air with an all-screen design, and an updated 10.2-inch iPad with a faster A12 Bionic chip. As expected, there were no new iPhones, which are believed to be coming in October instead.


Apple also announced that it will be offering its various services in a bundle called Apple One starting later this year, including an all-new Fitness+ service that will offer "studio-style workouts delivered by inspiring world-class trainers" on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.

Apple's event ran just over an hour, but we've condensed all of the major announcements into a seven-minute video. For more details about all of the new products and services unveiled, read our event transcript and the individual stories in our newsletter below.

Apple Watch Series 6 Unveiled With Blood Oxygen Measuring, New Color Options, and More


Apple this week unveiled the Apple Watch Series 6, its latest high-end smartwatch.

Key new features of the Series 6 include blood oxygen measuring, up to 20 percent faster performance than the Series 5, a brighter always-on display, a next-generation always-on altimeter, and new casing options like blue aluminum and graphite stainless steel.


A handful of media outlets and YouTubers have shared first impressions and unboxing videos of the Series 6, providing a closer look at the device's new color options, including the vibrant (PRODUCT)RED model. We've also had a short time to spend with our own Series 6, and we agree with most of the impression pieces that describe the Series 6 as an incremental update.

Apple Watch Series 6 is available to order now on Apple.com and through the Apple Store app, and has just begun arriving in customers' hands. Pricing starts at $399 in the United States.

Lower-Cost Apple Watch SE Unveiled Without Features Like ECG App and Blood Oxygen Measuring


Apple also unveiled a lower-cost Apple Watch SE that features the same external design as the Apple Watch Series 6, but with some features missing, including an always-on display, blood oxygen measuring, and the ECG app for detecting atrial fibrillation. Apple Watch SE is also powered by the previous-generation S5 chip used in last year's Apple Watch Series 5.


Apple Watch SE shares a handful of features with the Series 6, including fall detection, a compass, an always-on altimeter, Emergency SOS with international emergency calling, high and low heart rate notifications, irregular heart rhythm notifications, water resistance up to 50 meters, the Noise app, and compatibility with the watchOS 7 update released this week.

Priced from $279, the Apple Watch SE is available to order now on Apple.com and through the Apple Store app, and it is starting to make its way into customers' hands now.

Apple Introduces 10.9-Inch iPad Air With A14 Chip, All-Screen Design, Touch ID in Power Button, and USB-C


Shifting attention to the tablet side of things, Apple introduced a redesigned iPad Air with slimmer bezels, paving the way for an all-screen design similar to recent iPad Pro models. In addition, the new iPad Air is the first Apple device with Touch ID built into the power button.


The new iPad Air features a larger 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with True Tone support, a USB-C port, and an improved 12-megapixel rear camera. The device is powered by a new six-core A14 Bionic chip for up to 40 percent faster performance and up to 30 percent faster graphics than the previous-generation iPad Air.

The new iPad Air will be available starting in October on Apple.com and through the Apple Store app in 30 countries and regions. Wi-Fi models will start at $599, while cellular models will start at $729, with 64GB and 256GB storage capacities available. There will be five colors to choose from, including silver, space gray, rose gold, and all-new green and sky blue finishes.

Apple also upgraded its entry-level 10.2-inch iPad with a faster A12 Bionic chip. Pricing continues to start at $329.

iOS 14 Released With Home Screen Widgets and More


Following several months of beta testing, Apple on Wednesday released iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, plus watchOS 7 and tvOS 14. We've shared a list of compatible devices for each software update here.


iOS 14 is packed with new features, including a redesigned Home Screen that supports widgets, the ability to set third-party web browser and email apps like Chrome and Outlook as default, picture-in-picture video support, compact interfaces for both Siri and phone calls, and much more.

With iOS 14 and associated other updates barely out the door, Apple has already moved on to a fresh round of beta updates, jumping straight to iOS 14.2, which adds new Shazam music recognition integration to Control Center and a delivers few other tweaks. iOS 14.1 will presumably be shipping with the new iPhones next month, with iOS 14.2's public release to follow.

Apple has yet to announce a release date for macOS Big Sur, which is still listed as "coming this fall," but the new Safari 14 update is now available for macOS Catalina and macOS Mojave users.

'Apple One' Bundles Introduced With Apple Music, Apple TV+ and More, Pricing Starts at $14.95/Month


Apple this week introduced new "Apple One" bundles for its services, which will allow customers to subscribe to Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and more for one set monthly price, with the total cost being cheaper than subscribing to the services individually.


There will be three tiers of Apple One available starting later this year, including Individual, Family, and Premier. All three will include Apple Music, Apple TV+, and Apple Arcade, with varying amounts of iCloud storage, while the Premier tier will add Apple News+ and Apple Fitness+.

Fitness+ is a new service that will sync with the Apple Watch to help you stay fit. Priced at $9.99 per month on a standalone basis, the service will offer "studio-style workouts delivered by inspiring world-class trainers" on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. Apple says the service will launch before the end of 2020.

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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.

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09/19/2020   Apple Insider
An update to Procreate arriving on Monday promises a "huge leap forward" for the creative tool, including new general filters and versions specifically for the Apple Pencil, and AR-based face painting.
Procreate 5XProcreate 5X
Available to existing users as a free update on September 21, Procreate 5X will introduce a number of features to the highly-regarded illustration app for iPad. While most of the headline features apply to how it supports the Apple Pencil, there's also new elements that may be considered more experimental.

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09/19/2020   Apple Insider
Apple's Sept. 15 "Time Flies" saw new hardware announcements — and if you ordered a 2020 iPad, Apple Watch Series 6 or Apple Watch SE, now is the time to lock in a price for your used device while bonus cash deals are in effect.
Apple trade in deals

Exclusive Apple trade-in deals

Leading buyback retailers like BuyBackWorld, Decluttr, and Gazelle are all offering AppleInsider readers exclusive trade-in bonuses on Apple hardware. In the case of Decluttr, users can net an additional 10% on top of competitive trade-in values with promo code INSIDERTEN. BuyBack World has two codes running for AI readers: APPLEINSIDER10, which offers an extra $10 on trades over $50 — or APPLEINSIDER20, which delivers a $20 bonus when you sell a device valued over $200.

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09/19/2020   Apple Insider
Shoppers looking for a budget-friendly Mac can save $100 on Apple's latest MacBook Air, with the standard 2020 model dropping to $899. AirPods Pro have also returned to the lowest price on record at Amazon.
Apple MacBook Air deals

$899 MacBook Air deal

Amazon's $899 MacBook Air deal matches the lowest MacBook Air price we've seen on the standard 2020 configuration, which features a 10th gen dual-core Core i3 procssor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD in your choice of Space Gray, Silver or Gold.

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09/18/2020   MacDailyNews

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, died at her home in Washington D.C. on Friday. She was 87…

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09/18/2020   Apple Insider
Google's YouTube unit appears to be restricting picture-in-picture video viewing on Apple's iOS 14 to subscribers of its Premium subscription service, while promised 4K resolution in tvOS 14 is a no-show.
YouTubeApple's iOS 14 delivers PiP video viewing to iPhone for the first time. The handy feature allows users to simultaneously watch video content, conduct FaceTime calls and more while completing tasks in other apps.Video viewing is a main use case for PiP, and YouTube is arguably the most highly trafficked destination for online content. Unfortunately, it appears that Google is gatekeeping access to the function.

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09/18/2020   Mac Rumors
Over the course of the iOS 14 beta test, we here at MacRumors have been putting together in-depth feature guides, tutorial videos, and how tos on the new features in the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates.



Many of our MacRumors readers have likely been running the betas for a couple of months now, but those who are new to the update will want to check out all of the content we have available below. It's also a great resource to send to friends and family members who have questions about iOS and iPadOS 14 content.

So...You Just Installed iOS 14?



If you just installed iOS 14, it's always a little daunting to figure out how to take advantage of all the new features. We made this video to walk a new iOS 14 user through the first things you should do to start taking advantage of the new features.



Now that you're set up with the basics, let's move on to our top iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 features.

Top iOS 14 Features for iPhone



In our Top iOS 14 Features article and video, we highlighted what we thought were the best features of the release. Watch the video or read the article which dives into the features in a bit more depth.



Video time index links:


iPad-Specific Features in iPadOS 14



iPad owners also get a number of new features specifically for their devices. iPadOS 14 Features You Need to Know covered notable iPad-only features that can be found in the latest update. Similarly, the video will take you through them all but the article expands on each feature.



Video time index links:



More Subtle "Hidden" Features



Once you've absorbed all that, here's our "hidden" feature list that incorporates lesser known items that we've found and liked in iOS 14:



This video covers features like sound recognition, 4K YouTube, FaceTime eye contact, and more.

In Depth iOS 14 Feature Guides



These are in-depth guides that cover all the new features in the main sections of iOS 14.

  • Home Screen Setup: App Library, Widgets, Hiding Apps

  • Compact Interface: Phone Calls, FaceTime, Siri and More

  • Privacy Features: Approximate Location, Clipboard Access Warnings, Limited Photos Access and More

  • Photos and Camera: QuickTake Shortcut, Photo Captions, Mirrored Selfies, and More

  • Messages: Pinned Chats, Inline Replies, Mentions

  • Safari: Privacy Report, Built-In Translation, Compromised Password Alerts and More

  • Sleep Features: Sleep Mode, Wind Down, Sleep Tracking and More

  • Translate: Apple's Built-In Translate App That Works With 11 Languages

  • Maps: Cycling Directions, Guides, Refine Location and More

  • New AirPods Features: Spatial Audio, Better Automatic Device Switching, Battery Notifications and More

  • Magnifier Gets Overhauled UI and New Features, Can Be Added to Home Screen



Useful How Tos



iOS 14 Discussion


MacRumors readers use our iOS 14 forum to discuss software performance, minor tweaks, apps, and more, so if you want to join in, you can click this link. Our forums are also a great resource if you need iOS 14 help.

More Help


Have a question not covered in our guides and how tos? Let us know in the comments or send us an email here. Send us an email here. You can always find more on all of the iOS 14 features in our iOS 14 roundup.
Related Roundups: iOS 14, iPadOS 14

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09/18/2020   MacDailyNews

While Back Tap is meant to be an accessibility function, the new iOS 14 feature for iPhone is an extremely convenient way to launch apps…

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09/18/2020   Mac Rumors
Today's the official launch date for the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE, both of which Apple announced on Tuesday. We picked up a couple of the new models and thought we'd give them a quick look for MacRumors readers thinking of ordering a new watch.

Apple Watch Series 6 & ‌Apple Watch SE‌ Hands-On!


When it comes to design, both the $399 Series 6 and the $279 SE look just like the Apple Watch Series 5 with the larger, thinner display introduced with the Series 4 and 40 and 44mm size options, so there are no surprises there.

We couldn't get one of the new colors delivered on Friday, but the Series 6 aluminum models come in new blue and (PRODUCT)RED aluminum shades along with the standard silver, space gray, and gold options. You can't get those new colors with the ‌Apple Watch SE‌ because it only comes in silver, space gray, and gold. The SE also isn't available in stainless steel or titanium like the Series 6.


Neither of Apple's new watches comes with a 5W power adapter for charging, so hopefully you have a few already on hand. You do still get the 1m charging cable, though. Apple said when introducing the watches that the power adapter was removed for environmental reasons, and we're also expecting to see the power adapter nixed from the iPhone 12 boxes too, based on rumors.


The new Apple Watches look like the Series 5, but there are some differences between them. The Apple Watch Series 6 has the same Always-On display that was in the Series 5, but it's brighter outside. We had a hard time telling a difference, but it may be more obvious in some conditions.

The Always-On display in the Series 6 also lets you use Control Center and check notifications without having to raise your wrist. The ‌Apple Watch SE‌ has no Always-On display at all, so it's the same old blank screen when your wrist is down that you may be used to from prior Apple Watches.

Both watches have new Always-On altimeters for hiking, skiing, and other activities that involve elevation changes. You'll see the altimeter in real-time on the Series 6 thanks to that Always-On display.


There's a faster A6 chip in the Series 6 while the SE has the same S5 chip that was in the Series 5, and there's a noticeable jump in performance when using the Series 6. It feels faster and more powerful when navigating through the watchOS operating system.

If you flip the two watches over, there's a difference when it comes to sensors. The Series 6 is equipped with green, red, and infrared LEDs to support the new blood oxygen monitoring feature which is the big new health change. Blood oxygen monitoring and ECG are Series 6-exclusive features.

The LEDs and infrared light in the Series 6 shine light onto your wrist and photodiodes detect the color of your blood to determine the oxygen percentage. Bright red blood is well oxygenated, while darker blood has less oxygen. The Apple Watch reads all of that information and provides an oxygen level reading between 70 and 100 percent.


It can be a little tricky to get a blood oxygen reading because you need to make sure to hold still. You can get readings on demand or the Apple Watch will occasionally take measurements in the background. It's neat to have the option, but it's not really clear what we're supposed to do with blood oxygen levels.

Healthy people are going to have a SpO2 level that ranges from 95 to 100% and rarely fluctuates, so like ECGs, this may be a feature that most people aren't going to take much advantage of. For those who don't feel the need to have the specific ECG and blood oxygen monitoring capabilities, the ‌Apple Watch SE‌ does just about everything else the Series 6 does at a more affordable price point, which makes it a good value.


You still get key health features like the optical heart rate sensor, fall detection, noise level monitoring, and emergency SOS, and it has the same general health and fitness functionality outside of the blood oxygen detection and ECG.


Apple also introduced new Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop bands with the Series 6 and SE, and we picked up a Solo Loop. These bands have no clasps or buckles and are meant to stretch to slide over your hand. Apple sells them in nine sizes, and you have to measure to make sure you get the right fit. MacRumors videographer Dan ordered a size 10 which ended up fitting his wrist well, and he said it's "incredibly comfortable." The rubber of the band stretches quite a bit, which makes it easy to get on and off.


All in all, if you have a Series 5, there may be no need to upgrade unless you really want the blood oxygen monitoring capabilities and the faster S6 chip, and if you have an older watch and don't need ECG or blood oxygen monitoring, the SE may be the better choice for you.

We'll be doing some more in-depth videos on the Apple Watch Series 6 and the ‌Apple Watch SE‌ next week, so make sure to stay tuned to MacRumors.com and subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel.
Related Roundups: Apple Watch 6, Apple Watch SE
Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Buy Now)

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09/18/2020   MacDailyNews

Apple has lost 22.5% from its intraday record high of $137.98 from September 2nd, making for a loss of some $536 billion in market value …

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09/18/2020   Mac Rumors
Apple hosted its virtual "Time Flies" event this week, where it introduced four new products, including the Apple Watch Series 6, lower-cost Apple Watch SE, a 10.9-inch iPad Air with an all-screen design, and an updated 10.2-inch iPad with a faster A12 Bionic chip. As expected, there were no new iPhones, which are believed to be coming in October instead.


Apple also announced that it will be offering its various services in a bundle called Apple One starting later this year, including an all-new Fitness+ service that will offer "studio-style workouts delivered by inspiring world-class trainers" on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.

As usual, there were a flurry of leaks and rumors leading up to Apple's event, making it hard to remember who said what. For that reason, we've put together a Rumor Report Card, assessing the accuracy of many of the biggest leaks that surfaced.

Accurate Rumors

Inaccurate Rumors

Looking ahead, all eyes are now on October, when Apple is widely expected to introduce its iPhone 12 lineup. Apple is said to have several other products in the pipeline as well, including AirTags item trackers, a smaller HomePod, over-ear AirPods Studio headphones, a new Apple TV, and more, some of which could debut this year.

Apple also said it will ship its first Apple Silicon Macs by the end of the year.
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09/18/2020   Mac Rumors
Apple in iOS 14 added Picture in Picture to the iPhone, a feature designed to let you watch a video in a small screen on your device while you continue to do other things on the phone.

When Picture in Picture was working with YouTube

The YouTube app doesn't support Picture in Picture, but up until yesterday there was a functional workaround that allowed videos from YouTube.com to be watched in Safari in Picture in Picture mode.

As of today, that workaround is gone, and it's not clear if it's a bug or a deliberate removal. Attempting to use Picture in Picture on a video on the mobile YouTube website simply doesn't work. Tapping the Picture in Picture button when in full screen mode pops the video out for a second, but it immediately pops back into the website, so it can't be used as a Picture in Picture window.


Picture in Picture works with YouTube.com on the iPad, and YouTube videos embedded on third-party sites such as MacRumors.com appear to be able to play in Picture in Picture mode, but Picture in Picture is not functioning on the YouTube website.

We tested Picture in Picture with YouTube just yesterday for a Picture in Picture tutorial video and as you can see below, it was working fine. Since then there have been no updates to iOS or Safari, so it's not clear what's going on.


For now, Picture in Picture is no longer working with the mobile YouTube website, but there is another workaround. If you request desktop site on YouTube.com in Safari, you can get Picture in Picture to work as intended.

Update: Picture in Picture appears to work on the mobile YouTube website in Safari for those who are YouTube Premium subscribers, which suggests that the restriction is intentional and not a bug.
Related Roundups: iOS 14, iPadOS 14

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09/18/2020   MacDailyNews

Apple has confirmed that the Apple One bundle will work with users who have multiple Apple IDs.For those users who have two Apple IDs…

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09/18/2020   Mac Rumors
Apple in August refreshed the 2020 iMac lineup with a new 27-inch model that's equipped with 10th-generation Intel processors, more RAM, more SSD settings, and faster AMD GPUs.


Unfortunately, some new Mac owners have been running into problems with their machines and have been reporting ongoing glitching with the graphics. There's a 57-page thread on the MacRumors forums filled with complaints dating back to August, suggesting this is a problem that's been impacting ‌iMac‌ owners since the new Macs came out.


Based on a poll, a good number of ‌iMac‌ owners who have the higher-end 5700XT GPU are seeing a white horizontal line flicker across the display on occasion, but the problem does not seem to impact all users. MacRumors reader torifile describes the issue:
I got my 2020 ‌iMac‌ Thursday night. It's as fast as expected and gorgeous. Last night I thought I saw, out of the corner of my eye, a horizontal white line flash mid-way up the screen. It was really fleeting and I thought I was just seeing things. This morning, I saw the same thing. The computer isn't running hot or anything. iStat Menus has all the cores untaxed. I recall having this same problem with my MBP 13" (2019) with an earlier version of macOS (I can't remember if it was a late Mojave build or an early Catalina) and it was cleared up with a software update.
The white line described by those affected appears to flash across the screen at random intervals throughout the day, and there are some other seemingly related graphical issues that ‌iMac‌ owners have run into. Some users have reported being able to remedy the problem by choosing a scaled resolution other than the default, but that's not an ideal longterm solution.

It's not clear if the issue that ‌iMac‌ owners are experiencing is hardware or software based, but Apple has not yet implemented a fix for the problem.
Related Roundup: iMac
Buyer's Guide: iMac (Caution)

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09/18/2020   Mac Rumors
For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with iMazing to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win an iPhone 12 Pro Max and a copy of the iMazing software for iPhone backups and management.


Now we know Apple's ‌iPhone 12‌ models haven't been announced yet, but the winner of the ‌giveaway‌ will receive the new ‌iPhone‌ once it comes out and is available for purchase. A fresh copy of iMazing will be available right after the ‌giveaway‌, though, so you can backup your current ‌iPhone‌ and get ready for the new device.

For those unfamiliar with iMazing, it's a Mac and Windows app designed to provide a wealth of tools for iOS device management, many of which are not easily available through Apple's own Finder-based management system for iPhones.


iMazing offers Time Machine-like wireless backups with multiple backup versions available rather than Apple's single iCloud and Mac/Windows backup tools that overwrite older backups. Backups are stored on your Mac or PC, and you can set backups to happen automatically on your schedule.


Backup snapshots are available for you to browse through, and you can see your saved data. There are options to save backups for weeks, months, or longer, and the iMazing software is designed to let you restore any specific backup.


Also useful is an option to transfer photos from an iOS device to a Mac with simple drag and drop gestures so you can keep what you need and delete what you don't need, with the software loading images right from your device. iMazing has a built-in EXIF viewer so you can see details on file type, size, location, and more, simplifying photo management.


All of your iPhone messages from the Messages app can be saved and archived for later use with iMazing, and the same goes for WhatsApp. It saves all of the content of messages, including photos, videos, contacts, and links.


For those who like to download their own music, you can use iMazing to transfer songs from your ‌iPhone‌ to your computer and vice versa. Have an old iPod? iMazing can even recover music from older devices that otherwise can't be transferred to your Mac or PC.

iMazing includes app management, which is useful for those who miss the app access that iTunes used to provide. The software supports bulk deleting apps, backing up and restoring app data, and downloading apps to the iMazing app library so they can be reinstalled if they're deleted from the App Store.

Configuration and supervision tools are available for small businesses, making it easier for them to manage multiple devices and activate functionality like locking an iPad in Single App Mode, useful for point of sale stations.


The iMazing software is compatible with iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur, the newest software updates. Apple's ‌iPhone 12‌ models will come with ‌iOS 14‌ installed by default, and will work with iMazing out of the box.

We have one ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro Max to give away to a MacRumors reader. The ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro Max refers to Apple's rumored 6.7-inch ‌iPhone‌, which will be the highest-end model with an edge-to-edge OLED display, 5G capabilities, upgraded cameras, and more.


The winner will get to choose their preferred color, and again, this prize will be provided when the ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro Max launches. Based on rumors, the new higher-end ‌iPhone‌ could come out in October, but we could see a staggered launch this year that may delay some Pro models until November.

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.

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The contest will run from today (September 18) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on September 25. The winner will be chosen randomly on September 25 and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before a new winner is chosen.
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09/18/2020   Mac Rumors
On the day of its release, Walmart is already offering the 2020 10.2-inch iPad (32GB) for $299.00, down from $329.00. This is the price that Apple offers education customers on its website, and is now available for anyone on Walmart.

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As of writing, the 32GB iPad is only available in Gold and Space Gray, so the deal likely won't last much longer. The iPad is available for free shipping on Walmart's website, and some store pickup options are also available.

$30 OFF
New 10.2-Inch iPad (32GB) For $299.00


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 Deals

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09/18/2020   MacDailyNews

With Apple's newly-released iOS 14, you can use widget stacks to save space on your Home Screen and in Today View. You can use Smart Stacks …

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09/18/2020   Mac Rumors
One of the tvOS 14 features that's meant to be included in the update is support for 4K videos for the first time, but as many MacRumors readers have noticed, 4K video content is not available after updating to the ‌tvOS 14‌ update released earlier this week.


Selecting a 4K video on a 4K Apple TV upgraded to ‌tvOS 14‌ limits the video playback to 1080p, which is the same playback quality that was available before.

Apple's ‌Apple TV‌ 4K website continues to say that 4K support for YouTube videos is a feature that's supposed to be included in ‌tvOS 14‌, but it is missing in the release version of the software.


It's not clear what's going on, but there have been many upset ‌Apple TV‌ owners complaining on Twitter. Some users have said that 4K playback was working as expected with YouTube during some of the betas, but functionality was erratic, so perhaps there are bugs that need to be worked out.

It may be that YouTube needs to push an app update for the feature to work, and YouTube's Twitter support team seems confused. Just yesterday, a TeamYouTube account said that 4K resolution YouTube can't be delivered to the ‌Apple TV‌ 4K because it does not support VP9, so it seems YouTube's own staff is confused by the feature.



Update: YouTube deleted the original tweet from its support staff, and has clarified that ‌Apple TV‌ 4K will support 4K playback "soon."

Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 14
Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Don't Buy)

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09/18/2020   MacWorld
09/18/2020   MacWorld
The Trump Administration has announced that users will no longer be able to download TikTok or WeChat in the App Store or Play Store as of midnight Monday.
09/18/2020   MacDailyNews

The European Union is considering new rules that would likely require Apple to give third parties access to the NFC chip inside iPhones…

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09/18/2020   MacWorld

Apple’s new Apple Arcade subscription-based gaming service is basically Apple’s way of helping customers sort through the chaff in the App Store, as the highly curated service features premium games that are untainted by in-app purchases and ads. If all goes well, it could elevate the perception of mobile gaming in general.

Got questions? We’ve got plenty of answers. 

Updated 09/18/20: Added Marble Knights to the list of available games. 

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09/18/2020   MacDailyNews

Earlier this week, Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE, leading to price reductions on Apple Watch Series 5 …

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09/18/2020   Mac Rumors
With the launch of the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE today, cellular carriers have now introduced special offers for these new wearable devices.

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Starting with AT&T, if you buy one Apple Watch Series 3, Series 4, Series 5, Series 6, or SE, you can get $200 off a second model. Both models will have to be purchased on qualifying installment plans, and the offer requires a new line to be added to the account.

SAVE $200
Apple Watch Series 6 & SE From AT&T


At Verizon, you can get $100 off an Apple Watch Series 6 or SE with an eligible trade in of an Apple Watch Series 3, Galaxy Watch, Gear S3 or S2, and Galaxy Watch Active or Active 2. After this, you'll get $100 credited to your account over 24 months.

Verizon is also offering $100 off the latest Apple Watch models when purchasing an iPhone. You'll have to add both devices to your cart and add them onto eligible monthly device plans, activate the Apple Watch or iPhone on a new line of service, and receive the promo credit over 24 months.

$100 OFF
Apple Watch Series 6 & SE From Verizon


T-Mobile's offer is similar to AT&T, with a few differences. You'll have to join T-Mobile and purchase a new Apple Watch Series 6 or SE on an eligible plan (Series 3-5 also qualify). Then when you buy a second new Apple Watch of equal or lesser value and add two total qualifying lines, you'll get $200 in bill credits.

SAVE $200
Apple Watch Series 6 & SE From T-Mobile


Keep up with all of this week's best discounts on Apple products and related accessories in our dedicated Apple Deals roundup.
Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Buy Now)

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09/18/2020   MacDailyNews

Apple this week unveiled Fitness+, the first fitness experience built for Apple Watch, arriving later this year. Apple Fitness+…

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09/18/2020   MacDailyNews

The Trump administration will ban WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok from U.S. app stores starting Sunday night…

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09/18/2020   MacDailyNews

Apple on Tuesday introduced an all-new iPad Air — the most powerful, versatile, and colorful iPad Air ever. Now available in five…

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09/18/2020   Mac Rumors
Today is Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE launch day in the United States and over 25 other countries and regions around the world, and customers are now beginning to receive delivery of the latest models.

Photo: Alistair Sowerbutts

Customers have started sharing photos of their new Apple Watch Series 6 on Twitter and in the official pre-order thread in the MacRumors forums.

Key new features of the Apple Watch Series 6 include blood oxygen measuring, up to 20 percent faster performance than the Series 5, a 2.5-times brighter always-on display outdoors in a wrist-down position, a next-generation always-on altimeter, and new casing options like blue aluminum and graphite stainless steel. Pricing starts at $399.

Photo: Thomas

Priced from $279, the lower-cost Apple Watch SE looks and feels like the Series 6, but has some features missing, including an always-on display, blood oxygen measuring, and the ECG app for detecting atrial fibrillation. Apple Watch SE is also powered by the previous-generation S5 chip used in last year's Series 5.

Apple Watch SE shares a handful of features with the Series 6, including fall detection, a compass, an always-on altimeter, Emergency SOS with international emergency calling, high and low heart rate notifications, irregular heart rhythm notifications, water resistance up to 50 meters, the Noise app, and compatibility with the watchOS 7 update released this week.

Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, and new Apple Watch bands will be available at select Apple Stores starting today, according to Apple. We recommend contacting your local Apple Store before visiting to ensure availability of specific models or bands, as well as to review health and safety precautions in place.

Apple's press release indicated that the Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop in (PRODUCT)RED will be available in late October.
Related Roundup: Apple Watch 6
Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Buy Now)

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09/18/2020   Mac Rumors
Nike has today announced a number of software updates to the Apple Watch Nike and the Nike Run Club app for the Apple Watch.



The Apple Watch Nike now includes a new, exclusive modular sport watch face. Designed to offer multiple complications, the new face includes a quick-start button, total monthly miles, and "Guided Runs" with updated content and artwork.

The latest watch face also includes Nike Twilight Mode, offering a new in-run display and brighter design to be more visible at night.

When using the Nike Run Club app for Apple Watch during a run, new metrics now appear to help measure the user's every stride. In addition to total miles run, the updated interface enables runners to view their average pace and cadence.

To motivate users to keep running, the latest Nike Run Club interface offers a new "Streaks" function. The feature awards users with a streak badge if they complete at least one run per week. Each week the user keeps the streak alive, they unlock the next streak icon on the watch face.

The update for the Nike Run Club app is available now, but only users with an Apple Watch Nike can use the new exclusive watch face.
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09/18/2020   MacWorld

For the first time since its launch in 2016, there are three Apple Watch models to choose from that all look very similar at first glance. But upon closer inspection, you’ll find that there are very distinct differences between them that go much deeper than their price differences. Here’s how they stack up.

Update 9/18: The Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE are now available for purchase at Apple.com and wherever Apple Watches are sold.

Apple Watch Series 3 vs SE vs Series 6: Design and display

Apple hasn’t strayed very far from its original square design over the seven generations of Apple Watch, so there’s not a huge difference between the three watches. Apple hasn’t shared exact dimensions for the Series 6 and SE just yet, but they will presumably be a bit larger and thinner than the Series 3, just like the Series 5:

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09/18/2020   MacDailyNews

Apple will launch the Apple Store online in India on September 23rd, offering Apple’s full range of products directly to customers…

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09/18/2020   Mac Rumors
The U.S. Commerce Department is moving to ban downloads of TikTok and WeChat within the United States from this Sunday (via Reuters).



The U.S. Commerce Department plans to issue an order today that will "deplatform" WeChat and TikTok by banning people in the United States from downloading the apps. The order will take effect from Sunday, September 20.

U.S. government officials speaking to Reuters said that the ban on downloads of TikTok could still be rescinded before it takes effect late on Sunday, providing that TikTok owner ByteDance can agree on a deal to sell its U.S. operations.

Commerce Department officials said they were taking the unprecedented step of banning the apps because of the risks posed by their data collection practices and Chinese ownership. ByteDance and WeChat-owner Tencent Holdings have repeatedly denied that U.S. data collection is used for spying.

"We have taken significant action to combat China's malicious collection of American citizens' personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations," said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.


ByteDance has been in serious talks with U.S. cloud computing company Oracle for some time, and proposed an agreement to form a new company called "TikTok Global," in order to address U.S. security concerns. ByteDance still requires the approval of President Donald Trump to acquiesce to a deal and prevent a ban, and there is doubt about whether an agreement will be reached.

All domestic app stores, including the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, will be compelled to remove both apps on any platform "that can be reached from within the United States." Other apps from ByteDance and Tencent, such as games, will continue to be available under this order.

The order will only ban the apps within the United States, and U.S. companies, such as Walmart and Starbucks, will still be able to conduct business using TikTok and WeChat outside of the U.S. as they currently do.

The Commerce Department also said that it will not seek to compel people in the United States to remove the apps or stop using them, but it will forbid further updates or new downloads. A Commerce official said "We are aiming at a top corporate level. We're not going to go out after the individual users."

The order will also bar "additional technical transactions," "content delivery services," "peering services," and data hosting within the United States, meaning that the usability and functionality of the apps for those who already have them in the United States will degrade significantly. For TikTok, to give more time to secure a deal, the degradation in existing service will not take place until November 12.

It is unclear if the news from U.S. Commerce Department officials is intended to serve as a warning-shot to hasten a deal for TikTok with Oracle, or if the White House, dissatisfied with Oracle's proposal, is truly seeking to ban TikTok outright. WeChat is not being considered for an acquisition deal and therefore cannot avoid the ban.

President Trump initially issued an executive order on August 6 that gave the Commerce Department 45 days to determine what apps posed a national security threat. This is why the ban comes into effect on Sunday. Today's new order is set to be published in full at 8:45 a.m. EDT.

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09/18/2020   Mac Rumors
In November 2018, Spotify released an accompanying app for Apple Watch that allows iPhone users to access and control their favorite Spotify music and podcasts from their wrist.

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One of the limitations of the app is that it doesn't allow users to stream music directly to their Apple Watch without an ‌iPhone‌ connection, which effectively makes it a wrist-based remote control for Spotify on ‌iPhone‌.

That could be set to change, however, as iPhone-Ticker.de reports that some users of the app are seeing dedicated support for direct audio streaming to Apple Watch without being connected to ‌iPhone‌.

Users with the feature report that they can stream Spotify through connected Bluetooth headphones or through the Apple Watch's built-in speaker over LTE or Wi-Fi. The function appears in the app as a blue beta icon, suggesting it's still an experimental feature with limited rollout.

There's no indication that the appearance of the beta feature is tied to a particular version of watchOS or iOS, but hopefully it won't be long before the ability to stream Spotify from the wrist will be available to all subscribers. That should come as good news for Apple Watch LTE owners who regularly leave their ‌iPhone‌ at home to go for a run, for instance.

Having said that, the Spotify app for Apple Watch still has no option to store music locally on your wrist for offline listening, so hopefully that's something the company is also working on behind the scenes.
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09/18/2020   MacWorld

Display technology, just like nearly all technology, has advanced in leaps and bounds over the decades. A monitor just a few years old may look crummy compared to modern ones. But that’s especially true when you cross the “retina” boundary. Some readers have thought they had broken monitors or ones that were missing a feature, when it’s really that their eyes have been retrained by modern displays.

For a long time, monitors and laptops had a dot pitch—the numbers of pixels per inch—in the 72 to 96 range, a limitation on affordable cathode-ray tube (CRT) displays. We used that pitch and we liked it, even though screens looked a little jaggy. These older displays had limits on both maximum brightness and the related contrast ratio, which measures the display's range from darkest to brightest. Early LCD monitors improved image aspects and other elements—like being able to view without being nearly square on—but initially remained mostly lower pitch.

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09/18/2020   MacWorld

During Apple’s Time Flies event on September 15, it made a somewhat controversial announcement. The Apple Watch will no longer come with a USB power adapter in the box. There are rumors that this year’s iPhone 12 release will follow suit.

Apple announced the change to Apple Watch during a segment on the company’s environmental advancements, pitching it as a great way to reduce environmental waste. If that's the company's position, it would be wrong not to remove the USB power adapter from the iPhone 12 box.

And you know what? Apple’s right. It’s time to stop including power adapters in every box. Sure, it stings—these products cost how much and you don’t even give us the plug?—but once you get beyond the seemingly money-grubbing optics of it, it really does make sense.

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09/18/2020   MacWorld
But the sonic balance tips toward the bass and away from the mids and highs.
09/18/2020   MacWorld
It’s not perfect, but the B-hyve XR is both flexible and reasonably priced.
09/17/2020   MacWorld
Macworld senior writer Michael Simon and Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis join Juliet Beauchamp to discuss highlights of Apple's Time Flies event. Plus, is the iPad Air as good as the iPad Pro for enterprise use? And when can you expect to see the iPhone 12 and new MacBook events?

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09/17/2020   MacWorld

Apple has several subscription services available, and now you can save some cash by signing up for Apple One, a pricing plan that bundles Apple’s services together for discounts. In effect, it replaces expensive a la carte pricing with cheaper pricing bundles.

Here’s what you need to know about Apple One.

Updated 9/17/20 with a report on how Apple One handles a user with multiple Apple IDs.

What services are available in Apple One?

All of Apple’s services are available for bundled pricing: Apple Arcade, Apple Fitness+, Apple Music, Apple News, Apple TV+, and iCloud. (Apple Fitness+ will not be available until late 2020.)

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09/17/2020   MacWorld

Apple has already released iOS 14.2 to developers, making it available just one day after the public release of iOS 14. In addition to iOS and iPadOS 14.2, Apple made developer versions of tvOS 14.2 and watchOS 7.1 available. 

What happened to 14.1? Your guess is as good as ours! Perhaps that version is being installed on iPhone 12s as they leave the factory, identical to iOS 14 save for support for the new hardware, with Apple aiming to bring iOS 14.2 to market so it's ready to download when those phones hit the stores. Perhaps we'll also see an iOS 14.1 beta release, oddly begun after the iOS 14.2 beta. If we ever figure it out, we'll let you know.

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09/17/2020   MacWorld
Tile Pro units appear to be on the fritz for iPhone users, but the fix is a snap.
09/17/2020   MacDailyNews

Apple on Tuesday announced Apple Watch Series 6, introducing a revolutionary Blood Oxygen feature that offers users even more insight…

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09/17/2020   MacDailyNews

Apple TV+ today announced that two new kids’ series, “Doug Unplugs” and “Stillwater,” are set to premiere alongside a lineup of award…

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09/17/2020   MacDailyNews

On Thursday, Jefferies analyst Kyle McNealy repeated his Buy rating on Apple stock and lifted his price target to $135 from $116.25…

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09/17/2020   MacDailyNews

Recent Apple filings reveal the immense behind-the-scenes support Apple provided to Fortnite-maker Epic Games over the last two years…

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09/17/2020   MacDailyNews

macOS Big Sur is Apple's latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system. macOS Big Sur introduces a beautiful redesign…

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09/17/2020   MacWorld

Apple’s latest flagship watch has arrived, and it is just as we hoped it would be: fast, packed with features, and iterative. Each new flagship Apple Watch brings just a little more than the previous model, and the Series 6 continues in the vein, according to the first people who have tried it.

If you’re wondering if the new Product Red color is just as bold and bright as it is on the iPhone, it is. Dieter Bohn of The Verge writes that the new hue is definitely “not shy” while bringing “a depth and complexity to the color’s finish.” Brenda Stolyar at Mashable found the red to be “a nice shade” but would “prefer a more neutral tone” like the silver or space gray. At iMore, Daniel Bader calls the new blue color “striking.”

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09/17/2020   MacWorld

Apple is planting its own flag in the streaming wars with Apple TV+, its in-house streaming service that focuses almost entirely on original programming rather than an extensive library of existing TV shows or movies.

Though the service has been available less than a year and and doesn’t yet have a lot of shows or films available, there’s a lot in the works. This is a list of all the Apple TV+ content we know of so far, along with details about prominent stars, directors, producers, and release dates.

Updated 09/17/20: Apple has announced two new childrens' shows to premiere this fall: Doug Unplugs and Stillwater.

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09/17/2020   MacDailyNews

Apple on Tuesday unveiled the new Apple Watch SE, packing the essential features of Apple Watch into a modern design customers love…

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09/17/2020   MacDailyNews

A U.S. Congressman has written a letter asking Apple CEO Tim Cook how dozens of Mueller􏰀 team's government-issued iPhones got wiped clean…

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09/17/2020   MacWorld

Barely 24 hours after Apple unveiled its newest member of the Apple Watch family, the Apple Watch SE, early reviewers have already begun strapping them to their wrists, and the first impressions are strong. Apple’s newest watch doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the higher-priced Series 6, but it’s a great addition to the lineup that brings just enough high-end features to justify the price hike over the $199 Series 3.

Even though the Apple Watch SE uses the older S5 chip as compared to the S6 in the Series 6, the experience “feels pretty consistently smooth now,” writes Chris Velazco of Engadget, and feels “just as fast” as the Series 5. He adds that the SE “a great entry point for all of the new features available in watchOS 7,” with an excellent mix of features, smarts, and performance. However, he laments the lack of the EKG sensor, a feature on the Series 5 that helped him diagnose an atrial flutter strike.

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09/17/2020   MacDailyNews

Apple has been sued by an Irish company based out of Dublin, Solas OLED Ltd., claiming patent infringement in the Apple Watch…

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09/17/2020   MacDailyNews

Stock futures continued lower early Thursday as profiut-taking continued, despite a better-than-forecast weekly jobless claims report…

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09/17/2020   MacWorld
09/17/2020   MacWorld

If you have a Mac laptop or iMac with a display that’s been damaged or which no longer turns on, but you’re sure the computer is still functioning, a repair may not be required to extract all its data or continue using it.

(In fact, without a paid AppleCare+ for Mac plan, repair costs for a display often far exceed a Mac’s value unless a repair shop can find a refurbished or salvaged display. It may be cheaper or not much more expensive to simply buy a used Mac of the same vintage with a working monitor.)

Use an external monitor to keep it alive or extract data

All Mac laptops and iMacs of the last many years support an external monitor, though the particular adapter and type varies based on the vintage of Mac:

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09/17/2020   MacWorld
TiVo vs. Tablo vs. HDHomeRun: An illustrated guide to cord-cutting DVRs