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05/28/2024   MacDailyNews

Nvidia's shares rallied around 6% to hit a record high on Tuesday, leaving the AI chipmaker's stock market value about $100 billion away…

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05/28/2024   Apple Insider
The Xencelabs Pen Display 16 is a great alternative to Wacom for digital artists who want to level up artistry on the Mac.

The Xencelabs Pen Display 16 in use
The Xencelabs Pen Display 16 in use

Artists in 2024 are working in more spaces and ways than ever before. From home offices to schools, shared workspaces, libraries, and coffee shops, the need presented to the pen display industry is simple: Mobility.

In recent years, companies like Apple and Wacom have worked to address this need, via offerings such as the Apple Pencil and the Wacom Cintiq Pro 16.


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05/28/2024   Apple Insider
There's no denying that Apple Pay is a convenient way to make purchases — but its ease of use also means it's an easy way to get scammed. Here's how you can avoid it, and what to do if it happens.

Tap to Pay on iPhone
Tap to Pay on iPhone

TikToker Hanna (@mamaahannaa) thought she was doing a good deed by helping two men raise money for their community college. Unfortunately, she just fell victim to a new kind of scam.

In a now-viral video, Hanna talks about how she was shopping at Target when two young men approached her, selling chocolates to raise money for their Christian community college. Hanna decided to buy $10 worth of chocolates to support the cause.


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05/28/2024   Mac Rumors
Nomad today announced the launch of the Tracking Card, a super thin Find My-enabled card that is designed to be carried in a wallet so that it's trackable with an iPhone.


The Tracking Card is about the thickness of two credit cards (2mm), so it doesn't take up too much space in a wallet. It's also credit card sized, which means it can be carried right alongside other cards. There are several Find My cards on the market now, and 2mm is among the thinnest that are available. The Eufy SmartTrack, Chipolo CARD Spot, and Tile Slim are all a bit thicker.

One side of the black plastic card is largely plain except for a logo, and the other side has a second subtle Nomad logo with light gray lines representing the hardware that's inside the card. It's not identifiable as a ‌Find My‌ tracking card, so if someone steals your wallet, it won't immediately tip the thief off that it's trackable. It actually looks a lot like a key card.


There's a hidden button on the card that's pressed to add it to ‌Find My‌, and adding it to the app is as simple as opening it up, pressing the "+" button, and then holding down the pairing button on the Tracking Card. From there, it can be given a name and an icon, and it's trackable right alongside other ‌Find My‌ items and also Apple devices with ‌Find My‌.

Nomad's Tracking Card connects to the ‌iPhone‌ over Bluetooth, but it is also able to take advantage of the full ‌Find My‌ network, utilizing nearby Apple devices if it is out of range of your own ‌iPhone‌. ‌Find My‌ provides the current location if it's with you, or the Tracking Card's last known location if it's been located with the ‌Find My‌ network.

When nearby, the Tracking Card can play a sound via ‌Find My‌, which is helpful for locating your wallet if it's been misplaced in the home or nearby. There is no Precision Finding as there is with Apple devices, so the ‌Find My‌ app can't lead you directly to the Tracking Card. The beeping is not loud enough to hear it from another room in most cases, especially if it's buried in couch cushions or similarly hidden, but it should be loud enough if you're in the same room with the card.

You can set the Tracking Card to notify you if it's left behind, which means it sends an alert when your ‌iPhone‌ gets out of range. That's perhaps the most useful feature of the ‌Find My‌ network because it lets you know right away if you've misplaced or dropped something.

There are options to get directions to the Tracking Card in the ‌Find My‌ app, plus you can share it with family members so they can track it and Lost Mode is available for adding your contact information should your wallet be lost. As with other ‌Find My‌ accessories, Nomad is able to deliver firmware updates should new software be needed.

Perhaps the best feature of the Tracking Card is the battery. The battery inside can be recharged by putting the card on a Qi-based charger, and the markings on the card show the alignment. I tested the card with several Qi/MagSafe chargers and they were all able to provide power, with charging indicated by a small red LED on the card. The light turns green when it's fully charged, and turns off when there's no charger connected. There is a small amount of metal inside, but it's enough that it's able to be attached to upright chargers as well as flat chargers. There isn't a magnet in the card so it's not going to affect the magnetic stripe on credit and debit cards.


According to Nomad, a single charge should last for around five months, so it isn't going to need to be charged often. Nomad says IPX7 waterproofing is included, so if the card happens to get wet, it'll survive.

Many of the wallet-sized Bluetooth trackers on the market do not have a rechargeable or replaceable battery inside, so it's nice that Nomad has designed the Tracking Card to last more than a couple of years. With the Chipolo Card Spot or Eufy SmartTrack, the entire device needs to be thrown out when the built-in battery dies.

At $40, Nomad's Tracking Card is about $10 more expensive than some competing products from well-known companies like Chipolo, but it does have built-in wireless charging and a slim design. There are some ‌Find My‌ wallet tracking cards on Amazon with the same Qi technology for around $10 to $15 less, so Qi charging for trackers isn't a totally new idea. Of course, these are not known Apple accessory makers so quality and functionality is unverified, plus the reviews are mixed, but there are other options out there.

Note that like all ‌Find My‌ Bluetooth tracking accessories, the Tracking Card from Nomad only works with Apple devices. It cannot be used on the Android platform.

Nomad's Tracking Card can be purchased from the Nomad website as of today.

Note: Nomad provided MacRumors with a Tracking Card for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.
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05/28/2024   MacDailyNews

Apple has failed to persuade a U.S. appeals court to consider blocking a class action that accuses the company of monopolizing the market…

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05/28/2024   Apple Insider
Microsoft updated its Surface Pro with more AI smarts as it tries to push forward in the machine learning industry. Here's how the Surfaace Pro compares versus Apple's new iPad Pro.

Apple's iPad Pro [left], Microsoft's Surface Pro [right]
Apple's iPad Pro [left], Microsoft's Surface Pro [right]

Microsoft's launch of its Copilot+ PC initiative included two offerings of its own. Alongside a refreshed Surface Laptop, Microsoft also updated its top-end Surface Pro.

As part of the update, the Surface Pro now benefits from improved ARM processing, with more of a leaning towards machine learning and similar AI-based tasks for apps. This is an area that Apple has extensive experience in, with the Neural Engine in its M-series and A-series chips performing such tasks for users over the last few years.


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05/28/2024   Mac Rumors
Apple today released new firmware update for both the Lightning and USB-C versions of the AirPods Pro 2. The new firmware is version 6F7, up from the 6B34 firmware released in November.


Apple does not provide details on what features might be included in the refreshed firmware beyond "bug fixes and other improvements," so it is unclear what's new in the update.

Apple does not give customers instructions on how to upgrade AirPods software, but firmware is generally installed over-the-air while the ‌‌AirPods‌‌ are connected to an iOS device. Putting the ‌‌‌‌‌AirPods‌‌‌‌‌ in the case, connecting the ‌‌‌‌‌AirPods‌‌‌‌‌ to a power source, and then pairing the ‌‌‌‌‌AirPods‌‌‌‌‌ to an iOS device or Mac should force the update.

You can check your ‌‌‌AirPods‌‌ firmware by following these steps:

  • Connect your ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌AirPods Pro‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ to your iOS device.

  • Open the Settings app.

  • Tap General.

  • Tap About.

  • Tap ‌‌‌‌‌AirPods‌‌‌‌‌.

  • Look at the number next to "Firmware Version."


If we learn more about what's new in the firmware release, we'll update this article.
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05/28/2024   Apple Insider
Apple updated its Magic Keyboard accessory at the same time as the iPad Pro range. This is what's updated in the new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro over the previous version.

Black and white laptop keyboards side by side; black keyboard on left, white on right, with screens partially visible above.
New Magic Keyboard [left], old Magic Keyboard [right]

The Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro was a statement-making accessory for Apple's premium tablet line. Magnetically holding onto the slate computer, it would hover the iPad Pro above the keyboard thanks to its floating cantilever design.

It's also Apple's first real upgrade to the accessory. Apple has made a few key changes made to it that improves the overall experience.


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05/28/2024   Mac Rumors
Apple is planning a new Apple Watch activity challenge for June 5, which is Global Running Day. This is an Apple Watch activity challenge that Apple has not offered in the past, so it is a new day and a new award.


To complete the challenge, Apple Watch owners will need to record a running workout of at least five kilometers on June 5.
Hit the road, trail, track, or tread for Global Running Day! Record a running workout and go at least 5 km on June 5 to earn this special badge.

Those who complete the challenge will unlock a dedicated badge in the Fitness app along with animated stickers that can be used in the Messages and FaceTime apps.








The World Running Day challenge is the second new challenge that Apple has introduced in 2024, and it follows the May 21 Meditation Day challenge.
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05/28/2024   Mac Rumors
As we prepare for the 2024 Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple today announced its finalists for the Apple Design Awards. Apple chooses the best apps and games annually, announcing the winners at WWDC.


The Apple Design Awards are meant to highlight apps with outstanding design, innovation, ingenuity, and technical achievement. Apps have been selected in the following categories: Delight and Fun, Inclusivity, Innovation, Interaction, Social Impact, Visuals and Graphics, and Spatial Computing. The last category is a new addition this year that's focused on Vision Pro apps.

Delight and Fun



  • Dudel Draw

  • Bears Gratitude

  • Rooms

  • WHAT THE CAR?

  • NYT Games

  • Hello Kitty Island Adventure


Inclusivity



  • Oko

  • Complete Anatomy 2024

  • Tiimo

  • Unpacking

  • Quadline

  • Crayola Adventures


Innovation



  • Copilot Money

  • SmartGym

  • Procreate Dreams

  • Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile

  • Lost in Play

  • Wavelength


Interaction



  • Procreate Dreams

  • Arc Search

  • Crouton

  • Little Nightmares

  • Rytmos

  • finity.


Social Impact



  • How We Feel

  • Ahead: Emotions Coach

  • Gentler Streak Fitness Tracker

  • The Wreck

  • Cityscapes: Sim Builder

  • The Bear


Visuals and Graphics



  • Sunlitt

  • Meditate

  • Rooms

  • Death Stranding Director's Cut

  • Lies of P

  • Honkai: Star Rail


Spatial Computing



  • Sky Guide

  • NBA

  • djay

  • Synth Riders

  • Blackbox

  • Loona: Cozy Puzzle Games


One app and one game will be chosen in each category, with Apple to announce winners during the 2024 Worldwide Developers Conference. Winners will receive a physical award and hardware to help them continue to create apps and games.

Links to all of the apps that are nominated can be found on Apple's website.
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05/28/2024   Apple Insider
With WWDC 2024 just around the corner, Apple has announced the finalists for its annual Design Awards across seven categories.

Silver cube with an Apple logo and the text Apple Design Award 2024
Image Credit: Apple

Apple has revealed the list of nominees for the 2023 Apple Design Awards. It highlights several different apps across various categories, including "Delight and Fun," "Inclusivity," "Social Impact," and others. New this year is its "Spatial Computing" category.

This year's winners will be revealed at WWDC 2024, which will take place June 10 through June 14.


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05/28/2024   Apple Insider
Apple has confirmed it will be holding its usual keynote at WWDC on June 10. Here's what to expect from the company during that packed week.

Neon-lit letters 'WWDC 24' with a gradient of pink, blue, and purple against a black background.
Apple's 2024 WWDC is June 10

Apple has previously announced WWDC will be held from June 10, and has already strongly hinted that it will be an AI-centric event. Weeks away from the event itself, Apple has outlined the schedule for the event.

According to a Tuesday announcement, the keynote will happen at 10 a.m. PDT on June 10, which will detail the "groundbreaking updates" arriving on Apple's platforms. The address will be streamable via the Apple Developer app, the Apple TV app, Apple.com, and YouTube.


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05/28/2024   Mac Rumors
Apple today shared details on the schedule that it has prepared for the 2024 Worldwide Developers Conference, which is set to take place from June 10 to June 14.


While WWDC always includes a keynote, Apple has confirmed that it will be held on June 10 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Apple is expected to announce iOS 18, iPadOS 18, macOS 15, tvOS 18, watchOS 11, and visionOS 2, and at this time, we have not heard rumors of hardware.

Apple will follow the keynote with the Platforms State of the Union, and the Apple Design Awards are typically also held on the same day.

  • 10:00 a.m. PDT - Apple Keynote, which provides a first look at "groundbreaking updates" coming to Apple platforms later in the year.

  • 1:00 p.m. PDT - Platforms State of the Union, which will take a deeper dive into the latest advances across iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, ‌visionOS‌, and watchOS, and new tools that will further empower Apple developers.


The keynote event will be available to stream on Apple's website, the Apple Developer App, the Apple TV app, and YouTube. The Platforms State of the Union will be available on the Apple Developer app and the Apple Developer website.

A select number of developers have been invited to a viewing party at the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California, and they will be able to watch the keynote and the Platforms State of the Union in person.

Throughout WWDC week, Apple is hosting online labs and consultations for developers to get advice on implementing the new features that Apple plans to announce at WWDC, plus there will be more than 100 technical sessions from Apple engineers, designers, and other experts.

Apple recommends that developers download the Apple Developer app to keep up with the WWDC announcements.
Related Roundup: WWDC 2024

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05/28/2024   MacDailyNews

Scrambling to catch up, Apple’s first set of modern AI features won’t be as impressive as rival offerings, but the company is betting…

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05/28/2024   Mac Rumors
Back at CES in January, Belkin confirmed that several wireless chargers using the Qi2 standard based on MagSafe would soon be rolling out, and I've recently been able to spend some time testing out the BoostCharge 2-in-1 Magnetic Charging Pad from that lineup.


As the name suggests, the BoostCharge 2-in-1 Magnetic Charging Pad with Qi2 15W is a flat pad-style charger offering two surfaces on which to charge devices. One side has a Qi2 wireless charging pad supporting recent iPhone models at up to their maximum of 15 watts, while the other is a 5-watt Qi pad intended to work with AirPods models with wireless charging cases. Other devices which support Qi wireless charging like phones can also be charged on the pad, though they will not align magnetically and will charge at a much slower speed compared to using the Qi2 pad.

In my testing, I found that the Qi2 pad didn't charge my iPhone 15 Pro Max quite as quickly as Apple's ‌MagSafe‌ Charger does, but it was fairly close and definitely faster than an original Qi pad which is limited to 7.5 watts for iPhones. The pad was able to boost my ‌iPhone‌'s battery from 30% to around 70% in an hour, though as with all other charging methods, the rate began to slow significantly beyond about 80% to prevent overheating and overcharging as the battery began approaching a full charge.

In addition to the two wireless charging pads, the BoostCharge 2-in-1 Magnetic Charging Pad includes an additional USB-C port supporting up to 5 watts of output, allowing for wired charging of other devices such as an Apple Watch with an appropriate cable. (If you prefer integrated Apple Watch charging, Belkin also offers a BoostCharge 3-in-1 Magnetic Charging Pad with an Apple Watch charging puck already included to attach to that USB-C port.)

The BoostCharge 2-in-1 Magnetic Charging Pad is available in either black or white, and the unit is powered by a color-matched 30-watt power adapter and 5-foot (1.5-meter) USB-C to USB-C cable, with both thankfully included in the box. The U.S. power adapter is similar in size and shape to Apple's 20-watt USB-C adapter and unfortunately does not include folding prongs, which would have been convenient for travel. You're of course free to use any USB-C power source of 30 watts or more, so it's easy enough to substitute something that better fits your needs, but I would have liked to see a more travel-friendly adapter right in the box.


The pad design itself is ideal for travel as its minimal thickness allows it to fit nicely in a computer bag or backpack. It is on the heavy side though at around 11 ounces (310 grams) plus the cable and power adapter, which might hamper portability a bit. That heft does, however, contribute to stability on surfaces and makes it easier to detach an ‌iPhone‌ sitting on the magnetic pad. At around 6.4 x 3.2 x 0.6 inches (16.3 x 8.2 x 1.5 cm), the unit is pretty close to the size of an ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ Max but somewhat thicker due to the slightly elevated Qi2 pad.

The body of the charger is a matte plastic with some arcs of rubber-like material on the bottom to protect surfaces and limit sliding. The Qi2 charging pad on the left has a similar rubber-like surface to protect your phone from scratches, while the lower-power Qi pad on the right is simply a shallow depression in the smooth, hard plastic to help with accurate placement of an AirPods case for charging. Some magnets would have been nice to ensure easy alignment of AirPods cases supporting that feature, but I didn't have any trouble getting my AirPods to register properly with the charger.

The extra USB-C output port is on the right side of the unit, while the USB-C input port is on the rear. There's no status light for the Qi2 pad, but the AirPods pad has a small LED status light in front of it that shines white while a device is charging or orange if there is a charging error. It also briefly flashes white upon plugging the pad in, confirming the unit is receiving power.


Overall, I've found the BoostCharge 2-in-1 Magnetic Charging Pad to be a reliable wireless charging accessory with some nice features but also some minor drawbacks. It has a relatively travel-friendly design, features a clean, unobtrusive look, and reliably charges devices, but the lack of magnetic alignment for the AirPods charging spot and lack of folding prongs on the power adapter are missed opportunities in my opinion.

While the pad design is simple and convenient for travel, some may prefer an angled charging surface for better visibility of the screen while their phone is charging on a desk or nightstand. Fortunately, Belkin offers chargers with that design as well, and even some that convert between the two, so you've got options.

Belkin's BoostCharge 2-in-1 Magnetic Charging Pad is priced at $79.99 in either black or white on both Belkin's site and Amazon. One of the anticipated advantages of Qi2 was the ability to have ‌MagSafe‌ charging performance without the need for Apple's ‌MagSafe‌ licensing that drives costs up, but Belkin's similar BoostCharge Pro 2-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad with Official MagSafe Charging is priced at the exact same $79.99. It does lack the extra USB-C output port that the Qi2 model has, but still, I've been hoping for bigger cost savings with Qi2 over ‌MagSafe‌ than I've seen so far.

As I mentioned previously, in addition to the 2-in-1 model, Belkin also offers a 3-in-1 model that includes an Apple Watch fast charger which mounts directly to the extra USB-C port on the main body of the unit. But due in part to licensing and sourcing of official Apple Watch charging components, moving to the 3-in-1 model adds a whopping $50 to the price, bringing it to $129.99.

Alternatively, you could get the 2-in-1 model and then spend just $29 for an official USB-C Apple Watch charging cable to plug into that USB-C port. It's not as clean a solution as the direct-attach module from Belkin, but it'll save you $20, or there are other multi-device charging solutions available to fit your particular needs.

Note: Belkin provided MacRumors with the BoostCharge 2-in-1 Magnetic Charging Pad with Qi2 15W for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Belkin and Amazon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.
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05/28/2024   Apple Insider
The Apple Vision Pro has picked up three new games including oldie-but-goodie "Job Simulator," its follow-up "Vacation Simulator," and tabletop survival RPG "Demeo."

Three people on a couch, one wearing a virtual reality headset, while the others use a laptop and a tablet.
Battle together with friends in "Demeo"

Job Simulator, which came out in 2016, asks players to step into the shoes of various jobs, like mechanics, chefs, office workers, and store clerks — but gives players plenty of freedom to complete tasks in any way they wish.

Also out for the Apple Vision Pro is the follow-up title Vacation Simulator. Players are tasked with relaxing to the max while participating in all the standard vacation activities, such as snorkeling, snowball fights, whitewater rafting, building sandcastles, and taking hikes.


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05/28/2024   Apple Insider
According to proponents of this myth, Microsoft is out to kill Apple's Macs with a "new" PC it will design and build on its own. Once it arrives, they expect Microsoft to clean up not only the PC market, but also the market for Edge AI software sales, leaving Apple on the sidelines.

Two sleek, blue laptops with Microsoft logos shown, one open displaying a colorful screen, the other in tablet mode with detached keyboard.
Microsoft's Copilot+ PC initiative promotes AI

This myth, like the iPhone iPod myth, is based on a fundamentalist faith that insists that Microsoft is invincible and Apple is inconsequential. All other alternatives are just too difficult for lazy tech analysts to fathom.

Consequently, tech analysts are very excited about any prospects for returning things back to the mid 90's, where Microsoft could do nothing wrong, and Apple could do, well, nothing at all.


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05/28/2024   MacDailyNews

The Apple Hearing Study is sharing new insights on tinnitus in one of the largest surveys to date. Through the study, University of Michigan…

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05/28/2024   Mac Rumors
Apple's 10th generation 64GB Wi-Fi iPad has hit a new all-time low price today on Amazon, available for $299.99 in two colors, down from $349.00. You can also find another record low price on the 256GB Wi-Fi model, and both of these deals require you to clip an on-page coupon in order to see the deal price at checkout.

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For the 256GB Wi-Fi iPad, you can get this tablet for $449.99 in two colors, down from $499.00. Both tablets are available to be delivered as soon as this week, if you are a Prime member (or pay for the fastest delivery option), and early next week otherwise.

Note: You won't see the deal price until checkout.




Apple cut the prices of this iPad lineup earlier in the month, and each model is now $100 cheaper. After this, we quickly saw discounts measuring about $20-$30 on Wi-Fi models, and today marks the first time we've tracked steeper $49 markdowns on the new prices of the 10th generation iPad.

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.
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05/28/2024   MacDailyNews

Generative AI, a type of artificial intelligence that can create new data, like text, images, or videos. It works by learning the underlying…

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05/28/2024   Mac Rumors
Apple today shared an update on the Apple Hearing Study that reveals new insights into the hearing condition tinnitus.


In one of the largest surveys on tinnitus to date, researchers from the University of Michigan examined data from over 160,000 participants using Apple devices. Tinnitus, defined as the perception of sound without an external source, can manifest as ringing, buzzing, or other sounds and can impact quality of life by disrupting sleep, concentration, and clear hearing.

The study found that 77.6% of participants had experienced tinnitus at some point in their lives. The prevalence of daily tinnitus increased with age, with those aged 55 and older being three times more likely to experience it daily compared to younger participants aged 18-34. Male participants reported a slightly higher incidence of daily tinnitus, at 2.7% more than females, but a higher percentage of males stated they had never experienced tinnitus.

Participants reported employing various methods to manage their tinnitus. The most common strategies included using noise machines, listening to nature sounds, and practicing meditation. Regarding the causes of tinnitus, the study highlighted that noise trauma or exposure to excessively high noise levels was the primary reported cause, cited by 20.3% of participants. Apple highlighted several ways in which its devices can help support hearing health:


  • Noise app: The Noise app on the Apple Watch can notify users when environmental noise levels may impact their hearing health. The iPhone's Health app tracks a user's history of sound level exposure and indicates if headphone audio or environmental noise levels exceed World Health Organization standards.

  • Environmental sound levels: Users can view environmental sound levels over the course of a week on the ‌iPhone‌ and check noise levels in decibels on the Apple Watch, ensuring their exposure remains within safe limits.

  • Active Noise Cancellation and Loud Sound Reduction mode: Active Noise Cancellation on the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max uses built-in microphones to detect and counter external sounds with anti-noise, effectively canceling them before they reach the user's ears. For those who still wish to hear surrounding sounds, the Loud Sound Reduction mode on ‌AirPods Pro‌ (2nd generation) reduces loud noises while maintaining sound quality.

  • Reduce loud audio: To set a headphone volume limit, users can navigate to Settings, tap "Sounds & Haptics" (on ‌iPhone‌ 7 and later) or "Sounds" (for earlier models), then tap "Headphone Safety" to enable "Reduce Loud Audio" and adjust the slider to the desired decibel level.



The Apple Hearing Study, conducted in collaboration with the University of Michigan, seeks to advance understanding of sound exposure and its impact on hearing health. The study has already accumulated approximately 400 million hours of calculated environmental sound levels, supplemented by lifestyle surveys, to analyze how sound exposure affects hearing, stress, and related health aspects. The data collected is also being shared with the World Health Organization as part of its Make Listening Safe initiative. See Apple's full press release for more information.
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05/28/2024   Mac Rumors
After appearing alongside athletes and celebrities, in iOS 17.5 code, and in the FCC database over the past month or so, a next-generation Beats Pill speaker has now been listed on Apple's regulatory compliance website for Europe.

The new Beats Pill speaker

The original Beats Pill was a wireless Bluetooth speaker introduced in 2012, prior to Apple's acquisition of Beats. The speaker received a few updates in its first several years on the market, with the final revision being a redesigned Beats Pill+ with a Lightning charging port, introduced under Apple's ownership in 2015. Apple discontinued the Beats Pill+ in early 2022, but a new version now appears to be on the horizon.

The new Beats Pill speaker

The new Beats Pill is likely to feature a USB-C charging port, upgraded Bluetooth, and more. Leaked images revealed a built-in lanyard, which was not available on previous models, along with red, black, and gold color options.

Beats is releasing new Solo Buds earbuds in June, so perhaps the new Beats Pill will launch next month too, but Apple has yet to formally announce the speaker. The previous Beats Pill+ was originally priced at $229.95 in the U.S. when it launched in 2015, but it had been available for $179.95 prior to being discontinued.

The listing on Apple's regulatory website was spotted by MacRumors contributor Aaron Perris.
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05/28/2024   Apple Insider
The Apple's Hearing Study's latest release details how people suffer from tinnitus, and that most people encounter the ringing in the ears at some point.

Apple Hearing Study shown on an iPhone and noise level monitoring on an Apple Watch, displaying 48 dB and long-term exposure warning.
Apple Hearing Study

The Apple Hearing Study has regularly released findings from its research, conducted with the University of Michigan. On Tuesday, the researchers released data on tinnitus.

Reviewing surveys and assessments from more than 160,000 participants, the team determined that 15% of people experience tinnitus daily.


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05/28/2024   MacDailyNews

According to data from a research firm affiliated the Chinese government, Apple's smartphone shipments in China rose 52% in April…

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05/28/2024   Apple Insider
While most of the screens for the iPhone 16 family are said to be in production, the manufacturers have yet to get approval for the displays that are going into the iPhone 16 Pro Max.

Two rendered iPhone 16 Pros, one facing away with a tan back and large camera bump, one facing forward showing a red wallpaper
iPhone 16 Pro could have a reduced camera bump thanks to new build techniques

It's not a surprise that iPhone 16 screens are in the manufacturing pipeline already. Apple's regular partners in LG Display and Samsung are making screens for the family of devices.

BOE has reportedly been added for the non-Pro lineup, too.


Rumor Score: 🤯 Likely


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05/28/2024   Apple Insider
The Torras 360 Spin Stand iPhone 15 Pro Max case has a built-in ring stand that folds flat and maintains MagSafe compatibility with military-grade drop protection.

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Torras iPhone 15 Pro Max case with MagSafe-compatible ring stand

There are mountains of phone cases to choose from, so it can be quite difficult to find the perfect one for your use. Torras breaks through the noise with a well-made phone case that has a built-in ring stand with MagSafe charging passthrough and certified military-grade drop protection.

The Torras 360 Spin Stand Case for iPhone 15 Pro Max incorporates considerate design choices like a ring stand that folds flat. It is made with premium thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) material that keeps the protective case fit precise and slimming.


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05/28/2024   Mac Rumors
Samsung Display and LG Display have been granted approval for mass production of OLED screens for Apple's upcoming iPhone 16 Pro models, Korea's The Elec reports.


Both suppliers apparently received approval earlier this month, paving the way for the commencement of mass production of screens for the ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ models. While Samsung Display will supply OLED screens for all four iPhone 16 models, LG Display will supply screens exclusively for the Pro models. Additionally, BOE is expected to help supply OLED displays for the ‌iPhone 16‌ and ‌iPhone 16‌ Plus.

The development is particularly noteworthy for LG, which has historically struggled to meet Apple's production deadlines. Last year, LG Display received approval for the iPhone 15 Pro OLED screens several months after Samsung Display, allowing Samsung to increase its market share and secure higher prices.

Samsung Display is expected to undergo the approval process for the ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ Max's OLED screens by the end of this month, with LG Display scheduled to follow in the middle of June. Currently, Samsung Display has received approval for the standard ‌iPhone 16‌ and the ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌, with the Plus and Pro Max models soon to follow.

The Elec claims that differences between the OLED displays for the ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ and ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ are minimal, but the bezels may be slightly thinner thanks to Border Reduction Structure (BRS) technology. The entire ‌iPhone 16‌ lineup is expected to launch in the fall.
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05/28/2024   Mac Rumors
Apple chip supplier TSMC is on track to deliver 2nm chip technology next year, BusinessKorea reports.


Apple is expected to move its custom silicon to the 2nm process next year to leverage TSMC's advancements. TSMC is said to be confidently progressing with the 2nm node. The chipmaker's Vice President of Process Development, Zhang Xiaogang, announced that "the development of the 2nm process is progressing smoothly" and mass production is on track for 2025.

Some rumors suggested that TSMC may be forced to delay full-scale mass production of its 2nm process until 2026 due to technical challenges associated with the first-time application of Gate-All-Around (GAA) technology. These rumors were dispelled by Zhang, who confirmed that "the yield when applying GAA has reached 90 percent of the target," indicating substantial progress. Jeff Williams, Apple's Chief Operating Officer, recently made a discreet visit to Taiwan to meet with TSMC President Wei Zhejia and secure supply of 2nm chips.

The iPhone 15 Pro is powered by the A17 Pro chip, which is manufactured with TSMC's 3nm process. This process allows for more transistors to be packed into a smaller space, delivering improvements in performance and efficiency. Apple's M4 chip, which just debuted in the new iPad Pro, uses an enhanced version of this ‌‌3nm‌‌ technology. The transition to 2nm chips should bring further improvements, with projected performance gains of 10 to 15 percent and power consumption reductions of up to 30 percent compared to the ‌‌3nm‌‌ process.

TSMC remains the only company capable of manufacturing 2nm and ‌3nm‌ chips at the scale and quality Apple requires. For its ‌‌3nm‌‌ chips, Apple booked all of TSMC's available chipmaking capacity, and the chipmaker plans to triple its production capacity for the node by the end of the year to meet soaring demand. 2nm chips could first appear in 2025's iPhone 17 lineup.
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05/28/2024   Apple Insider
A new supply chain report is putting yet another date on the calendar for MacBook Pro with OLED displays, with it now again said to arrive in 2026.

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MacBook Pro with OLED screen delayed to 2027

In a supply chain report more focused on OLED demand for laptops, there is a small tidbit about MacBook Pro and when Apple's flagship will get the display tech. The report includes the iPad Pro, which the report says will triple demand for OLED screens in tablets, and going forward, will influence competitors' strategies to compete with Apple in this particular market.

What's of more interest in the report is a prediction for when OLED will arrive on the MacBook Pro.


Rumor Score: 🤔 Possible


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05/28/2024   Mac Rumors
Apple is "highly likely" to introduce new MacBook Pros featuring OLED displays in 2026, market research firm Omdia claims.


According to Omdia's Display long-term demand forecast tracker, demand for OLED displays in mobile devices is projected to grow by 37 percent from 2023 to 2031. This substantial growth reflects a significant shift as many tech companies, including Apple, are increasingly incorporating OLED panels into their high-end notebooks and tablets. Ricky Park, Senior Principal Analyst in Omdia's Display research practice, said:
Apple is highly likely to incorporate OLED into its MacBook Pro models as early as 2026. This move could spark a significant surge in OLED demand within the notebook market, potentially reaching over 60 million units by 2031.


OLED panels can individually control each pixel, resulting in more precise color reproduction and deeper blacks compared to other common display technologies. They also provide superior contrast, faster response times, better viewing angles, and greater design flexibility.

Apple's move to offer OLED displays on the iPad Pro for the first time is projected to triple demand for OLED tablets in 2024 compared to the previous year. The company is expected to bring OLED display technology to most of its tablet lineup, including the iPad mini and iPad Air. This decision is expected to influence competitors' OLED adoption strategies and drive tablet OLED demand to exceed 30 million units by 2029.

A report from last week claimed that Samsung has started developing a new 8-inch OLED display panel for the ‌iPad mini‌. The same report predicted that Apple would update the ‌iPad mini‌ and ‌iPad Air‌ with OLED technology in 2026. Last year, Samsung was rumored to be investing $3.14 billion into its facility in Asan, South Korea to produce OLED panels for upcoming 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with OLED displays.
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05/28/2024   Apple Insider
Sometimes you need to sign or fill out PDF forms while you're away from your Mac. Here's how to get that paperwork done on your iPhone or iPad.

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Filling out and signing forms using only an iPhone is easier than you think.

Having to fill out a form is an inevitable fact of life, and digital forms continue to be based on their paper-oriented cousins. The Mac has long had tools available to help manage, fill and sign forms, but sometimes you only have an iPhone or iPad available where you are.

Recent updates to iOS and iPadOS make it much easier to complete these documents on your smaller-device screens, without any requirement for third party apps. If you fill out a lot of forms on a routine basis, one of those apps may be of even more help.


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05/28/2024   Mac Rumors
Apple's iPhone sales in China surged by 52% in April, reflecting a significant rebound driven by aggressive price cuts and renewed consumer demand, Bloomberg reports.


The surge in shipments from 2.3 million units in April 2023 to 3.5 million units in April 2024, revealed in data from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), follows a series of strategic price reductions from Apple aimed at boosting sales in the region. The ‌iPhone‌'s recovery in China is part of a broader resurgence in the smartphone market, which saw overall sales rise by 25.5% to 22.7 million units in April. The CAICT data revealed that ‌iPhone‌ sales contributed significantly to this growth.

This change comes after a challenging start to the year for Apple in China, where the company experienced a 37% slump in sales during the first two months of 2024. The recovery began in March with a 12% increase in shipments, continuing into April.

Apple's comeback strategy in China involved substantial discounts on iPhones, with price cuts reaching up to 2,300 yuan (approximately $318) on its official Tmall site. These discounts, which are double those initially offered in February, were part of an aggressive campaign to compete with local companies like Huawei.

Bloomberg noted that Apple's market share in China may soon stabilize, as consumer interest in upgrading to new ‌iPhone‌ is increasing. A recent survey indicated that more than half of Chinese consumers are willing to spend over 4,000 yuan (approximately $550) on their next phone, a significant rise from the 33% who currently use premium handsets. This trend toward "premiumization" is expected to benefit Apple just four months away from the debut of the iPhone 16 lineup.
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05/28/2024   Apple Insider
China's main market research company is out with its latest data, and as the iPhone 16 creeps closer, the iPhone 15 is continuing its recovery in the country.

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iPhone doing well in China despite shrinking market

The China Academy of Information and Communications (CAICT) is a research firm closely tied to the Chinese government. Once a month, it publishes data on smartphone sales in the country.

The latest round of data is for April. CAICT says that foreign-branded phones in China — which is mostly the iPhone — increased by 52% in April year-over-year, from 2.3 million sales in April 2023 to 3.5 million in April 2024.


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05/27/2024   Apple Insider
The month-end special knocks $230 off the latest 14-inch MacBook Pro with an upgrade to 1TB of storage. Grab the exclusive deal for three days only.

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05/27/2024   Apple Insider
The upgraded M2 MacBook Air featuring 16GB unified memory and 512GB of storage is $160 off, marking the lowest price on record — just in time for graduation and Father's Day gift-giving.

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Save $160 on a popular MacBook Air spec.

AppleInsider readers can take advantage of the all-time low price of $1,239 on the upgraded configuration in the popular Midnight and Space Gray finishes at Apple Authorized Reseller B&H Photo.

05/27/2024   Apple Insider
A Lego Apple Store has surfaced on Reddit as its creator hopes to get enough votes to make it into an official Lego set — but it probably won't happen.

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Image credit: Reddit u/legotruman

Redditor legotruman has created a fan-made Lego Apple Store in hopes of it one day becoming a real LEGO set and is now asking folks to go vote for it on the Lego Ideas platform.

"The model is not based on any single Apple store location. We looked through a number of popular and famous Apple stores, tried to find to consistent design style, and made this model that can fit inside a Lego city (along with other Lego modular/ city sets)," the creator's comment on the post reads.


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05/27/2024   Apple Insider
In a rare interview, key Apple designers reveal why they gave the new Apple Pencil that digital shadow, and how it's part of their overall goal for the iPad Pro.

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An iPad Pro showing designs for the digital shadow of the Apple Pencil Pro

When Apple launched the latest iPad Pro with an M4 processor, it also introduced the new and well-received Apple Pencil Pro. What it didn't do was point out a design feature that was delightfully spotted by users.

If an iPad Pro user is hand writing on the device, the Apple Pencil Pro appears to throw a shadow that looks like a fountain pen. Or if the user is painting, the shadow is of a paintbrush.


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05/27/2024   Mac Rumors
French website Numerama interviewed three senior Apple employees about the new iPad Pro models that launched earlier this month. While the discussion did not reveal many new details, it did mention one potential change for future iPads.


While the Apple logo on the back of iPads is positioned so that it appears upright in vertical orientation, the devices are often used in landscape orientation with a keyboard attached, which results in the Apple logo appearing on its side. Apple even moved the front camera to the longer right-side edge on the new iPad Pro and iPad Air models, so that it appears at the top-center when the devices are in landscape orientation.

With landscape usage becoming increasingly popular, Apple product designer Molly Anderson said a landscape Apple logo is a possibility on future iPads.

"I think it could change," said Anderson, per a computer translation of the French-language interview. "We are thinking about it. The iPad has long been a product that is used in portrait mode, but we are using it more and more in landscape mode."

On the software side, Apple already began showing the Apple logo that appears when an iPad is booting up in a landscape position starting with iPadOS 14.5, when the device is in landscape orientation. With Apple seemingly open to making the change on the hardware side too, it will be something to look for on future iPads.
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05/27/2024   Apple Insider
On this episode of the HomeKit Insider Podcast, Sonos launches a pair of new smart products, a new affordable Home Key lock emerges, and Ecobee CEO Greg Fyke joins us to talk about the future of home automation.

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In the news this week we saw the launch of the Aqara U50 smart lock. This is a more affordable version of the U100 and lacks the fingerprint reader.

It connects over Zigbee or Bluetooth and works with Matter when paired to a hub. There's an integrated keypad and it supports Apple home key.


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05/27/2024   Apple Insider
At launch, Apple said that the M3 MacBook Air is the fastest consumer-grade AI laptop, and Microsoft's has arrived to challenge it. Can Microsoft claim the crown with the Surface Laptop Copilot+?

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MacBook Air vs Surface Laptop Copilot+

During Microsoft's special event on May 20, the company launched a new set of Windows PCs under the banner "Copilot+ PC." The initiative is to signal to consumers that they can take advantage of AI processing on sleek notebooks.

Given Apple's use of the Neural Engine in its products, this is something the Mac lineup has had for years. First, it was used in its A-series chips for iPhone and iPad, before becoming a core part of its Apple Silicon strategy.


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05/26/2024   Mac Rumors
iOS 18 and macOS 15 will offer an array of new AI features such as auto-generated emojis, suggested replies to emails and messages, and more, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports.


A significant portion of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is expected to focus on AI features. Writing his latest "Power On" newsletter, Gurman explained that Apple's AI strategy emphasizes providing practical tools for ordinary users, with new features for core apps like Safari, Photos, and Notes. Apple will apparently use AI to deliver the following new features:


  • Photo retouching.

  • Voice memo transcription.

  • Suggested replies to emails and messages.

  • Auto-generated emojis based on the content of a user's messages, providing all-new emoji for any occasion beyond the existing catalog.

  • Improved Safari web search.

  • Faster and more reliable searches in Spotlight.

  • More natural interactions with Siri.

  • More advanced version of Siri designed for the Apple Watch, optimized for "on-the-go tasks."

  • Smart recaps of missed notifications and individual messages, web-pages, news articles, documents, notes, and more.

  • Developer tools for Xcode.



AI features that require less processing power will run entirely on-device, but more demanding tools will operate via the cloud. Apple will apparently tout the privacy advantages of this plan.

Apple is purportedly considering marketing many of its new AI tools as a "preview," at least in beta versions of iOS 18 before its official launch in September, to make it clear that the technology is unfinished.
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05/26/2024   Mac Rumors
Apple's iOS 18 update will introduce new features for further customizing the iPhone's home screen, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.


In the latest edition of his "Power On" newsletter, Gurman claimed that Apple will allow users to change the color of app icons in ‌iOS 18‌. For example, "you can make all your social icons blue or finance-related ones green." This kind of home screen customization is currently only possible by creating single-action shortcuts with a custom icon that serve to launch an app.

Gurman also corroborated previous reports that ‌iOS 18‌ will allow users to place apps anywhere on the home screen's grid. This will enable users to arrange icons more freely, similar to how widgets can currently be placed.

‌iOS 18‌ is expected to be previewed alongside Apple's other major software updates at WWDC in June, before officially releasing to the public in the fall.
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05/25/2024   Mac Rumors
It's Memorial Day weekend, and retailers across the Internet are hosting a wide variety of discount events to honor the holiday and celebrate the unofficial start of summer. In this article, we're tracking discounts on Apple products and related accessories from Amazon, Anker, Eufy, Samsung, Target, and more.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

If you're looking for discounts on iPads and MacBooks, be sure to check out our post from yesterday that focused on Memorial Day deals from Best Buy. There you'll find record low prices on the 5th generation iPad Air, iPad mini 6, M2 MacBook Air, and M3 MacBook Pro.

Amazon



Like most other retailers, Amazon's Memorial Day discounts are sitewide discounts across a number of different product categories. In terms of Apple devices, we're tracking steep discounts on Apple Pencil 2, AirPods, Apple Watch, iPad, and MacBook Air, all of which we've collected in the list below.



Anker



Anker has quite a few discounts this Memorial Day weekend, highlighted by the best price we've ever seen on the popular Portable Power Station with Smart Display + Retractable Light, available for $94.99 with an on-page coupon, down from $149.99. You'll also find sales on MagSafe-compatible accessories, Bluetooth speakers, Eufy's Bluetooth trackers, and Jackery's best portable power stations.

Audio



Portable Batteries



Power Stations



Wall Chargers



Hubs




Eufy





Jackery





Target



Target is joining in on the Memorial Day deals with its "Hello Summer" sale, set to last through Monday, May 27. This event has sitewide savings on everything from food and drinks to TVs and soundbars, which we've highlighted in a list below.



Samsung



Samsung is hosting a new "Discover Samsung" sale this week, which includes discounts on multiple product lines sitewide. The popular ViewFinity S9 5K Smart Monitor and Smart Monitor M8 are both discounted during this sale, but you'll also find sales on storage, audio, TVs, smartphones, and home appliances.

As with previous sales, the highlight of the new event is the 27-inch ViewFinity S9 5K Smart Monitor for $899.99, down from $1,599.99. At $700 off this is an all-time low price on the 2023 display, which has a matte display, modular 4K SlimFit camera, and support for Thunderbolt 4.



Samsung's 27-inch Smart Monitor M8 is also being discounted during this sale, available for $349.99 in Warm White, down from $699.99. This is a 4K smart monitor with a design that looks similar to the iMac line, and this is another record low price.



The Discover Samsung Summer Sale is set to run through this Sunday, May 26, so be sure to browse all of the deals this week before anything expires. Remember that this sale is sitewide and you can save on many more devices, including TVs, Galaxy devices, household appliances, and more.

Be sure to visit our full Deals Roundup to shop for even more Apple-related products and accessories.
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05/25/2024   Mac Rumors
It's been quite a week of Apple news and rumors, ranging from a concerning bug with deleted photos reappearing on users' devices to hot rumors about a new high-end iPhone model for 2025 and a MacBook with a foldable screen coming as soon as 2026.


Other news and rumors this week included fresh expectations for iOS 18 features and new headphones from Sonos to compete head-to-head with AirPods Max, so read on below for all the details on these stories and more!

Apple Releases iOS 17.5.1 With Fix for Concerning Photos Bug


Apple released iOS 17.5.1 for the iPhone this week, and the software update includes a fix for a concerning bug that caused deleted photos to reappear in the Photos app for some users. iPadOS 17.5.1 and tvOS 17.5.1 were also released with the same fix for those devices.


"This update provides important bug fixes and addresses a rare issue where photos that experienced database corruption could reappear in the Photos library even if they were deleted," explained Apple, in the release notes for the iOS 17.5.1 update. Apple has since explained that the issue was a result of corrupted local database entries. The issue did not involve iCloud syncing and Apple never had access to the deleted photos.

iPhone 17 Lineup Rumored to Feature All-New Slim Model Above Pro Max With 'Major Redesign'


The Information last week reported that Apple plans to release an all-new, high-end iPhone 17 model next year that sits above the Pro Max model.


The device will allegedly feature a "major redesign" akin to the iPhone X, and this is said to include a "significantly thinner" chassis and a narrower Dynamic Island. In addition, the rear cameras might be relocated from the top-left corner of the device to the "top center," the report said. Dan and Hartley discussed the developments and other topics on this week's episode of The MacRumors Show.

18.8-Inch MacBook With Nearly 'Crease-Free' Foldable Screen Rumored


Apple is developing a MacBook with a foldable screen that is "as crease-free as possible," according to supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The device is rumored to be released as early as 2026.


This new MacBook model would be equipped with around an 18.8-inch screen, according to display industry expert Ross Young. Kuo expects the device to be powered by an M5 chip, which Apple has yet to announce.

iOS 18 to Use AI to Summarize Notifications, Add to Calendar, and More


iPhones running iOS 18 will be able to auto-summarize notifications and auto-populate calendar entries, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. These features will be two of the many widely-rumored AI capabilities coming with iOS 18, which will be unveiled during Apple's WWDC keynote on June 10.


We recently shared a list of more than 15 Apple apps that are rumored to gain new AI features on iOS 18.

Hands-On With the New Sonos 'Ace' Headphones


Move aside AirPods Max, you've got competition.


The popular speaker brand Sonos this week unveiled its first-ever headphones. The over-ear Sonos Ace feature active noise cancellation, support for lossless audio and spatial audio, up to 30 hours of battery life per charge, a USB-C charging port, and more. Watch our hands-on video to learn more about the headphones, which launch in the U.S. on June 5 for $449.

iPad 10 vs. iPad Air Buyer's Guide: Is the $250 Difference Worth It?


One of our latest buyer's guides compares the new sixth-generation iPad Air to the tenth-generation entry-level iPad, which now starts at $349.


Is it worth spending an extra $250 to buy the new iPad Air instead of the iPad 10? Find out.

Also, check out our guide comparing the new iPad Pro models with the M4 chip to the new iPad Air models.

MacRumors Newsletter


Each week, we publish an email newsletter like this highlighting the top Apple stories, making it a great way to get a bite-sized recap of the week hitting all of the major topics we've covered and tying together related stories for a big-picture view.

So if you want to have top stories like the above recap delivered to your email inbox each week, subscribe to our newsletter!
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05/24/2024   Mac Rumors
Apple is planning to refresh the 24-inch iMac as soon as 2024, so we could see a new model with an M4 chip before the end of the year. Apple is working to overhaul the entire Mac line with AI-focused M4 chips, ‌iMac‌ included.


This guide includes everything we know about Apple's plans for an M4 ‌iMac‌.

M4 Chip


The next-generation 24-inch ‌iMac‌ is expected to get the M4 chip, which is the same chip that Apple used for the latest iPad Pro models. iMacs right now have the M3 chip, so the M4 will be a direct update.

The M4 is built on the same 3-nanometer technology as the M3, but it is a second-generation chip with some speed and efficiency improvements. In a Geekbench benchmark test, the M4 proved to be up to 25 percent faster than the M3 chip, which is a notable jump in performance.

The M3 had a single-core score of 3,087 and a multi-core score of 11,702, while the M4 had a single-core score of 3,695 and a multi-core score of 14,550.

Apple's M4 chip has a 10-core CPU and a 10-core GPU, featuring six efficiency cores and four performance cores. There is a variant of the M4 with a 9-core CPU that Apple has used in the ‌iPad Pro‌, but it is unlikely that this chip would be offered in the ‌iMac‌.

Other Macs will get upgraded M4 Pro, M4 Max, and M4 Ultra chips, but the 24-inch ‌iMac‌ is an entry-level product on par with devices like the MacBook Air, so it will only be offered with the M4 chip.

Design


Apple last redesigned the ‌iMac‌ in 2021, and there are no signs that a new look is on the horizon. It's likely that the 2024 refresh of the ‌iMac‌ will focus on the internals rather than any outward-facing design changes.


The ‌iMac‌ is an all-in-one machine that combines a computer and a display. It measures in at just 11.5mm thick, and has a slim profile that fits easily on a desktop. It comes in a range of bright colors, with a matching chin in a pastel color.

So far, we don't know of any updates coming to the ‌iMac‌ except for the M4 chip.

Larger iMac?


There have been persistent rumors of a larger-screened iMac that has a display that's around 30 inches in size, but that device was still in the early stages of development in mid-2023, and there is no word on when a larger ‌iMac‌ might come out.


There is a possibility that we could see it sometime in 2025, but it won't be coming in 2024. Apple this year will stick to the 24-inch ‌iMac‌, as it has done since discontinuing the 27-inch model in 2022.

Release Date


Back in April, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said that the 24-inch ‌iMac‌ would likely see an M4 chip update "around the end of the year." Apple sometimes holds events in October or November when new Macs are expected, so we could see the ‌iMac‌ around that timeframe.

Apple is also expected to update the MacBook Pro models and the Mac mini before the end of the year. The ‌iMac‌ was last updated in October 2023, so an October 2024 launch would come right at the year mark.
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05/24/2024   MacDailyNews

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05/24/2024   Mac Rumors
Apple today added refurbished iPhone 14, ‌iPhone 14‌ Plus, ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro, and ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro Max devices to its online store for refurbished products, offering the prior-generation iPhones at a discount for the first time since their 2022 launch.


The ‌iPhone 14‌ is available starting at $619, the ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro is available starting at $759, and the ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro Max is available starting at $849. Apple does not have any available ‌iPhone 14‌ Plus devices at the current time.

Apple first released the ‌iPhone 14‌ models in September 2022, and has since discontinued the ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro and ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro Max. These devices have been replaced with the iPhone 15 Pro models. Apple still sells the ‌iPhone 14‌ and ‌iPhone 14‌ Plus starting at $699 and $799, respectively.

There are several configurations and colors of the ‌iPhone 14‌, ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro, and ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro Max available for purchase. ‌iPhone 14‌ models are available with up to 256GB of storage, while the ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro models are available with up to 1TB of storage, with more of a discount available for the higher-capacity models.

Stock will fluctuate over time as Apple refreshes the devices that are available, so you may need to check back if you're looking for a refurbished ‌iPhone 14‌ in a specific color or capacity.

All refurbished iPhones from Apple are unlocked and can be used with any carrier. Apple outfits refurbished iPhone models with new batteries, outer shells, and a fresh USB-C to Lightning cable, so they are basically identical to new in the box iPhones.

Apple also offers the same one-year warranty on refurbished ‌iPhone‌ models that it provides for new devices, and there is option to purchase extended AppleCare+ coverage.
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