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iOS 16 Lock Screen Guide: Widgets, Customization Options and More

3 hours 38 min ago
Apple overhauled the Lock Screen in iOS 16, introducing all kinds of customization options that let you make your Lock Screen unique. You can choose widgets, customize the colors, and use emojis, photos, or built-in wallpapers.


This guide walks through all of the changes that Apple made to the iPhone's Lock Screen, and how to use the new Lock Screen features.

Editing Your Lock Screen
If you're familiar with the widget and Home Screen editing interfaces, editing a Lock Screen in ‌iOS 16‌ is much the same. You can get to all the controls to experiment with by unlocking your ‌iPhone‌ with Face ID or Touch ID, swiping downwards if you're not already on the Lock Screen, and then long pressing on the display.


From there, you can tap on the "+" button to create a new Lock Screen or tap on the "Customize" option to customize the current Lock Screen. You can choose different wallpapers, colors, and widgets, which we'll go over below.

You can also swipe through your Lock Screens if you've already created multiples and want to change it. When you're done with all of your customizations, just swipe up or tap to exit out and get back to your newly individualized Lock Screen.

Wallpaper Options
Tapping on the "+" button when creating a new Lock Screen or customizing an existing one will bring you to the wallpaper interface first, where you can choose the wallpaper that you want to use.


Apple has organized the different wallpapers into categories that you can select from the top of the interface or by scrolling down to see various options. There's even a "Featured" section that shows you some of the more popular wallpaper options that you might want to look into using.

People
As the name suggests, tapping on the "People" category will bring up images of people that you've photographed that will work well with a new depth effect that the Lock Screen supports. On select images, the time will go under the person or object in the photo to create a layered look, similar to how Portrait mode photos look on the Apple Watch.


Once you choose a person to feature on your Lock Screen, you'll see how it will look with the time depth effect. You can opt to leave the photo natural or add Studio, Black and White, or customizable Color Backdrop options, which are available depending on the photo you're using.

If you don't like the depth effect, you can turn it off by tapping on the three dots at the bottom, and there's also an option to turn off the Perspective Zoom.

Photos and Photo Shuffle
The Photos category allows you to use any of your photos as a Lock Screen, with Apple selecting Featured images that will work with the layered time effect or that the ‌iPhone‌ thinks might look particularly good as a wallpaper. ‌Photos‌ can be customized with a black and white option.


If you want to use multiple photos, you can choose the Photo Shuffle feature instead. With Photo Shuffle, you can have your ‌iPhone‌'s Lock Screen swap between photos. Apple lets you pick from Featured photos in categories that include People, Pets, Nature, and Urban, or you can select all of your photos you want to include manually.

With the Featured customization option, you can deselect any of the categories, or with the People category, choose which people you want to include. If you're using the manual option, you can choose as many or as few photos as you want.


‌Photos‌ can be set to change on tap, on wake, hourly, or daily, and if a photo you don't like comes up, you can long press, choose edit, and then select the "Don't Feature Photo" option.

Emoji
With the Emoji wallpaper option, you can select up to six of your favorite emoji to create a tiled background with those emoji featured. Some of the emoji will be shown larger, and some smaller, for an artistic looking wallpaper, but this can be changed.


Apple lets you choose a small grid, medium grid, or large grid, with different emoji sizes. You can also opt for rings or spiral as a customization option.


If you tap on the three dots, you can choose the color of the background behind the emoji, using a preselected color or choosing from a color wheel.



Weather
The Weather Lock Screen option shows the current weather in your area, similar to what you see in the Weather app itself. It shows live weather, so if it's cloudy, there are clouds. If it's raining, you'll see the rain animation.


There are no adjustments available for the Weather Lock Screen, and it may not be available on older devices that can't support the animation.

Astronomy
The Astronomy Lock Screen is similar to the Weather Lock Screen, in that it changes throughout the day based on the time and your location. There are several options, including the Earth and Earth Detail, which is a closer up view.


You can also select Moon, Moon Detail, or Solar System. The Astronomy Lock Screen is basically identical to the Astronomy Watch Face in watchOS 9. As with the Weather Lock Screen, there are no customization options for the wallpaper itself.


Color
The Color Lock Screen wallpaper lets you select a plain color for your background, though it will use a bit of a gradient, which can look nice depending on which color you've picked for the time.


You can select from one of Apple's preset colors and adjust the hue, or you can choose any color from Grid, Spectrum, and Slider options. Opacity can be adjusted with any color that you select.


Color Lock Screen wallpapers can be adjusted with different gradient options. You can select Vibrant, Tone, Deep, Vapor, Bright, or Solid, all of which change the look. The Solid option is solid, but all of the others offer a slight color blend for a dynamic look.

Collections
Collections are a set of Apple-designed wallpapers that you can choose to use for your Lock Screen. Each Apple-created wallpaper has a unique look that's designed for the ‌iOS 16‌ Lock Screen, interacting in fun ways with the time.


The Collection wallpapers come in unique colors that match some Apple Watch faces, such as Pride and Unity, but there are also iOS 16-exclusive designs to choose from. Some of the wallpapers can be customized with different color options, such as the rainbow stripe and the bokeh, and several are slightly animated.


The Bokeh face has dots that shift around, and the Pride face animates when swapping between the Lock Screen and the ‌Home Screen‌.

Time Customization
After you choose a Lock Screen wallpaper, you can customize everything else on the Lock Screen, including the font and color of the time that's displayed. On any Lock Screen wallpaper, you tap on customize and then tap on the box that's around the time to change the design.


You can choose from several different fonts, and depending on the Lock Screen, a selection of colors. Most Lock Screens support any color, but there are a few of the Apple-designed options that are less customizable.

As with most of the color options, you can choose from preselected colors or use the color wheel to pick any color that you like.

After you've selected your preferred design for the time, you can tap on the "x" to finish customizing your Lock Screen.

Tints and Styles
On any Photo background, you can use the customization options to change the tint. After entering the customization interface, swipe left or right through the available options to change the style.


On most photos, you can select from black and white or natural, but on images with people, you can also opt for Studio lighting (emphasizes the person and fades out the background), black and white, or colored backdrop, with the backdrop color customizable.



Widgets
The wallpaper customization options are nice for a one-of-a-kind look for your Lock Screen, but what really sets ‌iOS 16‌ apart is the option to add widgets to your Lock Screen.


In the customization interface, whether creating a new Lock Screen or customizing an existing Lock Screen, there are two separate widget boxes that you can edit. You can change the widget above the time, and add up to four different widget boxes below.

The widget interfaces are not as complex as the widgets available in the Today view and the ‌Home Screen‌, but are instead more subtle versions that blend in with the rest of your Lock Screen setup.


You can add four single block widgets, two larger block widgets, or choose one single block widget and two smaller block widgets. You can also opt to use no widgets if you prefer a cleaner look.

Widgets You Can Add Above the Time


You can add a widget next to the date above the digital clock on the Lock Screen, and many of these widgets display a single data point, using text and symbols, right next to the date. Apple's built-in widget options are outlined below.

  • Calendar - Day of the week, date, month or next event

  • Clock - City time zone or next alarm

  • Fitness - Activity stats (move calories, exercise minutes, stand hours)

  • Reminders - Due today

  • Stocks - Single stock with up/down symbol

  • Weather - Moon events, sun events, conditions, location, rain, air quality, UV index, wind



Widgets You Can Add Below the Time

The widget box below the time holds a greater breadth of widget options that can display more information.

Batteries

The Batteries widget comes in both square and rectangular versions showing the ‌iPhone‌'s battery status. If you connect AirPods, their battery life is shown instead.

If you use two battery widgets, they will display the battery level for the same device, which may be a bug that Apple will address at a later date.

Calendar

The Calendar widget comes in three formats. You can track the current date as a square widget (though the date is already automatically listed above the time). You can also track the next upcoming event's time or use a larger widget to show both the event name and its time.

Clock

Three clock widgets let you view a clock for a city to check the time at that location, and these are available in one rectangular and two square varieties. There's also a world clock to view the time in up to three cities around the world, and two versions that display the next alarm.

Fitness

One Fitness widget displays the Activity rings graphic, while a larger readout shows your Activity ring stats (move, exercise, stand).

Home

For the Home app, two widgets display any indoor climate sensors, one displays any lights and switches, and another informs you of any security issues. You can also monitor a specific security accessory, or view a home summary (security, climate, and lights).

News

A single larger widget provides today's top news story.

Reminders

A single larger widget offers quick access to one of your Reminders lists, and displays the next due reminder.

Stocks

One smaller and one larger widget let you view price quotes and track performance of a symbol throughout the day. There's also a larger widget that displays three stocks.

Weather

Eight optional weather widgets are available for moon events, sun events, conditions, location, rain, air quality, UV index, and wind. Only the current weather conditions and moon events come in the larger widget format.

Third Party Widgets
Additional widgets will be available in the future as there is an API that will allow developers to create widgets.

Subtler Notifications
Because of the new Lock Screen design with widgets, notifications now come in from the bottom of the display, rather than the top. This makes for a more subtle notification that does not interfere with the widgets you have set up.


You can swipe upward from the bottom of the display to see more of your notifications, and then swipe back down to hide them away.

Live Activities
Apple is introducing a new kind of notification called Live Activities, which you can track right from the Lock Screen. With Live Activities, you can do things like track the progress of a food delivery, Uber ride, or sports game.


Live Activities show up at the bottom of the display, and you can keep an eye on the progress of whatever you're tracking without unlocking your ‌iPhone‌.

Live Activities will not be available when ‌iOS 16‌ launches, and will instead be coming in an update later this year.

Multiple Lock Screens
Lock Screens in ‌iOS 16‌ are a lot like Watch Faces on the Apple Watch. You can set up a bunch of them, and swap between them with a swipe.


Just long press on the screen after unlocking to get to the Lock Screen customization interface and swipe left or right to go through the different Lock Screens that you've created.


Lock Screens and Focus Mode
Each separate Lock Screen that you create can be linked to a different Focus mode in ‌iOS 16‌. To do this, open up the Lock Screen interface by long pressing on an unlocked ‌iPhone‌'s Lock Screen, scroll to the Lock Screen of your choice, and then tap on "Focus" to choose which Focus mode to associate the Lock Screen with.


After that, the Lock Screen will have a little icon at the bottom that lets you know which Focus it is linked to.

Setting a Separate Lock Screen and Home Screen Wallpaper
When using the new Lock Screen customization options, by default, ‌iOS 16‌ changes both your Lock Screen and your ‌Home Screen‌ to the wallpaper that you select.


If you want to have different wallpapers for both your ‌Home Screen‌ and Lock Screen, set up the Lock Screen and then follow these steps:

  1. Open up the Settings app.

  2. Scroll down and tap on Wallpaper.

  3. Tap on the ‌Home Screen‌ icon to customize the ‌Home Screen‌ Wallpaper.


You can choose a solid color or pick a photo, allowing the ‌Home Screen‌ to use a different background from the Lock Screen.

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Apple Reportedly Bid on NFL Sunday Ticket 'Weeks Ago' and Still Awaiting Answer

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 23:16
Apple, Disney, and Amazon all submitted bids for the National Football League's out-of-market Sunday Ticket package "weeks ago" and are waiting to see who wins streaming rights to the package, according to CNBC's Alex Sherman and Jessica Golden.


"The NFL continues to be in discussion with all three bidders as it decides which partner it will choose," the report claims, despite an earlier report claiming that a deal between Apple and the NFL was "done" and "being kept quiet at Apple's request." The NFL is said to be looking for more than $2 billion for the Sunday Ticket streaming rights and a stake in NFL Media, which oversees the NFL Network channel, NFL.com, and more.

Sunday Ticket broadcasts all regional NFL games on Sunday afternoons to out-of-market viewers. In the United States, the package has been exclusively distributed by DirecTV since 1994, but the deal is set to expire ahead of the 2023 NFL season and DirecTV is reportedly not interested in renewing its exclusive rights to the package.

Sunday Ticket would add to Apple's growing portfolio of live sports content available through the Apple TV app. Apple already reached a partnership with Major League Baseball to air a weekly "Friday Night Baseball" doubleheader on Apple TV+ for the 2022 season, and Apple also reached a 10-year agreement with Major League Soccer that will see every game streamed through the Apple TV app without blackouts starting in early 2023.

It's unclear when the NFL will publicly reveal the future home of Sunday Ticket. Given that DirecTV still holds the rights to the package for the upcoming 2022 season, CNBC reports that there is no urgency for an announcement.Tag: NFL
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Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of macOS Monterey 12.5 to Developers, Adds Support for M2 Macs

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 21:35
Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming macOS Monterey 12.5 update to developers for testing purposes, with the new update coming two weeks after the release of the third macOS Monterey 12.5 beta.


Registered developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center and after the appropriate profile is installed, betas will be available through the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences.

There's no word yet on what new features or changes might be included in ‌macOS Monterey‌ 12.5, and nothing new was found in the first three betas. It's likely this update focuses on bug fixes and other minor improvements to the operating system. This update allows M2 Mac users to download the ‌macOS Monterey‌ 12.5 beta.

‌macOS Monterey‌ 12.5 could be one of the final updates to ‌macOS Monterey‌ as Apple is now shifting its focus to macOS Ventura, the next-generation Mac operating system coming this fall.
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M2 MacBook Pro vs. 14- and 16-Inch MacBook Pro Buyer's Guide

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 21:09
Apple announced a major update for its high-end MacBook Pro models last year, with the new machines featuring a complete redesign, the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, larger mini-LED displays with ProMotion, an HDMI port and SD card slot, full-sized function keys, and more. This month, Apple updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 chip, so how do the machines compare?


Despite both being MacBook Pros, the ‌M2‌ model and the high-end models are very different machines, so should you consider purchasing the lower-cost MacBook Pro, which starts at $1,299, to save money, or do you need the higher-end 14- or 16-inch MacBook Pro, which costs at least $700 more? Our guide helps to answer the question of how to decide which of these two Apple silicon MacBook Pros is best for you.

Comparing the 13-Inch MacBook Pro and 14- and 16-Inch MacBook Pro
The 13-inch MacBook Pro and high-end MacBook Pro share a large number of important features such as an Apple silicon chip, wide stereo sound, and Touch ID. Apple lists these same features of the two devices:

Similarities

  • Display with P3 wide color and True Tone

  • Apple silicon System on Chip (SoC)

  • Media engine with hardware-accelerated H.264, HEVC, ProRes, and ProRes RAW, video encode and decode engines, and ProRes encode and decode engines

  • 16-core Neural Engine

  • 16GB unified memory option

  • 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB storage options

  • Ambient light sensor

  • FaceTime HD camera with advanced image signal processor with computational video

  • Wide stereo sound

  • Studio-quality three-mic array with high signal-to-noise ratio and directional beamforming

  • ‌Touch ID‌

  • Backlit Magic Keyboard

  • Force Touch trackpad

  • 3.5mm headphone jack with advanced support for high-impedance headphones

  • At least two Thunderbolt 4 ports

  • 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0

  • Available in Space Gray and Silver



Apple's breakdown shows that the two MacBooks share a large number of key features. Even so, there are some meaningful differences between the ‌M2‌ MacBook Pro and the 14- and 16-inch models that are worth highlighting, including design, chip options, battery life, and display brightness.

Differences

13-Inch MacBook Pro

  • 13.3-inch display

  • LCD Retina display

  • 500 nits brightness

  • Apple ‌M2‌ chip

  • 8-core CPU

  • 10-core GPU

  • 8GB, 16GB, or 24GB of unified memory

  • 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB of storage

  • 720p ‌FaceTime‌ HD camera

  • Stereo speakers with high dynamic range

  • Support for Dolby Atmos playback

  • Two Thunderbolt 4 ports

  • Supports one external display with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz

  • Touch Bar

  • Integrated 58.2-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery

  • Up to 20 hours battery life when playing back video

  • 67W USB-C Power Adapter




14-Inch and 16-Inch MacBook Pro

  • 14.2-inch or 16.2-inch display

  • Mini-LED Liquid Retina XDR display with ProMotion

  • Up to 1000 nits sustained (full-screen) brightness, 1600 nits peak brightness

  • Apple M1 Pro chip or Apple M1 Max chip

  • Up to 10-core CPU

  • Up to 32-core GPU

  • 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of unified memory

  • 512GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, or 8TB of storage

  • 1080p ‌FaceTime‌ HD camera

  • High-fidelity six-speaker sound system with force-cancelling woofers

  • Support for spatial audio when playing music or video with Dolby Atmos on built-in speakers

  • Three Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI port, and SDXC card slot

  • Supports two external displays with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz (‌M1 Pro‌) or three external displays with up to 6K resolution and one external display with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz (‌M1 Max‌)

  • Full-size function keys

  • Integrated 70 or 100-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery

  • Up to 17 or 21 hours battery life when playing back video

  • 67W, 96W, or 140W USB-C Power Adapter

  • MagSafe 3 and fast charging




Design
Both the entry-level and high-end MacBook Pro models are available in Silver and Space Gray, but their designs vary. Although the machines are around the same thickness, the 14-inch and 16-inch models do not feature tapered edges, making them appear thicker and bulkier. The keyboard area of the high-end MacBook Pro is also all-black. The dimensions of the three machines are listed below:


13-Inch MacBook Pro

  • Height: 0.61 inch (1.56 cm)

  • Width: 11.97 inches (30.41 cm)

  • Depth: 8.36 inches (21.24 cm)

  • Weight: 3.0 pounds (1.4 kg)




14-Inch and 16-Inch MacBook Pro

  • Height: 0.61 inch (1.55 cm)/0.66 inch (1.68 cm)

  • Width: 12.31 inches (31.26 cm)/14.01 inches (35.57 cm)

  • Depth: 8.71 inches (22.12 cm)/9.77 inches (24.81 cm)

  • Weight: 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg)/4.7 pounds (2.1 kg)




The 13-inch and 14-inch MacBook Pro are very similar in size, so the dimensions of these two machines should not heavily influence your decision. Instead, you may wish to consider that the 13-inch MacBook Pro features a much older design with a tapered look, compared to the rounder appearance of the high-end models. The high-end MacBook Pro's design has since spread to the ‌M2‌ MacBook Air and offers a more modern look, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro uses a design from 2016.


Touch Bar
The Touch Bar is an OLED Retina multi-touch display strip built into the keyboard where the function keys traditionally go. It is contextual and can perform a range of different functions on the Mac depending on which app is in use.


The Touch Bar is a matte-style display that blends in with the rest of the keys on the keyboard and it supports True Tone, allowing the white balance to be adjusted to match the ambient lighting conditions. Interacting with the Touch Bar is done through taps, swipes, and other multi-touch gestures, with support for up to 10 fingers at a time.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro features the Touch Bar, while the 14- and 16-inch models simply have full-sized function keys. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is now the only remaining device with the feature, but if you enjoy the experience of the Touch Bar, you may prefer the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Ports and Connectivity
The selection of available ports is an area of major difference between the two machines. The 13-inch MacBook Pro features just two Thunderbolt 3 ports. The 14-inch and 16-inch models have three Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI port, and an SDXC card slot.


Both machines feature a 3.5mm headphone jack with support for high-impedance headphones, but the 13-inch MacBook Pro can support only one external display, while the high-end model can support up to four displays in total with the ‌M1 Max‌ chip. This all makes the high-end models much more versatile in terms of connectivity, and will be of particular value to professionals who use digital cameras or need to connect to external displays.

Display Size
The entry-level MacBook Pro's display is exactly 13.3 inches in size, which is considerably smaller than the 14.2 inches and 16.2 inches of the high-end models. 13.3 inches is still bigger than the largest iPad Pro model, which comes in at 12.9 inches, and will be adequate for most users.

The 16.2-inch display will be a better replacement for a desktop machine and provide much more screen space to arrange multiple windows and use professional applications that benefit from additional display area. The 14.2-inch display is still larger than the 13.3-inch ‌MacBook Air‌ and MacBook Pro models from recent years, but still adds to the overall size of the machine. The larger MacBook Pros also feature slimmer bezels, a notch, and rounded top corners.


While the notch containing the webcam does eat into the display space very slightly, both high-end MacBook Pro displays are larger than previous models, so there is still more display area overall. In addition, the display area below the notch has an aspect ratio of exactly 16:10, just like previous MacBook Pro models, to ensure that the notch does not impede normal display views or watching media.

On this basis, if you are concerned about the notch, you should not necessarily feel obliged to get the larger, 16-inch MacBook Pro. That being said, since the notch is the same size on both models, it may be slightly less noticeable on the 16-inch model. If you strongly dislike the notch, it may simply be easier to opt for the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Display Technology
The display technologies of both machines are also significantly different. Like most MacBooks in recent years, the 13-inch model has an LCD Retina display. The 14- and 16-inch models feature Apple's newer mini-LED Liquid Retina XDR technology for deeper blacks, better dynamic range, and improved color accuracy.


The XDR display can get much brighter, reaching as high as 1,600 nits of brightness at its peak when showing HDR content. The 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models also have ProMotion displays, allowing them to vary their refresh rate up to 120Hz. The 13-inch model does not have a display with a variable refresh rate.

It will be worth getting the high-end MacBook Pro models for viewing and editing HDR content, as well as watching high-framerate video such as sports. The display of the 13-inch MacBook Pro will still be more than adequate for normal daily use, but the high-end model, offering deeper blacks and smoother on-screen motion, simply offers a better experience.

Chip
The 13-inch MacBook Pro has the ‌M2‌ chip, while with the 14-inch and 16-inch models, you can choose between the ‌M1 Pro‌ or ‌M1 Max‌ chip. The ‌M1 Pro‌ and ‌M1 Max‌ are scaled-up versions of the M1 chip.


The ‌M1 Pro‌ and ‌M1 Max‌ allow for a CPU with up to two additional CPU cores, 24 additional GPU cores, 56GB more memory, and 6TB more storage, compared to the ‌M2‌ chip. The ‌M2‌ chip is much closer to the ‌M1‌ than it is to the ‌M1 Pro‌, prioritizing efficiency over performance. The ‌M2‌ levelled the playing field in some senses by adopting the capabilities of the ‌M1 Pro‌'s dedicated media engine and the chip is more powerful in single-core tasks with its higher 3.49GHz CPU clock speed, but the ‌M1 Pro‌ and ‌M1 Max‌ are considerably better in multi-core and graphics tasks. See our detailed ‌M2‌ vs. ‌M1 Pro‌ guide for more information:



While the ‌M2‌ is ostensibly a more modern chip, being fabricated with next-generation 5nm process and offering the latest core technology, the ‌M1 Pro‌ and ‌M1 Max‌ remain more capable due to their scale. With significantly more transistors, performance CPU cores, and GPU cores, not to mention larger quantities of unified memory and higher memory bandwidth, the ‌M1 Pro‌ and ‌M1 Max‌ are powerful chips for professionals with demanding workflows. The ‌M2‌, on the other hand, is more of a consumer-oriented chip focused on delivering impressive performance for day-to-day tasks and excellent efficiency to keep temperatures down and prolong battery life. For more detailed information about each of Apple's custom silicon chips for the Mac, take a look at our helpful guides:



Camera
The high-end MacBook Pro has a considerably better 1080p webcam compared to the 13-inch model's 720p camera. If you frequently use the built-in webcam for video calls, you will have a noticeably better experience with the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Speakers
The 13-inch MacBook Pro has high dynamic range stereo speakers. With the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros, Apple completely redesigned its speakers with a new six-speaker system that supports spatial audio when playing music or video with Dolby Atmos.


Both speaker setups are very capable for a laptop, but if you rely heavily on the built-in speakers, you will have a better experience with the high-end MacBook Pro models.

Battery Life
The 13-inch MacBook Pro offers three extra hours of battery life over the 14-inch MacBook Pro, but one hour less than the 16-inch MacBook Pro. According to Apple, the 13-inch MacBook Pro can deliver up to 20 hours of battery life during video playback. One the other hand, the 14-inch MacBook Pro can deliver 17 hours of battery life and the 16-inch model can deliver 21 hours of battery life.

Charging
The high-end MacBook Pros feature ‌MagSafe‌ 3 for easily connecting and disconnecting the charging cable from the machine using magnets. The 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros are also capable of fast charging.


Other MacBook Options
If you are looking for a more affordable Apple silicon MacBook, there is the ‌M1‌ ‌MacBook Air‌, which sports the same processor as the ‌M1‌ MacBook Pro, a 13.3-inch display, ‌Touch ID‌, and ports, as well as most other hardware features, for a price starting at $999. For casual users, this means that the additional $300 to get the ‌M1‌ MacBook Pro may be difficult to justify. It is a more consumer-oriented and slightly less capable machine compared to the MacBook Pro, but is more than adequate for most users.

‌M2‌ MacBook Pro still has a number of improvements over the ‌MacBook Air‌, offering slightly better performance, a brighter display, the Touch Bar, improved microphone and speaker quality, two extra hours of battery life, and an active cooling system. If you want slightly better performance than the ‌M1‌ ‌MacBook Air‌, as well as better battery life, display brightness, and speaker and microphone quality, the MacBook Pro is the better option.

Likewise, users who intend to perform a lot of graphics-based tasks should skip the ‌MacBook Air‌ entirely and buy the ‌M2‌ MacBook Pro because the eight-core GPU ‌MacBook Air‌ configuration is only $50 less than the MacBook Pro, which offers ten GPU cores, but this is only the case if you don't need more than 256GB of storage, because a storage upgrade would further push up the MacBook Pro's price.

Final Thoughts
Overall, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is the best option for normal consumers. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is actually more akin to a ‌MacBook Air‌ than its high-end siblings, being more than good enough for the needs of casual users. It is lighter, smaller, and more portable than the 14-inch MacBook Pro. Starting at $1,299, the 13-inch MacBook Pro should be the default choice for the average consumer who is looking for something that is a little more than the ‌MacBook Air‌.



Professionals who require larger and more accurate displays, additional ports, more memory and storage, hardware acceleration for media, and a very high level of performance should look to the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro, and the $1,999 and $2,499 price points of these machines reflects this. These high-end MacBook Pros are not targeted at everyday consumers, being clearly tailored to creatives and professionals who rely heavily on the capabilities of their machines.


If you want the best possible performance, connectivity, display technology, and speakers, the high-end MacBook Pro is the best option. The 16-inch MacBook Pro in particular is also potentially a good desktop replacement machine due to its large display.

The 14-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,999, which is $700 more than the $1,299 starting price of the 13-inch MacBook Pro. That being said, if you are looking to configure the 13-inch MacBook Pro with 16GB of memory and at least 512GB of storage, which brings it closer to parity with the 14-inch base-level model, it costs $1,699. For the additional $300, it will be worthwhile for these users to get the 14-inch MacBook Pro instead.Related Roundups: 13" MacBook Pro, 14 & 16" MacBook ProBuyer's Guide: 13" MacBook Pro (Buy Now), 14" & 16" MacBook Pro (Neutral)Related Forum: MacBook Pro
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Best Apple Deals of the Week: Summertime Sales Mark a Great Time To Buy iPhone Accessories and AirPods

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 20:02
Although this week was a slower week for deals in comparison to earlier in the month, there are still solid markdowns on Apple's MacBook Air and AirPods available to grab today. Alongside these sales, this week we tracked a few summertime discounts on iPhone cases and accessories.

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AirPods
  • What's the deal? Take up to $74 off AirPods and AirPods Pro

  • Where can I get it? Amazon

  • Where can I find the original deal? Right here

$99 OFFAirPods 2 for $99.99

Apple's AirPods 2 remained at a solid discounted price of $99.99 this week, down from $129.00; this is still the best price we've seen in 2022. You can also get the AirPods Pro with MagSafe for $174.99, down from $249.00, which is another all-time low for 2022.

iPhone Cases & Charging Accessories
  • What's the deal? Save on iPhone accessories from ZAGG, Nomad, and more.

  • Where can I get it? See our list of retailers below.

  • Where can I find the original deal? Right here

Summer sales on iPhone accessories were popular this week, with quite a few well-known companies introducing solid discounts on cases, battery cases, and more. You can find all of the retailers with sales in the list below.

30% OFFNomad Sport Cases for iPhone

This includes our exclusive discount partnership with Nomad, where you can get 30 percent off Sport Cases from Nomad by entering the code MACRUMORS30 at the checkout screen.
  • ZAGG - BOGO free iPhone cases

  • Nomad - 30% off Sport Cases with code MACRUMORS30

  • Casely - 50% off Power 2.0 Battery Cases

  • Pad & Quill - Up to 50% off Leather Folio Cases

  • Satechi - Up to 75% off charging accessories


MacBook Air
  • What's the deal? Take $100 off M1 MacBook Air

  • Where can I get it? Amazon

  • Where can I find the original deal? Right here

$100 OFFM1 MacBook Air (256GB) for $899.00

Early in the week we tracked a deal on the 2020 M1 MacBook Air (256GB), which is still available for $899.00 in Silver on Amazon, down from $999.00. This is the second-best price we've tracked in 2022 on the M1 MacBook Air.

Keep up with all of this week's best discounts on Apple products and related accessories in our dedicated Apple Deals roundup.Related Roundup: Apple Deals
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Apple Updates Subscriptions Interface on iPhone

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 19:16
Apple today changed the subscription management interface on the iPhone and iPad, introducing a refreshed look that adds spacing between each subscription and it makes it clearer which subscriptions are active and inactive.


Tapping into a subscription provides details on the price of the subscription and when it is set to renew, plus the interface provides options to resubscribe to an expired subscription. Renewal buttons are more prominent than before, as are cancel buttons and options to change subscription plans for services like Apple One, Apple TV, and Apple Music.

The new subscription interface can be seen on devices running iOS 15.5 and later, including those with the iOS 16 beta. It does not appear to be available on iOS 15.4, so it may be limited to those with newer updates. No software update is required to see the refreshed interface because it loads a webview that Apple revamped.

The updated subscription interface is more in line with the rest of the Settings app changes that Apple made with iOS 15 and earlier updates, providing a simpler, more streamlined management system.

You can access the Subscriptions interface by opening up the Settings app, tapping on your profile picture, and then selecting "Subscriptions."Tag: Subscription
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AirPods Pro 2 Said to Feature Upgraded H1 Chip, Find My, Heart Rate Detection, USB-C and More

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 18:48
The next-generation AirPods Pro could come with a long list of new features that include heart rate detection, the ability to function as a hearing aid, and a USB-C port according to a report from 52Audio.


The site claims that it has received new information on the ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2, and it has used that information to provide some renders on what the earbuds might look like. Design wise, there is still a stem, in contrast to some rumors about a stemless look, and overall, the ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2 look a lot like the ‌AirPods Pro‌ and the AirPods 3.


While the ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2 look similar to the ‌AirPods Pro‌, 52Audio is claiming that there will be a long list of new features. Some of these rumors we've heard before, but today's report gives quite a bit more detail.

  • Updated H1 chip - The updated H1 chip is expected to feature an upgraded SiP packaging system and self-adaptive noise cancellation capabilities. It will include better performance and improved power consumption as well.

  • Find My - The ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2 are expected to support Find My functionality, allowing them to be located with the ‌Find My‌ app. Prior rumors have indicated that there will be a speaker on the case, allowing them to play a sound when misplaced.

  • Heart Rate detection - We've heard prior rumors of health sensors coming to the ‌AirPods Pro‌, and 52Audio claims they will be able to detect heart rate from within the ear.

  • Temperature detection - The heart rate sensor may also support temperature detection, but 52Audio says this could not be confirmed.

  • Sound improvements - The ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2 will apparently share acoustics with the ‌AirPods 3‌, featuring a "combination of customized high-amplitude drive units and high-dynamic-range amplifiers." Self-adaptive equalization, spatial audio with dynamic head tracking, and audio sharing will be included.

  • USB-C - Instead of Lightning, the ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2 could adopt a USB-C port.

  • Hearing Aid capabilities - 52Audio claims that the ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2 will serve as a hearing aid. Sound can apparently "be collected through the charging case and transmitted to the earphone for sound enhancement and playback," with the aim of helping people with hearing loss better hear sound in the environment. The site believes that what was previously described as a lanyard holder on the side of the ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2 is actually some kind of hearing aid function, which sounds questionable.


We have heard rumors about most of these features in the past, but the hearing aid functionality is new. We have also heard mixed rumors about the design of the ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2, but information is solidifying around an ‌AirPods 3‌ and ‌AirPods Pro‌ look that continues to feature a stem.


52Audio has in the past provided accurate information about Apple's upcoming audio products, but the site has also shared some questionable rumors, so it has something of a mixed track record. Some of these features sound plausible because we've previously heard hints of them, but others, such as the hearing aid functionality, are more outlandish. For that reason, this information should be viewed with some skepticism. Related Roundup: AirPods ProTag: AirPods Pro 2Buyer's Guide: AirPods Pro (Neutral)Related Forum: AirPods
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U.S. Senators Urge FTC to Investigate Apple for 'Transforming Online Advertising Into an Intense System of Surveillance'

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 17:19
In a letter sent to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) chair Lina Khan today, four U.S. legislators said the FTC should "investigate Apple and Google's role in transforming online advertising into an intense system of surveillance," according to The Wall Street Journal.


Apple and Google "knowingly facilitated harmful practices by building advertising-specific tracking IDs into their mobile operating systems," said the letter, which was signed by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), and Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), as well as U.S. Representative Sara Jacobs (D-California).

Since the release of iOS 14.5 in April 2021, Apple has required apps to ask for permission before tracking a user's activity across other companies' apps and websites, as part of a feature named App Tracking Transparency. If a user selects the "Ask App Not to Track" option, the app is unable to access the device's Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA). On earlier iOS versions, however, access to the IDFA was enabled by default.

"Until recently, however, Apple enabled this tracking ID by default and required consumers to dig through confusing phone settings to turn it off," the letter reportedly said, adding that "these identifiers have fueled the unregulated data broker market."

Given that Apple already implemented App Tracking Transparency last year, it is unclear if any potential FTC investigation would result in any further changes to the company's current policies. The Wall Street Journal said representatives for the FTC, Apple, and Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Tag: App Tracking Transparency
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Deals: Get Up to $126 Off Apple Watch Series 7 and Apple Watch SE on Amazon

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 15:01
Amazon today further discounted the 45mm Cellular Apple Watch Series 7, now available for $403.00, down from $529.00. Besides this model, you can also save on many other versions of the Apple Watch Series 7 along with the Apple Watch SE, all of which we've collected below.

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For the 45mm Cellular Apple Watch Series 7, the deal is only available in the Blue Aluminum Case with Abyss Blue Sport Band, and only Amazon has this price. At $126 off, this is a new all-time low price for the 45mm Cellular version of the Apple Watch Series 7, beating the previous low by about $7.

$126 OFFApple Watch Series 7 (45mm Cellular) for $403.00

Along with this Apple Watch Series 7 deal, you can also get a new record low deal on the 44mm GPS Apple Watch SE, priced at $209.00, down from $309.00. This model does have a delayed shipping estimate, due to this all-time low sale, and most customers in the United States can expect a delivery date around July 10.

$100 OFFApple Watch SE (44mm GPS) for $209.00

In regards to other sales, you can currently get the 41mm GPS Apple Watch Series 7 for $329.00 and the 45mm GPS model for $359.00, and both sales represent $70 off original prices. Our full Deals Roundup has more information on the latest Apple-related sales and bargains.Related Roundup: Apple Deals
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Apple Launches 2022 Back to School Offer: Up to $150 Gift Card With Mac or iPad

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 14:08
Apple today launched its annual "Back to School" promotion for college/university students in the United States and Canada. This year's promotion offers a free Apple gift card with the purchase of an eligible Mac or iPad, rather than free AirPods like last year. Apple is also offering students 20% off AppleCare+ plans during the promotion.


Apple is offering a $150 gift card with the purchase of any new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or iMac model, and a $100 gift card with the purchase of any new iPad Pro or iPad Air model, with full terms and conditions outlined on Apple's website. The gift cards can be used towards the purchase of Apple products, accessories, App Store apps, subscriptions to services like Apple Music, iCloud+ storage, and more.

The list of eligible devices includes the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 chip that became available to purchase at Apple Stores starting today, and the new MacBook Air with the M2 chip will also be eligible when it launches next month.

The offer is available through Apple's online education store or at Apple retail store locations for students attending or accepted to a higher-education institution, faculty and staff of higher-education institutions, parents purchasing on behalf of an eligible student, employees of a K-12 institution, and select others.

The promotion ends on September 26 in the United States and Canada.

Update: Apple's Back to School promotion has also gone live in some Southeast Asia countries such as India, Singapore, and Thailand, with Apple offering free second-generation AirPods with the purchase of an eligible Mac or iPad.Tag: Back to School Promotion
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13-Inch MacBook Pro With M2 Chip Now Available at Apple Stores

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 14:00
The two standard configurations of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 chip are available for walk-in purchase or same-day pickup at select Apple Stores around the world starting today. The first online orders are also beginning to arrive to customers.


Apple began accepting orders for the new 13-inch MacBook Pro last Friday, with some custom configurations with upgraded specs already facing August delivery estimates.

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro features the same design as the previous model, including the Touch Bar. The only notable change is the addition of the M2 chip with an 8-core CPU and a 10-core GPU. Apple said the M2 chip has up to an 18% faster CPU, up to a 35% faster GPU, and up to a 40% faster Neural Engine compared to the M1 chip.

With the M2 chip, the 13-inch MacBook Pro can be configured with up to 24GB of unified memory, compared to a max of 16GB for the M1 chip. In line with the previous model, the notebook also supports up to 2TB of SSD storage.

Pricing for the 13-inch MacBook Pro continues to start at $1,299 in the United States, with silver and space gray color options available.

Apple has yet to announce an order date for the new MacBook Air with the M2 chip.Related Roundup: 13" MacBook ProBuyer's Guide: 13" MacBook Pro (Buy Now)Related Forum: MacBook Pro
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Apple Music Student Plan Pricing Increases by 20% in US, UK, and Canada

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 12:53
Pricing for the Apple Music Student Plan has increased in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.


The price changes, first spotted by Michael Burkhardt on Twitter (via 9to5Mac), increase the ‌Apple Music‌ Student Plan from $4.99 to $5.99 per month in the United States and Canada, and from £4.99 to £5.99 in the United Kingdom. The changes cut what was previously a 50 percent discount on the $9.99 and £9.99 monthly cost to just 40 percent.

Archived webpages indicate that the change occurred within the past 48 hours. Last month, Apple increased the price of the ‌Apple Music‌ Student Plan in a large number of countries, including Australia, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, Indonesia, Israel, and Kenya. Apple informed affected subscribers via email in these countries, but it seems to have not yet informed customers about the latest price change in the U.S., UK, and Canada.Tag: Apple Music
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Apple's 'Game-Changer' AR/VR Headset Rumored to Launch in January 2023

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 11:52
Apple is "likely" to release its long-rumored mixed-reality headset as soon as January 2023, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Concept render based on purported leaked information by Ian Zelbo

In a detailed post on Medium, Kuo explained that Apple's headset will be a "game-changer" for the augmented-reality and virtual-reality market. Describing some of the headset's functionality, Kuo said that while Apple has repeatedly touted its focus on AR, the headset will "offer an excellent immersive experience" and a "video see-thru" mode. The headset is expected to boost demand for immersive gaming and multimedia entertainment experiences.

Kuo said that the device is "the most complicated product Apple has ever designed," leading Apple to use components from many of its existing suppliers. Kuo also believes that Apple will be an industry leader in the headset space, has "significant competitive advantages," and does not need to join the Metaverse Standards Forum. Notably, Kuo thinks that rivals will race to imitate Apple's headset once it launches, "leading the headset hardware industry to the next stage of rapid growth."

While Apple's headset was widely believed to be scheduled to launch this year, a report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman cast doubt on the chances of the device emerging this year due to development problems. According to DigiTimes, Apple in February 2022 completed key production tests on the headset and reportedly plans to begin mass production around August or September. Kuo's prediction of lunch in January 2023 therefore appears to be broadly in line with other rumors.

Regardless of the exact timing, Apple's headset project is believed to be "approaching liftoff," with the device mirroring the development timeline of the Apple Watch in the period before its launch. Apple's work on the headset's operating system, "realityOS," has been rumored since 2017, but the existence of the operating system was confirmed when references to it were found in App Store upload logs and Apple open source code.

The headset is rumored to feature a lightweight design, two 4K micro-OLED displays, 15 optical modules, two main processors, Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, eye tracking, object tracking, and hand gesture controls, and more. The device's approximate price point is as yet unclear, but some reports indicate that it could cost around $3,000.Related Roundup: Apple GlassesTag: Ming-Chi KuoRelated Forum: Apple Glasses, AR and VR
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First M2 MacBook Pro Orders Arriving to Customers in New Zealand and Australia

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 01:30
It's officially Friday, June 24 in New Zealand and Australia, which means it's the launch day for the 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro. Customers in New Zealand and Australia are always the first to get their hands on new devices due to time zone differences, and the ‌M2‌ Macs are no exception.


‌M2‌ MacBook Pro models are beginning to arrive to customers who pre-ordered the machine last Friday, and new MacBook Pro owners will likely soon be sharing their experiences with the updated ‌M2‌ chip on the MacRumors forums, Twitter, and other social networks.

New Zealand does not have Apple Stores, so customers in Australia will be the first to be able to pick up an ‌M2‌ MacBook Pro. Stock in Australia will give us an idea of what we might be able to expect from other stores worldwide. A spot check shows the stock ‌M2‌ MacBook Pro models available for purchase at multiple stores in Australia, but custom configurations with upgraded unified memory and SSDs will not likely be available in stores.

Following New Zealand and Australia, sales of the MacBook Pro will begin in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and then North America.

The 13-inch ‌M2‌ MacBook Pro features the same design as the prior-generation model, and the ‌M2‌ chip is the only upgrade. The ‌M2‌ chip features the same 8-core CPU as the M1, but with an upgraded nine or 10-core GPU.

Are you getting a new ‌M2‌ MacBook Pro today? Let us know what you think in the comments.Related Roundup: 13" MacBook ProBuyer's Guide: 13" MacBook Pro (Buy Now)Related Forum: MacBook Pro
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Apple's Upcoming 15-Inch MacBook Air: What We Know

Thu, 06/23/2022 - 22:05
Rumors suggest that Apple is working on a larger version of the MacBook Air, which is expected to measure in at 15 inches, putting it on par with the MacBook Pro. This guide covers everything that we know about the 15-inch ‌MacBook Air‌ so far.


Sizing
The 2022 version of the ‌MacBook Air‌ measures in at 13.6 inches, so a 15-inch version would be considerably larger. It would be sized between the 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, and it would be the largest version of the ‌MacBook Air‌ to date. One rumor suggests that the ‌MacBook Air‌ will measure in at 15.2 inches specifically.

At 15.2 inches, the ‌MacBook Air‌ would be 0.2 inches smaller than the previously available 15.4-inch ‌MacBook Air‌. With thinner bezels like the 2022 MacBook Air, a 15-inch ‌MacBook Air‌ could be notably smaller than the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro.

Apple has not offered the ‌MacBook Air‌ in two sizes since the 11-inch ‌MacBook Air‌ was discontinued in 2016.

Design
The 15-inch ‌MacBook Air‌ is expected to use the same general design as the 2022 13-inch ‌MacBook Air‌, which in turn takes design cues from the MacBook Pro. It will feature the flat-edged design with large Force Touch trackpad, keyboard with function keys, and no fan.

Like the ‌2022 MacBook Air‌, it is expected to include a MagSafe charging port, a 1080p camera, and an upgraded speaker system.

Display
Apple's 15-inch ‌MacBook Air‌ is not expected to include mini-LED or ProMotion display technology, with those features limited to the MacBook Pro models.

M2 and M2 Pro Chips
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said that Apple is working on a 15-inch notebook for launch in 2023. He didn't mention whether this Mac would be a ‌MacBook Air‌, but given other rumors, it seems likely.

Kuo believes the 15-inch MacBook will be available with both M2 and ‌M2‌ Pro chip options. The ‌M2‌ chip, used in the ‌2022 MacBook Air‌, features an 8-core GPU and up to a 10-core GPU, but we don't yet have details on the ‌M2‌ Pro.

Naming
Kuo has said that the 15-inch machine Apple is working on might not be in the ‌MacBook Air‌ line, but other rumors have referred to it as an Air.

Launch Date
The larger-screened 15-inch MacBook could be released as soon as the spring of 2023, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. Kuo has said the 15-inch machine will come in the second quarter of 2023 or later, and display analyst Ross Young also believes it's coming in 2023.

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Netflix Co-CEO Confirms Plans for Cheaper Ad-Supported Netflix Tier

Thu, 06/23/2022 - 20:20
Netflix is planning to implement a more affordable ad-supported tier to draw in customers who do not want to pay the $9.99 starting price for an ad-free plan, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos confirmed at the Cannes Lions advertising festival today (via The Hollywood Reporter).


The plan is aimed at people who think that Netflix is too expensive and who don't mind ads, with no changes planned for the existing Netflix tiers. "We've left a big customer segment off the table, which is people who say: 'Hey, Netflix is too expensive for me and I don't mind advertising,'" Sarandos said. "We are adding an ad tier; we're not adding ads to Netflix as you know it today. We're adding an ad tier for folks who say, 'Hey, I want a lower price and I'll watch ads.'"

Netflix is already in talks with ad-sales partners, and while Sarandos did not provide details on when the ad-supported tier might come out, Netflix has told employees internally that it is aiming for a launch before the end of 2022.

The Basic Netflix plan is priced at $9.99 and it offers 480p streaming, while the Standard plan is priced at $15.49 for 1080p resolution. Netflix's most expensive Premium plan, priced at $19.99 per month, is the sole tier that offers 4K HDR streaming. Netflix is the only streaming service that charges extra for improved streaming quality, and the ad-supported tier would presumably offer streaming quality similar to the Basic plan.

In addition to offering an ad-supported tier, Netflix is planning on cracking down on account sharing. In select countries, Netflix has been testing an extra payment for those who share their Netflix accounts with people outside of their households.

In the first quarter of 2022, Netflix said that it lost subscribers for the first time in 10 years. Revenue growth "slowed considerably," which the company blamed on "a large number of households sharing accounts" and "competition." Netflix estimates that 222 million paying households are sharing with an additional 100 million households that are not being monetized. Netflix has confirmed that it plans to implement "more effective monetization of multi-household sharing" in the future.

Sarandos said that he believes Netflix could return to growth with the changes that are planned. "We have plenty of scale and profitability and free cash flow to continue to grow this business," he said, suggesting that there's "still a lot of room to grow."Tag: Netflix
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Chrome for iOS Gains Enhanced Safe Browsing to Protect Users From Malicious Websites

Thu, 06/23/2022 - 18:52
Google today announced several updates that are coming to the Chrome browser on iPhone and iPad, including Enhanced Safe Browsing, a feature that is designed to provide users with better protection against phishing, malware, and other web-based threats.


If turned on, the Enhanced Safe Browsing feature will warn users proactively if web pages are dangerous, with the setting using Google's Safe Browsing function. Chrome will also warn if a username and login typed into the browser have been compromised in a third-party data breach.

Enhanced Safe Browsing has been available on the desktop and on Android for some time now, but it is also set to expand to iOS with the next Chrome update.

Along with Enhanced Safe Browsing, Chrome will also be able to be set as the Autofill provider, filling in logins and passwords on the ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌ in addition to the desktop.

An interface tweak will allow users to discover new content or start a fresh search in Chrome when the app hasn't been used in a while. Recent tabs will still be available, but Google wants to make it easier for users to browse content or get back to frequently visited sites more quickly.

Chrome Actions on iOS will let ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌ users type an action into the address bar to do things like clear browsing data, open an incognito tab, or set Chrome as the default browser, plus on-device machine learning is now available to translate websites faster into your language.

Google says that these features are coming in the next release, and that "even more innovation" is on the way for the iOS Chrome app. The Chrome app for ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌ can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]Tags: Google, Chrome for iOS
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New Siri Remote for Apple TV Seemingly Referenced in iOS 16 Beta

Thu, 06/23/2022 - 17:20
iOS 16 includes code-level references to what appears to be a new and unreleased version of the Siri Remote for the Apple TV.


The first two betas of iOS 16 include strings for "SiriRemote4" and "WirelessRemoteFirmware.4" that do not correspond with any existing Siri Remote, according to Aaronp613, a contributor at AppleDB, an online database of Apple software and devices.

Aaron said the original Siri Remote is identified as "SiriRemote," while a revised version of that remote with a white circle around the "Menu" button is "SiriRemote2," and the silver Siri Remote released last year is "SiriRemote3." This leads to the possibility that "SiriRemote4" is an upcoming remote for the Apple TV.

No additional details about "SiriRemote4" are mentioned in the code, so nothing is known about the remote's potential design or features at this time. The code findings also do not guarantee that Apple will move forward with releasing a new remote.

Last month, well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said a new Apple TV would launch in the second half of 2022 with an improved cost structure, suggesting that it could have a lower price than the existing Apple TV 4K, which starts at $179 in the United States. Kuo did not provide any additional details, so it is unclear if the new Siri Remote could be for a new lower-cost Apple TV later this year, but it is certainly a possibility.

The latest Apple TV model was released in April 2021 with a new Siri Remote that features a more practical design than the previous remote. A new tvOS 16 update for the Apple TV is currently in beta and expected to be released around September.Related Roundups: Apple TV, iOS 16, iPadOS 16Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Neutral)Related Forum: Apple TV and Home Theater
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Deals: Protect Your iPhone During Summer Trips With Case Sales From Nomad, Casely, and Pad & Quill

Thu, 06/23/2022 - 17:06
A trio of Apple accessory makers have introduced notable discounts on iPhone cases this week, offering up to 50 percent off protective cases for the iPhone 13, iPhone 12, and more.

Nomad
Starting with Nomad, our exclusive sale is taking 30 percent off the retailer's Sport Case lineup for the iPhone 13 family. Once you add one of the Sport Cases to your cart, you can enter the code MACRUMORS30 to see the discount. This sale will expire on Sunday.

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30% OFFNomad's Sport Cases for iPhone 13

At 30 percent off, Nomad's Sport Cases are priced at $27.97 with our exclusive code, down from $39.95. Cases are available for the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max, and come in five different colors.

Casely
Over at Casely, you can take 50 percent off the company's Power 2.0 smartphone cases. Thanks to the discount, these accessories are priced at $37.50, down from $75.00, and you won't need any coupon code to see the discounts.

50% OFFCasely's Power 2.0 Smartphone Cases

These cases fit a wide variety of iPhones, including iPhone 13 and iPhone 12, and as far back as iPhone 6 and iPhone X. The Power 2.0 feature includes a battery to fuel up your iPhone while on-the-go. Shoppers should note that this case style is not available for every iPhone model, but you can check by selecting a case design and choosing your iPhone model from the drop-down menu.

Pad & Quill
Pad & Quill is hosting a small sale on its leather folio cases for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. You can save as much as 50 percent during this event.

UP TO 50% OFFPad & Quill's Leather Folio iPhone Cases
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M1 vs. M2 Chip Buyer's Guide: How Much Better Really Is M2?

Thu, 06/23/2022 - 16:10
This month, Apple introduced the M2 chip – the second-generation custom silicon chip for the Mac. After the M1 chip revolutionized the Mac starting in November 2020, how much better really is the M2?


Apple says that the ‌M2‌ chip takes the performance per watt of the ‌M1‌ even further with an 18 percent faster CPU, a 35 percent more powerful GPU, and a 40 percent faster Neural Engine. There are also other significant enhancements such as more memory bandwidth and support for up to 24GB of unified memory.

As the second major iteration of Apple silicon, it may not be clear how significant of an improvement the ‌M2‌ is over the ‌M1‌, especially as it sticks with a 5nm fabrication process, contrary to some rumors that suggested a bigger performance and efficiency leap would be in store. The ‌M2‌ chip debuts in the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the redesigned MacBook Air, so the extent to which the ‌M2‌ is better than its predecessor could be an important consideration when purchasing a new Mac. Read on to learn more about the differences between the two chips.


M1 Chip

  • Made using TSMC's 5nm process (N5)

  • 16 billion transistors

  • 4 high-performance "Firestorm" cores

  • 4 energy-efficient "Icestorm" cores

  • 3.2GHz CPU clock speed

  • CPU cores first seen in the iPhone 12 lineup's A14 Bionic chip

  • 8-core GPU

  • Support for 8GB or 16GB unified memory

  • 68.25GB/s memory bandwidth

  • Neural Engine

  • Media engine for hardware-accelerated H.264 and HEVC

  • Video decode engine

  • Video encode engine

  • Image signal processor (ISP)




M2 Chip

  • Made with TSMC's enhanced 5nm process (N5P)

  • 20 billion transistors

  • 4 high-performance "Avalanche" cores

  • 4 energy-efficient "Blizzard" cores

  • 3.49GHz CPU clock speed

  • CPU cores first seen in the iPhone 13 lineup's A15 Bionic chip

  • 10-core GPU

  • Support for 8GB, 16GB, or 24GB unified memory

  • 100GB/s memory bandwidth

  • 40 percent faster Neural Engine

  • Media engine for hardware-accelerated H.264, HEVC, ProRes, and ProRes RAW

  • Higher-bandwidth video decode engine

  • Video encode engine

  • ProRes encode and decode engine

  • "New" image signal processor (ISP)




Fabrication Process and Transistors
Like the A14 Bionic, the ‌M1‌ chip is built using TSMC's first-generation 5nm fabrication process. On the other hand, the ‌M2‌ uses TSMC's second-generation 5nm process like the A15 Bionic chip. The ‌M2‌ adds four billion additional transistors for a total of 20 billion – 25 percent more than ‌M1‌. The enhanced 5nm fabrication process is at the heart of many of ‌M2‌'s performance and efficiency improvements.

CPU
The ‌M1‌ and ‌M2‌ both have four high-performance and four energy-efficient cores, but while the ‌M1‌ features "Firestorm" and "Icestorm" cores from the A14 Bionic chip, the ‌M2‌ offers "Avalanche" and "Blizzard" from the A15 Bionic chip. According to Apple, this results in 18 percent greater multithreaded performance than ‌M1‌.


In early Geekbench benchmarks, the ‌‌M2‌‌, which runs at 3.49GHz compared to 3.2GHz for the ‌‌M1‌‌, earned a single-core score of 1,919, which is roughly 12 percent faster than the 1,707 single-core score of the ‌‌M1‌‌ 13-inch MacBook Pro. The ‌‌M2‌‌ earned a multi-core score of 8,928, up about 20 percent from the 7,419 score of the ‌‌M1‌‌ model. This is right in line with Apple's claim that the ‌‌M2‌‌ chip is up to 18 percent faster than the ‌‌M1‌.

Both chips have high-performance cores with 192KB of L1 instruction cache and 128KB of L1 data cache. The energy-efficient cores have a 128KB L1 instruction cache, 64KB L1 data cache, and a shared 4MB L2 cache. The only difference here is that the shared L2 cache is larger on the ‌M2‌ chip — 16MB instead of 12MB on the ‌M1‌.

GPU
The ‌M2‌ features two more GPU cores over the ‌M1‌, resulting in a moderate boost in graphics performance. Apple says that the ‌M2‌ has up to 25 percent higher graphics performance than ‌M1‌ at the same power level, and up to 35 percent better performance at its max power. In early Geekbench Metal benchmarks, the ‌‌M2‌‌ chip scored 30,627, a notable improvement over the 21,001 score earned by the ‌‌M1‌‌.


Media Engine
Both the ‌M1‌ and the ‌M2‌ have dedicated video encode and decode engines for hardware-accelerated H.264 and HEVC, but the ‌M2‌'s video engines are also able to accelerate ProRes and ProRes RAW to enable playback of multiple streams of 4K and 8K video. In addition, the ‌M2‌'s media engine includes a higher-bandwidth video decoder, supporting 8K H.264 and HEVC video.

Unified Memory
The ‌M1‌ and the ‌M2‌ come in configurations with 8GB or 16GB of unified memory, but the ‌M2‌ adds an additional, top-tier 24GB configuration. The ‌M2‌'s memory controller can also deliver 100GB/s of unified memory bandwidth, a substantial improvement over the ‌M1‌'s 68.25GB/s memory bandwidth.

Other Improvements
‌M2‌ features improvements to several of Apple's custom silicon technologies. For example, the Neural Engine can process up to 15.8 trillion operations per second — over 40 percent more than ‌M1‌. The ‌M2‌ also contain's Apple's latest Secure Enclave and a new image signal processor (ISP) for better image noise reduction.

Final Thoughts
Overall, the ‌M2‌ chip offers moderate improvements over the ‌M1‌, even if most ‌M1‌ users are unlikely to notice significant improvements when upgrading to the ‌M2‌. The ‌M2‌'s advancements are generally worthwhile, if not transformative, and the chip is certain to provide a more up-to-date experience with lower-spec Apple silicon machines – especially for those coming from an Intel-based machine.

While the ‌M2‌ offers improvements across the board thanks to its enhanced 5nm process, updated cores, and additional GPU cores, the major upgrades come to users who need to work with video, as well as those who have memory-intensive workflows. The ‌M2‌'s higher-bandwidth video decoder and dedicated engine for ProRes and ProRes RAW video offer meaningful improvements for video editors, while the 24GB unified memory tier and 100GB/s of memory bandwidth significantly boost the capacity of ‌M2‌ machines to deal with memory-hungry applications and intense multitasking.Related Roundups: 13" MacBook Pro, MacBook AirTags: Apple Silicon, M1, M2Buyer's Guide: 13" MacBook Pro (Buy Now), MacBook Air (Buy Now)Related Forums: MacBook Pro, MacBook Air
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