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iOS 16.1 Beta Brings Adaptive Transparency to Original AirPods Pro

Thu, 09/29/2022 - 22:08
The third beta of iOS 16.1 that was released earlier this week expands the Adaptive Transparency feature introduced with the second-generation AirPods Pro to the original ‌AirPods Pro‌.


As noted on Reddit, first-generation ‌AirPods Pro‌ owners who also have the AirPods beta software will now see an "Adaptive Transparency" toggle in the AirPods section of the Settings app. The 5A304A beta firmware is required to see the setting.

Apple debuted Adaptive Transparency with the ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2. It is designed to allow the AirPods to block out loud sounds, such as sirens, construction work, or loud speakers at a concert without blocking out all noise.

The ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2 have an upgraded H2 chip that allows for Adaptive Transparency to work, so it is not yet clear how Adaptive Transparency with the H1 chip in the original ‌AirPods Pro‌ works in comparison.

(Thanks, Aaron!)Related Roundups: AirPods Pro, iOS 16, iPadOS 16Buyer's Guide: AirPods Pro (Buy Now)Related Forums: AirPods, iOS 16
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Apple Procurement VP Departs Company After Vulgar TikTok Comment

Thu, 09/29/2022 - 21:38
Tony Blevins, Apple's vice president of procurement, is set to depart the company after he made a crude comment about his profession in a recent TikTok video, reports Bloomberg.


Blevins was in a video by TikTok creator Daniel Mac, who was doing a series on the jobs of people he spotted with expensive cars. After seeing Blevins in an expensive Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, Mac asked Blevins what he does for a living, and Blevins had a lewd response. From Bloomberg:When asked what he does for a living, Blevins said, "I have rich cars, play golf and fondle big-breasted women, but I take weekends and major holidays off." He also touted that he has a "hell of a dental plan." [...]

The TikTok video was taken at a car show that Blevins attended last month in Pebble Beach, California. His remarks in the 25-second clip reference a line from the 1981 movie Arthur, where main character Arthur Bach describes his own career: "I race cars, play tennis and fondle women, but I have weekends off and I am my own boss."Blevins is in fact a high-ranking executive at Apple, and as Apple's vice president of procurement, his job was to work with suppliers and Apple partners. He was part of the team that inked a deal with Globalstar for Apple's iPhone 14 satellite functionality, and he has a reputation for aggressively negotiating with Apple suppliers to bring down Apple's costs.

In a 2020 profile, The Wall Street Journal said that Blevins had earned the nickname "the Blevinator" within Apple because of his tough stance on negotiations. Blevins was said to be the one encouraging Apple suppliers to deprive Qualcomm of royalty payments during the Qualcomm v. Apple dispute, and he was personally tapped by Apple CEO Tim Cook to manage negotiations for the Apple Park campus.

Apple held an internal investigation after learning about the TikTok video, and afterward, he was removed from his team of a dozen direct reports and several hundred employees. Blevins told Bloomberg that he was sorry for what he said. "I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to anyone who was offended by my mistaken attempt at humor," he said.

An Apple spokesperson also confirmed that Blevins will be leaving the company, a decision that came down to Apple's senior vice president of operations, Jeff Williams. Williams will be overseeing Blevins' team following his departure.
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Hyper Recalls HyperJuice GaN Stackable Chargers and 130W Battery Pack Due to Fire Risk

Thu, 09/29/2022 - 18:48
Accessory maker Hyper is recalling its 65W and 100W HyperJuice Stackable GaN Chargers and its 130W Battery Pack because of a product design issue that can cause them to overheat while charging. Hyper says that this can lead to a "potential fire hazard."


Affected stackable products include the 65W and 100W GaN chargers that were initially introduced in 2021. Each one features a pass-through AC power outlet rated up to 1500W for stacking multiple units on top of one another. Each 100W unit featured three USB-C ports and one 18W USB-A port, while each 65W unit included two USB-C ports and one USB-A port.


The USB-C 130W Battery Pack was released in 2019, offering a 27,000mAh battery capacity. It included two USB-C ports and a USB-A port.


If you own one of the HyperJuice Stackable GaN Chargers or the 130W Battery Pack, Hyper is providing a one-time store credit in the full amount of the purchase price. There is no option for a cash refund for those who are no longer interested in owning Hyper products.

Turns out I apparently wasn’t the only one having to get multiple replacement units for this charger. They all smelled like burnt out electronics and stopped working after a few months.

"Voluntary Recall of HYPER HyperJuice GaN Charger 65W (HJ414) and 100W (HJ417)”: pic.twitter.com/2r0qGvCcGY

— Holger Eilhard (@holgr) September 29, 2022
According to the recall site, approximately 18,200 Stackable Chargers were sold, and 13,700 battery packs were sold. Two battery packs overheated, resulting in smoke, melting, and property damage, and there were seven reports about the Stackable chargers. No injuries have been reported.

Consumers should stop using all of the recalled products immediately because of the fire risk.

Hyper is providing customers with a self-addressed prepaid shipping label for the return of affected units. Store credits will be issued when the product is returned or, if the product is no longer available, proof of purchase. Customers can learn more on Hyper's website.Tag: Hyper
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Google Shutting Down Stadia Cloud Gaming Platform

Thu, 09/29/2022 - 18:27
Google today announced that it is shutting down its Stadia cloud gaming service, with access set to end in mid-January 2023. Google will be providing refunds for all hardware purchases, all game purchases, and all purchases of in-app add-on content made through the Stadia store.


Stadia was not able to gain the traction with users that Google was expecting, which is why it is being shuttered.For many years, Google has invested across multiple aspects of the gaming industry. We help developers build and distribute gaming apps on Google Play and Google Play Games. Gaming creators are reaching audiences around the world on YouTube through videos, live streaming and Shorts. And our cloud streaming technology delivers immersive gameplay at massive scale.

A few years ago, we also launched a consumer gaming service, Stadia. And while Stadia's approach to streaming games for consumers was built on a strong technology foundation, it hasn't gained the traction with users that we expected so we've made the difficult decision to begin winding down our Stadia streaming service.Players can access their games library and play through January 18, 2023, with Google expecting most refunds to be complete in mid-January. During the winding down process, some games may have gameplay issues, especially games requiring commerce, but the majority will "continue to work normally."

While all hardware purchases and all software transactions will be refunded, Google is not refunding Stadia Pro subscriptions.We will be offering refunds for all Stadia hardware purchases (Stadia Controller, Founders Edition, Premiere Edition, and Play and Watch with Google TV packages) made through the Google Store and software transactions (games and add-on purchases) through the Stadia store. Stadia Pro subscriptions are not eligible for refund, however you will be able to continue playing your games in Pro without further charges until the final wind down date.Ahead of the shutdown, the Stadia store has been shuttered and all commerce on the Stadia platform, including in-game transactions, has ended. More information on refunds for Stadia users can be found on Google's website.

Google Stadia has only been around since 2019, having launched in November of that year. The service was designed to allow for cloud-based gaming across a range of devices, including PCs, Chromebooks, Macs, iPhones, and iPads.Tag: Google
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Five Wallpaper Apps to Check Out for iOS 16's New Lock Screen Depth Effect

Thu, 09/29/2022 - 18:08
One of the biggest new features in iOS 16 is a completely redesigned iPhone Lock Screen. The new Lock Screen is entirely customizable, letting you change the colors and fonts, add widgets and new wallpapers, and more to make your ‌iPhone‌ uniquely yours.


Of course, even before ‌iOS 16‌, you could customize your Lock Screen with a wallpaper of your choice. ‌iOS 16‌ takes the Lock Screen wallpaper experience even further by introducing a new effect to images. With ‌iOS 16‌, users can choose a new multilayered effect for wallpapers so that the subject of the photos is set in front of the time, creating a depth effect.



‌iOS 16‌ will automatically suggest wallpaper photos for you based on your own personal Photos library, but some users may want even more choices. To help, we've rounded up five apps to check out that offer wallpapers that work with ‌iOS 16‌'s new Lock Screen depth effect.



Note: All apps are free to download and use, but most offer in-app purchases for an ad-free experience and to unlock premium wallpapers.

In addition to new depth effect wallpapers, users can customize the font and color of the time and date on the Lock Screen. Additionally, users can now add widgets to their Lock Screen, offering timely information without needing to unlock their phone. A growing number of third-party apps have introduced ‌iOS 16‌ Lock Screen widget support, and you can check some of the early additions in our guide. Related Roundups: iOS 16, iPadOS 16Related Forum: iOS 16
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iPadOS 16 Beta Expands 'Zoomed Out' Display Option to Older 11-Inch iPad Pros

Thu, 09/29/2022 - 17:19
The latest iPadOS 16 beta released earlier this week expands a Display Zoom option for more screen space to 2018 and 2020 models of the 11-inch iPad Pro with A12X and A12Z chips. The feature was previously limited to iPad models with the M1 chip.


The feature can be enabled in the Settings app by tapping Display & Brightness → Display Zoom → More Space. Apple says this mode gives users more screen space to work with by scaling the display's resolution, which can be useful for features like Split View and Stage Manager. Apple announced earlier this week that Stage Manager is expanding to 2018 and newer iPad Pro models, albeit without external display support.

Screenshot: Taimur Asad
For the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the More Space option is still limited to the model with the M1 chip, according to developer Steve Troughton-Smith.

iPadOS 16 remains in beta testing and will be released as iPadOS 16.1 in October.

(Thanks, Erik Landi!)Related Roundup: iPad ProBuyer's Guide: 11" iPad Pro (Don't Buy)Related Forum: iPad
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Camera Comparison: iPhone 14 Pro Max vs. iPhone 13 Pro Max

Thu, 09/29/2022 - 16:44
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max introduce some major improvements in camera technology, adding a 48-megapixel lens and low-light improvements across all lenses with the new Photonic Engine. We've spent the last week working on an in-depth comparison that pits the new ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max against the prior-generation iPhone 13 Pro Max to see just how much better the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max can be.

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Though there's a 48-megapixel lens, the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ models are using pixel binning to combine four pixels into one, resulting in a standard 12-megapixel photo unless 48-megapixel images are enabled through the ProRAW toggle. When comparing a 12-megapixel image from the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max to a 12-megapixel image from the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max, there's not an immediate difference in quality, especially when lighting is ideal.


You will see some improvements in shadows and highlights for improved HDR, and the colors can be more vibrant on the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max, but it's a subtle difference in most cases.

Where you'll notice the biggest upgrade is turning on ProRAW for those higher quality 48-megapixel images. There is so much more detail in the 48-megapixel image compared to the 12-megapixel image from the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max, but file size is a major downside. 48-megapixel images can be over 60MB in size, which will quickly eat up your iPhone storage. Still, if you want to take a special photo in the highest quality, toggle on that ProRAW option and you'll see notable improvements over what you can get from the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max.


Apple is using the 48-megapixel camera for a new 2x telephoto option, which crops in to the image from the full resolution. This adds a whole new focal length to the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ models, with the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ models limited to 3x telephoto. 2x telephoto is a great length for portraits or if you just want to zoom in a bit, and because it's the main camera, the quality is better than you get with the telephoto lens even with the crop.


According to Apple, the Photonic Engine that is designed to enable Deep Fusion earlier in the computational photography process brings at least 2x improvement to all of the camera lenses, but it's hard to see that improvement in full in side by side Night Mode photos from the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max and ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max.


There's less noise and less light reflection in the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max ‌Night Mode‌ photos, so there is a difference, but it's not night and day. Some of the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max photos can also look brighter, but there are no drastic upgrades here because the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max was already great.


As for video, Apple added Action Mode, which is meant to mimic the stabilization you get with a gimbal, plus there are improvements to Cinematic Mode. Cinematic Mode now works in 4K at 24fps, up from the max 1080p resolution on the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max, so it's just more flexible for those who like to shoot in 4K.

Action Mode does indeed improve stabilization when you're shooting video while moving, so it's useful for filming a pet or a child while running, or taking action shots. Since it's limited to 2.8K resolution, you probably won't want to have it enabled at all times because it's a downgrade over 4K, but it's a solid feature if you need the extra stabilization. In many cases, you may not need the stabilization boost provided by Action Mode as the built-in default stabilization is good enough.


The ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max cameras are a definite improvement over the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max cameras, but the new features for most people will only be used every now and then rather than on a daily basis. If you've already got an ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max, it's probably not worth upgrading just for the camera alone, but there are of course other features to consider like Dynamic Island, always-on display technology, Emergency SOS via Satellite, and Crash Detection.

What do you think of the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max camera compared to the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max camera? Let us know in the comments below and make sure to watch the full video to see both smartphones in action.Related Roundup: iPhone 14 ProBuyer's Guide: iPhone 14 Pro (Buy Now)Related Forum: iPhone
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Tim Cook: Not Too Long From Now, You'll Wonder How You Led Your Life Without AR

Thu, 09/29/2022 - 16:26
Speaking at Università Degli Studi di Napoli Federico II in Naples, Italy, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that not too long from today, people will wonder how they led a life without augmented reality, stressing the "profound" impact it will have on the not so distant future.


At the university, Cook was awarded an Honorary Degree in Innovation and International Management and also sat down for a Q&A session with students. Responding to a question from a student on what future technologies excite him the most, Cook pointed to artificial intelligence, calling it a "fundamental, horizontal technology that will touch everything in our lives," ranging from innovations in the Apple Watch to "many other things" Apple is working on.

Cook, more importantly, stressed his excitement for augmented reality. Cook suggested that augmented reality's impact on the world will be as profound as the internet itself, saying people will wonder how they led a life without it. As he was speaking on augmented reality, the live stream of the Q&A session abruptly cut, so Cook's full comment on the subject is not publicly known.
I'm super excited about augmented reality. Because I think that we've had a great conversation here today, but if we could augment that with something from the virtual world, it would have arguably been even better. So I think that if you, and this will happen clearly not too long from now, if you look back at a point in time, you know, zoom out to the future and look back, you'll wonder how you led your life without augmented reality. Just like today, we wonder, how did people like me grow up without the internet. And so I think it could be that profound, and it's not going to be profound overnight...Cook has in the past expressed his personal excitement for augmented reality and has hinted that Apple is working on AR/VR products. The company's first AR/VR product, a high-end headset rumored to be called "Reality Pro," is expected to be announced as soon as January. The headset has been in development for several years and will be Apple's first major new product since the "One more thing" introduction of the Apple Watch in 2014.

"Reality Pro" is rumored to feature a lightweight design, two 4K micro-OLED displays, 15 optical modules, two main processors, Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, eye tracking, and more. The headset will run the realityOS operating system, which was seemingly confirmed by App Store logs. The device is expected to cost somewhere around $3,000, with a more affordable option reportedly in the works. Related Roundup: Apple GlassesTag: Tim CookRelated Forum: Apple Glasses, AR and VR
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Deals: Take $69 Off AirPods Pro With MagSafe and $9 Off AirPods Pro 2 on Amazon

Thu, 09/29/2022 - 15:47
Amazon has knocked the price of the new AirPods Pro 2 down to $239.98, from $249.00. We first saw this deal about two weeks ago and it disappeared after a few days, so if you're interested in the new wireless earbuds and want to save a bit of money, now's a good time to buy.

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Although this is only a $9 discount on the AirPods Pro 2, this deal remains notable as it's the first price drop we've tracked on the device. Amazon has the headphones in stock and ready to ship, with a delivery date between October 1 and 4.

$9 OFFAirPods Pro 2 for $239.98

If you're looking for a cheaper pair of AirPods Pro and are okay with a model that's now a previous generation, the 2021 AirPods Pro are $179.98 on Amazon, down from $249.00. This is a second-best price on the AirPods Pro with MagSafe.

$69 OFFAirPods Pro for $179.98

Head to our full Deals Roundup to get caught up with all of the latest deals and discounts that we've been tracking over the past week.Related Roundup: Apple Deals
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Adobe Launches Premiere and Photoshop Elements 2023

Thu, 09/29/2022 - 15:00
Adobe today debuted new versions of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, the company's affordable photo and video editing software aimed at casual users who want to enhance their photos and videos with easy to use editing tools.


There are new AI-powered features that are available across both Premiere and Photoshop. A new Moving Elements option, for example, is designed to let users add a moving element into a still photo in Photoshop Elements that can be saved as an MP4 or a GIF.

Peek-through Overlays have been added to create a depth illusion by framing the subject with vignettes of flowers, leaves, grass, and more, and there are new backgrounds, patterns, and skies that can be inserted into photos.


Guided edits, which walk users through different photo effects, can be searched using keyword tags, and there are new collage and slideshow templates for both Photoshop and Premiere Elements.

Premiere Elements includes a new Artistic effects feature that allows video clips to be transformed with styles that are inspired by famous works of art, plus there are more than 100 new audio tracks.


Adobe says that performance and stability improvements allow for a 35 percent faster installation, and 50 percent faster launch times. With full Apple silicon support for M1 Macs, the apps are able to launch up to 70 percent faster. App sizes have also been reduced by 48 percent.

Finally, Adobe is testing a new Photoshop and Premiere Elements web companion app, which is available in a beta capacity. The app allows content created in Photoshop and Premiere Elements to be accessed from anywhere, with options to create slideshows and collages. There's also an Android app, but Adobe has made no mention of an iOS app.

For more on the new features in Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, make sure to check out Adobe's website. The updates are available for purchase from Adobe for $99 each starting today, with bundle and upgrade pricing available.

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Apple's Website Suggests iPhone 14 Plus Was Originally Going to Be Named 'iPhone 14 Max'

Thu, 09/29/2022 - 12:57
Newly discovered references to the iPhone 14 Plus as "‌iPhone 14‌ Max" on Apple's website suggest this was the name originally intended for the low-end 6.7-inch device before the company changed its mind at short notice.


As spotted by the Dutch blog iCreate, in two instances on the company's website, Apple refers to the ‌iPhone 14‌ Plus as the "‌iPhone 14‌ Max." Firstly, in a support document that helps users identify their iPhone, the image of ‌iPhone 14‌ Plus models in five colors is named "iPhone-14-Max-colors."


Secondly, on a page that provides compliance and regulatory information for the company's products, Apple plainly lists "‌iPhone 14‌ Max" with the ‌iPhone 14‌ Plus model number, alongside the ‌iPhone 14‌, iPhone 14 Pro, and ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max.


The ‌iPhone 14‌ rumor cycle widely referenced the lineup's larger low-end model as the ‌iPhone 14‌ Max. It was not until a week before Apple's ‌iPhone‌ launch event that a leak suggested it would be called the ‌iPhone 14‌ Plus instead, re-using the "Plus" name for the first time since the ‌iPhone‌ 8.

The 6.1-inch ‌iPhone 14‌ and the 6.7-inch ‌iPhone 14‌ Plus share the same features and cameras, with the latter model featuring a larger screen and battery. Apple may have felt that the "Plus" name was better suited for a device that offered all the same features as the smaller variant but in a larger form. The ‌iPhone 14‌ Plus became available for pre-order earlier this month and will begin arriving to customers on Friday, October 7. Related Roundup: iPhone 14Buyer's Guide: iPhone 14 (Buy Now)Related Forum: iPhone
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Microsoft to Kill Off SwiftKey for iOS and Delist From App Store on October 5

Thu, 09/29/2022 - 10:58
Microsoft is ending support for its SwiftKey predictive keyboard for iPhone and the app will be delisted from the App Store next week, the company confirmed on Wednesday.


Responding to a request from ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley for more information after a lack of updates to the app for over a year, director of product management at SwiftKey, Chris Wolfe, gave the following statement:
"As of October 5, support for SwiftKey iOS will end and it will be delisted from the Apple App Store. Microsoft will continue support for SwiftKey Android as well as the underlying technology that powers the Windows touch keyboard. For those customers who have SwiftKey installed on iOS, it will continue to work until it is manually uninstalled or a user gets a new device. Please visit Support.SwiftKey.com for more information." Microsoft did not give a reason for its decision to kill off the app, but Foley speculates that it may be related to Apple's policies about granting developers access to certain parts of its software, since if it chooses not to, "there's no easy or good way to make a product which needs integration to work."

Microsoft acquired SwiftKey in 2016. At the time, Microsoft said the keyboard was used on more than 300 million Android and iOS devices. The app uses a natural language processing algorithm that helps users type faster by predicting what they will type next. Microsoft plans to continue to support SwiftKey on Android for the foreseeable future.Tags: Microsoft, SwiftKey Keyboard
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Dark Sky Removed From iOS App Store Ahead of Upcoming Shutdown

Thu, 09/29/2022 - 01:27
The Dark Sky weather app that's owned by Apple is no longer available for download in the U.S. App Store, suggesting that it has been removed ahead of schedule.


Apple acquired Dark Sky back in March 2020 and has since incorporated elements of the app into the Weather app available on the iPhone (and soon, the iPad).

Dark Sky remained available for purchase as a standalone weather app after the acquisition, but the app's developers earlier this year said that the Dark Sky iOS app would no longer be available after December 31, 2022.

The Dark Sky blog suggested that when the app became unavailable at the end of 2022, already purchased versions would cease providing weather data, but as of now the app still works. It is not entirely clear if the removal of Dark Sky is actually some kind of glitch or if Apple has simply pulled it early.

While the Dark Sky app is officially shutting down at the end of December, the Dark Sky API and website will function until March 21, 2023. Developers who use the Dark Sky API can transition over to Apple's WeatherKit API.
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Apple to Announce Q4 2022 Earnings on October 27

Wed, 09/28/2022 - 23:16
Apple today updated its investor relations page to announce that it will share earnings results for the fourth fiscal quarter (third calendar quarter) of 2022 on Thursday, October 27.


The fourth quarter earnings call will provide insight into sales of the new iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, and ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max models, as well as the new Apple Watches. Apple's iPhones went on sale a week earlier this year and will have a more significant impact on the company's fourth quarter earnings results than the iPhone 13 in Q4 2021.

Apple declined to issue guidance for the fourth quarter of 2022, as it has done for the last two years. In the year-ago quarter, Apple posted revenue of $83.4 billion and net quarterly profit of $20.6 billion.

The quarterly earnings statement will be released at 1:30 PM Pacific/4:30 PM Eastern, with a conference call to discuss the report taking place at 2:00 PM Pacific/5:00 PM Eastern. MacRumors will provide coverage of both the earnings release and conference call on October 27.Tag: Earnings
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Kuo: iPhone 14 Pro Max Popularity Could Lead to More Differentiation Between iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max

Wed, 09/28/2022 - 19:22
Apple has seen high demand for the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max, which could lead the company to further differentiate the next-generation iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Apple could add exclusive features to the ‌iPhone 15‌ Pro Max in an effort to encourage more people to purchase the larger and more expensive device.


Kuo last week said that Apple asked manufacturing partners to ramp up production of the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ models due to strong demand, and today, he noted that the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max accounts for approximately 60 percent of the total order increase of the Pro models.

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I think this result will encourage Apple to create more differentiation between iPhone 15 Pro Max & 15 Pro to raise 15 Pro Max shipments and enhance the iPhone product mix.

— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) September 28, 2022
With the demand for the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ models, Apple has asked its suppliers to shift from iPhone 14 production to ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ production. Apple's ‌iPhone 14‌ and ‌iPhone 14‌ Plus are reportedly seeing demand that is "obviously lackluster," according to Kuo.

The suggestion that Apple might aim to further differentiate the 6.1 and 6.7-inch ‌iPhone 15‌ models is somewhat in line with a recent rumor that we heard from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, suggesting that instead of an "‌iPhone 15‌ Pro Max," we'll get an "‌iPhone 15‌ Ultra."

Gurman says that Apple could replace Pro Max branding with Ultra branding, and while he didn't mention additional features for the "Ultra" model, a name difference between the "Pro" and the "Ultra" could perhaps indicate that the larger ‌iPhone 15‌ would get features not available in the smaller Pro model.

As of right now, rumors indicate that the ‌iPhone 15‌ could see a design update with a swap to USB-C instead of Lightning and new periscope telephoto lens technology. Everything that we know about the ‌iPhone 15‌ so far can be found in our iPhone 15 roundup.Related Roundup: iPhone 15Tag: Ming-Chi KuoRelated Forum: iPhone
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Apple Seeds Seventh Public Beta of macOS 13 Ventura

Wed, 09/28/2022 - 19:10
Apple today seeded the seventh beta of macOS Ventura to its public beta testing group, allowing non-developers to test the new ‌macOS Ventura‌ operating system ahead of its release. The seventh beta comes following the sixth public beta and it corresponds with ninth developer beta released earlier this week.


Public beta testers can download the macOS 13 Ventura update from the Software Update section of the System Preferences app after installing the proper profile from Apple's beta software website.

‌macOS Ventura‌ introduces Stage Manager, a new multi-tasking option for focusing on a task while having other apps waiting in the wings. Stage Manager puts your main app front and center, tucking your other apps to the side for quick access.

Continuity Camera allows you to use your iPhone as a webcam for your Mac, offering much better camera quality than the built-in Mac camera. Apple is building special stands to hold the ‌iPhone‌ with a Mac, and there are neat features like Desk View, which uses the Ultra Wide lens.

Handoff now works with FaceTime so you can answer calls on the Mac and then transfer them over to another device, and Messages is gaining undo, edit, and mark as unread features. SharePlay now works in Messages in addition to ‌FaceTime‌, and the Mail app has been overhauled. Search is more relevant, emails can be scheduled, and there's even an option to undo an email for up to 10 seconds after it's sent.

Apple brought the Weather and Clock apps to the Mac, redesigned System Preferences and renamed it System Settings, and added support for Shared Tab Groups. Passwords are being replaced with more secure Passkeys in iOS 16 and ‌macOS Ventura‌, and there are updates to Spotlight, Visual Lookup, Live Text, and more.

There are a ton of other features in ‌macOS Ventura‌, and we have a full rundown available in our dedicated macOS Ventura roundup.Related Roundup: macOS VenturaRelated Forum: macOS Ventura
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Apple Seeds New Public Betas of iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 With Stage Manager for Older iPad Pro Models

Wed, 09/28/2022 - 19:04
Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming iOS 16.1 update to public beta testers, with the beta coming one week after Apple seeded the second public beta. Apple has also seeded a new public beta of iPadOS 16.1.


Public beta testers who have signed up for Apple's free beta testing program can download the ‌iOS 16.1 or iPadOS 16.1‌ betas over the air after installing the proper certificate from the Public Beta website.

With the latest iPadOS 16.1 beta, Apple has expanded Stage Manager to the 2018 and 2020 iPad Pro models, no longer limiting it to the M1 ‌iPad Pro‌ and the ‌M1‌ iPad Air. Stage Manager is a new way of multitasking on the iPad, allowing for four apps to be open at once with resizable windows. With the expansion of Stage Manager, Apple removed the feature that allows it to work with external displays. The functionality will return in a later beta and this option will remain limited to the ‌M1‌ iPads.

Apple says that iOS 16.1 will introduce Live Activities, an interactive notification feature designed to let you keep an eye on things happening in real time. Live Activities will be available on the Lock Screen and Dynamic Island, but you won't see them in the beta because developers are still working on implementing support.

The update includes a Clean Energy Charging feature in the United States that causes the iPhone to selectively charge at times when lower carbon emission electricity is available, plus it lays the groundwork for Matter, a smart home standard that Apple plans to begin supporting this fall.

The second developer beta of iOS 16.1 tweaked the design of the battery status bar icon, adding a visual indication of charge level. It also changed the battery font, updated the Lock Screen charging indicator, and fixed a copy and paste bug.

Other new features in iOS 16.1 include a deletable Wallet app, changes to the Lock Screen customizing interface, and more, with details available in our iOS 16.1 feature guide.
Related Roundups: iOS 16, iPadOS 16Related Forum: iOS 16
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iOS 16 Feature for Bypassing CAPTCHAs Will Soon Work With Many More Websites

Wed, 09/28/2022 - 18:36
iOS 16 has a new Automatic Verification feature that can bypass CAPTCHA prompts by automatically and privately verifying a user's device and Apple ID account via iCloud. The feature is designed to eliminate the need to tap on images of traffic lights or decipher squiggly text to prove that you are a real human being and not a robot.


Automatic Verification is limited to websites and apps that support Private Access Tokens, but adoption of the feature should get a big boost thanks to Cloudflare, which today announced that it is making a free API called Turnstile available to any website looking to eliminate CAPTCHAs — even if the website is not a Cloudflare customer.

Cloudflare explained how the technology works in a blog post:Private Access Tokens are built directly into Turnstile. While Turnstile has to look at some session data (like headers, user agent, and browser characteristics) to validate users without challenging them, Private Access Tokens allow us to minimize data collection by asking Apple to validate the device for us. In addition, Turnstile never looks for cookies (like a login cookie), or uses cookies to collect or store information of any kind. Cloudflare has a long track record of investing in user privacy, which we will continue with Turnstile.Turnstile is available in beta starting today via the Cloudflare dashboard or a sign-up form. As websites begin to adopt Turnstile, the prevalence of annoying CAPTCHAs across websites and apps will decrease over time.

Automatic Verification is enabled by default on iPhones running iOS 16 and can be found in the Settings app under Apple ID → Password & Security → Automatic Verification. The feature is also supported on iPadOS 16.1 and macOS Ventura, which both remain in beta testing and will be released in October, according to Apple.

(Thanks, Scott Buscemi!)Related Roundups: iOS 16, iPadOS 16Related Forum: iOS 16
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Square Officially Launches Support for Tap to Pay on iPhone

Wed, 09/28/2022 - 17:05
Square today publicly launched support for Tap to Pay on iPhone to sellers across the U.S., enabling small merchants and independent retailers to use their ‌iPhone‌ as a payment terminal.


Tap to Pay on ‌iPhone‌ allows sellers to accept contactless payments directly using an ‌iPhone‌, with no additional hardware or dongles required. The public launch follows Square's Early Access Program for Tap to Pay on iPhone that began in June.

The feature is available in the Square Point of Sale app for iOS on the ‌iPhone‌ XS or newer. Sellers simply need to open the app, ring up the sale, and present their ‌iPhone‌ to the buyer, who can then tap a contactless payment method such as Apple Pay on the top of the ‌iPhone‌. Square shared several case studies highlighting how sellers are taking advantage of Tap to Pay on ‌iPhone‌.

Apple announced Tap to Pay on ‌iPhone‌ back in February. Beyond Square, Apple is working with several partners on Tap to Pay on ‌iPhone‌, including Stripe, GoDaddy, and Chase. Apple began testing the feature at the Apple Park Visitor Center in May and has since rolled it out to Apple retail stores.Tags: Square, Tap to Pay on iPhone
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iOS 16.1 Beta 3 Lets You Preload In-App Content After Installing Apps So They're Ready to Go

Wed, 09/28/2022 - 16:31
In the latest iOS 16.1 beta, Apple has added a new toggle to the App Store's settings that allows apps to automatically begin downloading their in-app content after they're downloaded and before a user launches them for the first time.


"Automatically run apps in the background to download content before you first launch them," the description of the toggle says. With the new option enabled, after a user installs an app from the ‌App Store‌, it'll automatically begin running in the background to download their in-app content so that when the user opens the app for the first time, it's ready to go.

The new toggle was added in iOS 16.1 beta 3 and macOS Ventura beta 9. Also, in the latest ‌macOS Ventura‌ beta, Apple has a new dynamic version of its Ventura marketing wallpaper.Related Roundups: iOS 16, iPadOS 16Related Forum: iOS 16
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