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Top Stories: iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, Apple Watch Series 5, New iPad, and More

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 15:00
Apple's biggest product unveiling of the year is now in our rear-view mirror, with the company taking the wraps off of new iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad models while also prepping for the launch of its new Apple Arcade and Apple TV+ services.

Pre-orders for all of the new devices are now underway, and we're looking forward to next Thursday's release of iOS 13 and watchOS 6, followed the next day by the new iPhone and Apple Watch models. Read on for more details on Apple's announcements from this week!

Everything Apple Announced at This Week's iPhone Event in Just Seven Minutes
Apple's highly anticipated September media event on Tuesday saw the company unveil its latest iPhone and Apple Watch models, as well as an updated entry-level iPad. We also got final details on the upcoming Apple Arcade and Apple TV+ subscription services.


While there were quite a few announcements at the event, we didn't quite get everything we were hoping for, perhaps setting the stage for an October event where we could see Mac and iPad Pro updates, as well as the Tile-like item tracker Apple has been working on.

Make sure to check out our recap video summing everything up in just seven minutes, as well as links to all of our news stories from the event.

Apple Announces iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max With Triple-Lens Rear Camera and Midnight Green Color
The successors to the iPhone XS and XS Max debuted as the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, and as expected, both sizes come with triple-lens rear cameras for improved photo and video capabilities.


The devices are available in four colors including a new Midnight Green, and they come with a more durable textured matte glass back and improved water resistance. An improved Super Retina XDR display and A13 Bionic chip drive performance gains, while the new iPhones also get four to five additional hours of battery life compared to their predecessors. The also now come with a faster 18-watt USB-C power adapter in the box.

The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max became available for pre-order on Friday at 5:00 a.m. Pacific Time, and they will officially launch on Friday, September 20. Pre-order supplies started to sell out fairly quickly, however, so those ordering now may have to wait until after Friday to receive their phones.

Apple Unveils iPhone 11 With Dual-Lens Rear Camera, Six New Colors, Dolby Atmos, and More
Apple's lowest-cost new iPhone is the iPhone 11, the successor to last year's iPhone XR. The iPhone 11 includes a number of upgrades such as a dual-lens rear camera, six new colors, an A13 Bionic chip, and Dolby Atmos sound.


Camera upgrades include a dual-lens rear camera with 12-megapixel wide-angle and 12-megapixel ultra-wide lenses, a Night Mode for capturing ultra low-light photos, and Smart HDR.

The iPhone 11 starts at $699, which is $50 less than the iPhone XR, and as with the iPhone 11 Pro, pre-orders kicked off at 5:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday, September 13 ahead of availability on Friday, September 20.

Apple Announces Apple Watch Series 5 With Always-On Retina Display and New Titanium Case Option
The Apple Watch Series 5 comes with new titanium and ceramic case options as rumored, but one big change remained a surprise until it was announced: an always-on display.


Other improvements include a built-in compass and an updated Maps app for improved navigation, as well as support for international emergency calls on cellular models. The new Apple Watch Studio also lets you customize your watch with whichever casing and band combination you prefer.

Apple Watch Series 5 is available for pre-order now ahead of a September 20 launch, starting at $399 for GPS models and $499 for cellular models, although launch-day deliveries of some models are no longer available. Apple Watch Series 3 models also remain available starting at just $199.

Apple Unveils New Low-Cost 10.2-inch iPad Starting at $329
In line with last-minute rumors, Apple at this week's event revealed a new 7th-generation iPad, bringing updated specs including a larger 10.2-inch display, an A10 Fusion chip, and a Smart Connector for attaching a Smart Keyboard.


The new iPad is priced starting at $329 ($299 for education customers) with pre-orders available now ahead of a September 30 launch date.

Apple to Release iOS 13 on September 19, iOS 13.1 and iPadOS on September 30
Ahead of the launch of the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro on September 20, Apple announced that it will be releasing iOS 13 on Thursday, September 19. iPad support will not be included, however, with Apple quickly following iOS 13 with an iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1 release on September 30.


For Apple Watch owners, watchOS 6 will be launching for Series 3 and newer on September 19, with Series 1 and Series 2 following later in the fall. As for macOS Catalina, Apple says it will be launching in October.

Apple's upcoming subscription services also received launch dates, with Apple Arcade launching September 19 for $4.99/month for the whole family, with a one-month free trial. Apple TV+ will launch on November 1, also priced at $4.99/month with a seven-day free trial. Users will, however, receive a free year of Apple TV+ with the purchase of a new iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod touch, or Apple TV.

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iPhone 11 Pre-Order Statuses Begin Shifting to 'Preparing to Ship'

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 05:20
On the same day that iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max pre-orders began, some customers are already beginning to see their order statuses shift from "processing" to "preparing to ship" on Apple's website.

Once an order has reached "preparing to ship" status, it can no longer be canceled, although customers still have 14 days to return the iPhone upon receiving it for a full refund. Once orders reached "shipped" status in the United States, they can usually be tracked on UPS's or FedEx's websites.

Credit: Mark Gurman
Credit: Joe Chott
If your order has a Friday, September 20 delivery estimate, but has yet to reach "preparing to ship" status, this should change over the next few days. To check the status of your order, visit the Order Listing page on Apple's website.

The first deliveries to customers and in-store availability will begin Friday, September 20.

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Related Roundups: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 ProBuyer's Guide: iPhone 11 (Buy Now), iPhone 11 Pro (Buy Now)
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Disney's Bob Iger Resigns From Apple's Board of Directors

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 23:39
Disney chief executive and chairman Bob Iger has resigned from Apple's board of directors as Apple and Disney prepare to launch competing streaming services, Apple announced today in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Iger resigned on September 10, the same day that Apple shared additional information on Apple TV+, which will cost $4.99 per month and will be launching November 1.

Image via Bloomberg
With the launches of both the Disney+ streaming service and Apple TV+ looming, there was speculation that Iger was at risk of losing his seat on Apple's board as Disney+ will be a major Apple TV+ competitor.

Both services will offer original streaming television shows and movies, with Disney+ priced at $6.99 per month and also set to launch in November.

Iger in April said that he didn't believe his role on Apple's board was problematic and that at the time, he was leaving board meetings whenever streaming services came up. He said he had to leave infrequently because TV was a "very small business" to Apple comparative to other areas like hardware, but with Apple TV+ set to launch soon, his position has changed.

Bob Iger first joined Apple's board of directors back in 2011, one month after the death of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

In a statement shared by The New York Times, Iger called Apple one of the world's most admired companies."I have the utmost respect for Tim Cook, his team at Apple and for my fellow board members. Apple is one of the world's most admired companies, known for the quality and integrity of its products and its people, and I am forever grateful to have served as a member of the company's board."Apple in turn called Iger an "exemplary" board member and a trusted business partner."More than anything, Bob is our friend. He leads with his heart, and he has always been generous with his time and advice. While we will greatly miss his contributions as a board member, we respect his decision, and we have every expectation that our relationship with both Bob and Disney will continue far into the future."With Iger's departure, Apple's board of directors includes seven members, which makes it one of the smallest among the major tech companies. Other board members include Art Levinson, James Bell, Al Gore, Tim Cook, Andrea Jung, Ronald Sugar, and Susan Wagner.

Tags: Apple Board of Directors, Disney, Apple TV
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Subscription Movie Ticket Service MoviePass Officially Shutting Down

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 22:22
Struggling movie ticket subscription MoviePass is finally shutting down after months of questionable policy changes and what seems like a never ending stream of negative press due to an inability to make money.

In a press release shared on Friday, MoviePass parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics said that the MoviePass service would be shutting down for all subscribers on September 14, 2019 because efforts to recapitalize the service "have not been successful to date."


At this time, the company says that it is not able to predict if and when the MoviePass service will resume though it is "continuing efforts to seek financing to fund its operations."

MoviePass first launched its unlimited plan in 2017, promising customers unrestricted movie access for $9.99 per month, an effort that failed catastrophically within a matter of months.

MoviePass was providing customers with debit cards and paying full price for each movie ticket despite the low monthly fee, with the expectation that deals with movie theaters and customer data would make up for the cost.

In mid-2018, MoviePass ran out of money and was reportedly losing up to $40 million per month, and at that point, the company began cutting back on the quality of service by limiting movie access, raising prices, and even temporarily shutting down.

MoviePass even tried changing the passwords of its most active users in an attempt to save money.

Despite all of its efforts, MoviePass has not managed to retain enough customers to be profitable (going from three million subscribers last year to 225,000), and it hasn't helped that in August, an unencrypted MoviePass database leaked thousands of customer records.


Tag: MoviePass
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Apple Disputes Goldman Sachs Analyst Report Claiming Free Year of Apple TV+ Will Impact Earnings

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 20:22
Goldman Sachs this morning cut its target price for Apple's stock from $187 a share to $165 a share, claiming Apple's plans to give away free access to its upcoming Apple TV+ service will cause a "material negative impact" on earnings because of how the accounting for the service will work.


Goldman Sachs' Rod Hall said that Apple would account for the one-year free trial as a combined hardware and services bundle discount, which would show lower hardware profit margins."We believe that Apple plans to account for its 1-year trial for TV+ as a ~$60 discount to a combined hardware and services bundle," wrote Goldman analyst Rod Hall, in a note.

"Effectively, Apple's method of accounting moves revenue from hardware to Services even though customers do not perceive themselves to be paying for TV+. Though this might appear convenient for Apple's services revenue line it is equally inconvenient for both apparent hardware ASPs and margins in high sales quarters like the upcoming FQ1′20 to December," Hall added.Apple in a statement to CNBC disputed Goldman Sachs' negative call and said that it does not expect the introduction of Apple TV+ to have an impact on its financial results."We do not expect the introduction of Apple TV+, including the accounting treatment for the service, to have a material impact on our financial results," the company said in a statement to CNBC.Apple is planning to provide one free year of Apple TV+ access to all customers who purchase an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, or Mac, aka any device able to play the service's TV shows and movies.

For those who do not get Apple TV+ for free through a device purchase, Apple is charging $4.99 per month for the entire family. Apple TV+ is set to launch on Friday, November 1.

Tag: AAPL
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Apple Shares New iPhone 11 Pro Videos Highlighting Durability and Camera Capabilities

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 20:08
Following the launch of iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro pre-orders, Apple today shared two new videos highlighting iPhone 11 Pro features.

The first video features random objects, food, and water being hurled at the iPhone 11 Pro to demonstrate the device's increased durability.


Apple says its new iPhones are made from a tougher glass and both the 11 and 11 Pro have improved IP68 water resistance ratings.

The second video highlights the new triple-lens camera system with 12-megapixel wide, ultra wide, and telephoto lenses.


In the video, a dog enters a wind simulator and the iPhone's three cameras are used to demonstrate the different focal lengths and also Night Mode, which is designed to take bright, crisp photos even in very low lighting conditions.

Pricing on Apple's iPhone 11 Pro starts at $999, and the device is available for pre-order starting today. It will begin arriving in the hands of customers on Friday, September 20.

Related Roundups: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 ProTag: Apple adsBuyer's Guide: iPhone 11 (Buy Now), iPhone 11 Pro (Buy Now)
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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Jackery Explorer 500 Portable Power Station and Solar Charger

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 20:05
For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Jackery to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Jackery Explorer 500 Portable Power Station and a Jackery Solar Saga 100W Solar Panel.

Jackery offers an entire lineup of portable power supply options, and the Jackery Explorer 500, priced at $500, is one of the higher-end options available with the most power.


The Jackery 500 features a pure sine wave AC outlet, a 12V/10A carport, and 5V/2.4A USB-A ports. It's able to power all kinds of appliances and accessories, including TVs, projects, small blenders, and more, so long as whatever's being charged is under 500 watts.


The carport and USB-A ports are able to charge all of your car appliances like car coolers, air pumps, vacuums, and more, plus power laptops, phones, and other electronics.


There's 518Wh of power available, which makes this ideal for providing power for a night of camping or having on hand in case of an emergency. All of Jackery's devices are UL certified.


It can be charged without electrical power using a Jackery Solar Saga 100W solar panel, priced at $349.99. The solar panel features high conversion efficiency up to 23 percent, and it works well with Jackery's Explorer line (160, 240, and 500 models) along with the HLS290 Power Station.


The solar panel is equipped with a USB-A port and a USB-C port so it can also directly charge and power small electronics. Charging the Jackery 500 Portable Power Station to full takes approximately 14 hours from the solar panel or 8 hours from a standard wall outlet.

To enter to win the giveaway, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

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Jackery Power Station and Solar PanelThe contest will run from today (September 13) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on September 20. The winner will be chosen randomly on September 20 and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before a new winner is picked.

For those who do not win, Jackery is offering a $100 discount on the Jackery Explorer 500 Portable Power Station. Just enter the promo code "VAU4JGKD" when checking out to get the deal.

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Apple Watch Series 5 Titanium Models Weigh Up to 13% Less Than Stainless Steel Models

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 19:05
When the Apple Watch Series 5 lineup was introduced earlier this week, tech specs on Apple's website listed incorrect weights for the new models based on Series 4 weights. Apple has since corrected the data, providing for an accurate comparison of the new titanium casing option with stainless steel.


40mm and 44mm titanium Series 5 models weigh 35.1 and 41.7 grams respectively, according to Apple, which is up to 13 percent lighter than the 40mm and 44mm stainless steel Series 5 models at 40.6 and 47.8 grams respectively.

Meanwhile, 40mm and 44mm aluminum Series 5 models weigh 30.8 and 36.5 grams respectively, which is virtually the same as aluminum Series 4 models. And the ceramic Series 5 models weigh 39.7 and 46.7 grams respectively, making them slightly lighter than ceramic Series 3 models, despite having larger displays.

Apple Watch Series 5 pre-orders began earlier this week, with deliveries to customers and in-store availability starting Friday, September 20. Key features include an always-on display, a new Compass app, international emergency calling on cellular models, 32GB of storage, and the new casing options.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5, watchOS 6Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Buy Now)
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J.J. Abrams Declined Apple's $500 Million Offer Because it Would Have Restricted Bad Robot Productions to Apple TV+

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 17:53
A new article by The Hollywood Reporter today sheds light on why director/producer J.J. Abrams declined a big deal with Apple, which would have seen his Bad Robot production company become one of the main creators for exclusive content on Apple TV+.


According to sources, Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath wanted to be able to sell Bad Robot's content to other outlets. Of course, Apple wanted the company to exclusively produce shows and movies that would only be made available on Apple TV+ and nowhere else. Ultimately, Abrams decided to stick with WarnerMedia, which offered far less than Apple.
Sources familiar with the deal say it is less about money and more about the larger opportunities that come with an established media giant like WarnerMedia. Abrams is said to have wanted a set number of guaranteed slots on Warner Bros.' feature film release calendar, though it's unclear if that was included in the new agreement. With Warners, Abrams has the ability to create new features that could see his new deal reach the billions if he's able to create a successful franchise. Now that Bad Robot remains under WarnerMedia, the company is able to create shows like "Lisey's Story" and sell it out to other brands, including Apple. Abrams hopes to turn Bad Robot into a "consumer brand" in this way and get its content in front of as many people as possible, which would have been more difficult if it were locked behind the Apple TV+ exclusivity barrier.

Apple's exclusivity deal (valued in the $500 million range), also would have restricted Abrams' ability to work on outside projects under the Bad Robot umbrella for other studios, like his work on Star Trek for Paramount. Additionally, Bad Robot was concerned about Apple's lack of a clear theatrical distribution model, which the company as of yet has not needed to dabble in.

There are a multitude of other reasons that appear to have ultimately convinced Abrams to remain at WarnerMedia. These include Apple's lack of IP for him to adapt, his alleged disappointment in Apple's March media event where it introduced Apple TV+, and a disagreement on the exact valuation of Bad Robot.

J.J. Abrams is still producing many shows on Apple TV+, including "Little Voice," "My Glory Was I Had Such Friends," and the adaptation of the Stephen King novel "Lisey's Story."

Tags: Apple's Hollywood ambitions, Apple TV Plus
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Samsung Ad Encourages iPhone Users to Switch to the Galaxy Note10 and 'Fall in Love' With Bokeh Video

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 17:28
On the heels of Apple introducing the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro this week, Samsung has shared a new ad that calls on iPhone users to "switch to the Galaxy Note10" and "fall in love" with its bokeh video feature.

The 15-second ad shows a man and a woman standing side by side, holding an iPhone and Galaxy Note10 respectively, as they both record a couple's marriage proposal. However, unlike the iPhone, the Galaxy Note10 is able to blur the background of the video in real time for a bokeh effect.


Samsung then gets to the point: "Missing a little… je ne sais quoi? Switch to the Galaxy Note10. And fall in love with Live Focus Video."

While recent iPhones do have Portrait Mode for blurring the background of people, pets, and objects in photos, Apple does not offer a bokeh video feature in the stock Camera app. However, it is possible to achieve a somewhat shallower depth of field using third-party camera apps like FiLMiC Pro.

Samsung released the Galaxy Note10 on August 23, with pricing starting at $949 in the United States. iPhone 11 Pro models start at $999, with pre-orders beginning today ahead of in-store availability on Friday, September 20.

Tag: Samsung
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U.S. House Committee Asks Apple to Send Info About App Store Policies and More as Part of Antitrust Investigation

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 16:33
As part of a bipartisan investigation of competition in digital markets, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee today sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook requesting that the company provide any documents and executive communications related to its various policies for the App Store, product repairs, and more.


The investigation seeks any internal documents or communication involving Apple executives, such as emails, for the following topics:
  • Apple's decision to remove from the App Store or to impose any restrictions on certain parental control apps, including Freedom, Kidslox, Mobicip, OurPact, and Qustodio
  • Apple's App Store algorithm for determining rankings in search results
  • Apple's policy related to the App Store's in-app purchase mechanism and its revenue split
  • Apple's policy regarding whether apps are permitted to include in-app links to non-Apple payment systems
  • Apple's policy regarding whether users can set non-Apple apps as default, such as web browsers and music, maps, and email apps
  • Apple's policy regarding whether to allow any third-party app store beyond the App Store on the iPhone
  • Apple's decision to "sherlock" any functionality from third-party apps, including any discussions about Clue, Duet Display, and SwiftKey
  • Apple's policy regarding whether third-party web browsers must use a specific rendering engine, such as WebKit
  • Apple's restrictions on third-party repairs
  • Apple's decision to offer discounted iPhone battery replacements throughout 2018, or the actual or projected effects of this decision, including any effect on iPhone sales
  • Apple's decision to introduce the Independent Repair Provider Program
  • Apple's agreement to sell products on Amazon and corresponding move to limit unauthorized resellers on Amazon
The Committee has requested that Apple respond no later than October 14, 2019 and also sent similar letters to Facebook, Amazon, and Google.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.

Tags: App Store, antitrust
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iPhone 11 Pre-Order Deals: Save On Apple's Latest Smartphones Through AT&T, Verizon, and More

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:47
The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max are now available for pre-order on Apple.com and cellular carriers as of this morning. As usual, most carriers are offering some perks if you choose to pre-order the new iPhone through their websites, so we've listed each promotion below.

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AT&T
$300 Reward Card
If you use AT&T, the carrier is offering a chance to get a $300 reward card when you order select smartphones online, as long as they are purchased with a qualifying installment plan. You'll have to add a new line to a new or existing account, as well.


After paying taxes for the smartphone upfront, and a $30 activation fee, you'll get the $300 reward card within 3-4 weeks after redemption. The iPhone also must be placed on an eligible AT&T unlimited plan.

Compatible iPhone models include: iPhone 8, 8 Plus, XR, X, XS, XS Max, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max (priced up to $1450). Customers should note that the iPhone 8 64GB is excluded.

BOGO
You can also buy an eligible iPhone 11 model and get one at a discounted price (or free) when both are placed on an eligible AT&T unlimited plan.

You'll have to buy the two iPhones on a qualifying installment agreement, add at least one new line to a new or existing account, pay taxes for each device up front, and pay a $30 activation or upgrade fee for each device.


iPhones compatible in this offer include: iPhone 8, 8 Plus, XR, X, XS, XS Max, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max (priced up to $1450). After choosing one of these, you can get the iPhone 8 64GB, 8 Plus 64GB, XR 64GB/128GB, or 11 64GB for free after up to $700 in bill credits.

You can also opt to get the iPhone 8 256GB, 8 Plus 256GB, XR 256GB, X, XS, XS Max, 11 128GB/256GB, 11 Pro, or 11 Pro Max for up to $700 off retail price. Credits for this offer start within three bill cycles.

Head to AT&T's wireless page to check out more information on both of these offers.

Sprint
Sprint is offering new customers a chance to save on iPhone 11 through its Sprint Flex Lease program. If you switch to Sprint and trade in an existing smartphone, you can pre-order the iPhone 11 today for $0/month after $29.17 monthly bill credits.


The same method can be applied to the iPhone 11 Pro ($12.50/month) and 11 Pro max ($16.67/month). This is only when you trade in the latest iPhones, including the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS, and XS Max.

You can also order the Apple Watch Series 5 through Sprint and take 50 percent off via monthly bill credits for the cellular models. This is only for Sprint's 24-month installment agreement and requires a new watch plan activation, as well as one active handset on an account.

Head to Sprint to check out these deals and more.

Verizon
Verizon is hosting a multitude of iPhone-related deals today, starting with an offer for customers switching to Verizon from another carrier. If this is you, you can get up to $700 off the iPhone 11 Pro or get the 64GB iPhone 11 at no cost.


The usual 24-month installment agreement, monthly bill payments, and unlimited plan caveats apply.

Verizon also has BOGO on Apple Watches, where you can buy one and get another for up to 50 percent off (plus $10 off your first month of service). A new watch line of service is required, and up to $150 will be credited to your account over 24 months.

These deals can be found on Verizon's website.

T-Mobile
At T-Mobile you can trade in your iPhone XS ($500) or XS Max ($550) and get 50 percent off the 64GB iPhone 11 Pro.

You can also trade in any qualifying iPhone to get 50 percent off the 64GB iPhone 11. These trade-ins will appear as monthly bill credits.

Our full Deals Roundup is the place to go if you're on the hunt for even more Apple-related bargains.

Related Roundups: Apple Deals, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 ProBuyer's Guide: iPhone 11 (Buy Now), iPhone 11 Pro (Buy Now)
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Apple Joins Hollywood's Academy Software Foundation to Aid in Open Source Support

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:17
The Academy Software Foundation, a collaborative effort to advance open source software development in the motion picture and media industries, today announced that Apple has joined the foundation as a "premier" member.


"Filmmakers everywhere use Apple products. We are delighted to welcome Apple as a new member, and we look forward to working with them to ensure that our open source projects run well on Apple software platforms," said David Morin, Executive Director of the Academy Software Foundation.

Launched in August 2018 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Linux Foundation, the Academy Software Foundation is described as "a neutral forum for open source software developers to share resources and collaborate on technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation and sound."

Apple's streaming video service Apple TV+ will feature dozens of Hollywood-produced TV shows and movies. The service launches November 1 for $4.99 per month, including Family Sharing, with a free seven-day trial available.

Tag: Apple's Hollywood ambitions
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iPhone 11 Lineup Said to Include Two-Way Charging Hardware, But Software Disabled

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 14:55
iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max models include the necessary hardware for a two-way charging feature that was widely rumored for the devices, but Apple has disabled the feature on the software end, according to "reliable sources" cited by leaker and former Apple blogger Sonny Dickson.

Reliable sources are saying iPhone 11 and 11 Pro do include the hardware for bilateral charging, but that it is software disabled. Uncertain whether this was removed prior to final production run.

— Sonny Dickson (@SonnyDickson) September 13, 2019
For months ahead of their unveiling, the latest iPhones were rumored to feature a Qi-based device-to-device charging feature, allowing for an Apple Watch, AirPods, and other accessories to charge on the back of the iPhones. The feature was expected to be similar to Wireless PowerShare on Samsung's Galaxy S10.


The centered Apple logo on the iPhone 11 models was even believed to be partly intended to help customers know where to place their AirPods, Apple Watch, or other accessories to charge on the back of the iPhone.

Just hours before Apple's event this week, however, noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said the feature appeared to have been canceled. In a note seen by MacRumors, Kuo said the feature was possibly abandoned because "the charging efficiency may not meet Apple's requirements."


Teardowns of the iPhone 11 models will soon confirm whether the two-way charging hardware is in fact present in the devices. Deliveries to customers and in-store availability will begin Friday, September 20.

(Thanks, Burak Polat!)

Related Roundups: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 ProBuyer's Guide: iPhone 11 (Buy Now), iPhone 11 Pro (Buy Now)
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Available Supply of iPhone 11 Pro Models Begins Waning

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 14:25
Shortly after pre-orders for Apple's new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models went live, supplies of the new higher-end iPhone 11 Pro models began dwindling, with launch day shipping no longer available for many colors and capacities.

Most iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max models in the midnight green color went first, suggesting it is the most popular color this year. At this time, most new Pro models in midnight green will ship in late September to early October.


Space Gray, Silver, and Gold iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max models are also selling out quickly with many colors and capacities across several carriers now unavailable for launch day delivery. Gold devices are still in stock along with a few Silver and Space Gray, but it looks like all available supply will soon be exhausted.

The iPhone 11 appears to be faring better and most models in most colors and capacities can still be purchased for launch day delivery.

Given how fast the iPhone 11 Pro is selling out, it's best to place an order as early as possible. Those who don't get launch day delivery may be able to visit an Apple Store or another retail location on launch day to get a new iPhone.

Update 6:15 a.m.: Shipping estimates for select models of the iPhone 11, led by the new green and purple colors for T-Mobile and Sprint customers, have started slipping beyond the September 20 launch date as well.

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iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max Now Available for Pre-Order

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 14:00
Apple is now accepting pre-orders for the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max models through its online storefront and the Apple Store app.

Priced at $699, the iPhone 11 is Apple's most affordable new iPhone this year. It features a 6.1-inch edge-to-edge LCD display, a colorful glass body that comes in one of six colors, improved water and shatter resistance, an A13 chip, and a new dual-lens camera system with a wide-angle and ultra wide-angle lens.


The more expensive iPhone 11 Pro, which is priced at $999, features a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED display, a matte glass body, improved water and shatter resistance, an A13 chip, longer battery life, and a new triple-lens camera setup with telephoto, wide-angle, and ultra wide-angle lenses for some impressive photography improvements.

Apple's most expensive iPhone, the $1099 iPhone 11 Pro Max, is identical to the iPhone 11 Pro with the exception of its larger 6.5-inch display and bigger battery. Both the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max ship with an 18W USB-C power adapter and USB-C to Lightning cable for fast charging right out of the box, and they're available in a new green color.


All three new iPhones feature Haptic Touch instead of 3D Touch, next-gen Smart HDR for the cameras, a new night mode that's designed to capture crisp, bright photos even in very low lighting conditions, Portrait mode improvements, and an upgraded 12-megapixel TrueDepth camera system.

Face ID is up to 30 percent faster and it works from more angles, and the front-facing camera features improved Smart HDR and support for 120 fps slo-mo video, enabling what Apple calls "slofies."

Pre-orders are available in the United States and more than 30 other countries and regions. We haven't heard rumors of supply constraints so available iPhone models should be plentiful, but it's always best to order early especially when it comes to the midnight green shade because it's a new, never-before-offered option.

All of the major U.S. carriers -- Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile -- are accepting pre-orders for the new devices, as are many other carriers around the world. Major online retailers including Best Buy, Target, and Walmart, are also accepting pre-orders starting today.


The iPhone 11 is priced at $699 for 64GB of storage, with 128GB of storage available for $749 and 256GB of storage available for $849. iPhone Upgrade Program pricing is available, as are trade-ins to lower prices.

The iPhone 11 Pro is priced at $999 for 64GB of storage, $1149 for 256GB of storage, and $1349 for 512GB of storage. The iPhone 11 Pro Max offers the same storage tiers at price points $100 higher than iPhone 11 pricing ($1099, $1249, and $1449).

In the United States, customers can purchase the new iPhones from any of the four major carriers using Apple's site, or choose a SIM-free version. Customers who successfully place an order for launch day delivery can expect to begin receiving their devices on Friday, September 20, the official release date for the new devices.

Related Roundups: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 ProBuyer's Guide: iPhone 11 (Buy Now), iPhone 11 Pro (Buy Now)
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Apple Fifth Avenue in New York and Apple Omotesando in Tokyo Reopen on iPhone 11 Launch Day

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 13:49
Apple today announced that its Omotesando retail store in Tokyo reopens Friday, September 20 following renovations, as noted by Japanese blog Mac Otakara. Doors will open at 8 a.m. local time. September 20 is iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and Apple Watch Series 5 launch day.


Likewise, Apple previously announced that its iconic Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan reopens September 20 at 8 a.m. local time.

"We're transforming our iconic store into a space that's open to collaboration of all kinds," reads Apple's new Fifth Avenue store preview page. "Made for the city where creativity never sleeps. Stop by during our weeklong celebration to get inspired by some of the best creative talent in the city."


To celebrate the reopening of its Fifth Avenue flagship, Apple has temporarily covered the store's iconic glass cube in an eye-catching iridescent film. Below, the underground store has been significantly expanded in size, with circular skylights added at ground level to allow natural light into the store.

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Spotify Wants Family Plan Members to Share Their Location Data 'From Time to Time'

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 13:17
Spotify will require family plan members to provide their location data "from time to time" to prove they're all living under the same roof, in an effort to curb subscribers who abuse the offer.

The Spotify Premium Family Plan has been hugely popular among users of the music streaming service, since it offers families up to six accounts under one plan for a single price of $14.99 a month, as does Apple Music's equivalent.

It's no secret that friends sometimes gang up together to share the spoils of subscribing to Spotify's cheaper family plan, even though they don't live together. If six people share a plan then the cost of Spotify Premium works out at $2.50 per person.

The streaming service officially requires that fellow family plan members live in the same household, but Spotify has historically been fairly lax about checking up on where people live, so it's easy to see the appeal.

However, according to the streaming service's terms and conditions, updated in August, family plan users will be expected to share location data "from time to time" in order to prove that everyone on the plan is in fact living in the same residence.

First spotted by CNET, the new requirement does raise privacy concerns, but Spotify has moved to allay those fears by issuing the following statement:
"The location data that is collected during Premium Family account creation is only used by Spotify for that purpose.... once verification of a family member's home address is completed, we do not store their location data or track their location at any time. This data is encrypted and can be edited by the plan owner as needed."It's not clear how aggressive Spotify will be in checking user's locations, but it has tested the policy before – though it ended shortly afterward after complaints of privacy violations.

@Spotify Why do you need my GPS location to continue offering me a "Premium discount"? I pay for the family plan and it should not matter where my family lives. Will you cancel my account if my family gets too far from each other? #wtf #fail pic.twitter.com/HauQtHXSUA

— suck (@unaligned) September 18, 2018
Regardless, existing family plan subscribers who don't like the change have up to 30 days to cancel their subscription after the new terms come into effect. Depending where they are though, subscribers may not have as much time as they think. The updated family plan terms rolled out first in Ireland on August 19 and in the U.S. on September 5.

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How to Erase Your Old iPhone Before Trading It In

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 12:33
If you're planning on trading in your old iPhone for a new one, there are some steps you'll want to take beforehand to ensure it's de-linked from your accessories and accounts and that everything on it is erased.


The procedures described below shouldn't take long to follow, and at the end of it you can rest assured that you have a clean iPhone reset to default factory settings and ready to trade in. Here's what to do.

Back Up Your iPhone
Before you reset, you should back up your device. You can back up your data to iCloud, but we'd advise you connect your iPhone up to a computer and perform an iTunes backup instead, just to be sure. You can find steps to back up your iPhone by clicking here.

Got an Apple Watch? Time to Unpair
If you're trading in your iPhone and have an Apple Watch linked to it, you're going to want to unpair it first. Here's how.

  1. Bring your iPhone and Apple Watch close to each other.

  2. Launch the stock Watch app on your iPhone.

  3. Tap the My Watch tab.

  4. Select the Apple Watch you want to unpair, then tap the info button (the encircled "I") next to it on the next screen.
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  5. Tap Unpair Apple Watch.

  6. Tap again to confirm.

  7. Enter your Apple ID password when prompted to turn off Activation Lock.

Deactivate Services and Log Out Manually
Erasing your iPhone deactivates Find My iPhone and logs you out of all your iCloud and iTunes accounts automatically – in theory. Occasionally we've heard cases of erased iOS devices still being linked to Find My iPhone or iCloud accounts.


Whatever the truth of these reports, you can always make doubly sure this won't happen by deactivating and unlinking these services yourself. To learn how to turn off Find My iPhone, click here. To sign out of iCloud and the iTunes and App Stores, launch the Settings app on your iPhone, tap on your name to open your account settings, tap Sign Out at the bottom, then enter your Apple ID password and tap Turn Off.

How to Factory Reset Your iPhone
Now that you've backed up your iPhone and manually deactivated services and accounts, it's time to perform a factory reset of the device. These steps will guide you through the process.

  1. Unlock your iPhone or iPad and launch the Settings app.

  2. Tap General.

  3. Scroll to the bottom and tap Reset.

  4. Tap Erase All Content and Settings.

  5. Tap in your passcode if requested.

  6. Enter your Apple ID password to erase the iPhone and remove it from your account.

  7. Tap Erase.
Allow the reset process to continue – it shouldn't take any longer than a couple of minutes. Once it's completed, you'll see the iOS welcome screen on your iPhone. That's your green light to trade it in.

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Apple Store Down Ahead of iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro Pre-Orders

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 10:37
Apple's online store is down in anticipation of iPhone 11 series pre-orders, which begin at the unusual time of 5:00 a.m. Pacific Time this year.


Arguably favoring the east coast this time around, Apple's U.S. storefront placeholder currently reads: "Staying up late is so last year. The good news is, now you don't have to. This year, pre-order begins at 5:00 a.m. PDT. See you then."

Apple unveiled the iPhone 11 on September 10 with new colors, a dual-lens camera, improved durability, and a faster A13 chip than last year's iPhone XR, which it replaces.

The successors to the 2018 iPhone XS series are called iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, and feature triple-lens cameras, A13 chips, faster Face ID, Night Mode, shatter resistant glass, improved water resistance and more.

The iPhone 11 is priced at $699 for 64GB of storage, with 128GB of storage available for $749 and 256GB of storage available for $849. iPhone Upgrade Program pricing is available, as are trade-ins to lower prices.

The iPhone 11 Pro is priced at $999 for 64GB of storage, $1149 for 256GB of storage, and $1349 for 512GB of storage. The iPhone 11 Pro Max offers the same storage tiers at price points $100 higher than iPhone 11 pricing ($1099, $1249, and $1449).

Customers who successfully place an order for launch day delivery should receive their devices on Friday, September 20, which is the official release date for the new devices.

Looking further ahead, rumors suggest Apple is planning to release three 5G-capable iPhones in 2020, but in new sizes. Apple is said to be working on 5.4 and 6.7-inch high-end iPhones with OLED displays, which would presumably be the devices to adopt the rumored 3D-capable rear camera systems, and a lower-cost 6.1-inch model with an OLED display.

Are you getting a new iPhone this year or waiting for 2020? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Related Roundups: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro
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