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Apple to Fix Issue Preventing iPhone 13 Users From Unlocking With Apple Watch in Upcoming Software Update

Sun, 09/26/2021 - 15:57
Apple today said an issue preventing some iPhone 13 users from using the Unlock with Apple Watch feature will be fixed in an upcoming software update.


In a support document, Apple said affected users can turn off Unlock with Apple Watch and use their passcode to unlock their iPhone 13 until the software update is released. The feature, which is designed to let you unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask or ski goggles, can be toggled off in the Settings app under Face ID & Passcode.

Apple did not specify which software update will include a fix, nor did it provide a timeframe. The first beta of iOS 15.1 was released five days ago, but Apple could also choose to release a minor iOS 15.0.1 update with bug fixes.

As we reported, affected users might see an "Unable to Communicate with Apple Watch" error message if they try to unlock their iPhone 13 while wearing a face mask, or they might not be able to set up Unlock with Apple Watch.Related Roundups: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 ProBuyer's Guide: iPhone 13 (Buy Now), iPhone 13 Pro (Buy Now)Related Forum: iPhone
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Top Stories: iPhone 13 Launch, iOS 15 Features, iPhone 14 Pro Rumors, and More

Sat, 09/25/2021 - 15:00
Following Apple's big media event last week, this week saw users able to get their hands on much of the new hardware and software, headlined by the iPhone 13 lineup and iOS 15.


This week also saw some new rumors, including a fresh report about next year's iPhone 14 Pro and our own discovery of what are likely to be the display resolutions for Apple's upcoming redesigned MacBook Pro models, so read on for all of the details!

First Impressions From New iPhone 13 and 13 Pro Owners
All four iPhone 13 models are now available, and we've had just a short bit of time with them to put together our initial thoughts on the new devices, so stay tuned for more as we spend additional time with them.


For a more thorough look right now, check out some of the early media iPhone 13 reviews and iPhone 13 Pro reviews that were published online earlier this week.

Key features across the iPhone 13 lineup include a faster A15 Bionic chip, camera improvements, longer battery life, and a smaller notch. The two Pro models also feature a ProMotion display with a variable refresh rate up to 120Hz and additional camera features like Night mode portraits and ProRes video recording.

The Ultimate iOS 15 Walkthrough: Guides and How Tos for Every New Feature
This week marked the release of iOS 15 following over three months of beta testing, and we've put together an ultimate walkthrough with guides and how-to articles for every new feature.


iOS 15 is packed with new features, so make sure to check out our list of the top features to get started. Keep in mind that some iOS 15 features are not coming until later this year or next year, and there are also certain features that are not available on the iPhone X or older.

iOS 15 is compatible with the same devices that can run iOS 14, including older devices like the iPhone 6s and the original iPhone SE.

Upcoming 14-Inch and 16-Inch MacBook Pro Display Resolutions Likely Revealed in Latest macOS Monterey Beta
The latest macOS Monterey beta references two new built-in display resolutions that likely correspond to the upcoming 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. The new display resolutions are listed as "3456 x 2234 Retina" and "3024 x 1964 Retina," which would represent an increase in pixel density for a sharper image if the displays are the expected sizes.


Apple is rumored to be introducing the redesigned MacBook Pro models before the end of the year, likely at another media event in October or November.

First Look Inside iPhone 13 Reveals Face ID Changes, Smaller Taptic Engine, and Larger Battery
With customers around the world finally getting their hands on the iPhone 13 lineup, some users are starting to open up their devices to see what's inside. Sonny Dickson from Australia was one of the first to share photos that provided an early look inside the devices.


The photos reveal changes that Apple made to the TrueDepth sensor system for Face ID to accommodate for the iPhone 13's smaller notch, in addition to a smaller Taptic Engine, a larger battery, and more.

Other teardowns have confirmed the battery capacities on all four models, and iFixit has shared an initial one-hour teardown video, with its traditional thorough teardown with photos and parts identification coming later.

iPhone 14 Pro Models Said to Feature Hole-Punch Display and 48MP Wide Camera
While the iPhone 13 is only just launching, rumors about next year's iPhone 14 models are already starting to circulate. This week, we heard from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that iPhone 14 Pro models will feature a new hole-punch display design without a notch, as well as a 48-megapixel Wide lens for the rear camera system.


Kuo also said that the first iPhone with under-screen Touch ID has been delayed until the second half of 2023, and that the first foldable iPhone has been delayed until 2024.

Everything New in the iOS 15.1 Beta
Apple seeded the first beta of iOS 15.1 this week, and there are a handful of new features and changes that we've rounded up here, including SharePlay being reenabled and the ability to add a COVID-19 vaccination card to the Wallet app.


Apple also released a new macOS Monterey beta, as well as a HomePod software version 15.1 beta that adds Lossless Audio and Dolby Atmos support.

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

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Apple Says Third-Party Apps Can Take Full Advantage of ProMotion With Plist Entry, Core Animation Bug Fix Coming

Sat, 09/25/2021 - 02:33
After developers discovered that their apps are not currently able to use 120Hz ProMotion refresh rates for all animations, there was confusion over whether it was a limitation imposed for battery life or a bug. Apple has now provided clarification.


Apple told MacRumors that all third-party apps can take full advantage of 120Hz ProMotion refresh rates, but developers will need to declare that their apps use higher frame rates by adding an entry to their app's plist. Documentation on the required plist entry will be made available to developers soon.

Apple is requiring this opt-in step to provide higher fresh rates only to apps that will benefit from the technology, which will optimize battery life on iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max devices.

It's worth noting that this opt-in process is designed for apps that need full ProMotion support. Standard UI animations in all third-party apps automatically get the benefits of the the higher and lower frame rates available with ProMotion without developers having to change anything.

There is also a bug that is affecting some animations built using Core Animation that Apple says will be fixed in an upcoming software update.

As developers have discovered, standard UI animations within third-party apps work with ProMotion display technology automatically, and that's true for all apps. Apps that will be able to benefit from the faster frame rates will be able to add that support and will be on par with Apple's own apps.

At the current time, with support limited to standard animations, there can be a noticeable difference between an interaction like scrolling and another interaction like closing a popup. If you're scrolling through Twitter on an ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ or Pro Max, for example, you'll see the smooth scrolling experience, but the animations that have not yet been updated to 120Hz are limited to 60Hz, and these animations are noticeably less smooth. This problem will be ironed out as developers adopt full support for the ProMotion feature in the future.

ProMotion display technology is designed to provide an adaptive refresh rate ranging from 10Hz to 120Hz. The iPhone's refresh rate shifts based on what's on the screen in order to preserve battery life, as the 120Hz refresh rate eats up battery quicker. If you're looking at a static page on the web for example, the refresh rate will slow down, but it will speed back up as you scroll. ProMotion functionality is available on the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌, ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max, and iPad Pro models.
Related Roundups: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 ProBuyer's Guide: iPhone 13 (Buy Now), iPhone 13 Pro (Buy Now)Related Forum: iPhone
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Third-Party Apps Can't Take Full Advantage of iPhone 13 Pro 120Hz ProMotion Displays

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 22:41
The new iPhone 13 Pro models that launched today are equipped with ProMotion display technology, which allows for adaptive refresh rates ranging from 10Hz all the way to 120Hz, which is ideal for scrolling through content, gaming, and more, because it makes for a smoother viewing experience.


Though there's a 120Hz maximum refresh rate, App Store developers have found that most app animations are limited to 60Hz, which results in an uneven viewing experience for users. As noted by 9to5Mac, ProMotion works at the full 120Hz for scrolling and full-screen transitions, but animations are limited to 60Hz.

So when you're scrolling through your Twitter timeline, for example, you'll see the smooth ProMotion experience, but animations at 60Hz mean other interactions are noticeably less smooth. Apollo developer Christian Selig has already seen complaints from customers.

Am I correct in seeing that UIView.animateWithDuration APIs aren't clocked at 120Hz on iPhone 13? On UIScrollView, system ones, and Metal by the looks of it, rest is still 60Hz? pic.twitter.com/t3MeM9cj0E

— Christian Selig (@ChristianSelig) September 24, 2021
Selig speculates that Apple added the 60Hz limitation to preserve battery life on the iPhone models because on the iPad Pro models that also support ProMotion technology, there is no limit and all animations run at 120Hz.

Note that this isn't the case on iPad Pros, those do use 120 Hz for all animations. See attached.

I assume this is a purposeful battery life optimization choice on iPhones. 🔋 pic.twitter.com/Utg0oaDzdi

— Christian Selig (@ChristianSelig) September 24, 2021
Apple's own apps appear to run at up to 120Hz at all times, so there's also a possibility that this is a bug or an issue that Apple plans to address in a future update.Related Roundups: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 ProBuyer's Guide: iPhone 13 (Buy Now), iPhone 13 Pro (Buy Now)Related Forum: iPhone
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iPhone 13 Pro: How to Shoot Macro Photography

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 22:28
With the launch of the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, Apple introduced Macro mode, a new camera feature that's exclusive to the Pro models and brings the immensely detailed world of close-up macro photography to iPhones for the first time. Keep reading to learn how it works.


With Macro mode enabled, you can take pictures or video of subjects that are as close as 2cm to your iPhone's camera lens, which means you can now take shots of flowers, textures, insects, or pretty much anything small or at close distance, with accurate focus, rich detail, and no blurring.

Here's how to use the Macro mode feature on ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ and ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max. Bear in mind that Macro mode is exclusive to these models and isn't supported on iPhone 13 mini or ‌iPhone 13‌.
  1. Launch the Camera app on your ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌.

  2. Make sure Photo mode is highlighted in the camera mode menu. If you're shooting video, swipe to Video mode instead.

  3. Line up your close-up subject in the viewfinder and allow the camera to switch to the wide-angle lens. Move in closer – the subject can be as close as 2cm away from the lens (you can use the zoom if necessary).
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  4. Hold the phone steady. Once the lens has focused on the subject, tap the shutter to take the shot or begin capturing video. If you're shooting video, tap the shutter button again to finish.

When you're experimenting with Macro mode, you'll likely notice that your ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ switches automatically to the new mode as soon as it detects an object that's within 14cm away from the lens. This can cause the viewfinder to jitter as it switches between the wide-angle lens to ultra-wide angle, which can be quite jarring and distracting.

As of writing, there's no way to prevent this behavior when taking macro photos. If you're shooting macro video, however, you can prevent it by enabling the Lock Camera option under Settings -> Camera -> Record Video.

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Apple says that a forthcoming update, due in the fall, will allow users to specifically turn off automatic camera switching when shooting macro photography at close distances.

Have you taken a cool macro shot on your ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌? Show it off in the comments below!Related Roundups: iOS 15, iPadOS 15, iPhone 13 ProBuyer's Guide: iPhone 13 Pro (Buy Now)Related Forum: iOS 15
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iPhone 13 and 13 Pro Unboxing and Honest First Impressions

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 20:51
It's iPhone 13 launch day, and customers around the world are receiving their ‌iPhone 13‌, 13 mini, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max orders, plus the new devices are also in Apple retail locations. We picked up one of the new ‌iPhone 13‌ models and both of the iPhone 13 Pro models for a quick unboxing and an honest overview of the feature set.

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Apple's ‌iPhone 13‌ models have more environmentally friendly packaging, so you just need to pop open the box and your iPhone is right there with no more protective plastic. There are a few papers, a SIM ejection tool, and a Lightning to USB-C cable. No charger or EarPods, of course, because Apple dropped those last year.


The ‌iPhone 13‌ models are heavier than the iPhone 12 models, and it's definitely noticeable with the Pro Max. We have the Silver ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max, and the Sierra Blue ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌, which is a much lighter blue than last year.


As for the ‌iPhone 13‌, we have the Starlight color, which is meant to be a silver/gold hybrid, and on the ‌iPhone‌, it's nearly white. It's quite attractive. Unsurprisingly, the camera bumps are massive, and the notch is smaller, a feature that's mostly obvious when putting the ‌iPhone 13‌ next to an ‌iPhone 12‌.


Aside from the notch tweak and the camera bumps, the ‌iPhone 13‌ design is on the boring side because it's basically identical to the ‌iPhone 12‌ design.


The ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ models have a ProMotion display, and that's definitely a noticeable improvement. Scrolling is super smooth, and it looks great. ProMotion will definitely be the standout feature for people who pick a Pro model.


There are new camera capabilities, including a Macro mode. It's fun to play around with, but will have limited use in the real world. As other reviews have pointed out, there's an irritating quirk with macro mode -- if you get too close to the subject, the camera switches to another lens, and you have to reset the shot to get back to macro mode.


Apple added a new Cinematic Mode, which is more or less Portrait Mode for video. It works okay, but it's a little bit buggy and it's not super fantastic. You're also getting Photographic Styles, which apply filters to just part of your image, which is kind of useful.


Make sure to check out our video to see all the camera features in action, and we'll have more in-depth camera coverage coming up next week.

Battery life should be significantly improved based on what Apple has boasted for the new iPhones, but we'll need some more time to test that out. In a nutshell, these are basically ‌iPhone 12‌ models with a few new bells and whistles. There's nothing earth shattering here, so you don't need to upgrade if you've already got one an ‌iPhone 12‌ or 12 Pro, but there are some solid features for those coming from an older device.

Let us know what you think of the new ‌iPhone 13‌ models in the comments.Related Roundup: iPhone 13 ProBuyer's Guide: iPhone 13 Pro (Buy Now)
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New York City's Newest Apple Store Features Dedicated Pickup Zone

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 20:28
Apple this week opened its newest Apple Store in New York City, Apple The Mall at Bay Plaza, which also happens to be the first Apple retail location in the Bronx.


‌Apple Store‌ aficionado Michael Steeber teamed up with Storeteller for a virtual 360-degree walkthrough of the new location, giving us an in-depth look at the features and improvements that Apple has brought to its latest ‌Apple Store‌.

Apple The Mall at Bay Plaza may look similar to most other Apple retail locations, but it has a unique feature - a dedicated Pickup Zone. The Pickup Zone is a permanent installation within the store, featuring a dedicated table where customers can get their new devices from employees and more interestingly, a wall of built-in drawers where all the pickup orders are housed.


In most Apple retail locations, employees must go to the back to retrieve orders that have been placed for in-store pickup, but that won't be the case with Apple The Mall at Bay Plaza, and it is the first store with this setup rather than a Forum area.

Along with the Pickup Zone, the store also features an area with round tables for training, and a series of Forum displays. There are leather seats along the walls for those waiting for Genius Bar appointments, and the front of the store is outfitted with sliding glass doors.

Make sure to check out the full store walkthrough to get a feel for the new design.Tag: Apple Store
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iFixit Shares Live Teardown of the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 20:20
iFixit is gearing up for one of traditional teardowns of the new iPhone 13 models, but ahead of that full teardown, iFixit has done a live event to give us a first glimpse inside the refreshed devices.


As we've seen in prior inside looks, the new iPhones have smaller, square-shaped Taptic Engines, and the iPhone 13 Pro has a smaller, denser logic board than the ‌iPhone 13‌ along with an L-shaped battery and a larger internal camera module.

Battery capacities were unveiled earlier today, and ‌iPhone 13‌ models have larger batteries across the board. The ‌iPhone 13‌ mini has a 2,406 mAh battery, the ‌iPhone 13‌ has a 3,227 mAh battery, the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ has a 3,095 mAh battery, and the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max has a 4,352 mAh battery.

iFixit's live teardown is interesting for those who want to see a step-by-step deconstruction of the device, but there's not a lot of new information to learn at this point. iFixit plans to publish a more in-depth teardown next week, which should give us some more insight on the internal components.Related Roundups: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 ProBuyer's Guide: iPhone 13 (Buy Now), iPhone 13 Pro (Buy Now)Related Forum: iPhone
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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Magnetic iPad Stand From Lululook

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 20:03
For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Lululook to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win an Urban Magnetic iPad Stand that turns an iPad Pro or an iPad Air into a little iMac for a desktop setup.


As the name suggests, the Urban iPad Stand has a strong built-in magnet that's designed to attach to a compatible ‌iPad‌. Like the iPhone and a MagSafe charger, the ‌iPad‌ and the stand automatically align with one another.


Once on the stand, the ‌iPad‌ is at an ideal height to provide an ergonomic viewing experience, and with the adjustable hinge at the back, it can be rotated around 360 degrees to any viewing angle that works best for you. It's useful for watching movies, working with a keyboard and mouse, drawing, and more.


Available in either silver or space gray, the ‌iPad‌ Stand matches well with Apple's devices, and it is made from a hard, durable aluminum material that will last for years to come. It's priced at $70.

The Urban Magnetic Stand is compatible with all of Apple's modern ‌iPad‌,s including the third, fourth, and fifth-generation 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ models, the first, second, and third-generation 11-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ models, and the fourth-generation MacBook Air.


We have 10 of the Urban Magnetic ‌iPad‌ Stands to give away to MacRumors readers. To enter to win, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the ‌giveaway‌ restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

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Researcher Says Apple Ignored Three Zero-Day Security Vulnerabilities Still Present in iOS 15

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 19:42
In 2019, Apple opened its Security Bounty Program to the public, offering payouts up to $1 million to researchers who share critical iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, or watchOS security vulnerabilities with Apple, including the techniques used to exploit them. The program is designed to help Apple keep its software platforms as safe as possible.


In the time since, reports have surfaced indicating that some security researchers are unhappy with the program, and now a security researcher who uses the pseudonym "illusionofchaos" has shared their similarly "frustrating experience."

In a blog post highlighted by Kosta Eleftheriou, the unnamed security researcher said they reported four zero-day vulnerabilities to Apple between March and May of this year, but they said that three of the vulnerabilities are still present in iOS 15 and that one was fixed in iOS 14.7 without Apple giving them any credit.I want to share my frustrating experience participating in Apple Security Bounty program. I've reported four 0-day vulnerabilities this year between March 10 and May 4, as of now three of them are still present in the latest iOS version (15.0) and one was fixed in 14.7, but Apple decided to cover it up and not list it on the security content page. When I confronted them, they apologized, assured me it happened due to a processing issue and promised to list it on the security content page of the next update. There were three releases since then and they broke their promise each time.The person said that, last week, they warned Apple that they would make their research public if they didn't receive a response. However, they said Apple ignored the request, leading them to publicly disclose the vulnerabilities.

One of the zero-day vulnerabilities relates to Game Center and allegedly allows any app installed from the App Store to access some user data:- Apple ID email and full name associated with it

- Apple ID authentication token which allows to access at least one of the endpoints on *.apple.com on behalf of the user

- Complete file system read access to the Core Duet database (contains a list of contacts from Mail, SMS, iMessage, 3rd-party messaging apps and metadata about all user's interaction with these contacts (including timestamps and statistics), also some attachments (like URLs and texts)

- Complete file system read access to the Speed Dial database and the Address Book database including contact pictures and other metadata like creation and modification dates (I've just checked on iOS 15 and this one inaccessible, so that one must have been quietly fixed recently)The other two zero-day vulnerabilities that are apparently still present in iOS 15, as well as the one patched in iOS 14.7, are also detailed in the blog post.

Click through to see the Game Center exploit in particular. It’s rough.

Things like this should almost never slip through the cracks with a functioning security program.

Instead, with Apple, it’s commonplace.

That’s so deeply broken, yet nothing changes.

What will it take?

— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) September 24, 2021 Apple has not yet commented on the blog post. We'll update this story if the company responds.Related Roundups: iOS 15, iPadOS 15Tag: Apple securityRelated Forum: iOS 15
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iPhone 13 Pro Max Gets Nearly 10 Hours of Battery Life in Continuous Usage Test

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 18:14
Arun Maini today shared a new iPhone battery life test on his YouTube channel Mrwhosetheboss, timing how long all four iPhone 13 models last on a single charge compared to older iPhone models. Maini said all of the iPhones had 100% battery health and were set to an equivalent brightness, and each iPhone was subjected to the same usage.


While the test is not scientific, and might not perfectly reflect real-world usage, the video still provides us with a good idea of how the new iPhone 13 models stack up to previous generations in terms of battery life.

The winning device in the test was the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which achieved an impressive 9 hours and 52 minutes of battery life with continuous usage. Maini said this is the longest battery life of any iPhone that he has ever tested.


The complete results were as follows:
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max: 9 hours and 52 minutes

  • iPhone 13 Pro: 8 hours and 17 minutes

  • iPhone 13: 7 hours and 45 minutes

  • iPhone 13 mini: 6 hours and 26 minutes

  • iPhone 12: 5 hours and 54 minutes

  • iPhone 11: 4 hours and 20 minutes

  • iPhone SE (2020): 3 hours and 38 minutes
All four iPhone 13 models feature larger battery capacities compared to the previous generation, and the devices are also equipped with a more power efficient A15 Bionic chip. In addition, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max feature a new ProMotion display with an adaptive refresh rate that can drop as low as a power-preserving 10Hz or ramp up to a buttery smooth 120Hz depending on the content displayed on the screen.

All four iPhone 13 models launched today after pre-orders opened last Friday, September 17. Depending on the configuration you're looking for, it may still be possible to get same-day Apple Store pickup if you didn't pre-order.Related Roundups: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 ProBuyer's Guide: iPhone 13 (Buy Now), iPhone 13 Pro (Buy Now)Related Forum: iPhone
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iPhone 13: How to Shoot Video in Cinematic Mode

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 18:09
With the launch of the iPhone 13 series, Apple introduced several new camera features that take advantage of the A15 Bionic processor and advanced machine learning. One of these is called Cinematic Mode. This article explains what Cinematic Mode is and how to use it.


What is Cinematic Mode?
Cinematic Mode utilizes Dolby Vision HDR and a technique called "rack focus" to seamlessly shift the focus from one subject to another when you're shooting video. It does this by locking the focus on the subject in a scene and blurring the background to achieve depth of field. If you subsequently move the camera to center on a new subject or a new subject enters the scene, Cinematic mode automatically switches the focal point to this new subject and blurs out the background.

For example, if you're shooting video of someone and then a second person enters the scene, your iPhone will intelligently adjust the surrounding blur to focus-lock on the second person. It will even automatically switch back to the initial subject if the person's face looks away from the camera, effectively generating a sophisticated professional filmmaking effect on the fly.

While impressive, Cinematic Mode isn't perfect, however Apple has also made the effect fully adjustable, thanks to a post-shoot editing mode that lets you alter focal points after you've captured video. Keep reading to learn how to use Cinematic Mode on ‌iPhone 13‌ mini, ‌iPhone 13‌, iPhone 13 Pro, and ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max.

How to Use Cinematic Mode When Shooting Video
  1. Launch the Camera app on your ‌iPhone‌ and swipe the camera mode menu so that "Cinematic" is highlighted.
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  2. Line up the viewfinder so that your initial subject is in shot and the focal target of the lens, then tap the Shutter button to begin recording video.

  3. Allow another person or object at a different distance away from the camera lens to enter the shot – your ‌iPhone‌ will automatically refocus when it locks onto the new subject. Tap the Shutter button again when you're done capturing video.
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That's all there is to it. You can also manually select the subjects that you want to be in focus, retroactively, after you've shot your video. Here's how.

How to Adjust Cinematic Mode Focus Post-Shoot
  1. Launch the Photos app on your ‌iPhone‌ and select some video shot in Cinematic mode.

  2. Tap Edit in the top-right corner of the screen.

  3. Slide your finger along the clip reel at the bottom of the screen to find the part of the clip that you want to edit.
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  4. Tap a different area of the shot to switch the focal point to a new subject. Note that the icon in the top-left corner of the screen is now highlighted to indicate Manual Tracking is on.

  5. The dotted yellow line below the clip reel indicates the amount of time in the clip that the currently selected subject is tracked. If you tap the circled dot in the line, a trash icon will appear – tap this and the tracking for this subject will be removed.
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  6. Tap Done once you're happy with your changes.
If you've picked up an ‌iPhone 13‌ or are thinking of getting one, be sure to check out the Photography Styles feature that the ‌iPhone 13‌ series brings to the Camera app.Related Roundups: iPhone 13, iOS 15, iPadOS 15, iPhone 13 ProBuyer's Guide: iPhone 13 (Buy Now), iPhone 13 Pro (Buy Now)Related Forums: iPhone, iOS 15
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iPhone 13 Users Experiencing 'Unable to Communicate with Apple Watch' Bug With Mask Unlocking

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 18:03
Several iPhone 13 users have taken to online forums and social media to report that after receiving their brand new iPhones, they're experiencing a bug preventing it from communicating with their Apple Watch, making what's supposed to be a seamless experience an annoyance.


As outlined on Reddit, after receiving an ‌iPhone 13‌, some customers cannot toggle on the "Unlock with Apple Watch" feature, allowing users to unlock their iPhones while wearing a mask thanks to their Apple Watch. When attempting to activate the feature, some customers are prompted with an "Unable to communicate with Apple Watch" prompt, with no clear solution.

Posts and comments on Reddit suggest that typical problem-solving solutions aren't working, such as restarting both devices and even unpairing and repairing the Apple Watch to the iPhone. Posts on Twitter and Reddit indicate that the issue is widespread amongst new ‌iPhone 13‌ users, but at least so far, we aren't seeing reports of other ‌iPhone‌ models being impacted.

The ‌iPhone 13‌ initially shipped with an outdated build of iOS 15, so customers experiencing the bug should first ensure they're running the latest ‌iOS 15‌ and watchOS 8 version. Still, even then, reports suggest that does little to amend the issues.

The new bug joins a growing list of bugs related to ‌iOS 15‌ and the new iPhones, including a bug that may result in Apple Music being inoperative after a restore, a bug that may cause widgets to reset, and a bug impacting reported iPhone and iPad storage.

Apple is currently testing iOS and iPadOS 15.1, but given the growing number of issues experienced by users, the company may decide to release iOS 15.0.1 before its first significant dot update for iOS and iPadOS 15. We've reached out to Apple for comment on the bug, and we'll update this if we hear back.Related Roundups: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 ProBuyer's Guide: iPhone 13 (Buy Now), iPhone 13 Pro (Buy Now)Related Forum: iPhone
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Everything New in the iOS 15 Apple Podcasts App

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 17:45
The Podcasts app gets a number of improvements in Apple's recently released iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 updates, including the new, systemwide Shared with You feature, personalized recommendations, new keyboard shortcuts, and more.


This guide walks through all of the main new features and improvements added in the ‌‌iOS 15‌‌ and ‌iPadOS 15‌ Apple Podcasts app, in what makes for a modest update for both casual and avid podcast listeners following a major overhaul with iOS 14.5 and further tweaks in iOS 14.6.

Shared With You
Shared with You is a new feature that is present in many of Apple's apps, including Apple Music, Apple News, and ‌Apple Podcasts‌. Shared with You highlights content that has been sent to you by friends and family directly in the app it relates to.

In ‌Apple Podcasts‌, episodes, shows, and channels sent in Messages automatically appear in a new, dedicated Shared with You section in the Listen Now view. When listeners navigate to the shared episode, show, or channel, a new button at the top indicates who shared it with them. They can tap that button from the corresponding page or section in Listen Now to jump back to the moment it was shared in Messages to send a Tapback or reply, or simply see the context of when it was sent.


Personalized Recommendations in Listen Now
Listeners can now discover new podcasts with personalized recommendations. There are new sections in Listen Now titled "You Might Like" and "If you like..." that recommend new shows based on what listeners of shows you already follow are listening to, shows that are in the same category, and shows from the same channel.

There are also new sections with personalized recommendations based on topics users listen to. For example, listeners who enjoy shows of a particular category will see new sections with suggestions for shows in similar categories. These recommendations are based on the more than 100 categories and subcategories that are available to podcast creators in ‌Apple Podcasts‌ Connect or through a third-party hosting provider.

1.25x Playback Speed
The ‌Apple Podcasts‌ app now features an option for 1.25x playback speed. Previously, there was only a 0.5x, 1x, 1.5x, and 2x playback speed. 1.25x is the perfect option for users who want to get through their podcasts more quickly, but find 1.5x too fast.

To use the new 1.25x playback speed, simply tap on the purple 1x speed button to the left of the AirPlay icon to cycle through the playback speed options.

iPadOS 15 Keyboard Shortcuts
The ‌Apple Podcasts‌ app for iPad features a host of new keyboard shortcuts. Previously, the only keyboard shortcut in the app was Command + R to refresh feeds, but there are now a total of 17 keyboard shortcuts.

Some of the new shortcuts include Space bar to pause, Command + Right Arrow to skip to the next episode, Shift + Command + Right Arrow to skip 30 seconds forward, and Option + 4 to set double-speed playback. To see all of the available keyboard shortcuts, like in any ‌iPad‌ app, simply hold down the Command key.


The keyboard shortcuts were working throughout the beta testing period, but some users have reported that they are not showing up in the release version of ‌iPadOS 15‌. They are, however, working in the initial beta version of iPadOS 15.1, so it appears there may currently be a bug affecting their availability.

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Have questions about the new Podcasts app features in ‌iOS 15‌ and ‌iPadOS 15‌, know of a feature we left out, or want to offer feedback on this guide? Send us an email here.Related Roundups: iOS 15, iPadOS 15Tag: Apple PodcastsRelated Forum: iOS 15
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iPhone 13 Teardowns Reveal Battery Capacities Across All Four Models

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 16:55
With all four iPhone 13 models beginning to arrive to customers around the world, teardowns of the devices have started to surface on YouTube. Notably, the teardowns reveal the battery capacities across all four models.


Apple said all four iPhone 13 models feature larger batteries compared to previous generations, as confirmed by the battery capacities:
  • iPhone 13 mini: 2,406 mAh

  • iPhone 13: 3,227 mAh

  • iPhone 13 Pro: 3,095 mAh

  • iPhone 13 Pro Max: 4,352 mAh
The battery capacities for all four iPhone 13 models are consistent with those discovered in a Chinese database earlier this year.

For comparison, here are the battery capacities for iPhone 12 models:
  • iPhone 12 mini: 2,227 mAh

  • iPhone 12: 2,815 mAh

  • iPhone 12 Pro: 2,815 mAh

  • iPhone 12 Pro Max: 3,687 mAh
Here is one of the iPhone 13 teardowns that has surfaced on YouTube:


Apple advertises the iPhone 13 Pro as offering up to 1.5 hours longer battery life compared to the iPhone 12 Pro, while Apple said the iPhone 13 Pro Max gets up to 2.5 hours longer battery life than the iPhone 12 Pro Max.Related Roundups: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 ProBuyer's Guide: iPhone 13 (Buy Now), iPhone 13 Pro (Buy Now)Related Forum: iPhone
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iPhone 13: How to Use Photographic Styles in the Camera App

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 15:44
When Apple announced the new iPhone 13 series, it also introduced several new camera features, including Photographic Styles for photos and Cinematic mode for shooting video. In this article, we take a look at what Photographic Styles are and how to use them.

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Photographic Styles consist of a series of subtle filter-like adjustments that you can enable before you've taken any photos, allowing you to bring a stylistic effect to your shots beforehand that won't affect the skin tone of your subjects. These styles come in four presets: Vibrant, Rich Contrast, Warm, and Cool.

Vibrant captures the shot in bright, vivid, yet natural-looking colors, while Rich Contrast adds a more dramatic look that makes shadows darker and increases color and contrast. Warm adds a summery golden undertone to subjects, and cool uses blue undertones to achieve its signature cool look.

These styles work more intelligently than filters, since they capture certain elements of the photo as it's taken, rather than applying changes in post-processing. In addition, Tone and Warmth are customizable for each style, so you can get the exact look that you want, and keep it that way throughout your photo shoot. Photographic Styles can be used with the front-facing camera, too, so you can style up your selfies.

Here's how to use Photographic Styles on all models of ‌iPhone 13‌.
  1. Launch the Camera app on your ‌iPhone 13‌.

  2. If you've not used Photographic Styles before, or you previously chose the Standard mode, swipe the horizontal menu below the viewfinder so that Photo mode is selected, then swipe up from the bottom of the viewfinder and tap the Photographic Styles icon (it looks like three cards lined up in a row).
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  3. Swipe through the four presets (in addition to the Standard option) and you can preview each one applied to the scene currently in the viewfinder.

  4. Use the optional Tone and Warmth sliders below the viewfinder to adjust the look to your preferences.
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  5. When you're ready, hit the Shutter button.

  6. Now that your style is active, you'll see the Photographic Style icon appear in the top-right corner of the Camera interface. Tap it to change the style at any time.
By default, the Photographic Style you select will remain active the next time you launch the Camera app until you select another one or return to the Standard style. You can also change which Photographic Style is active using the Settings app.


In Settings, tap Camera, then under "Photo Capture" select Photographic Styles.Related Roundups: iPhone 13, iOS 15, iPadOS 15, iPhone 13 ProBuyer's Guide: iPhone 13 (Buy Now), iPhone 13 Pro (Buy Now)Related Forums: iPhone, iOS 15
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iPhone 13 Launch Day Underway With Same-Day Pickup Available at Select Apple Stores

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 15:30
Launch day has arrived for all four iPhone 13 models in over 30 countries, marking the start of in-store availability of the devices.


In countries such as the United States, Canada, and the UK, some iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro configurations are available for same-day pickup at select Apple Stores as of the time this story was published. Apple Store pickup is the best option for customers who did not pre-order an iPhone 13 model, as placing an order through Apple's online store today could result in a lengthy wait time of 4-6 weeks for delivery.

To check if an iPhone 13 model is available for Apple Store pickup, head to the iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro order page, configure the iPhone as you would like it, and look for a "Pickup" option towards the bottom of the page. A link below the "Pickup" option leads to an iPhone Availability tool, which displays iPhone 13 models available for pickup at nearby Apple Stores based on the zip code or postal code that you enter.

Key features across all four iPhone 13 models include a faster A15 Bionic chip, camera improvements, longer battery life, and a smaller notch. The two Pro models also feature a ProMotion display with a variable refresh rate up to 120Hz, up to 1TB of storage, and additional camera features like Night mode portraits and ProRes video recording.

In the United States, starting prices are the same as they were for the iPhone 12 lineup, including $699 for the iPhone 13 mini, $799 for the iPhone 13, $999 for the iPhone 13 Pro, and $1,099 for the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

The sixth-generation iPad mini and ninth-generation iPad are also available for same-day pickup at select Apple Stores starting today.Related Roundups: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 ProBuyer's Guide: iPhone 13 (Buy Now), iPhone 13 Pro (Buy Now)Related Forum: iPhone
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Deals: Get a $200 Virtual Gift Card and Free HomePod Mini With Purchase of iPhone 13 at Visible

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 15:19
It's iPhone 13 launch day today, and anyone who hasn't pre-ordered the smartphone still has plenty of options to purchase the new iPhone. In this article we're highlighting a deal from Verizon-owned Visible Wireless, which is a low-cost alternative to the big name carriers.

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If you purchase an iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, or iPhone 13 Pro Max at Visible, you can get a $200 virtual gift card to spend almost anywhere online and a free HomePod mini. You'll need to join Visible as a new customer and transfer your number from an eligible carrier to get this deal.

FREE HOMEPOD MINIiPhone 13 at Visible

After completing three months of service payments on your iPhone 13, Visible will send an email with a code to redeem the virtual gift card. For the HomePod mini, you just need to purchase one of the four new iPhone 13 models, transfer your number, activate the new smartphone, and then you'll get an email with a code to redeem the free HomePod mini on Visible's store.

Visible offers monthly payment plan options, or you can pay the full price of the iPhone 13 up front. Although this deal doesn't include straight cash discounts on the new iPhones, getting about $300 worth in value with the purchase of the smartphone could be worth it for some shoppers, especially those who don't yet own a HomePod mini.

For offers on the iPhone 13 from other carriers, be sure to visit our roundup of deals from carriers and retailers on the new smartphones. If you're in the market for a new iPhone, we've begun tracking the latest carrier deals in our Best iPhone Deals guide. This includes discounts and offers from AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, and more.Related Roundups: Apple Deals, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 ProBuyer's Guide: iPhone 13 (Buy Now), iPhone 13 Pro (Buy Now)Related Forum: iPhone
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UnitedHealthcare Offering Insured Members Free Year of Apple Fitness+

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 12:55
Health insurance provider UnitedHealthcare has announced that a 12-month subscription to Apple Fitness+ will be provided to its fully insured members at no extra cost.


Starting November 1, members who already own an Apple Watch will be able to sign up for a yearlong Apple Fitness+ subscription for free. According to UnitedHealthcare, this covers about 3 million of its members across most states.

Employers with self-funded health plans will, starting next year, be able to purchase an "Apple Fitness Bundle," which provides a 12-month subscription to Apple Fitness+ as well as a $25 Apple digital gift card, said the insurer.
"Making Apple Fitness+ available to millions of UnitedHealthcare members is part of our broader effort to help people engage in their well-being and get and stay healthier," said Rebecca Madsen, chief consumer officer, UnitedHealthcare. "One way to achieve these goals is to help people enhance their fitness, with many individuals turning to on-demand and digital resources to help get or stay motivated. We are pleased to be the first health insurance plan to provide this type of access to Apple Fitness+."In addition to the 12-month subscription at no additional charge, UnitedHealthcare Motion enrollees can now use program incentives earned to cover an ongoing Apple Fitness+ monthly subscription ($9.99). UnitedHealthcare Motion is a wearable device well-being program available for purchase to employers with self-funded or fully insured plans, and enables members to earn financial incentives for completing daily activities goals.
"We are very excited to work with UnitedHealthcare to bring this offer for Apple Fitness+ to millions of people who are looking to get and stay motivated to live a healthier lifestyle," said Jay Blahnik, senior director of Fitness Technologies at Apple. "With our welcoming trainer team that lead a variety of workouts fueled by music that will keep you going from start to finish, the new guided Meditations coming next week, and the metrics from your Apple Watch right on the screen, Fitness+ has many ways to keep you active no matter where you are on your fitness journey."The initiative follows a similar one announced in January by the insurer that offered five free months of Fitness+ to all enrollees with an Apple Watch.Tag: Apple Fitness Plus
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Rumor Claims iPad Pro With Horizontal Rear Cameras and Landscape Apple Logo in the Works

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 12:09
A new rumor claims that a future iPad Pro may feature a horizontal rear-camera layout and a landscape Apple logo on the back, as part of a supposed push from Apple to promote usage of the ‌iPad Pro‌ in landscape orientation, rather than portrait.


The rumor originating from Dylanddkt claims that a future version of the ‌iPad Pro‌ will include an updated design that consists of a horizontal camera layout, rather than the current vertical camera design, and a landscape Apple logo on the back. Dylanddkt, whose track record is yet to be fully established regarding a plethora of past information about upcoming Macs, said they can't fully state when these design changes will be released but said it is "in the works."

Apple in recent years has started to promote its higher-end ‌iPad Pro‌ as a near laptop replacement when equipped with a keyboard. Currently, the logo on the back of the Magic Keyboard is in landscape, so Apple may simply want to bring the ‌iPad Pro‌ itself to more parity with its accessories. Additionally, the startup Apple logo shown on iPadOS is also now in landscape.

If Apple moves ahead with the minor rotation of the logo on the back, it could also mean that Face ID, currently embedded on the shortest top bezel, could be moved to the longer side to further promote the ‌iPad Pro‌ as a device meant to be used in landscape.

Bloomberg has reported that the 2022 ‌iPad Pro‌ will feature an updated glass back which could enable reverse wireless charging for devices such as the iPhone or AirPods, as well as wireless charging for the ‌iPad Pro‌ itself. Apple last updated the ‌iPad Pro‌ this past April with the M1 chip and a 12.9-inch mini-LED display, but the ‌iPad Pro‌'s design has not changed since its significant redesign in 2018.

Down the road, Apple is aiming to further blur the lines between the iPad and a laptop and is reportedly exploring sizes more extensive than the current 12.9-inch footprint to do so. The future of the ‌iPad‌ remains largely murky, mainly due to Apple's decision to implement the ‌M1‌ chip, designed for Apple silicon Macs, into the ‌iPad Pro‌ and what it means for the future of the product category. Related Roundup: iPad ProTags: iPad Pro, dylandktBuyer's Guide: 11" iPad Pro (Buy Now), 12.9" iPad Pro (Buy Now)Related Forum: iPad
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