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All of the Live Text Updates in iOS 16

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 19:58
Last year in iOS 15, Apple added a feature that is designed to let you highlight and select written and typed text from photos, interacting with it as you would text in any other place in the operating system.

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With iOS 16, likely launching to the public in September, Apple has continued to improve Live Text, and it has some impressive new capabilities, which we've outlined below.

Live Text in Videos
Video support is the biggest new feature added to Live Text. Rather than just being able to select text in photos, you can now pause a video and interact with the text like you would in an image.

Text in any paused video frame can be copied and pasted or translated, plus it works with Look Up. Live Text works across the operating system in Photos, Camera, Safari, and other apps.

To copy text in a video, pause it on the frame that you want and then touch and hold on a word. You can grab the two blue markers to narrow or widen your selection, and then you can press and hold to get to options like translate and copy.

Quick Actions
Text that is in a photo or a video also supports quick actions, something that Apple added in ‌iOS 15‌. In ‌iOS 16‌, there are new quick actions that let you track flights, track packages, translate languages, and convert currencies right from a photo or video.

If you have a photo with a sign in a foreign language, for example, you might see the "Translate" quick action available. Or if there's a foreign currency, Apple will offer up the conversion quick action.

Translate Camera
Apple is using Live Text's functionality in the Translate app, adding a Camera button that opens up the device camera so you can get live translations in real time.

New Languages
Live Text now works with Japanese, Korean, and Ukrainian text in addition to English, Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Live Text Spotlight Search
Live Text capabilities that allow for text to be recognized in photos and videos can be used in Spotlight search in ‌iOS 16‌, so you can do a Spotlight search to find specific text in an image or video.

Live Text Requirements
Using Live Text features requires an iPhone with an A12 Bionic or later. The ‌iPhone‌ XR, ‌iPhone‌ XS, and ‌iPhone‌ XS Max from 2018 are equipped with an A12 Bionic, so if you have one of these devices or newer you can take advantage of Live Text.

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Updated Apple Maps Design Expanding to Israel, Palestine and Saudi Arabia

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 18:17
Apple has been working to expand its updated Apple Maps app to additional countries, and has started testing the revamped design in Israel, Palestine, and Saudi Arabia, according to Maps expert Justin O'Beirne.


It will be the sixteenth expansion of the updated ‌Apple Maps‌ design since the update first rolled out in September 2018. Apple in 2020 completed its U.S. rollout, and has since expanded to Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Singapore, the UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, and more.

Apple will test the update for several weeks before the Maps app sees an official update for all users. Apple's "new" Maps design includes more detailed views of roads and foliage, faster and more accurate navigation, three-dimensional landmarks, better views of parks, buildings, airports, and shopping centers, and the Look Around feature.Tag: Apple Maps
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Standard Apple Watch Series 8 Rumored to Feature Same Design as Series 7

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 16:46
The standard 41mm and 45mm models of the Apple Watch Series 8 will feature the same design as the Apple Watch Series 7, according to Twitter user @ShrimpApplePro, who was first to reveal that iPhone 14 Pro models would feature a new pill-and-hole display.


Titanium will no longer be an option for the standard Apple Watch Series 8 models either, according to @ShrimpApplePro, but Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reported that a new higher-end "extreme sports" version of the Apple Watch Series 8 will have a titanium case, so there would still be a titanium option within the overall Series 8 lineup. The "extreme" model is also expected to have a slightly larger display compared to standard Series 8 models.

@ShrimpApplePro said their source is not aware of any new sensors on the standard Apple Watch Series 8, which will supposedly enter mass production this month.

The leaker said color options for the standard Apple Watch Series 8 will include Midnight, Starlight, Silver, and (PRODUCT)RED for aluminum models and Silver and Graphite for stainless steel models. This would be fewer colors than offered for Series 7 models, which also came in finishes like Blue, Green, Space Black, and Gold.

Apple Watch Series 8 models are expected to be announced in September alongside the iPhone 14 series. watchOS 9 should be released in September as well.

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Apple Watch Series 8 leak
Note: the info is about the base series 8 only. No info abt the higher version atm
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— ShrimpApplePro 🍤 (@VNchocoTaco) August 5, 2022 Related Roundup: Apple Watch Series 7Tags: Apple Watch Series 8, ShrimpAppleProBuyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Caution)Related Forum: Apple Watch
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Apple Card Customers Can Get Three Months of Apple TV+ for Free

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 16:34
Apple has announced a new offer that gives Apple Card customers three months of Apple TV+ for free, in part to celebrate the premiere of the new animated film "Luck" on the streaming platform.


The offer, which runs until October 31, will give ‌new and existing ‌Apple TV+‌ subscribers who are ‌Apple Card‌‌ customers a free three-month subscription to the service. Alongside access to the new animated show "Luck," users will have access to the ever-growing catalog of ‌Apple TV+‌ shows and movies, including Ted Lasso, The Morning Show, Servant, and more. Apple One subscribers who are also ‌Apple Card‌ customers are not eligible for the offer.



Tags: Apple Card, Apple TV Plus
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Deals: HomePod Mini Now Available for $89.99 in Yellow and Blue

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 16:22
Following last week's introduction of a rare deal on the blue HomePod mini, B&H Photo now has the yellow color also on sale for $89.99, down from $99.00. As of now, only blue and yellow are being discounted and only B&H Photo has the discount, with free expedited shipping available for both options.

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This still isn't an all-time low price on the HomePod mini, but it remains the only major markdown that we've seen on the speaker this year. The last major discount was during the 2021 holiday season, and since then deals have been nearly nonexistent. If you're interested in either the blue or yellow version of the HomePod mini, be sure to visit B&H Photo before the sale ends.

$9 OFFHomePod mini for $89.99

Be sure to visit our full Deals Roundup to shop for even more Apple-related products and accessories.Related Roundup: Apple Deals
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YouTube Testing Ability for Users to Zoom Into Videos

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 14:58
YouTube is testing the ability for users to zoom into videos on iOS as part of its suite of features offered to premium subscribers.


The "Pinch to zoom" feature is available as an experimenatal feature to YouTube Premium subscribers, and as it sounds, lets viewers zoom 2x into a video as they're watching it. The feature will be available until September 1 and may become a permanent fixture of the YouTube Premium package somewhere down the line.

YouTube has been rolling out picture-in-picture to all users in the U.S. and premium subscribers globally over the last several weeks. Tag: YouTube
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Deals: Apple's 256GB Wi-Fi iPad Hits New All-Time Low Price of $399 ($80 Off)

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 14:50
Amazon has knocked the 256GB Wi-Fi iPad down to $399.00 today, from an original price of $479.00. This is a new all-time low price on the tablet, and it beats the previous record low by about $30.

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Only silver is available at this price, and as of writing there is a slight shipping delay of five days. You can still lock in the sale right now ahead of the delivery estimate, which is around August 8-10 for most United States residents.

$80 OFF256GB Wi-Fi iPad for $399.00

You can also get the 64GB Wi-Fi iPad for $299.00 right now on Amazon, down from $329.00, which is another all-time low price. For even more iPad deals, head to our full Best Deals guide for iPad. In that guide we track the best discounts online for iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro.Related Roundup: Apple Deals
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Apple Removes Scam App That Led to Hijacked Facebook Ad Accounts

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 13:54
Apple has removed an app that it was unknowingly hosting on the App Store that scammed Facebook advertisers and led hackers to use advertisers' ad budgets to run possibly malicious ads on Facebook's platforms, Business Insider reports.


The app previously ranked highly on the ‌App Store‌ when searching for "Facebook ads manager," the app used by advertisers to control their presence and ads they're running on the Facebook platform. The app presented itself as the legitimate ads manager for Facebook but was actually a backdoor that let hackers gain access to an account. One employee of an ad agency told Insider they were locked out of their account within just 10 minutes of downloading and logging into the app from Apple's ‌App Store‌.

Apple said that the app was originally submitted to the ‌App Store‌ as a simple document manager with no ties or functionality to the Facebook platform. Apple claimed in a statement to Insider that the app turned malicous after it was approved for the company's platform. Facebook, a parent company of Meta, flagged the app to Apple in mid-July, but only after Insider's request for comment to the Cupertino tech giant was the app removed from the platform.

Apple proudly states that the ‌App Store‌ is "a safe and trusted place to discover and download apps," with apps being held to the "highest standards for privacy, security, and content." Apple screens all apps before they're presented for download on the ‌App Store‌. According to the company, over 250,000 apps were rejected for the ‌App Store‌ last year for violating privacy guidelines, with an even larger 1 million apps rejected for possibly harmful and unsafe content.

Despite Apple's efforts, scam apps have remained a problem for the platform. A study last year found that 2% of the top 1000 top paid apps on the ‌App Store‌ at the time were scam apps, with those apps reportedly earning over $1 million in revenue. In a separate instance, a fake bitcoin app scammed its way to gain over $610,000 after being on Apple's platform.Tag: App Store
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Apple Supplier Pegatron Denies Reports of China Blocking Shipments

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 12:00
Apple supplier Pegatron has denied media reports claiming shipments to and from its factories in China were being held for scrutiny by Chinese customs officials, following a Pegatron executive's meeting with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (via DigiTimes).


In a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange, the company indicated that iPhone production at its China-based sites is continuing as normal and shipments have not been affected.

The reports appeared after Pegatron vice chairman Jason Cheng met with Pelosi on Wednesday at a lunch hosted by Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. TSMC founder Morris Chang and chairman Mark Liu were also reportedly among the guests.

Pelosi's visit to Taiwan has angered the Chinese government, which sees the island as a breakaway province that will eventually be part of the country, despite many Taiwanese people considering their self-ruled island to be a separate nation.

In response to the visit, China is currently conducting live-fire military drills in and around the Taiwan strait, with some aircraft and naval vessels reported to have crossed the median line, an unofficial but once largely adhered-to border that separates Taiwan and China. Chinese media on Friday reported that its missiles flew over Taiwan during its latest drills.

Pegatron is the second largest Taiwanese contract electronics manufacturer and ‌iPhone‌ assembler behind Foxconn, while TSMC is the sole supplier of Apple's custom silicon chips and the world's most valuable semiconductor company. All three firms operate plants in China.

Apple has been trying to diversify its supply chain outside of China to reduce its reliance on the country and mitigate the impact of geopolitical unrest, with Vietnam, and more recently India, emerging as important locations for supply chain expansion and investment.

Update: Nikkei reports that Apple on Friday asked suppliers to ensure that shipments from Taiwan to China strictly comply with Chinese customs regulations, which state that Taiwanese-made parts and components must be labeled as being made either in "Taiwan, China" or "Chinese Taipei," language that indicates the island is part of China.Tag: Pegatron
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New iOS App Blocks Those Annoying 'Open in App' Pop-Ups in Safari

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 11:47
You've probably experienced visiting a website like Reddit or LinkedIn on your iPhone only to be greeted with an annoying, almost full-screen pop-up urging you to view the content in their app instead of on the website.


It's a common practice for websites that have accompanying iOS apps to push users to open (if they already have the app installed) or download their app from the App Store to view the content they're trying to view. It can be very annoying for end-users, though, as these pop-ups are usually rather intrusive to the actual content, creating a subpar experience.

Thankfully, there is a new way to block these pop-ups within Safari on ‌iPhone‌ and iPad. Developer Alex Zamoshchin has created a new Safari extension called "Banish" (via Daring Fireball) that can run on iOS and iPadOS and is designed to specifically get rid of those pop-ups. The app, which costs $2, helps eliminate a majority of those pop-ups in popular web versions of apps, but it doesn’t get rid of similar banners that show up at the top of Safari to recommend opening the current page in an installed app.

The banner at the top of Safari is built into Safari and WebKit itself, so to get rid of those, you'll have to uninstall the respective app from your device. Banish, instead, gets rid of pop-ups implemented in the websites themselves.

To use Banish, download it from the App Store and follow the on-screen instructions to give the app the needed permission within Settings, Safari, and Extensions. You can learn more about Banish here.

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Apple TV+ Animated Film 'Luck' Now Streaming, Takes Over Apple's Homepage

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 04:08
Apple TV+'s first feature-length 3D animated film "Luck" is now available to watch in the U.S. a few hours earlier than promised. Apple is promoting the film with a full-page takeover on its homepage, with characters from the film appearing in several spots.


Created by Skydance Animation, "Luck" revolves around an unlucky person named Sam Greenfield who suddenly finds herself in the never-before-seen "Land of Luck," where she must unite with magical creatures to turn her luck around. Sam partners with a lucky black cat named Bob as they embark on a quest that could change her luck forever.

The film stars the voices of Eva Noblezada (Sam), Simon Pegg (Bob), Jane Fonda (the Dragon), Whoopi Goldberg (the Captain), and others.


"Luck" and other Apple TV+ content can be watched in the Apple TV app across the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV box, select Xbox and PlayStation consoles, select smart TVs, on the web at tv.apple.com, and on select other platforms. Apple TV+ costs $4.99 per month in the U.S., with a free seven-day trial available.Tag: Apple TV Plus
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iOS 16 Security and Privacy Features: Everything You Need to Know

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 00:46
Every iOS update adds new privacy and security features, and iOS 16 is no exception. Apple has added tools to make it easier to apply security updates, new Face ID capabilities, improvements to photo security, and more, with details on all of the new privacy and security options outlined below.


Safety Check
The Settings app houses a new "Safety Check" feature that is designed to make it easy for people to quickly reset all of the data and location access that they have granted to other people. According to Apple, Safety Check is aimed at people in domestic or intimate partner violence situations.

You can get to Safety Check by opening up the Settings app and tapping into the Privacy and Security section. From there, scroll down to Safety Check. Safety Check has two options, including an Emergency Reset and a checklist of all your data sharing options.

Note that Safety Check has a "Quick Exit" button that takes you right to the iPhone's Home Screen in case you're in danger of getting caught using it.

Emergency Reset
Emergency Reset is a one-tap option that lets you you protect your iOS device with just a couple taps. When you use Emergency Reset, it immediately stops sharing everything with all people and apps.


That includes anything you might be sharing with people, such as location information, your home data, photo albums, and more.

Emergency Reset also lets you remove all emergency contacts and reset your Apple ID and password so no one can log into your account.

Manage Sharing
For less of an emergency situation, there's a Manage Sharing and Access walkthrough that lets you see an overview of what you're sharing so you can't be secretly tracked or monitored using location sharing, shared albums, or other ‌iPhone‌ features.


You can see exactly who you're sharing data with and what data those people have access to, along with which apps have access to your data. You can select people or apps and choose the "Stop Sharing" option to turn off sharing right away.

You will also see a list of all the third-party apps that you have installed and what data they have access to, along with tools to disable that access. You can see which permissions an app has on an individual basis, or by data such as Bluetooth, Location, Contacts, and more.


Manage Sharing will tell you exactly which devices your iCloud account is logged into, giving you the option to log out, plus it will let you reset your ‌Apple ID‌ and password as well as deactivate Emergency contacts.

Locked Hidden and Recently Deleted Photo Albums
In the ‌iOS 16‌ Photos app, the Hidden and Recently Deleted albums are not able to be opened up without biometric authentication through ‌Face ID‌, Touch ID, or a passcode.

Landscape Face ID
On iPhone 13 models, ‌Face ID‌ works in landscape mode after ‌iOS 16‌ has been installed. This allows ‌Face ID‌ to unlock the ‌iPhone‌ regardless of whether it's held in portrait or landscape orientation.

Rapid Security Response
With ‌iOS 16‌, Apple can send out security updates without needing to update the entire operating system. in iOS 15, security updates are tied to iOS updates and require a full update, but ‌iOS 16‌ will make it easier for Apple to distribute security updates, and it will make them quicker to download.


When you update to ‌iOS 16‌, Apple will set your device to install security updates automatically, but the feature can be turned off under General > Software Update > Automatic Updates.

Get important security improvements to your devices even faster. These improvements can be applied automatically between standard software updates.

Pasteboard Permissions
Apps in ‌iOS 16‌ need explicit user permission before accessing the clipboard to copy and paste content. Apps will need to ask to use the copy and paste feature, similar to the way apps need permission to access the microphone, camera, location, and other sensitive data.

Passkeys
With ‌iOS 16‌ and its sister updates, Apple is adding Passkeys that are designed to replace traditional passwords when signing into a website or app. Apple says that Passkeys are more secure than passwords, protecting users from phishing, malware, and other attacks that attempt to again account access. Passkeys are not implemented in the ‌iOS 16‌ beta, but will be introduced later this year.


Passkeys work through a key system. One key is public and stored on the website server, while the second key is private and kept on-device. On the ‌iPhone‌ and other devices with biometric authentication, ‌Face ID‌ or ‌Touch ID‌ is used to authorize the passkey to authenticate the user to a website or app.

The key from the website and the key from the Apple device must match to allow for a log in, and since the device key is private and only available to the user, it cannot be stolen, leaked, or phished.

Passkeys use ‌iCloud‌ Keychain, which requires two-factor authentication for further protection. Passkeys sync across all of a user's devices through ‌‌iCloud‌‌ Keychain, which is end-to-end encrypted with its own cryptographic keys.

Passkey synchronization across devices offers redundancy in case an ‌iPhone‌ is lost, but should all of a person's Apple devices become lost and the passkeys along with them, Apple created an ‌iCloud‌ keychain escrow function to recover passkey information. There is a multi-step authentication process to go through to recover an ‌‌iCloud‌‌ Keychain with passkeys, or users can set up a person to serve as an account recovery contact.

Passkeys sound complicated, but in practice, it will be as simple as using ‌‌Touch ID‌‌ or ‌‌Face ID‌‌ to create a passkey to go along with a login.

Apple has been working with members of the FIDO Alliance, including Google and Microsoft, to ensure that passkeys can also be used with non-Apple devices and across platforms. On non-Apple devices, Passkeys will work through QR codes that will authenticate using the ‌‌iPhone‌‌, but it will require support from other companies and needs to be adopted across the tech world.

Lockdown Mode
‌iOS 16‌ adds Lockdown Mode, which has an "extreme" level of security for activists, journalists, and others who are targeted by sophisticated cyberattacks. Lockdown Mode strictly limits or disables the functionality of many of the ‌iPhone‌'s features as well as locking down apps and websites.


Lockdown Mode blocks most attachment types in Messages, blocks FaceTime calls from non-contacts, limits web browsing functions, prevents configuration profiles from being installed, and more, with a full list available in our Lockdown article.

Lockdown Mode is not for the average user and most people should not turn it on given how restrictive it is. The feature is disabled by default and can activated in the Privacy and Security section of the Settings app.

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Have questions about the new security and privacy features in ‌iOS 16‌, know of a feature we left out, or want to offer feedback on this guide? Send us an email here.

Security and Privacy
With ‌iOS 16‌, there are a number of security and privacy-focused updates that include landscape ‌Face ID‌, Security Check, faster security updates, Passkeys, and more.


We have a dedicated Security and Privacy Guide that highlights every new feature you need to know about.Related Roundups: iOS 16, iPadOS 16
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What's Next for HomePod: Larger Model With S8 Chip, Matter Support, and More

Thu, 08/04/2022 - 23:52
While the original HomePod was discontinued over a year ago, rumors suggest that Apple plans to release another larger HomePod model in the future. Meanwhile, the HomePod mini will likely expand its presence by launching in additional countries over time.


Keep reading for a recap of the latest rumors about the HomePod and HomePod mini and the future of Apple's smart home ambitions.

New HomePod With S8 Chip
Apple is developing a new HomePod with the same S8 chip rumored for the Apple Watch Series 8, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

In June, Gurman said the new HomePod would be "closer to the original HomePod" than the HomePod mini in terms of size and audio performance, and would have an "updated display on top" with potential multi-touch functionality. No other details are known about this rumored HomePod, which Gurman said is "unlikely to arrive until next year."


In May, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple would release a new HomePod in the fourth quarter of 2022 or the first quarter of 2023, adding that there "may not be much innovation in hardware design." Kuo did not share any further details, so it's unclear if he was referring to a new version of the HomePod or the HomePod mini.

The original HomePod is just under seven inches tall and is equipped with the same A8 chip as found in the iPhone 6, seven beamforming tweeters, and six microphones. When it launched in February 2018, the full-size HomePod was priced at $349 in the United States, but Apple lowered the speaker's price to $299 in April 2019.

While early reviews of the HomePod praised the speaker's audio quality, it was expensive and held back by Siri's shortcomings. HomePod sales were reportedly lackluster over the years it was available, but the speaker has fetched high prices on eBay since being discontinued and has become something of a collector's item. With the right price, size, and feature set, there is potential for a new HomePod to be more of a success.

HomePod Combined With Apple TV
Earlier this year, Gurman said he believes that Apple is also planning a new device that combines a HomePod, Apple TV, and a camera. He said this combination device would "probably be at the center of Apple's approach" in the home.


Gurman has claimed that Apple has "been developing new speakers with screens and cameras" since early 2021, which would enable the device to be used for FaceTime calls and other new functionality. Such a device could compete with the likes of Google's Nest Hub and Amazon's Echo Show in the smart home accessories market.

No further details are known about the combo HomePod/Apple TV device at this time.

HomePod Mini in More Countries
Last month, Apple released software version 15.6 for the HomePod and HomePod mini. In addition to performance and stability improvements, the update added support for Siri in Swedish and Norwegian on the HomePod and HomePod mini.


The addition of Swedish and Norwegian support likely means the HomePod mini will be released in Sweden and Norway over the coming months. Apple has also been testing Siri in Danish and Finnish with select HomePod mini users in recent months, so the HomePod mini may launch in Denmark and Finland eventually as well. However, Danish and Finnish are not listed as supported languages yet within the HomePod mini's settings.

Apple released the HomePod mini in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Switzerland in late March, around one month after rolling out support for Dutch on HomePods.

Matter Support
Matter is an upcoming connectivity standard that will enable compatible smart home accessories to work together seamlessly across multiple platforms, including Apple's HomeKit, Amazon's Alexa, and Google's Home. Apple says Matter support is "coming in an update later this year" across its software platforms.

Controlling Matter accessories with the Home app and Siri will require a HomePod, HomePod mini, Apple TV 4K, or Apple TV HD running as a home hub.Related Roundup: HomePod miniBuyer's Guide: HomePod Mini (Neutral)Related Forum: HomePod, HomeKit, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology
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Apple Now Selling Mophie's Powerstation Pro, 120W GaN Charger and More

Thu, 08/04/2022 - 21:09
Apple today updated its online store to offer several new Mophie products, including the Powerstation Pro, GaN 120W Charger, and multiple car chargers.


Priced at $150, the Mophie Powerstation Pro offers 20,000mAh for charging iPhones, iPads, and other Apple devices. It offers up to 45W, so it is able to charge a MacBook Air, plus it can fast charge the iPhone and the iPad.


There are dual USB-C PD ports for charging two devices at one time, and Mophie says that it offers 72 hours of additional battery life on an ‌iPhone‌ and eight hours for a MacBook.

Available for $100, the Mophie Speedport 120W GaN Wall Charger includes three USB-C PD ports and one USB-A port for charging up to four Apple devices at one time. It provides a total of 120W, which can be split across the devices being charged.

A single device using the first USB-C port can access up to 100W, while two USB-C ports can provide charging power starting at 99W. It is made using Galium Nitride (GaN) technology to keep the size compact, and it comes with a 2m USB-C to USB-C cable.

Apple is also offering several different Mophie Car Chargers, all of which plug into the 12V auxiliary power outlet in a vehicle.

All of the new Mophie products can be purchased as of today, with most delivering by next week. Many Apple retail stores are also now offering these Mophie accessories.Tags: Mophie, Apple Store
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Deals: Get the 41mm Cellular Apple Watch Series 7 for All-Time Low Price of $359 ($140 Off)

Thu, 08/04/2022 - 20:35
Amazon today has the 41mm Cellular Apple Watch Series 7 for $359.00, down from $499.00. This sale is only available for the Blue Aluminum Case with Abyss Blue Sport Band option, although the Green Aluminum model is just $20 higher.

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At $140 off, this is the best price we've ever tracked on this version of the Apple Watch Series 7 and it's now the cheapest entry point for a cellular model. You can also still save 20 percent on Beats Studio Buds or Beats Fit Pro when purchased simultaneously with an Apple Watch on Amazon.

$140 OFFApple Watch Series 7 (41mm Cellular) for $359.00

If you're on the hunt for more discounts, be sure to visit our Apple Deals roundup where we recap the best Apple-related bargains of the past week.Related Roundup: Apple Deals
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Apple Releases Studio Display Firmware Update to Fix Speaker Issue

Thu, 08/04/2022 - 19:18
Apple today released an updated version of the 15.5 firmware for the Studio Display, with the update coming more than two months after the Studio Display firmware was last updated. The prior version of the 15.5 firmware had a build number of 19F77, while the new version is 19F80.



Apple's release notes for the update confirm that it addresses an issue with the Studio Display speakers. Since the launch of the Studio Display,
there have been complaints about the speaker quality. Apple last week sent out a memo to authorized service providers, acknowledging that some customers have had issues with the Studio Display speakers cutting out or offering distorted playback.

Apple said in the memo that a future update would fix the issue, hence today's firmware update.

The Studio Display firmware can be updated by connecting it to a Mac. Studio Display owners can go to System Preferences > Software Update to install the firmware.Related Roundups: Apple Pro Display XDR, Apple Studio DisplayRelated Forum: Mac Accessories
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Review: GRID Studio iPod and iPad Mini Offer Nostalgic Apple Wall Art

Thu, 08/04/2022 - 17:29
GRID Studio is known for offering wall art showcasing vintage devices that are an important part of Apple's history. Each device is disassembled and the components are artistically displayed in a frame that can be hung on the wall of any Apple fan.


The fourth-generation iPod Classic and first-generation iPad mini are among the newest additions to GRID's lineup of devices, selling for $499 and $249, respectively. Prices for GRID's pieces start at $40 for an A-series chip and go up to $400 for the original iPhone, but there are all kinds of options priced at around the $200 mark.


GRID's frames come well-packaged to protect them in transit and are enclosed in thick black paper, finished with a ribbon and a wax seal to make the device within feel truly special. While GRID's products come impressively packaged, I'd warn customers about getting paper cuts from the packaging – something that has happened to me repeatedly when opening multiple GRID frames.

The black wooden frames GRID uses contrast well with the white card upon which the device components are glued and go relatively easily with most interior designs. Unfortunately, the black frames seem to immediately attract quite a lot of fingerprints and dust, but they are mostly easy enough to remove with a damp cloth.

The frame contains a pane of transparent plastic rather than glass. I would have preferred glass, but it doesn't negatively affect displaying the device at all. To remove the film protecting the clear plastic, you need to open the frame from behind. This also enables you to wipe away any excess fingerprints or dust from inside the frame or the components.


The fourth-generation iPod is GRID's first display of a "classic" iPod with a Click Wheel, making it a particularly iconic piece for Apple enthusiasts. Announced in 2004, the fourth-generation iPod replaced the touch wheel from the third-generation iPod with the Click Wheel from the iPod Mini, placing the four buttons below a touch-sensitive scroll wheel, and introduced a slimmer casing. The 20GB model in the frame originally sold for $299.

Like GRID's other displays, the disassembled iPod's components are methodically laid out inside the frame, with printed details to highlight different aspects, such as a printed image below the iPod's display to give a 3D effect and show what it would have looked like in use. Annotations explain what each of the components are, a bit of the device's history, and provide a quote from Steve Jobs.










The first-generation ‌iPad mini‌ is GRID's first iPad display. The first ‌iPad mini‌ was introduced in 2012, featuring similar specifications to the ‌iPad‌ 2, including its display resolution, for a starting price of $329. The ‌iPad mini‌ takes up a lot of space inside the frame, but I'm pleased that all of GRID's frames are the same size for consistency.










The devices do have some wear and tear in places due to their age and because they are used. Nevertheless, they are more than adequate for display and it is clear that GRID has selected devices with only minimal wear. For my frames, the polished, mirror finish of the iPod, its internal hard drive, and the immaculate display of the ‌iPad mini‌ look particularly good and emphasize the devices at their best.

All in all, the fourth-generation iPod and first-generation ‌iPad mini‌ are great additions to GRID's product lineup. With attention to detail and plenty of nice touches to make the device feel special, GRID's frames are the perfect items for any Apple fan looking to bring some of the company's iconic designs into their home in a thoughtful way.

How to Buy
GRID Studio's products are available from its website, gridstudio.cc. The GRID Studio iPod Classic and ‌iPad mini‌ are currently $100 off.



Note: GRID Studio provided MacRumors with a framed iPod Classic (fourth-generation) and ‌iPad mini‌ (first-generation) for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.Tag: Grid Studio
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Deals: Amazon Now Has Both 32GB and 64GB Apple TV 4K Models for $59 Off, Starting at $119.99

Thu, 08/04/2022 - 17:20
Earlier this week we shared a deal on the 32GB Apple TV 4K, which is on sale for $119.99, down from $179.00, and today Amazon has introduced a deal on the 64GB model as well. It's available for $139.99, down from $199.00.

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In terms of past sales, both of these prices are second-best discounts for the Apple TV 4K and just about $10 higher than the all-time low discounts. Although the 32GB model has a slight shipping delay of about a week, the 64GB model is in stock and ready to ship today.

$59 OFF32GB Apple TV 4K for $119.99

The new 2021 models of the Apple TV 4K include the redesigned Siri Remote, an A12 Bionic processor, and 4K high frame rate HDR support.

$59 OFF64GB Apple TV 4K for $139.99

Be sure to visit our full Deals Roundup to shop for even more Apple-related products and accessories.Related Roundup: Apple Deals
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Apple TV+ Expands 'Friday Night Baseball' to Four New Countries

Thu, 08/04/2022 - 17:02
Apple today announced that its weekly MLB doubleheader "Friday Night Baseball" is now available to users in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Germany, and Italy. The games remain free to watch on Apple TV+ without a subscription for a limited time.


Apple also released the September schedule for "Friday Night Baseball" games. Assigned broadcasters for each game will be announced on a weekly basis.Friday, September 2
Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves
7 p.m. ET

Philadelphia Phillies at San Francisco Giants
10 p.m. ET

Friday, September 9
Cleveland Guardians at Minnesota Twins
8 p.m. ET

Atlanta Braves at Seattle Mariners
9:30 p.m. ET

Friday, September 16
Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays
7 p.m. ET

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants
10 p.m. ET

Friday, September 23
Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
7 p.m. ET

St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers
10 p.m. ETThe weekly doubleheaders, and additional content like live pregame and postgame shows, can be watched in the Apple TV app across the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD boxes, select Xbox and PlayStation consoles, select smart TVs from brands like Samsung and LG, on the web at tv.apple.com, and on select other platforms.

"Friday Night Baseball" debuted on Apple TV+ in April and will continue through the 2022 regular season, which ends October 5. The games can also be watched in the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.Tag: Apple TV Plus
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Major iPhone Supplier Planning Further Push Into India as Apple Looks to Diversify Supply Chain

Thu, 08/04/2022 - 15:43
Foxconn, Apple's largest supplier, is looking to further expand its presence in India with the opening of a new production facility within an existing factory in the country to produce the iPhone, The Economic Times reports.


Foxconn is reportedly set to begin production in the new building in just a few months after ramping up hiring in the country in recent weeks, according to the report. The new building is reportedly part of Foxconn's existing factory near Chennai, India.

Apple started production of the iPhone 13 in India earlier this year, and the expansion by Foxconn in the country is part of Apple's goal to further diversify its supply chain. The new production facility is all part of Foxconn's commitment to continued investment in India and part of the government's efforts to strengthen the local market.

In recent years Apple has stepped up efforts to expand its supply chain to sources and suppliers outside of China and into India, Vietnam, and other countries. Apple's supply chain has experienced a turbulent past three years due to the global health crisis and geopolitical conflict. Tags: Foxconn, India
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