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Friday, March 27, 2020

VideoReview: 2020 iPad Pro is more about future software than the hardware gains today

Review: 2020 iPad Pro is more about future software than the hardware gains today

The new 2020 iPad Pro is slightly more powerful than ever, and that minor spec upgrade that it got this time around, it is now more about what can happen with software down the road than hardware improvements today.

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Zoom iOS update removes 'feature' that sent user data to Facebook

Zoom iOS update removes 'feature' that sent user data to Facebook

Video conferencing service Zoom on Friday issued an update for its iOS app, removing an SDK that sent users' data to Facebook without their express consent.

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Apple suppliers expect decreased iPhone orders due to virus, 5G iPhone production ramp postponed

Apple suppliers expect decreased iPhone orders due to virus, 5G iPhone production ramp postponed

As the world struggles to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, Apple suppliers are reportedly expecting a significant decrease in immediate orders due to weakened demand.

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FeatureWhat you get for $1000 — Mac mini & MacBook Air versus iPad Pro

What you get for $1000 — Mac mini & MacBook Air versus iPad Pro

If you're in the market for a new Apple device and you're working on a budget, you may have more options than you think. Here is our helpful guide on how you can get the most bang for your buck.

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Apple's 2020 MacBook Air and new iPad Pro are up to $105 off instantly

Apple's 2020 MacBook Air and new iPad Pro are up to $105 off instantly

Deals have already hit Apple's brand-new 2020 iPad Pro and 2020 MacBook Air, with savings of up to $104 off the newly announced devices. AppleCare discounts and accessory deals are also available to protect and enhance Apple's latest products.

Blood oxygen sensor, Touch ID rumored for 'watchOS 7,' Apple Watch 'Series 6'

Blood oxygen sensor, Touch ID rumored for 'watchOS 7,' Apple Watch 'Series 6'

Apple may introduce sleep monitoring, a blood oxygen sensor, and Touch ID with the "Series 6" Apple Watch and "watchOS 7" update, a new rumor suggests.

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Cheap iPhone deals: unlocked phones from $119; lease offers from $0 per month

Cheap iPhone deals: unlocked phones from $119; lease offers from $0 per month

Month-end iPhone deals are hitting fever pitch, with Amazon-owned Woot discounting a variety of models to as low as $119 today only. Wireless carriers are also incentivizing users to switch or upgrade, with lease deals starting at just $0 per month.

Apple releases COVID-19 app, website based on CDC guidance

Apple releases COVID-19 app, website based on CDC guidance

Apple has launched a new app, and a website, with resources to help people stay informed, and take the proper steps to protect their health during the spread of COVID-19.

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TipsHow to make video conferences more bearable for you & other participants

How to make video conferences more bearable for you & other participants

If you're not a fan of video conferences and calls, you're not alone. We've got a handful of tips to help you make the most of your Zoom or Skype meetings.

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FeatureiPad Pro, iPadOS & iOS 13.4 with trackpad support and more on the AppleInsider Podcast

iPad Pro, iPadOS & iOS 13.4 with trackpad support and more on the AppleInsider Podcast

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, hosts Stephen Robles and William Gallagher discuss the new mouse and trackpad support in iPadOS 13.4, new iPad Pro benchmarks, iCloud folder sharing, Face ID coming to the Mac, and tips for live streaming from home.

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ExclusiveCrazy good deal: 50% off Master & Dynamic MW07 True Wireless Earphones

Crazy good deal: 50% off Master & Dynamic MW07 True Wireless Earphones

Master & Dynamic has partnered with AppleInsider this week to offer readers the lowest price anywhere on its MW07 wireless earphones. Enjoy half off the premium earbuds in your choice of color with our exclusive coupon.

Suppliers deny Apple is delaying 'iPhone 12' production

Suppliers deny Apple is delaying 'iPhone 12' production

Printed circuit board manufacturers say that Apple has not told them to postpone production, as previously reported, and therefore the 5G iPhone is not expected to be delayed.

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Apple to debut multiple ARM MacBook, desktop models in 2021

Apple to debut multiple ARM MacBook, desktop models in 2021

Apple is predicted to integrate its custom ARM processors into multiple Mac models in 2021, with designs spanning both Mac desktops and MacBooks, according to TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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Supposed Apple CarKey screenshots reveal how digital key feature works

Supposed Apple CarKey screenshots reveal how digital key feature works

A set of questionable screenshots shared on Twitter this week supposedly show off Apple's so-called "CarKey" feature for iOS, potentially offering a first look at the digital key that will ostensibly let users control vehicle systems with their iPhone and Apple Watch.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

New Apple Music in-app banner notifications alert users to new releases

New Apple Music in-app banner notifications alert users to new releases

Apple on Thursday rolled out a new Apple Music feature that notifies users of new releases directly in the app's Library tab, exposing listeners to the latest albums, tracks and videos from their favorite artists.

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Apple's A12Z Bionic chip could be a re-binned A12X

Apple's A12Z Bionic chip could be a re-binned A12X

Apple introduced the A12Z Bionic as a brand new processor with the launch of iPad Pro, but a new report claims the system-on-chip is simply a rebadged A12X that activates a previously disabled GPU core.

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Apple extends iOS 13 app update deadline to June amid pandemic

Apple extends iOS 13 app update deadline to June amid pandemic

As the world grapples with COVID-19, Apple on Thursday informed developers that its app update requirements for iOS 13 have been extended from April 30 to June 30.

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Apple offers free 90-day trials of Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X

Apple offers free 90-day trials of Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X

Apple this week activated free trials for its professional media creation apps Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X, presenting potential users a 90-day period to see if the software is a right fit for their workflow.

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Zoom for iOS shares data with Facebook even if users don't have an account

Zoom for iOS shares data with Facebook even if users don't have an account

Zoom's iOS app is sending off analytics data to Facebook without warning, even if users don't have a Facebook account.

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iOS bug prevents VPN apps from encrypting all traffic

iOS bug prevents VPN apps from encrypting all traffic

An unpatched bug present in iOS 13.3.1 and later could keep a virtual private network (VPN) from fully encrypting all traffic, leaving data and IP addresses exposed.

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iOS 13.4 introduces CarPlay Dashboard support for third-party map apps

iOS 13.4 introduces CarPlay Dashboard support for third-party map apps

Apple with the release of iOS 13.4 on Tuesday added the ability to use third-party navigation apps directly on the CarPlay Dashboard.

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Mega Apple deals: Up to $1,100 off Macs, AirPods, iPads, Apple Watches, HomePods

Mega Apple deals: Up to $1,100 off Macs, AirPods, iPads, Apple Watches, HomePods

Time is running out to take advantage of price drops of up to $1,100 off during the B&H Apple Shopping Event. Snap up instant (and even exclusive) savings on everything from current 16-inch MacBook Pros and Apple Watches to budget-friendly 13-inch MacBook Airs and Mac mini systems.

Apple Developer app updated ahead of all-digital WWDC 2020

Apple Developer app updated ahead of all-digital WWDC 2020

The Apple Developer used to watch video presentations about developer tools and view up-to-date information about APIs has been updated with some handy features before June's WWDC.

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FeatureThe groundwork is set for Apple 'Pro' ARM Mac chips

The groundwork is set for Apple 'Pro' ARM Mac chips

ARM chips power most of the world's smartphones and tablets, but there are high-performing ARM chips in data centers now. Apple may not need to wait long — if at all — for speed in a high-end ARM Mac.

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VideoHands on: Apple's 2020 iPad Pro nails the user experience

Hands on: Apple's 2020 iPad Pro nails the user experience

Much has been written about the 2020 iPad Pro's new features. Now that we've experienced them for some time we can dive in deeper to test out these enhancements to see exactly how they will impact your use of Apple's newest pro tablet.

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EditorialWhy iPad Pro's LiDAR is a big step for Apple in computer vision and AR

Why iPad Pro's LiDAR is a big step for Apple in computer vision and AR

The new LiDAR camera sensor that debuted in Apple's latest iPad Pro this week is an enhancement upon the depth sensing TrueDepth front-facing imaging array that first made its appearance on iPhone X in late 2017. This year as it arrives on iPhone 12, LiDAR appears to set to achieve a massive installed base of tens of millions of users. Here's why that's important.

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US iPhone App Store spending per user doubled between 2016 and 2019

US iPhone App Store spending per user doubled between 2016 and 2019

Even before the coronavirus outbreak placed us in self isolation, iPhone owners increased their App Store spending to an average of $100 per person in 2019, up 27% from 2018.

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Apple is working on virtual assistants to help users navigate AR and VR

Apple is working on virtual assistants to help users navigate AR and VR

Augmented and virtual reality are new frontiers for Apple's larger customer base, and the company is researching development of a computer-generated assistant to help users navigate the new space, and the new interfaces it will require.

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ReviewReview: Louis Vuitton Horizon earbuds are the luxury headphones you can't afford

Review: Louis Vuitton Horizon earbuds are the luxury headphones you can't afford

Luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton has partnered with premium audio company Master & Dynamic for the second time in creating the epic Horizon true wireless earbuds. While the high price tag keeps them out of reach for the masses, they are no doubt a stunning piece of tech.

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EditorialUnsurprisingly, a 2020 iPad Pro will bend if you try to break it

Unsurprisingly, a 2020 iPad Pro will bend if you try to break it

Stop us if you've heard this before — a YouTuber has taken a brand-new 2020 iPad Pro and destroyed it with his bare hands. He wasn't stir-crazy from a coronavirus lockdown or performing some kind of commercial protest, he is just a vandal with a big bank account — and a mission.

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iOS 14 leak reveals Apple AR or VR controller and testing software

iOS 14 leak reveals Apple AR or VR controller and testing software

According to data gleaned from a prerelease version of iOS 14, Apple appears to be using HTC Vive-like hardware to test its long-rumored augmented reality glasses or virtual reality headset.

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Apple-branded sneakers sell for nearly $10K at auction

Apple-branded sneakers sell for nearly $10K at auction

There's seemingly no limit to what people will pay when it comes to some of the most obscure Apple gear, and these sneakers prove it.

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Apple investigating reinforced plastic as case material for future Apple Watch

Apple investigating reinforced plastic as case material for future Apple Watch

While the device's chief components would remain the same, future Apple Watches may come with a housing that is made in part from plastic and ceramic fibers.

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Apple planning Face ID for MacBook Pro and iMac — plus a notch

Apple planning Face ID for MacBook Pro and iMac — plus a notch

Apple intends to bring the Face ID biometric authentication system introduced with the iPhone, to its Mac range, including both portables and desktops.

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ExclusiveEnds today: loaded 8-core 16" MacBook Pro (32GB, 2TB, 5500M 8GB) drops to $3,499

Ends today: loaded 8-core 16

Last call: Apple's loaded 16-inch MacBook Pro has just dropped to a record low price — and the discount is available only for AppleInsider readers. Packed with upgrades, this 8-core model with a 2TB SSD and 32GB of RAM is $400 off instantly.

Preliminary iPad Pro teardown reveals smaller battery, LiDAR Scanner

Preliminary iPad Pro teardown reveals smaller battery, LiDAR Scanner

A teardown of Apple's 2020 iPad Pro posted to YouTube on Wednesday offers an initial, albeit cursory, look at the new tablet's internal design and component loadout, which is nearly identical to 2018's model.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

March price wars: Apple AirPods $129, 16" MacBook Pro $2,099, $629 Mac mini, $999 iMac 4K, more

March price wars: Apple AirPods $129, 16

Apple resellers have issued price drops on nearly every Apple product line during their respective mega Apple sales, with 16-inch MacBook Pros starting at $2,099, Mac mini systems slashed to $629, AirPods Pro back in stock, and the current iMac 4K marked down to $999 today only.

Apple will likely launch 5G iPhone this fall despite rumors of delay, analyst says

Apple will likely launch 5G iPhone this fall despite rumors of delay, analyst says

Rebutting claims that Apple's 2020 iPhone launch plans are in peril due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Loup Ventures' Gene Munster on Wednesday reminded investors that an iPhone is built over the course of three or four years, not one.

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HomeKit-compatible heater, doorbell and smart plug to debut soon

HomeKit-compatible heater, doorbell and smart plug to debut soon

Apple this week updated its list of supported HomeKit devices to reflect the addition of three upcoming products including a smart doorbell, smart plug and smart heater.

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