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Apple Suggests Restoring iPhone and Apple Watch to Fix Excess Battery Drain or Missing GPS Data – MacRumors

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Shortly after the release of iOS 14 and watchOS 7, many users ran into problems with their iPhone and Apple Watch.

Multiple online support threads including our own found GPS data was not being properly recorded during activities. The issue appeared to affect all models of Apple Watches.

In the majority of cases, users record a workout on their watch while leaving their ‌iPhone‌ at home, but when they later look at the Activity app it only shows the workout’s starting point on the GPS map, and nothing else.

In addition, some users have been reporting excess battery drain of their Apple Watch, ‌iPhone‌ or both under ‌iOS 14‌ and ‌watchOS 7‌. In the support threads, the unofficial fix seemed to be unpairing and restoring your Apple Watch. Jack Taylor from our forums reported resolving both issues with this method:

Both the GPS and severe battery drain issues on ‌watchOS 7‌ were fixed for me simply by in-pairing and re-pairing my watch. Both issues resolved themselves immediately after as noted in many of the support groups

It appears that Apple has adopted this advice as the official solution to this problem. In a newly published support document titled If you’re missing Workout GPS routes or Health data after updating to ‌iOS 14‌ and ‌watchOS 7‌, Apple writes that users may see the following issues after upgrading to ‌iOS 14‌ and ‌watchOS 7‌:

Possible Symptoms

  • Your workout route maps are missing in the Fitness app on ‌iPhone‌ for previous GPS-enabled workouts from your Apple Watch.
  • The Activity, Heart Rate, or other health-related apps fail to launch or load data on your Apple Watch.
  • The Fitness app or Health app fail to launch or load data on your ‌iPhone‌.
  • The Health app or Fitness app is reporting an inaccurate amount of data storage on your ‌iPhone‌.
  • The Activity app is reporting an inaccurate amount of data storage on your Apple Watch.
  • Your environmental sound levels data or headphone audio levels data from Apple Watch is missing in the Health app on ‌iPhone‌.
  • Increased battery drain on your ‌iPhone‌ or Apple Watch.

If you are experiencing two or more of these symptoms, Apple suggests unpairing your Apple Watch, backing up both your ‌iPhone‌ and Apple Watch, wiping both devices and restoring from backup. Apple provides steps to accomplish these tasks in their support document which was published today.

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Leaker: ‘iPhone 12 mini’ and iPhone 12 Storage Capacities Start at 64GB, Pro Models at 128GB

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Apple rolling out gender-neutral Santa Claus, other emojis – Fox Business

September 30, 2020 | 3:14pm

A gender-neutral Santa Claus is coming to town.

In an apparent continuation of their digital-diversity campaign, Apple debuted the new Santa emoji with the iOS 14.2 beta release Wednesday, Emojipedia reports. The non-binary Saint Nick is part of a batch, approved by the Unicode Consortium, of 117 emoticons, many of which aim to make online discourse more inclusive.

The virtual Father Christmas will swap his signature beard for a clean-shaven, more androgynous look. The X-mas mascot’s makeover comes in the wake of a survey by logo creator GraphicSprings, which revealed that 19% of Americans believe that the big man in red should in fact be neither man nor woman.

However, some view Santa’s new identity as part of the so-called War on Christmas, alongside other battles like shaming people for saying “Merry Christmas” and the PC reboots of the Yuletide classic “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”

In one incident from 2019, holiday traditionalists flocked to the defense of a woman who was doxxed over calling him “Father Christmas” instead of just Santa.

“This gender-neutral stuff is way out of hand,” fumed one Yule die-hard.

Along with the Santa option, the Apple emoji lineup also features new skin tone variations, a much-hyped transgender flag and tuxedo and bridal gown options for both men and women.

The inclusive images drew many positive reactions on Twitter.

“APPLE TRANS RIGHTS LETS GOOO!” tweeted one proponent. Another implored Apple to add a “lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, unlabelled and non-binary flag” to the mix.

Last year, meanwhile, the tech giant ruffled some feathers after releasing a “period emoji” as part of iOS 13.2.

Controversial add-ons aside, users can enjoy new pictograms of a beaver, bubble tea, a plunger, feeding bottles, a ninja, an anatomical heart and more.

The collection will be available on the iPhone, iPad and watchOS. They may also be part of the launch next month, according to the Daily Mail.

If that wasn’t enticing enough, the Unicode Consortium also recently announced the launch of emoji version 13.1, whose selection will range from “heart on fire” to “face with spiral eyes” in an apparent homage to the tumultuous 2020. However, they likely won’t debut until 2021.

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Apple and Epic Games Spar Over Returning Fortnite to the App Store – The New York Times

The two companies argued in federal court over Apple’s power over apps, as their fight heads to trial next year.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Apple and Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, sparred in federal court on Monday over whether to reinstate the popular game in Apple’s App Store, raising antitrust arguments that may reshape a key part of the internet economy and the way people use smartphones.

In a three-hour videoconference hearing in the Northern District of California, Epic laid out its allegations that Apple had abused its power. Their fight began last month when Epic tried collecting its own payments for Fortnite without going through the App Store, breaking Apple’s rules. Apple then booted Fortnite from the App Store; Epic responded by suing Apple, accusing it of violating antitrust laws.

On Monday, Epic said Apple’s unwillingness to let it use its own payment system was anticompetitive and monopolistic. Apple countered that Epic had created a “self-inflicted wound” by not complying with its payment policy. Apple also said Epic had plenty of alternative ways to distribute its games.

Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers concluded the hearing by recommending a jury trial in the case in July. In the coming days, she is expected to rule on whether Apple must allow Fortnite back into its App Store and support Unreal Engine, Epic’s software development tools, in the interim.

The battle is playing out as scrutiny of the power of the tech giants ramps up. Lawmakers, regulators, academics and activists are increasingly taking issue with the reach of Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google in people’s lives. For months, the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general and House lawmakers have investigated the clout of the companies and whether they stifle competition and harm consumers.

Those inquiries are set to come to a head soon. The Justice Department is poised to sue Google on claims of anticompetitive search practices, while Congress is expected to release a report of a yearlong antitrust investigation into the big technology platforms.

Much of the scrutiny of Apple has centered on the power it holds over developers in its App Store. Apple and Google control access to apps on virtually all of the world’s smartphones through their iOS and Android operating systems. The companies charge a 30 percent fee for purchases made inside apps in their app stores. And they make their own apps that compete with those of independent developers.

Apple has long said that all app developers are subject to the same rules, and that its commission is fair. But Epic has said Apple’s power creates an unlevel playing field and is unfair. Apple’s 30 percent cut of fees, for instance, is too high a tax on commerce, the games maker has said. It is seeking the option to use its own payment method and publish its own app store within Apple’s and Google’s systems.

Last week, Epic joined with Spotify, Match Group and other independent developers to form a nonprofit coalition to push for changes in the app stores and to “protect the app economy.”

But by taking on Apple so directly and publicly, Epic — a 29-year-old privately held company worth $17.3 billion and based in Cary, N.C. — may be in for the fight of its life. Apple has a market capitalization of nearly $2 trillion and almost unlimited resources. Last month, it cut off its support for Epic’s Unreal Engine, a software development tool that thousands of developers use. That took the smaller company by surprise.

“We recognized the theoretical possibility in advance, but thought it would be so foolish of” Apple to cut off Unreal Engine, Tim Sweeney, Epic’s founder and chief executive, said in an interview last week.

In court on Monday, Judge Gonzalez Rogers sharply criticized Epic’s decision last month to break with Apple’s payment rules. “There are plenty of people in the public who consider you guys heroes for what you did, but it’s still not honest,” she said.

Epic argued that Fortnite’s removal from the App Store had caused it irreparable harm. But Judge Gonzales Rogers noted that Epic’s publicity campaign around the fight, including a parody video of Apple’s famous “1984” ad and a hashtag, #FreeFortnite, had probably increased good will toward the company.

Epic’s attorney, Katherine B. Forrest, a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, defended the publicity campaign.

“When you are taking on the biggest company in the world and you know it’s going to retaliate, you don’t lie down in the street and die,” she said. “You plan very carefully.”

Apple said it would reinstate Fortnite to its App Store only if Epic complied with its rules.

“They don’t need this court’s emergency help — they have the keys to free Fortnite right there in their pocket,” said Apple’s attorney, Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., a partner at Gibson Dunn.

Apple also repeated a longstanding argument that it maintains tight control over its App Store to keep customers’ data secure and private.

Judge Gonzalez Rogers encouraged both companies to consider a jury trial. “It is important enough to understand what real people think,” she said. “Do these security issues concern people or not?”

The battle over the power of app stores has sharpened recently. Even Facebook, which is also under antitrust scrutiny, has piled on. On Friday, the social media giant said Apple had temporarily waived its 30 percent fee on apps that provide virtual events for three months. Facebook lamented that starting next year, it would have to “yet again pay Apple the full 30 percent App Store tax.”

On Monday, Google also said it would no longer allow companies to circumvent its app store fees, as companies like Spotify and Netflix have done in recent years.

In the interview last week, Mr. Sweeney said Epic was “all in” on the fight against Apple. “We’re staking our business on a battle in which we feel is right,” he said.

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Apple Watch Series 3 owners deal with random reboots in watchOS 7 – Engadget

We’ve asked Apple for comment on the issue, although watchOS 7.0.1 doesn’t appear to have addressed the glitches. Newer watches (including this author’s Series 5) don’t appear to be affected. It’s also unclear if the problems affect Series 3 watches bought directly from Apple with watchOS 7 already installed.

There’s a good chance this will be patched in an upcoming release. Even so, it’s not a great experience for owners of a device that’s still considered current.

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Apple Watch Series 3 users complain of random reboots, other bugs after updating to watchOS 7 – 9to5Mac

watchOS 7 was released to the general public last week, bringing new watch face features, sleep tracking support, and more to Apple Watch models dating back to the Apple Watch Series 3. Some Apple Watch Series 3 users, however, are reporting a variety issues since installing watchOS 7, including random reboots, poor performance, and more.

On Apple’s support forums, there’s a thread dedicated to Apple Watch Series 3 owners expressing frustration with device performance since installing watchOS 7. One of the most common complaints seems to be that the Apple Watch Series 3 will randomly reboot multiple times per day with watchOS 7 installed:

I’ve had several reboots a day since updating, it asks me for my passcode and shows blank stats on activity. Never had an issue like this before on Watch OS6 or earlier, surely there has to be a supplement update from Apple to address this?

Multiple Apple Watch Series 3 users refer to watchOS 7 as “the worst” watchOS update that Apple has released so far.

My series 3 completed an auto update overnight to Watch OS7. Today it has shut itself down at least 3 times, locked itself while on my wrist about 4 times, failed to load complications on multiple faces (weather, activity rings, date etc), disconnected from my phone at least twice. This has been the buggiest upgrade I have seen.

On the MacRumors Forums, there’s another thread dedicated to Apple Watch Series 3 owners voicing frustration with watchOS 7, including complaints of random reboots, laggy performance, and more.

Two things make these complaints even more notable. First, there is no way to downgrade a watchOS 7 update, which means these Apple Watch Series 3 owners can’t downgrade back to watchOS 6. watchOS 7.0.1 was released as a bug fix update this week, but users report that it has not solved their problems.

Secondly, Apple still sells the Apple Watch Series 3 as part of its Apple Watch lineup, even though it seems as if the aging hardware might struggle to keep up with the new features of watchOS 7. This could also have implications for the availability of future software updates, such as watchOS 8, for the Apple Watch Series 3.

At this point, it’s unclear how widespread these issues are, but judging by the sheer volume of complaints, the problems are likely to already be on Apple’s radar. Have you experienced any of these issues with your Apple Watch Series 3 since updating to watchOS 7? Let us know down in the comments.

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Boeing, Apple Inc. share gains contribute to Dow’s 330-point rally – MarketWatch

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Shares of Boeing and Apple Inc. are posting positive momentum Friday afternoon, propelling the Dow Jones Industrial Average rally. The Dow
DJIA,
+1.33%

is trading 330 points, or 1.2%, higher, as shares of Boeing
BA,
+6.83%

and Apple Inc.
AAPL,
+3.75%

have contributed to the index’s intraday rally. Boeing’s shares have climbed $8.68 (5.9%) while those of Apple Inc. are up $3.73 (3.5%), combining for a roughly 82-point boost for the Dow. Other components contributing significantly to the gain include UnitedHealth
UNH,
+3.36%
,
Microsoft
MSFT,
+2.27%
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and Salesforce.com Inc.
CRM,
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A $1 move in any of the benchmark’s 30 components equates to a 6.58-point swing.


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The new Apple Watch Series 6 is the best all-around smartwatch, but don’t buy it just for the blood oxygen sensor – CNBC

Apple Watch Series 6, the new Memoji face looks like me.

Todd Haselton | CNBC

I’ve been testing the new Apple Watch Series 6 for the past week. It’s very similar to the Apple Watch Series 5 launched last year. It even looks the same, unless you check out the new sensors on the bottom or buy one of the the new red or blue models. 

You can’t really think of a new Apple Watch model the same way you do a new iPhone. People buy new phones every couple of years, while the smartwatch market is still just getting started. Canalys expects only 150 million people, total, will have smartwatches in 2020. By way of comparison, Apple was regularly selling more than 200 million iPhones a year up to 2018, when it stopped reporting unit sales.

But people are buying them, even during the coronavirus pandemic and extreme economic uncertainty it’s created — Canalys also said shipments grew 12% in Q1.

So when I think about the new Apple Watch Series 6, I’m still thinking about people who’ve never owned a smartwatch and want to take the plunge. For that audience, it’s the best smartwatch you can buy, although the $399 starting price isn’t cheap, and Apple does offer some less-expensive options.

Apple Watch Series 6 in blue

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The Series 6 does have some options that could spur some upgrades from previous versions, like an always-on screen that gets slightly brighter when you tilt your wrist, which is great for checking notifications or looking at the screen when you’re outdoors. It’s faster than last year’s model thanks to a new chip. It also has a new blood oxygen sensor, but this is meant as a “wellness feature” and not a replacement for a medical-grade device, so don’t buy it for that reason alone.

What’s good

Apple Watch Series 6 in blue

Todd Haselton | CNBC

The Series 6 is a hair faster than last year’s Series 5, opening apps about one second faster, and has a brighter always-on display, which helps when I’m outdoors. These are great if you’re a first-time Apple Watch buyer and want the best model, or if you’re coming from an earlier version that doesn’t have an always-on display and may be starting to feel sluggish. But if you have last year’s model like I do, those aren’t enough reason to upgrade.

I like that it has all of the features introduced in earlier models, like the electrocardiogram option, and provides high and low heart-rate notifications (as the cheaper Series 3 and Series SE do).

The biggest new feature is a blood oxygen sensor. It’s easy enough to use: just open the app, rest your arm on a table and it’ll read out your oxygen.

But I don’t know what I’m supposed to learn from it. Sometimes it says I have a 96% blood oxygen saturation. Sometimes it says 99%. I don’t really know what that means, and Apple doesn’t explain beyond that anything above 90% is normal.

Apple says you might want to use the sensor at high altitudes, like during a hike, to see how you’re adjusting. But you shouldn’t use it for medical purposes, like if you think you might have coronavirus and want to watch your oxygen levels. For that, you should get an FDA-certified device.

Apple Watch Series 6 in blue

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Apple is running three different studies to see how oxygen saturation levels can help people understand their health more. But, for now, don’t use it for medical purposes.

I like the new blue color, which is fun but not too shiny and not too bold like the red model. I appreciate that the colors are offered in the most-affordable aluminum tier, which starts at $399.

If you can spend more, I recommend stepping up to a stainless steel model, since those models and higher (titanium) come with the harder sapphire screens that are way more resistant to scratches than the glass on the regular Series 6. Stainless steel models start at $699 but include cellular sensors, too, so you can place calls, receive texts or stream music without an iPhone nearby.

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Finally, the Apple Watch software is still the best of any smartwatch on the market. It’s fast, there are thousands of apps that you can bring up on your wrist, and it’s a lot of fun to try to close the rings that indicate whether you’re getting enough exercise and burning enough calories. All the models work with Apple Pay so you can tap your watch to buy stuff at the store — particularly convenient during the coronavirus pandemic, when you might not want to touch a payment screen.

I’m also excited for Apple Fitness+, which launches later this year and will provide workout stats right from your Apple Watch, like your heart rate, on an iPad, Apple TV or iPhone, while showing a workout video.

What’s bad?

Trying the blood oximeter.

Todd Haselton | CNBC

My biggest complaint is battery life. Apple still promises 18 hours of on time, which is fine but not great considering Fitbit and Garmin offer many days of battery life. But Apple wins against those with way better software.

At least the Series 6 charges in 1.5 hours, versus 2.5 hours for earlier models. In my case, I just charge it while I’m reading in bed at night and put it back on before bed to use the new sleep tracking feature (also available on earlier models.) I’d love to see two or three days of battery life in future models.

This new band doesn’t have any clasps, just slide it over your wrist.

Todd Haselton | CNBC

It’s a little boring that it still looks pretty much the same as the Series 4 and the Series 5 Apple Watches. On the other hand, I’m not sure what Apple needs to change. It can’t really slim it down while also adding a bigger battery, for example.

Finally, one of my editors has an Apple Watch Series 6 and noticed that the screen didn’t always register to his taps. I didn’t notice this on my unit, but it could be some software bugs that will be worked out over time.

Should you buy it?

Apple Watch Series 6

Todd Haselton | CNBC

It depends who you are.

If you’ve never owned an Apple Watch and want the best, get the Series 6. You won’t be disappointed.

If you want to save some money, consider the Apple Watch SE, which starts at $279. You’ll just miss the always-on display, the slightly faster processor, blood-oxygen tracking and faster charging. But you still get water-resistance, the great software, automatic fall detection, an always-on altimeter and everything else from older models.

If that’s too expensive, you can even go with an Apple Watch Series 3, which starts at $199, for the basics.

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Buy an Apple Watch and get a second one for $200 off – CNET

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If it’s time to get Apple Watches for the whole family, AT&T might be about to make your day. For a limited time, if you buy one Apple Watch, you can get a second one for $200 off. The offer covers pretty much any model — the Apple Watch Series 3, Series 4 and Series 5, as well as the shiny new Series 6 and Apple Watch SE.

That sounds like a pretty cool deal, but there are definitely some caveats. First and foremost, while the offer covers a broad range of models, it looks like the Series 6 and SE are the only models actually in stock at AT&T right now, so I don’t think that getting a Series 3 or a Series 5 as part of this deal is in the cards.

Moreover, the fine print reveals some restrictions you might not like. You need to add at least one new cellular line at $10 per month, and you need to buy the watches on AT&T’s installment agreement. Personally, I am not jazzed by any of those details, but I understand this might be exactly what you’re looking for.

Also, keep in mind that these are not the only Apple Watch deals to be had right now. The Apple Watch Series 5 is $299 at Walmart, and if that deal expires before you can get to it, there are still some Series 5 refurbs available at Apple for $309.

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Apple Stores offer personalized sizing for Solo Loop Watch bands – 9to5Mac

The Apple Watch Series 6 and SE are now available at reopened Apple Stores, and Apple has created a more personal experience for customers hoping to size the new Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop bands.

While inventory and display selection may vary by location, most Apple Stores now offer a full range of Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop bands to try on. With the pandemic changing the nature of in-store shopping, Apple has simplified Apple Watch Studio, displaying only bands without watch cases in a small number of trays.

Make an appointment to Shop with a Specialist, and you’ll be guided to the Apple Watch table. Apple has created a higher quality version of its online sizing guide to determine which Solo Loop band is right for you. The sizing guides are individually packaged, recyclable, and single-use for health and safety purposes. A reusable blue silicone version of the sizing guide will eventually replace the disposable items.

Each guide has a small adhesive sticker that attaches to your wrist where you’d normally rest the Apple Watch optical sensor. A Specialist will guide you through the sizing process from across the table and find the right band for you. The Specialist I spoke with told me that bands tend to run large, and recommended trying an option two sizes smaller than the guide indicated. It was a perfect fit. All of the surfaces customers touch are cleaned after appointments.

Solo Loop display sizes at Apple Bayshore in Glendale, WI.

If you’re hoping to pick up a band at your local store, inventory is limited at launch. You may have better luck ordering online. Shopping sessions are still the best way to browse inside. If your store is out of reservations for the day, you can try your luck at the door, but may have to wait outside.

Nearly 75% of Apple Stores in the US have reopened again in some capacity. If you haven’t checked the status of your local store lately, visit our interactive tracker. Let me know how your Apple Store experience goes, and follow along on Twitter for daily Apple Store news.

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Apple Watch Series 6 Blood Oxygen Monitoring Available in Most Countries Worldwide – MacRumors

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Apple yesterday announced the Apple Watch Series 6 with a new sensor that enables blood oxygen monitoring capabilities, but Apple did not clarify which countries the feature would be available in.

Some health capabilities, like ECG and irregular heart rate notifications, have been limited in availability because of regulatory requirements, but it appears that those requirements don’t apply to the blood oxygen monitoring feature.

According to the Apple Watch Feature Availability page, blood oxygen monitoring is available in more than 100 countries, suggesting there are no health-related regulatory issues that Apple has to overcome. A support document on using blood oxygen monitoring does mention that it’s only available in “certain countries and regions,” however, so there may be some omissions.

Those who are interested in purchasing an Apple Watch Series 6 specifically for the feature should double check the availability page to make sure blood oxygen monitoring is supported in their country.

Measuring blood oxygen with the Apple Watch Series 6 is done through the new Blood Oxygen app. It uses a series of red and green LEDs and infrared light to measure the amount of light reflected by the skin, with advanced algorithms using this data to calculate the color of the blood to derive the blood oxygen level. Bright red blood has more oxygen, while darker red blood has less.

The Apple Watch Series 6 is available for purchase from Apple’s online store, with orders set to arrive starting this Friday.

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Apple’s official public release of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 dropped on Wednesday, September 16, just a day after the company released the Golden Master to third-party developers. Also set to be made available to the general public for the first time are watchOS 7 and tvOS 14.
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Apple today released new 3A283 firmware updates for the second-generation AirPods and the AirPods Pro. The second-generation AirPods are being updated from the 2D15 firmware they were previously running, while the AirPods Pros are being updated from the 2D27 firmware they had installed previously.
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Monday September 14, 2020 12:22 pm PDT by

The new 3A283 firmware that Apple released for the AirPods Pro today appears to introduce support for Spatial Audio, a new feature coming to the higher-end AirPods with iOS 14.
Multiple reports on Twitter and the MacRumors forums indicate that the firmware update adds a “Spatial Audio” option to the Control Center, which can be activated to enable the feature. Note that using Spatial Audio…

Spotify Says Apple One Bundle Will Cause ‘Irreparable Harm to Developer Community’

Tuesday September 15, 2020 12:26 pm PDT by

Apple today announced Apple One, a series of new subscription bundles that provide access to various Apple services at a combined monthly price.
In response, Spotify sent out statements (via Peter Kafka) to the press decrying Apple’s anti-competitive behavior and calling on “competition authorities” to stop Apple before it is able to cause “irreparable harm” to developers.Once again, Apple…

iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 Will Be Released September 16

Tuesday September 15, 2020 11:06 am PDT by

Apple today announced that iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 will be officially released on Wednesday, September 16. Apple has seeded the final Golden Master beta versions of each update to developers in advance.
‌iOS 14‌ and iPadOS 14 introduce dozens of new features, including a redesigned Home Screen that supports widgets on the iPhone and iPad for the first time. For more…

When Will the iPhone 12 Launch? Here’s What We Know

Yesterday’s “Time Flies” Apple event saw the release of the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, iPad 8, and iPad Air 4, but no new iPhone models. Rumors before the event strongly alleged that it would not see the unveiling of new iPhones, with many reports pointing to an October launch.
The lack of new iPhone models yesterday seems to confirm that the iPhone 12 lineup will not appear…

Full Transcript of Apple’s ‘Time Flies’ Event With Apple Watch and iPad Updates

Apple’s virtual “Time Flies” event kicks off today at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, with Apple expected to debut new Apple Watch and iPad models, but it appears we may not see the iPhone 12 until next month.
While we’re not expecting to see new iPhones today, Apple’s software updates for its various platforms are likely nearly ready for launch, so we may be hearing more about them today. Check…

Apple Releases iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 With Home Screen Redesign, App Library, Compact UI, Translate App, Scribble Support, App Clips, and More

Wednesday September 16, 2020 12:48 pm PDT by

Apple has released iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, the newest operating system updates designed for the iPhone and iPad. As with all of Apple’s software updates, iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 can be downloaded for free. iOS 14 is available on the iPhone 6s and later, while iPadOS 14 is available on the iPad Air 2 and later. The updates are available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To …

Everything Apple Announced at Today’s iPad and Apple Watch Event in Just Seven Minutes

Tuesday September 15, 2020 2:19 pm PDT by

Apple today held its annual September event, but this year was a bit different because no new iPhones were announced. The “Time Flies” event focused on the Apple Watch Series 6 and the iPad Air, and saw the debut of a new Apple One services bundle.
Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. It took Apple an hour to introduce the new devices, but we’ve recapped the event in…

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