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Google to 'Dramatically' Improve Chrome Impact on Mac Battery Life

Google will address long-standing battery life issues, particularly on Mac devices, reports The Wall Street Journal . Chrome will improve ab throttling by better prioritizing active tabs and limiting resource drain from tabs open in the background. This is said to have a dramatic impact on battery and performance. Google has reportedly been performing early tests on Mac laptops in particular. This is an ongoing investment in improvements to speed, performance and battery life, said Max Christof

13 Jul 2020 2:26 am
Arm-Intel-PowerPC Universal Binaries are Possible

Casual MacRumors visitors may not realize that we have a very active PowerPC forum where users discuss issues related to PowerPC Macs that have not been produced since 2006. Threads range from hardware upgrades, software options , to nostalgia : Photo by AphoticD Apple's recently announced transition to Apple Silicon (Arm) based Macs raised some interesting questions about future support for these old machines. In particular, MacRumors forum member Wowfunhappy asked about ongoing support for Uni

12 Jul 2020 2:12 am
Metal Developer Tools on Windows Offer New Gaming Opportunities

Game developers are now able to more easily develop games for Apple devices using Windows machines, thanks to a new set of Metal developer tools released by Apple. Apple quietly released a set of Metal Developer Tools for Windows 10 at WWDC this year, which enables Metal Shading Language (MSL) compilation on Windows into Metal Library Objects targeting Apple platforms. This means that game production teams may now use PCs to compile games developed on Windows for macOS and other Apple operating

11 Jul 2020 11:21 pm
LinkedIn Sued for Reading Universal Clipboard Data

Microsoft's LinkedIn was sued yesterday for allegedly reading and diverting users' private information using the iOS clipboard. The lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court states that LinkedIn secretly read the clipboard a lot, without notifying the user, according to Reuters . The complaint also claims that LinkedIn has been gathering clipboard information from nearby Apple devices through the Universal Clipboard feature, and has been circumventing Apple's Universal Clipboard timeout. The

11 Jul 2020 10:48 pm
Apple TV+ to Adapt Thriller 'Snow Blind' Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

Apple has won the rights to make a film adaptation of BOOM! Studios' graphic novel Snow Blind, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The film was fiercely fought over in a competitive six-way bidding war, reports Deadline , but exact financials are unknown. Gustav Mller is set to direct and Patrick Ness to write. The thriller graphic novel by Ollie Masters and Tyler Jenkins tells the story of high school teen Teddy, as his life in a sleepy Alaskan suburb is turned upside-down when he posts a photo of his da

11 Jul 2020 10:17 pm
Foxconn to Invest $1 Billion in India Amid Strong Push From Apple

Apple supplier Foxconn plans to invest $1 billion in India to expand a factory that assembles iPhones, reports Reuters . One source told Reuters that Apple has been pushing Foxconn and other suppliers to move production outside of China. The move will ultimately help the company in diversifying its supply chain in an effort to reduce its reliance on Chinese manufacturing amidst the ongoing trade war between China and the United States. Foxconn's investment is being made in the Sriperumbudur plan

11 Jul 2020 9:50 pm
Top Stories: iOS 14 Public Beta, iPhone 12 Size Comparison, 14-Inch MacBook Pro Rumors

After one round of developer beta testing, Apple unleashed iOS and iPadOS 14 to a wider audience this week, opening it up to members of the public beta program. There are lots of changes and new features to check out, but as with any beta, be careful about installing it on your main devices. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Other major stories this week included our hands-on video with some iPhone 12 dummy units that give a great idea of what the new phones will likely

11 Jul 2020 6:30 pm
iOS 14: How to Use Picture in Picture Mode on iPhone

With iOS 13 , Apple added a Picture in Picture Mode to the iPad , and with iOS 14 , that Picture in Picture functionality is available for the iPhone too, letting users do things like watch videos and take FaceTime calls while doing other things on their device. This guide covers everything that you need to know about using Picture in Picture on the iPhone. Using Picture in Picture With Apps Picture in Picture works with apps that play video content, but when it comes to third-party apps, app de

11 Jul 2020 2:29 am
The PortCozy Protects Your MacBook Pro's Ports From Dust and Debris

Cozy Industries, known for making a range of accessories for Apple devices, recently came out with its newest product, the PortCozy . The PortCozy is a simple silicone plug that's meant to plug into the USB-C ports on Apple's MacBook Pro models to keep out dirt, dust, debris, and moisture while traveling or when the MacBook is not in use. Compatible with the 2016 and later 13, 15, and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, Cozy Industries sells the PortCozy in a set of two alongside a port cleaning brush f

11 Jul 2020 1:26 am
Apple CEO Tim Cook's 2019 Compensation Totaled Over $133 Million

Apple CEO Tim Cook was the second highest paid CEO in the United States in 2019, according to Bloomberg 's list of the highest paid CEOs and executives in 2019. Cook received compensation totaling $133,727,869 by Bloomberg 's count. Almost all of Cook's compensation was provided in the form of stock awards and related performance bonuses. As reported by the SEC earlier this year, Cook received a $3 million base salary with $7.7 million in incentives, with the rest coming from stock awards that v

11 Jul 2020 12:31 am
Apple Warns Against Closing MacBooks With a Cover Over the Camera

Apple this month published a support document that warns customers against closing their Mac notebooks with a cover over the camera as it can lead to display damage. Image via Reddit Apple says that the clearance between the display and the keyboard is designed to very tight tolerances, which can be problematic. Covering the camera can also cause issues with automatic brightness and True Tone. If you close your Mac notebook with a camera cover installed, you might damage your display because the

10 Jul 2020 11:42 pm
MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Luna Display Adapter That Turns an iPad or Mac Into a Second Screen

For this week's giveaway , we've teamed up with Astropad to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Luna Display adapter that can turn an extra Mac or an iPad into a secondary display to be used with a main Mac. The inch-long Luna Display adapter plugs into a Mac using a USB-C port (on newer Macs) or a Mini DisplayPort (on older Macs) and then when paired with the Luna Display software, your primary Mac can be connected to an iPad or another Mac over Wifi, providing new ways to utilize old har

10 Jul 2020 11:31 pm
Apple Arcade Adds Puzzle Adventure Game 'Creaks'

Apple Arcade today added the game Creaks to its list of titles that you can play if you have an Apple Arcade subscription. Creaks is described as a puzzle adventure game in which players have to explore an old mansion to find hidden paintings and solve puzzles to uncover the mansion's secrets. The game comes from the creators of Machinarium and Samorost, and features a hand-painted art style along with an original score from Hidden Orchestra. Creaks is available to play on iPhone , iPad , Mac, a

10 Jul 2020 8:35 pm
Apple Moving Forward on Semitransparent Lenses for Upcoming AR Headset

Apple and Foxconn have reached a key milestone in the development of Apple's long-rumored augmented reality headset, with the semitransparent lenses for the device moving from prototype to trial production, reports The Information . Apple is developing the lenses on a single production line at a Foxconn factory in Chengdu in southwestern China, where most of Apples iPad production is centered, the person said. Apple has multiple phases in the development of new products, starting with periods of

10 Jul 2020 7:54 pm
Facebook SDK Issue Again Causing Numerous iOS Apps to Crash or Freeze

Popular iOS apps including Spotify, SoundCloud, Waze, Imgur, and many more are reporting crashing and freezing issues this morning, as pointed out by users on Reddit and in the MacRumors forums . The issue appears to be related to Facebook's iOS SDK, which is used by many apps for login purposes. On Facebook's developer website, the company confirmed that it is aware of the issue and is investigating it. Reports of crashing apps appeared today across social media , with users reporting that whil

10 Jul 2020 6:19 pm
Apple Recloses 11 Stores in Southern California, Maryland, Ohio, and Tennessee

Apple is reclosing 11 additional retail stores in the U.S. because of local increases in coronavirus infections. As reported by 9to5Mac , the stores are located in California, Maryland, Ohio, and Tennessee, and add to the two stores that temporarily closed earlier this week, bringing the total Apple retail store reclosures in the country to 91. The stores in California include Brea Mall (Brea), South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa), Irvine Spectrum Center (Irvine), Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo), Fashio

10 Jul 2020 4:35 pm
Tom Hanks WWII Movie 'Greyhound' Debuts on Apple TV+

Apple TV + today debuted Greyhound, the highly anticipated Second World War movie starring Tom Hanks as a naval officer given command of Navy destroyer Greyhound in the Battle of the Atlantic. Greyhound features Hanks as George Krause, who must fight his own self doubts and personal demons as he leads a convoy of Allied ships against German U-boats to prove that he belongs in command. The screenplay for the movie was written by Hanks and the film was meant to be released in theaters, but could n

10 Jul 2020 4:03 pm
Kuo: Apple Silicon Macs to Include 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air This Year, 14.1-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro Models Next Year

At last month's WWDC, Apple officially announced that its Mac computers will be transitioned from Intel x86 to homegrown Apple Silicon chips. Apple said it plans to deliver the first Apple Silicon Mac by the end of the year and complete the transition in about two years. According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo , a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a form factor similar to the current 13.3-inch MacBook Pro could be the first Mac to get an Arm-based chip designed by Apple. In March, Kuo predicted this ne

10 Jul 2020 3:28 pm
Leaker: 'iPhone 12 Pro' to Come With 6GB of RAM

Later this year, Apple is expected to release four OLED iPhones in three display sizes, including 5.4, 6.7, and two 6.1-inch models. Rumors suggest the 6.7-inch iPhone and one 6.1-inch model will be higher-end devices, and now leaker @L0vetodream has corroborated previous rumors about the internal specs of Apple's upcoming lineup. Rumors suggest Apple will use 5-nanometer A14 chips in its 2020 iPhone lineup that will be smaller, faster, and more battery efficient due to improved thermal manageme

10 Jul 2020 2:29 pm
Apple Pay Promo Offers 50% Off Snapfish Purchases

Apple's latest Apple Pay promotion provides 50 percent off when purchasing custom photo books, cards, and more from Snapfish with promo code APPLEPAY. The promotion will be available until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on July 15, 2020, and it is valid in the United States and Canada. Apple Pay must be used in during checkout and purchases must be made through the Snapfish app . Tag: Apple Pay promo This article, Apple Pay Promo Offers 50% Off Snapfish Purchases first appeared on Discu

10 Jul 2020 4:49 am
iOS 14 Home Screen Changes: App Library, Widgets, Hiding Apps and More

Apple in iOS 14 redesigned the Home Screen for the first time in a long time, introducing an App Library that lets you hide apps, widgets that can be placed among apps, and more. This guide walks through all of the new Home Screen changes from widgets to the App Library, and includes how tos with walkthroughs on using all of the new features. Widgets Widgets have been available in the Today View, which can be accessed by swiping from left to right on the Home Screen, but in iOS 14, widgets got a

10 Jul 2020 3:36 am
Apple's Worldwide Mac Shipments Up in Q2 2020 Amid Overall PC Market Growth

Apple's worldwide Mac shipments were up 5.1 percent during the second quarter of 2020, according to new PC shipping estimates shared this afternoon by Gartner . Gartner's Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2Q20 (Thousands of Units) Apple shipped an estimated 4.4 million Macs in Q2 2020, up from the 4.2 million shipped in Q2 2019, with shipments growing even amid the ongoing public health crisis. Apple's market share during the quarter grew to 6.7 percent, up from 6.6 per

10 Jul 2020 3:16 am
Hands-On With tvOS 14: Picture in Picture, 4K YouTube, HomeKit and More

Apple at WWDC introduced a new version of tvOS, the software that's designed to run on the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models. tvOS updates are often more minor in scale than iOS, watchOS, and macOS updates, but tvOS 14 has some useful new features. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Apple in tvOS 13 introduced a Picture in Picture option for the Apple TV app that allowed TV and movie content from the app to be watched while doing other things on the Apple TV, a

10 Jul 2020 1:18 am
Belkin Launches New Special Edition Boost Wireless Chargers

Belkin today added to its lineup of wireless chargers with a range of new special Boost Charge wireless charging options. The Boost Charge 3-in-1 Wireless Charger Special Edition, priced at $130 , allows the iPhone , Apple Watch , and AirPods to be charged at the same time. There's an upright charger for the iPhone, a charging puck for the Apple Watch, and then the AirPods charge right behind the Apple Watch in a dedicated charging space. The design of the special edition charger is similar to t

10 Jul 2020 12:02 am
Apple Updates iWork Apps for Mac for iBooks Author Transition, YouTube and Vimeo Embeds [Update: iWork for iOS Apps Updated Too]

Apple today updated its iWork apps for the Mac to version 10.1, introducing new features for Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. The Pages app now supports importing books from iBooks Author, which Apple discontinued and removed from the App Store on July 1. The update app also allows videos from YouTube and Vimeo to be played right in documents, with release notes below. - Play YouTube and Vimeo videos right in your documents. - Easily add captions and titles to images, videos, shapes, and other objec

9 Jul 2020 11:36 pm
Apple Seeds First Betas of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 to Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the first public betas of upcoming iOS and iPadOS 14 updates to its public beta testing group, two weeks after first providing the updates to developers after the WWDC keynote and a day after seeding the second developer beta s. Public beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program can download the iOS/ iPadOS 14 updates over the air after installing the proper certificate from the Public Beta website on an iOS device, with instructions available in our how

9 Jul 2020 10:44 pm
Apple Seeds GM Betas of iOS and iPadOS 13.6 to Developers for Testing Purposes [Update: Public Beta Available]

Apple today seeded the final betas of upcoming iOS and iPadOS 13.6 updates to developers, a week and a half after seeding the third betas and over a month after releasing iOS/iPadOS 13.5 with Exposure Notification API, Face ID updates, Group FaceTime changes, and more. iOS and iPadOS 13.6 can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or over the air once the proper developer profile has been installed. The iOS 13.6 update adds a toggle for customizing software updates, providing users with m

9 Jul 2020 10:43 pm
Apple Seeds First Beta of tvOS 14 to Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming tvOS 14 software update to its public beta testing group, allowing non-developers to try the software ahead of its fall public release. Public beta testers can download the new update by opening up the Settings app on the Apple TV , navigating to the Software Updates section under System and then toggling on Get Public Beta Updates after signing up to beta test on Apple's public beta website . tvOS 14 brings a new Picture in Picture mode so you ca

9 Jul 2020 10:42 pm
Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of Upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.6 Update to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.6 update to developers for testing purposes, a week and a half releasing the third beta and over a month after releasing macOS Catalina 10.15.5 with battery health management features for Macs. The macOS Catalina 10.15.6 beta can be downloaded from the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after the proper profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center. There's no word yet on what improvements the new up

9 Jul 2020 10:41 pm
Apple Seeds GM Version of watchOS 6.2.8 to Developers

Apple today seeded the golden master version of an upcoming watchOS 6.2.8 update to developers, a week and a half after releasing the third beta and a over month after releasing the watchOS 6.2.5 update with new Pride Apple Watch faces. watchOS 6.2.8 can be downloaded for free through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update. To install the new software, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it needs to be placed on a charger, and it

9 Jul 2020 10:40 pm
Apple Seeds GM Version of tvOS 13.4.8 Update to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Apple today seeded the golden master version of an upcoming tvOS 13.4.8 update to developers for testing purposes, a week and a half after seeding the third tvOS 13.4.8 beta and more a month after the release of the tvOS 13.4.5 update . The GM version represents the final version of tvOS 13.4.8 that will be released to the public. Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the tvOS 13.4.8 beta can be downloaded onto the Apple TV through a profile that's installed using Xcode.

9 Jul 2020 10:39 pm
Should I Buy an Intel Mac Today or Wait to Buy an Arm-Based Mac?

Apple at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference announced its intention to transition away from Intel processors to Macs powered by its own Apple Silicon chips starting in late 2020. Apple says that by using its own Arm-based processors, it will be able to build better Macs that will boast better performance while also being more energy efficient. Apple's announcement at WWDC 2020 was expected, but the timing of the transition has left many people in the market for a new Mac wondering wheth

9 Jul 2020 10:22 pm
Epic's 'Live Link Face' Leverages ARKit and iPhone's TrueDepth Camera for Real-Time Facial Animation

Epic Games has launched a new iOS app, Live Link Face , that lets creators using the company's Unreal Engine game engine leverage Apple's ARKit platform and the iPhone 's TrueDepth camera to capture and stream facial expressions for real-time rendering ( via The Verge ). Capable of working with just a single actor at a desk or as part of a complex motion-capture stage setup, Live Link Face supports timecode syncing to ensure it stays synchronized with any other recording devices involved in the

9 Jul 2020 9:09 pm
MacRumors Exclusive: Get 50% Off Your First Year of the 1Password Individual Plan ($17.94 for the Year)

MacRumors and password management platform 1Password have partnered up to offer our readers 50 percent off their first year of the 1Password Individual plan . Only new 1Password users will be able to claim the discount. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with 1Password. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. The 1Password Individual account regularly runs for $2.99/month, billed annually at $35.88. With our exclusive

9 Jul 2020 8:37 pm
Apple Launches New Educational Curricula for Develop in Swift and Everyone Can Code

Apple today announced significant enhancements for its Develop in Swift and Everyone Can Code educational programs, delivering free curricula and a new Develop in Swift online course to help teachers get up to speed for teaching app development in Swift. Apple has worked alongside educators for 40 years, and were especially proud to see how Develop in Swift and Everyone Can Code have been instrumental in helping teachers and students make an impact in their communities, said Susan Prescott, Appl

9 Jul 2020 7:42 pm
Deals: Get the 64GB Cellular iPad Mini 5 for $449 ($80 Off)

Apple's iPad mini 5 with 64GB of storage and cellular support is on sale for $449.00 today on TigerDirect, down from $529.00. This sale is among the lowest we've ever tracked for this version of the iPad mini 5, and the best available online right now. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with TigerDirect. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. Only the Space Gray version of the tablet is available at this price. For th

9 Jul 2020 7:32 pm
Fujifilm Releases Webcam Software for macOS

Fujifilm has released its software for Mac that enables its X-series mirrorless cameras to be used as high-quality webcams. The Fujifilm X Webcam tool was initially released for Windows PCs in May. Fujifilm later said it would offer a Mac version in mid-July due to the overwhelming response of its customers when it released the app for PC. Fujifilm, Canon and Panasonic have developed software that brings webcam functionality to their cameras. The cameras are connected via a USB cable and offer a

9 Jul 2020 1:54 pm
Apple's Arm-Based Macs With Apple Silicon Chips Will Support Thunderbolt

Apple is working on Macs that use its custom Apple-designed Apple Silicon chips instead of Intel chips, but Apple has committed to continuing to support Thunderbolt, reports The Verge . In a statement, an Apple spokesperson said that Apple's upcoming machines will offer support for Intel's Thunderbolt USB-C standard. Over a decade ago, Apple partnered with Intel to design and develop Thunderbolt, and today our customers enjoy the speed and flexibility it brings to every Mac. We remain committed

9 Jul 2020 3:44 am
Testing Sonnet's Fusion Flex J3i Mount With the Mac Pro

Sonnet earlier this year announced the launch of the Fusion Flex J3i internal drive mount, which is designed to let users add up to three SATA storage drives to the 2019 Mac Pro . Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. In our latest YouTube video, we went hands on with the Fusion Flex J3i, hooking it up to our Mac Pro to see how it performs. The Fusion Flex J3i is a mount system that can provide up to 36TB of additional storage for the Mac Pro. When purchased from Apple, the

9 Jul 2020 2:31 am
Apple Launches Back to School Promotion in Europe, Asia, Mexico and the Middle East

Apple today launched its annual Back to School promotion in Mexico, most countries in Europe, some countries in Asia, and the Middle East providing qualifying higher education students and educators with free AirPods when purchasing an eligible Mac or iPad . Second-generation AirPods with a wired charging case (valued at $159) are available when purchasing a new MacBook Air , MacBook Pro , iMac , iMac Pro , iPad Pro , or iPad Air. During checkout, back to school shoppers can choose to upgrade to

9 Jul 2020 1:14 am
Apple Stores Now Offering 'Shop With a Specialist' Appointments

Apple retail stores are now accepting appointments from customers who want to book a time at a local store to make a purchase with the one-on-one help of an Apple specialist, similar to Genius Bar reservations. The continued spread of the coronavirus in the United States and other countries has led Apple to implement safety measures that include limiting the number of people in a store, and as 9to5Mac points out, that can lead to long lines as customers wait to enter. With the new appointment sy

9 Jul 2020 12:40 am
Apple Shares Inside Look at Upcoming WWII Movie 'Greyhound' With Tom Hanks

Apple today shared an inside look trailer for upcoming Apple TV + movie Greyhound starring Tom Hanks. The trailer, narrated by Tom Hanks, explains some of the background of the Battle of the Atlantic that the movie explores. Greyhound features Tom Hanks as George Krause, a career naval officer given command of Navy destroyer Greyhound during the Battle of the Atlantic. Krause fights his own self doubts and personal demons as he leads a convoy of Allied ships against German U-boats to prove that

8 Jul 2020 11:28 pm
Samsung to Follow Apple and Stop Offering Power Adapters With Smartphones Next Year

Samsung does not plan to include chargers in the boxes of some of its smartphones starting in 2021, according to Korean site ETnews (via The Verge ) . Samsung, like Apple, is planning to nix power adapters because chargers have become widespread and it will allow the company to reduce smartphone production costs. Multiple rumors have suggested that Apple plans to stop offering power adapters and EarPods with future iPhone models, shipping the devices with just a charging cable. At the current ti

8 Jul 2020 10:26 pm
Analyst Believes iPhone 12 Pricing Will Start $50 Higher Even Without EarPods or Charger in Box

Despite multiple reports indicating that Apple will not include EarPods or a wall charger with iPhone 12 models this year, one analyst believes that pricing will still increase slightly compared to the iPhone 11 lineup. In a research note provided to MacRumors, analyst Jeff Pu forecasted that iPhone 12 pricing will start at $749 for a new 5.4-inch model, an increase of $50 over the base model iPhone 11 for $699. Pu said the price is primarily attributed to the addition of 5G and an OLED display

8 Jul 2020 10:05 pm
Apple Shares New 'Behind the Mac' Video Featuring James Blake

Apple this morning shared a new video in its Behind the Mac series, which provides a look into the Apple tools used by musician James Blake to create his work. GRAMMY(R) award winner, James Blake, takes us into his home studio as he works Behind the Mac to put the finishing touches on his latest song, Are you even real. Editing, looping, pitching, and layering the track in Logic Pro X on his MacBook. Blake uses Logic Pro X on a MacBook Pro to edit his music after recording it. Apple has been sha

8 Jul 2020 9:55 pm
OWC's ThunderBay Flex 8 Storage and Expansion Tower for Macs Now Available

Popular Mac accessory maker OWC today announced the launch of its ThunderBay Flex 8 tower for media professionals, offering eight drive bays, a handful of ports for connecting peripherals, and a PCIe slot for expansion capabilities, all connected to your Mac over Thunderbolt 3. The ThunderBay Flex 8 resembles a black version of the Power Mac G5 and original Mac Pro design, and it opens up to reveal eight SATA/SAS drive bays capable of accepting both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drives, with the top fou

8 Jul 2020 8:40 pm
14-Inch MacBook Pro With Mini-LED Display Expected to Enter Production in 2021

Apple suppliers will begin competing to win manufacturing orders for new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with Mini-LED displays in the first quarter of 2021, according to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce . Rumors of a 14-inch MacBook Pro have surfaced since Apple replaced the 15-inch MacBook Pro with a new 16-inch model last year. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously said that Apple plans to release at least six Mini-LED products by the end of 2021 , including 14-inch and 16-inch M

8 Jul 2020 8:21 pm
Intel Shares Details on Thunderbolt 4, Launching Later This Year

Intel today shared some new details on the upcoming launch of Thunderbolt 4, which is set debut later this year. While Thunderbolt 4 won't deliver any increase over the maximum 40 Gb/s available on Thunderbolt 3, there are some notable improvements such as universal cables up to two meters long without needing to resort to active cables that omit support for slower USB standards as on Thunderbolt 3, the ability to support docks and other accessories with up to four Thunderbolt 4 ports (one upstr

8 Jul 2020 7:45 pm
Apple's Independent iPhone Repair Program Adds More U.S. Locations and Expands to Canada and Europe

Apple today announced that over 140 more repair businesses are now participating in its Independent Repair Provider Program in the United States. The program, launched in August 2019 , is also being expanded to Canada and Europe. The program allows independent repair shops like uBreakiFix to offer certified out-of-warranty service for iPhones, such as display and battery replacements. Participating businesses receive access to the same Apple genuine parts, tools, training, repair manuals, and di

8 Jul 2020 6:43 pm
Amazon's Alexa App Gains 'Hands-Free' Voice Activation Feature

Amazon is making it possible to use Alexa hands free from within its Alexa mobile app for iOS, reports TechCrunch . Up until now, you had to tap the blue Alexa button at the bottom of the screen before you could issue a voice command. After updating the app, users will be able to simply speak to Alexa to make lists, control smart home devices, and more, without having to touch their iPhone . While Amazon calls it hands free, it's not like you'll be able to invoke the company's digital voice assi

8 Jul 2020 4:19 pm