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Top Stories: Epic Games vs. Apple, Hidden AirTag Mode, Apple Music Hi-Fi, Colorful MacBook Air?

While we wait for the newly introduced iMac, iPad Pro, and Apple TV models to launch later this month, this week saw the kickoff of the big Epic Games v. Apple trial, with lots of juicy tidbits coming out as the two sides make their arguments. This week also saw some rumors about a Hi-Fi tier for Apple Music, more biometric sensing capabilities for Apple Watch, and timing for the next-generation iPad mini launch. We also saw people digging into Apple's new AirTags, including the discovery of ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Cook, Featured, California, Samsung, Top Stories, Epic, Tim Cook, Apple Watch, MacBook Air, Lg, App Store, Epic Games, Eddy Cue, Ming Chi Kuo


Tile to Leverage Amazon Echo and Ring Devices to Better Compete With AirTags

Amazon today announced that it is teaming up with Tile to add Amazon Sidewalk integration to Tile's Bluetooth trackers. Amazon Sidewalk, for those unfamiliar, is a network of Amazon Bluetooth devices that's designed to improve the connectivity of devices like the Ring and Amazon Echo. Tile will now be joining Amazon Sidewalk, and through this integration, Amazon Echo and Ring devices will be able to extend Tile's network coverage to help Tile users locate their lost items. Tile users will al...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Tile, Amazon Alexa, Amazon Bluetooth, CJ Prober, Airtags, Amazon Sidewalk, Leverage Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Tile, Tile Amazon Sidewalk, Amazon Sidewalk Tile


Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 124 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements

Apple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced in March 2016. Apple designed the ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari. ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ release 124 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for Web Inspector, CSS, JavaScript, Web API, Rendering, Wheel Events, Web Driver, WebGL, WebRTC, WebCrypto, and Scrolling. The current ‌Safari Technology...
Tags: Apple, Catalina, Blurb, Safari Technology Preview


Review: 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan Adds Wireless CarPlay With Multi-Screen Support for Apple Maps Directions

With wireless CarPlay becoming more and more common among car manufacturers, Volkswagen is another brand that has embraced the technology and I recently had a chance to test out the German automaker's implementation in the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan. The 2021 Tiguan is available in five trims, starting with S trim at a little over $25,000 and going up to the SEL Premium R-Line at just about $40,000. My test vehicle was the SEL trim at a step below the high-end, and it comes in at around $32,500 p...
Tags: Apple, Vw, Volkswagen, SEL, Digital Cockpit, SEL Premium R Line, wireless CarPlay


It's Not Just You: Tweet Previews Aren't Showing in iMessage Right Now

While sharing a Twitter link in an iMessage conversation typically results in a light-blue bubble with an in-line preview of the tweet, and an image if one was included, tweet previews appear to be broken right now. As of Friday morning, Twitter links shared in iMessage conversations appear as basic gray bubbles with the twitter.com domain and no other information. It's unclear if this is an intentional change by Twitter to direct users towards its platforms, or if it is simply a bug. We've r...
Tags: Twitter, Imessage


Apple Hires New Vice President of Worldwide Corporate Communications

Apple has hired Stella Low as its new vice president of worldwide corporate communications, reports BuzzFeed News. Low was the former communications chief at Cisco, and will report directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook. The role that Low is taking on at Apple has been empty for the last two years after PR chief Steve Dowling departed the company. Apple Fellow Phil Schiller has been handling the PR team since Dowling left, so Low's hiring will free up more of his time. In a statement, Apple said tha...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, Cisco, Tim Cook, Rumors, Dell, App Store, Low, Stella, Phil Schiller, Unisys, Dowling, Steve Dowling


Apple Rejected Approximately 35% of Apps Submitted to App Store Between 2017 and 2019

The ongoing Epic Games v. Apple trial continues to provide insight into Apple's App Store processes, with documents today offering up details on the number of apps submitted to the ‌App Store‌ and rejected by Apple's review processes. Apple received an average of five million app submissions per year between 2017 and 2019, and between 33 and 35 percent of apps submitted were rejected by Apple's review team. On average, there were 1.7 million apps rejected per year, though the rejection rate w...
Tags: Apple, Epic, Tim Cook, App Store, Epic Games, Magellan, Interestingly Apple, Epic Games vs. Apple, Trystan Kosmynka, Kosmynka


AirTag Accessories: Keyrings and Holders for Apple's AirTags

Apple's AirTags do not come with a hole or any kind of attachment method, and short of drilling your own, you're going to need some kind of keyring, adhesive mount, or holder to attach the AirTag to various items. In this guide, we've rounded up a list of useful third-party ‌AirTags‌ accessories that you might want to check out. Apple Apple makes its own series of AirTag cases, which are available in either silicone or leather and are priced at $29 to $39, plus there are several high-end ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Featured, China, Belkin, Apple Apple, Cyrill, AirTag, Belkin Secure Holder, Hard Shell Mount, Curved Surface Mount, Belkin Secure Holder Available, Apple Moment AirTag Mounts Moment, Spigen AirTag Cases Spigen, Etsy Skins


'XcodeGhost' Malware Attack in 2015 Impacted 128 Million iOS Users, According to Trial Documents

Back in 2015, a malware-infected version of Xcode began circulating in China, and malware-ridden "XcodeGhost" apps made their way into Apple's App Store and past the ‌App Store‌ review team. There were more than 50 known infected iOS apps at the time, including major apps like WeChat, NetEase, and Didi Taxi, with up to 500 million iOS users potentially impacted. It's been a long time since the XcodeGhost attack, but Apple's trial with Epic is surfacing new details. Trial documents highlighte...
Tags: Apple, China, United States, Motherboard, App Store, NetEase, Matt Fischer, Epic Games vs. Apple, Didi Taxi


Apple Exec: We Feature Competitors' Apps 'All The Time' on the App Store

On May 3, the Epic Games vs. Apple trial got underway, and every day, new emails between Apple executives and employees continue to be shared by Epic as evidence for its case against Apple. In the latest batch of emails, the vice president of the App Store, Matt Fischer, claims that Apple features apps made by its competitors "all the time" on the store and rejects the sentiment that it seeks to degrade the exposure of those apps. According to internal Apple correspondence submitted as evid...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, App Store, Hulu, Fischer, Matt, Fisher, Tanya, Sensor Tower, Matt Fischer, Sarah Herrlinger Apple, Yanta, Peacock Hulu


Deals: Shop All-Time Low Prices on M1 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro (Up to $199 Off)

Today we're tracking a handful of deals across Apple's M1 notebook lineup, including a return of all-time low prices on all models of the M1 MacBook Air. For the MacBook Pro, you'll find a new record low price on the 512GB model thanks to an automatic coupon on Amazon. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. MacBook Air On Amazon you can save on the 25...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Deals, MacBook Air, MacBook Air Apple, MacBook Pro 13, MacBook Pro Don, MacBook Air MacBook, MacBook Air Neutral, MacBook Air on Amazon, Silver and Space Gray, MacBook Pro Similarly Amazon


Prosser: Next MacBook Air Could Come in Colors Similar to iMac

According to Apple leaker Jon Prosser, Apple's upcoming release of the MacBook Air will feature various colors, similar to the colors in the newly released 24-inch iMac. In the latest video of his YouTube channel Front Page Tech, Prosser says the same source who accurately provided him information on the first Apple silicon ‌iMac‌ coming in colors has told him that he recently saw a prototype of a blue MacBook. However, Prosser says his source has been "very cryptic" and that he assumes it's ...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Bloomberg, Macbook, MacBook Air, Mark Gurman, Ming Chi Kuo, Prosser, Jon Prosser, YouTube channel Front Page Tech Prosser, Jon Prosser Apple


Apple Supplier Foxconn Raises Employee Bonuses Ahead of iPhone 13 Production

Apple supplier Foxconn, which serves as the main iPhone manufacturer, is taking measures to expand its workforce by offering increased bonus pay to new recruits in Zhengzhou, China, ahead of when production of the iPhone 13 is set to get underway. According to the South China Morning Post, the newest raise in bonus is the third instance this month where the supplier has attempted to attract recruits. In a company-wide announcement on Thursday, Foxconn said new recruits would receive a $1,158...
Tags: Foxconn, South China Morning Post, Zhengzhou China, iPhone 13, Apple Supplier Foxconn, Foxconn Related Forum


FTC Report Highlights Consumer Harms of Manufacturer Repair Restrictions

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has published an in-depth report looking at how the product repair restrictions that manufacturers put in place negatively impact consumers and small businesses in various ways. Titled "Nixing the Fix," the report covers a litany of methods that companies use to limit the ability for customers and independent business to repair their products. Focusing on mobile phone and car manufacturers in particular, the report found that even when a warranty does not ...
Tags: Apple, Congress, US, Tim Cook, Nevada, European Parliament, Ftc, U S Federal Trade Commission, Kyle Wiens, Right To Repair, Internal Market and Consumer Protection, EU Committee


Analytics Suggest 96% of Users Leave App Tracking Disabled in iOS 14.5

An early look at an ongoing analysis of Apple's App Tracking Transparency suggests that the vast majority of iPhone users are leaving app tracking disabled since the feature went live on April 26 with the release of iOS 14.5. According to the latest data from analytics firm Flurry, just 4% of ‌iPhone‌ users in the U.S. have actively chosen to opt into app tracking after updating their device to iOS 14.5. The data is based on a sampling of 2.5 million daily mobile active users. When looking ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Flurry Analytics, Verizon Media, Ios 14, App Tracking Transparency, Facebook a of ATT, Analytics Suggest


Apple Shares Details on How Apple Card Family Works

Apple introduced the new Apple Card Family feature at its April event, unveiling the new functionality that will let two people share an Apple Card and build credit together and that will also let children use a family ‌Apple Card‌ for purchases. Ahead of the ‌Apple Card‌ Family launch, Apple has shared some specifics on how it will work in a new support document. For account co-owners, each participant must be at least 18 years old and will have their credit reported equally in their own na...
Tags: Apple, Apple Card


PSA: macOS Big Sur 11.3 Includes Colorful New Wallpapers Designed for M1 iMac

Apple in macOS Big Sur 11.3 introduced a series of colorful wallpapers that are designed specifically for the M1 iMac, but you can unearth them and download them on any Mac with a few quick instructions. These are the wallpapers that have been used in Apple's marketing materials for the 24-inch ‌iMac‌, with different colored lines and patterns available for each ‌iMac‌ color. To get to these wallpapers, follow these steps: Open the System Preferences app. Click on Desktop & Screen Sav...
Tags: Apple, Desktop Pictures, Mario Guzman, macOS Big Sur


Google Plans to Add Privacy Labels to Play Store Apps Next Year

Apple with iOS 14 introduced App Privacy labels for App Store apps, which are designed to let customers know details about the data that an app will collect about them before they make the decision to install an app. Google is planning to follow in Apple's footsteps with the Play Store, introducing a new feature that will require developers to provide transparency into how apps are using data. On the Android Developers Blog, Google announced a new "safety section" for the Play Store that wil...
Tags: Apple, Google, Google Play, Developers


Apple Offered Special App Store API Access to Hulu and Other Developers

Today is the fourth day of the Epic Games v. Apple legal battle, and documents shared in the trial continue to give us insight into the App Store and Apple's business practices. ‌App Store‌ Vice President Matt Fischer is on the stand answering questions from Apple and Epic lawyers, and one of the emails shared as evidence confirms that Apple has established special deals with major app developers like Hulu. In 2018, a tweet from developer David Barnard commented about ‌App Store‌ subscriptio...
Tags: Apple, Google Play, Epic, App Store, Hulu, Epic Games, Sweeney, Fischer, Tim Sweeney, David Barnard, Matt Fischer, Epic Games vs. Apple, Cindy Lin


Billy Crudup to Star in Apple TV+ Retro-Future Dramedy 'Hello Tomorrow!'

Billy Crudup, who currently plays Cory Ellison on "The Morning Show," is set to star in another Apple TV+ series called "Hello Tomorrow," reports Deadline. Described as a "retro-future dramedy," the show features a group of traveling salesmen who are hawking lunar timeshares. Crudup will play the starring role of Jack, a talented, ambitious salesman "whose unshakeable faith in a brighter tomorrow inspires his coworkers, revitalizes his desperate customers, but threatens to leave him dangerou...
Tags: Apple, Jack, Crudup, Billy Crudup, Jonathan Entwistle, Apple TV shows, Cory Ellison, Apple TV Plus, Apple TV Shows Apple


Apple Shares 'Full Bloom' Shot on iPhone 12 Video Featuring Flowers

Apple today shared a new video in its ongoing "Shot on iPhone 12 - Everyday Experiments" series, which features unique photography tutorials and ideas for iPhone users, along with impressive visuals. "Full Bloom," as the name suggests, features flowers, and Apple says that it's meant to "celebrate spring's colors, life, and growth with the ‌iPhone 12‌." As with other "Everyday Experiments" videos, "Full Bloom" shows off various ‌iPhone 12‌ camera capabilities, including time-lapse and slo-mo, ...
Tags: Apple, Apple Ads, Shot On Iphone


Brave Browser for iOS Gains New Playlist Feature for Queueing Video and Audio Content

The Brave Browser available on iPhone and iPad today gained a new Playlist feature that's designed to save audio and video content in an easy-access queue. Users can keep a list of videos, songs, podcasts, and more, and then access it from the Brave browser at any time by tapping on the Brave Playlist option from the menu in the app. Adding any media to the Playlist is as simple as tapping on the "Add to Brave Playlist" option or long pressing on a video or audio file. Other features include...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, Rumors, Twitch YouTube Vimeo Soundcloud


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We're partnering up with Nomad again this week to offer our readers a chance to save 20 percent on most full-priced products across Nomad's entire website, using the code MACRUMORS. This sitewide sale will last through Sunday, May 9th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Nomad. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. If you haven't shopped on Nomad before, the company is well-known for ...
Tags: Deals, Nomad, Apple Watch Nomad, Nomad This Week


Deezer Announces Siri Voice Control Support for HomePod

Music streaming service Deezer has announced that voice control support for Apple HomePod and HomePod mini speakers is now available for Premium, HiHi, Family, and Student subscribers. The update means all paying subscribers with iOS 14.3 and later and the latest software on ‌HomePod‌ can ask Siri to play any song from Deezer's global catalogue of 73 million tracks. Voice control also allows you to play specific tracks, artists, albums, favorites or playlists. According to Deezer, to start u...
Tags: Siri, United Kingdom, Voice, Deezer, Hifi, HomePod, Apple HomePod, HomePod HomePod, Siri zwnj, Deezer Music, HomePod Mini, HomePod Don, People Tap Default Service, Nicolas Pinoteau, HiFi Deezer, Australia Canada France Germany Japan Mexico Spain


Apple TV+ Thriller 'Servant' Nominated for 2021 TV Choice Award

Popular Apple TV+ original show "Servant" has been nominated for the Best Drama Series category in the upcoming 2021 TV Choice Awards. Apple announced the nomination this week via its official "Servant" Twitter account. The TV Choice Awards is held annually, with winners awarded on the basis of a public vote, rather than being chosen by critics. "Servant" will compete with 62 other contenders in the Best Drama Series category in the viewer-selected awards, which celebrate their 25th anniversa...
Tags: Apple, Philadelphia, Dorothy, Jericho, Leanne, Apple TV shows, Apple TV Plus, Apple TV Shows Apple, Servant Twitter


AirTag Precision Finding Interface Includes Hidden 'Developer Mode'

A frustrated AirTag owner has inadvertently discovered the existence of a hidden "developer mode" in the on-screen interface that Find My displays when the Precision Finding feature is activated to help locate one of Apple's item trackers. Precision Finding is a feature that provides users with specific on-screen directions for finding a nearby AirTag. iPhones with a U1 chip, which includes the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 12 models, can take advantage of the feature, which combines camera input...
Tags: Apple, Reddit, Airtags, AirTags Related Forum


AirTag Anti-Stalking Measures 'Just Aren't Sufficient' Says Washington Post Report

The safeguards that Apple built into AirTags to prevent them from being used to track someone "just aren't sufficient," The Washington Post's Geoffrey Fowler said today in a report investigating how ‌AirTags‌ can be used for covert stalking. Fowler planted an AirTag on himself and teamed up with a colleague to be pretend stalked, and he came to the conclusion that the ‌AirTags‌ are a "new means of inexpensive, effective stalking." Apple's safeguards include privacy alerts to let iPhone users...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Washington Post, The Washington Post, Fowler, Geoffrey Fowler, Kaiann Drance, AirTag, Airtags, Drance


Luna Display's Mac-to-Mac Display Feature Now Works Over Ethernet and Thunderbolt

Astropad's Luna Display accessory that's able to turn an old iPad or Mac into a secondary display for a primary Mac was today updated with a new feature that's designed to allow Mac-to-Mac mode to work over Ethernet and Thunderbolt. The Luna Display is an alternative to Apple's Sidecar, allowing an ‌iPad‌ to be used as a display for a Mac. Unlike ‌Sidecar‌, it works with other Macs, so you can use one Mac as a display for another Mac, something that's always been useful with machines like the i...
Tags: Apple, Mac, Astropad, Luna Display, Astropad Mac, Luna Display s Mac


Twitter App for iOS Now Supports Larger Image Previews in Timeline

Twitter today announced that the Twitter for iOS app supports larger image previews in the timeline, which means tall images will no longer be cropped to a significant degree in the Twitter app. Twitter has been testing larger-sized image previews on iOS and Android since March, but now the expanded image previews are rolling out for everyone. no bird too tall, no crop too shortintroducing bigger and better images on iOS and Android, now available to everyone pic.twitter.com/2buHfhfRAx— Twi...
Tags: Twitter, Twitter app Twitter


Found a Lost AirTag? Here’s What to Do

Apple's AirTag item trackers are designed to let users track their everyday possessions, such as keys, wallets, backpacks, and so on. If you find an AirTag that's been separated from its owner, here's how you can safely return it to them. AirTags‌ can be tracked by their owners in Apple's ‌Find My app‌, which uses Bluetooth and other Apple devices to locate them. However, if an AirTag isn't nearby and there are no Apple devices in the area in which it's located, ‌‌‌Find My‌‌‌ can only tell t...
Tags: Apple, Nfc, Tap, AirTag, Airtags