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This Week in Apps: Apple launches a COVID-19 app, the outbreak’s impact on social and video apps and more

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry saw a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s “State of Mobile” annual report. People are now spending 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies h...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Social, Gaming, Apps, Instagram, Cdc, Tech, Smartphones, Monetization, Growth, App Annie, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus


Top Stories: Hands-On With 2020 iPad Pro and MacBook Air, iOS and PadOS 13.4 Released, iPhone 12 Delay?

After last week's flurry of product launches, Apple's new iPad Pro and MacBook Air have started to make their way into consumers' hands, and we've gone hands-on with both of them this week. Apple this week also released iOS and iPadOS 13.4 (as well as macOS, watchOS, and tvOS updates) with a number of new features and improvements. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. On the rumor side of things, we're starting to hear about the possibliity of a delayed launch of t...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, Intel, Logitech, Rumors, MacBook Air, Huawei, Screen Time, MacRumors YouTube, Ming Chi Kuo, Kuo, MacBook Air Apple, MacRumors Kuo


Zoom Updates iOS App to Stop Sending Data to Facebook

Zoom, a video conferencing app that many people are using at the current time to keep in touch with coworkers while working from home, was sending data to Facebook without disclosing the data sharing to customers. As of today, Zoom has updated its iOS app to remove the SDK that was providing data to Facebook through the Login with Facebook feature, according to Motherboard, the site that first discovered Zoom's data sharing practices. Zoom was providing Facebook with data that included when ...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Facebook, Mac, Rumors, Sdk, Zoom, Facebook SDK


Apple Offering Curated Collections of TV Shows, Podcasts, Books, Movies and More Aimed at Families

Across the United States and other countries, adults and children alike are stuck in their homes for work, school, and more amid the ongoing pandemic, so Apple has is offering a collection of curated content across all of its apps that's aimed at families. In the Apple TV app, Apple has a Kids tab available that sorts TV shows and content by age, plus there are a number of children's shows on ‌Apple TV‌+, including "Snoopy in Space," "Helpsters" and "Ghostwriter." In Apple Music, curators ...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, Australia, United States, Rumors, Khan Academy, Winnie, US UK Canada, Apple TV app Apple, Kahoot Learning, Music Books Podcasts


Apple Extends Deadline for Several Upcoming App Requirements for Developers

Apple today announced that it is extending several deadlines that will eventually require apps to be built on SDKs designed for the most recent iOS and watchOS updates and incorporate iOS 13 features. Apple will not require developers to meet the below requirements until June 30, 2020. - Apps for iPhone or iPad must be built with the ‌iOS 13‌ SDK or later and use an Xcode storyboard to provide the app's launch screen. - ‌iPhone‌ apps must support all ‌iPhone‌ screens and all ‌iPad‌ apps must...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, Rumors, App Store, Sdk, App Store Review Guidelines Apps


iOS Vulnerability Prevents VPNs From Encrypting All Traffic

A vulnerability affecting iOS 13.3.1 and later prevents virtual private networks (VPNs) from encrypting all traffic, allowing some internet connections to bypass encryption, potentially exposing users' data and IP addresses. A screenshot from ProtonVPN demonstrating exposed connections to Apple's servers that should be protected by the VPN Details on the vulnerability were shared today by Bleeping Computer after it was discovered by ProtonVPN. The vulnerability is caused because iOS isn't te...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, Rumors, Vpn, Apple Apple, Bleeping Computer


How to check your IMEI number on any phone

If your phone is ever lost, your carrier can blacklist the device via its IMEI number. Here's how to find it.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Android, Mobile, Trends, How-to, IMEI, Tier 4


Apple Helps Source Over 10 Million N95 Masks for Healthcare Providers in the U.S.

Apple over the weekend announced plans to donate millions of N95 masks to hospitals in the United States and Europe, and according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple has been able to source more than 10 million N95 masks in the U.S. and millions more in Europe. Apple CEO ‌Tim Cook‌ said on Saturday that Apple was aiming to donate supplies to healthcare providers fighting COVID-19, and clarified today that Apple's ops teams are working to find and purchase masks from Apple's supply chain in coordina...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Europe, Mac, US, United States, Tim Cook, Rumors, Tim Cook Apple, COVID, Million N95 Masks for Healthcare Providers, Tim Cook zwnj


Apple Donates Over 9 Million N95 Masks Stockpiled Because of California Wildfires

Apple over the weekend announced plans to donate millions of N95 masks to hospitals in the United States and Europe, and as it turns out, Apple had huge stores of masks on hand. According to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Apple donated over nine million N95 masks to healthcare professionals. Other tech companies like Facebook have also donated stockpiles of masks. For those wondering where all these N95 masks are coming from, it turns out that the state of California enacted a law requiring...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Facebook, Europe, Mac, California, United States, Rumors, Cnbc, Northern California, Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, Mike Pence Apple


These 19 Apps Will Help You Social Distance Without Feeling Isolated

Most of us are stuck inside because of the extraordinary circumstances we currently find ourselves in. Fortunately, self-quarantine doesn’t require a total lack of communication with the outside world. A few well-chosen apps can help you get on with life while still keeping your distance from other people—and a few of…Read more...
Tags: Ios, Android, Mobile, Apps, Science, Social Distancing Apps


15 Nouveautés iOS iPadOS 13.4 iPhone iPad (video Fr)

Source : 15 Nouveautés iOS iPadOS 13.4 iPhone iPad (video Fr) MaxiApple.com Apple a mis en ligne la version bêta 5 de ses prochains systèmes iOS 13.4 et iPadOS 13.4 sur iPhone et iPad, c’est donc l’occasion … The post 15 Nouveautés iOS iPadOS 13.4 iPhone iPad (video Fr) appeared first on MaxiApple.com.
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Mobile Networks in Multiple Countries Display 'Stay Home' Message When Users Connect to Cellular Instead of WiFi

iPhone users in several countries who disconnect from WiFi on their devices will see a "Stay Home" message at the top of the Control Center where cellular network information is displayed. Image via Matt Navarra According to reports on Twitter, the status bar messages are showing up in countries that include Germany, Belgium, United Arab Emirates, Peru, Turkey, India, Luxembourg, Romania, Indonesia, Nigeria, and more. The message appears when WiFi is toggled off in the Control Center, causi...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, Rumors, Control Center, Matt Navarra According


Apple releases iOS and iPadOS 13.4 with trackpad support

Apple has released software updates for the iPhone, the iPad, the Apple Watch, the Apple TV and the Mac. The biggest changes are on the iPad. Starting today, you can pair a mouse or trackpad with your iPad and use it to move a cursor on the display. Apple unveiled trackpad support for iPadOS when it announced the new iPad Pro last week. While the company plans to sell a new Magic Keyboard with a built-in trackpad, you don’t need to buy a new iPad or accessory to access the feature. When you p...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Gadgets, Mobile, Apps, Tech, Facetime, watchOS, Tvos, Chile New Zealand, macOS, iPadOS, Apple Watch the Apple TV, Screen Time Communication Limits, Turkey Apple


The best iPhone and iPad games for kids

We've sorted through some kid favorites to bring you the best iOS games available to engage toddlers to teens.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Mobile, Gaming, Apps, Trends, Buying Guides, COVID-19, Best Kids Apps


Apple Will Now Let You Buy Apps for Mac and iOS as a Bundled Package

Earlier in the year, Apple announced that it would give developers a way to bundle related macOS, iOS, tvOS, watch OS, and iPadOS app sales into a single transaction, and now, right on schedule, Apple’s Universal Purchase system has finally gone live. Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Apps, Science, Mac, Consumer Tech, macOS, Apple Universal Purchase Goes Live, Universal Purchase


2020 iPad Pro Unboxing Videos and First Impressions

The first unboxing videos for the new iPad Pro have hit YouTube. This article, "2020 iPad Pro Unboxing Videos and First Impressions" first appeared on MacRumors.com in our forums
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, Rumors


Original 1978 Apple Computer Retail Sign With Iconic Rainbow Logo Being Auctioned Off

An original Apple Computer Inc. sign created around 1978 with Apple's well-known rainbow logo is set to be auctioned off later this week. Measuring in at four feet by five feet, the sign is said to be one of the earliest Apple retail signs and was displayed by an Apple authorized reseller who first learned about Apple after attending a 1976 computer conference. The sign is yellowed and the description says there are "a few surface marks," but overall, the rainbow colors are said to be bright...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, Rumors, Apple Computer inc, Nate D Sanders


App Store Expanding to 20 New Countries [Updated]

The App Store is expanding to 20 new countries in the near future, Apple informed developers this afternoon.Thanks to the creativity and innovation of developers like you, the ‌App Store‌ has become much more than the world's safest marketplace. It's grown into a vibrant platform with great apps that influence culture and change lives, with over half a billion visitors each week. This wide-reaching platform has helped generate over $155 billion in developer earnings -- just from sales of apps an...
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App Store Expanding to 20 New Countries

The App Store is expanding to 20 new countries in the near future, Apple informed developers this afternoon.Thanks to the creativity and innovation of developers like you, the ‌App Store‌ has become much more than the world's safest marketplace. It's grown into a vibrant platform with great apps that influence culture and change lives, with over half a billion visitors each week. This wide-reaching platform has helped generate over $155 billion in developer earnings -- just from sales of apps an...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, Rumors, App Store


Apple Watch Now Excluded From U.S. Tariffs on Chinese Goods

Apple in November asked the U.S. government to exclude the Apple Watch, AirPods, HomePod, and iPhone components from tariffs on goods imported from China, and the ‌Apple Watch‌ has been exempted. According to Bloomberg, the U.S. Trade Representative on Friday approved a tariff waiver for Apple's wrist worn device. A 15 percent tariff on a long list of products imported from China went into effect on September 1, though it was halved on February 15 after an initial trade deal was established....
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Cook, Mac, China, Tim Cook, Rumors, Apple Watch, Bloomberg the U S Trade


Apple Slaps Up to 10% Price Increase on Built-to-Order Mac Configurations in Many Countries

Sometime during all the launch hype of last week's new MacBook Air and iPad Pro, Apple quietly increased the prices of almost all Mac build-to-order options on its regional online stores outside the United States. In Canada, Europe, Australia, and many parts of Asia, customers configuring any new ‌MacBook Air‌, MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro or Mac mini now face paying approximately 10 percent more for each component upgrade than they did prior to last Wednesday. In the U.K. for exampl...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Asia, Mac, United States, Ram, Rumors, MacBook Air, Core, Macbook Pro, Andy, Glen, Canada Europe Australia, BTO Mac


Top Stories: New iPad Pro, MacBook Air, Powerbeats, and More

With no March media event in the works, Apple this week rolled out a number of product updates including updated iPad Pro models with dual cameras, a LiDAR scanner, and a Magic Keyboard accessory with trackpad. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. On the Mac side, we got an updated MacBook Air and storage-bumped Mac mini models, as well as new Powerbeats earphones, so check out the video above and read on for all of our coverage on those topics and more. New iPad...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Europe, Microsoft, Mac, Siri, United States, Italy, Rumors, MacBook Air, Magic Keyboard, Intel Core, MacRumors YouTube, Greater China


The best educational apps for Android and iOS

Looking to learn something new or fill in some gaps? Here are some great educational apps for Android and iOS.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Android, Mobile, Apps, Education, Trends, Best Of, Buying Guides, Tier 4


Apple’s iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 bring trackpad support and visual tweaks

You can now use your Bluetooth mouse with your iPad
Tags: Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mobile, Trends, Mouse, iOS 13.4


How to Get 30 Days of Scribd for Free, No Strings Attached

I’m a big fan of Scribd, mainly because I like crawling through the site for all kinds of fun PDFs and other books that I wouldn’t normally be able to read. And since my California friends and I are starting a quarantine book club, getting free access to the service—and that’s actually free access, not a free…Read more...
Tags: Ios, Android, Free, California, Reading, Lifehacks, Coronavirus


These Free Mobile Games Can Help You Cope With Cabin Fever

Everyone needs a distraction right now. You know it. I know it. Game developers know it, too, and a few of them have generously decided to make their iOS games temporarily free for anyone looking for a fun distraction to help them stay sane while socially distancing.Read more...
Tags: Ios, Android, Video Games, Windows, Lifehacks, macOS


How to choose a smartphone by brand, carrier, or features

Need a new smartphone? We offer numerous tips on what to look for, including OS, specs, and service plans.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Android, Mobile, Trends, Smartphone, How-to, Tier 4


The best productivity apps for Android and iOS

We've put together a list of apps that will help take your collaboration and productivity to the next level.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Android, Mobile, Apps, Trends, Web, Computing, Slack


Apple Powerbeats 4 earbuds: Everything you need to know

The workout-friendly, wireless buds have a lower price tag than earlier models, plus convenience features.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Trends, Home Theater, Apple Earbuds, Powerbeats, Apple Headphones


Apple unveils iPad Pro with 3D scanner in major redesign

Top tablet has lidar tech found in self-driving cars in system designed for augmented realityApple has released a new version of its top iPad Pro with new 3D depth-sensing lidar technology and a revamped MacBook Air with a new keyboard, as it attempts to continue normal business in spite of the coronavirus pandemic.The new 11in and 12.9in iPad Pros resemble the previous major redesign made in 2018, complete with slim bezels all round and Face ID facial recognition. But they also have a new lidar...
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