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Thursday, April 09, 2020

Apple's sleep and health tracking ambitions extend to blankets and mattresses

Apple's sleep and health tracking ambitions extend to blankets and mattresses

Following many suggestions that Apple is bringing sleep tracking to the Apple Watch, the company appears poised to further delve into its Beddit purchase and develop bedding and blankets to monitor vital signs.

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FeatureThe best books about Apple to read while stuck at home

The best books about Apple to read while stuck at home

From Apple history, through the likes of Steve Jobs and Jony Ive, and on to specifics insight about design, marketing, and the Mac, here are the absolute best books to read while you're stuck at home.

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Tim Cook to address Apple staff in virtual town hall meeting

Tim Cook to address Apple staff in virtual town hall meeting

Apple CEO Tim Cook is to host a company-wide online meeting to discuss how the company has been dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Foxconn steps up COVID-19 precautions as iPhone production restarts

Foxconn steps up COVID-19 precautions as iPhone production restarts

As Apple partner Foxconn restarts iPhone production in China, a report on Wednesday takes an in-depth look at the protocols the contract manufacturer has in place to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19.

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ExclusiveApple's MacBook Air (2019) is back for $849

Apple's MacBook Air (2019) is back for $849

If you missed out on the lowest 2019 MacBook Air price delivered, it's back for only a few short days. Pick one up for just $849 before this deal runs out.

Unicode 14 release delayed 6 months due to COVID-19, version 13 emoji not impacted

Unicode 14 release delayed 6 months due to COVID-19, version 13 emoji not impacted

An expected version 14 release of the Unicode Standard has been delayed to September 2021 due to COVID-19, the Unicode Consortium announced on Wednesday, meaning new emoji might not reach iPhone until 2022.

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Disney+ hits 50M subscribers five months after launch

Disney+ hits 50M subscribers five months after launch

With millions staying at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney's fledgling streaming service, Disney+, has amassed tens of millions of new subscribers over the past two months.

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Apple releases macOS Catalina 10.15.4 supplemental update to fix FaceTime bug, more

Apple releases macOS Catalina 10.15.4 supplemental update to fix FaceTime bug, more

Following this week's release of iOS 13.4.1 and watchOS 6.2.1, Apple on Wednesday issued a tweaked version of macOS Catalina that fixes a bug which prevented some users from participating in FaceTime calls.

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Apple releases watchOS 6.2.1 with FaceTime Audio bug fix

Apple releases watchOS 6.2.1 with FaceTime Audio bug fix

Apple on Wednesday released watchOS 6.2.1, a minor update that addresses a FaceTime bug found in the previous version of the software.

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TipsYou can still play HBO Go or YouTube on an old Apple TV after it gets abandoned

You can still play HBO Go or YouTube on an old Apple TV after it gets abandoned

As users report being unable to access DRM-protected YouTube content on their third generation Apple TV, HBO has officially announced that it is abandoning early Apple TV models too. But, you can still stream the content to the set-top with an iPhone and AirPlay.

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Best Apple AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro deals for April 2020

Best Apple AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro deals for April 2020

Apple AirPods deals are going on now, with cash savings on both AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro models (the latter hitting a record low price). A top seller, AirPods are a great accessory when working from home thanks to seamless pairing with a Mac, iPad or iPhone — all in a compact, wireless package.

Apple shipping replacement AirPods with unreleased firmware, pairing issue

Apple shipping replacement AirPods with unreleased firmware, pairing issue

Apple is shipping replacement AirPods with a newer, unreleased firmware version which cannot be paired with the user's remaining AirPod.

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Piper Sandler ups AAPL to $300 as teen iPhone ownership hits new high

Piper Sandler ups AAPL to $300 as teen iPhone ownership hits new high

Fresh results from Piper Sandler's latest teen survey are in and they indicate Apple's mindshare among smartphone-wielding teenagers has never been higher, prompting the firm to boost its price target on shares of the iPhone maker.

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JP Morgan trims AAPL to $335 due to ongoing store closures, weakened demand

JP Morgan trims AAPL to $335 due to ongoing store closures, weakened demand

Investment firm JP Morgan has trimmed its AAPL price target to $335 due to the expected fallout from social distancing and store closures having a larger than the previously-predicted impact on Apple's bottom line.

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Apple will still hire 1000 interns during coronavirus pandemic

Apple will still hire 1000 interns during coronavirus pandemic

Despite the coronavirus pandemic forcing an overall decreasing hiring trend in Silicon Valley, Apple wants to bring on more than 1,000 interns for online and in-person work over the summer.

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Nomad knocks 30% off wireless chargers, cases, cables for Apple products

Nomad knocks 30% off wireless chargers, cases, cables for Apple products

Creating that home office you always dreamed of doesn't have to cost a fortune. Nomad is knocking 30% off sitewide with a special promo code to enhance your Apple setup with accessories that take it to the next level.

Reminder: The US government isn't going to text you about COVID-19 payments

Reminder: The US government isn't going to text you about COVID-19 payments

The US and UK governments have issued a new alert, warning users to avoid clicking any suspicious email or text message links related to government relief funds.

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Photographer shows how FaceTime can create captivating portraits remotely

Photographer shows how FaceTime can create captivating portraits remotely

It turns out you don't have to give up photography just because of social distancing, you just need to be a bit more clever. Photographer Tim Dunk shows how you can use an iPhone and FaceTime to create incredible portrait photography from a safe distance.

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TipsHow to change your calorie goal on Apple Watch

How to change your calorie goal on Apple Watch

The key to adjusting your Apple Watch's health tracking to suit you, is to learn how to set its Move goal to match your needs.

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Apple's SMS one-time passcode proposal moves forward with help from Google

Apple's SMS one-time passcode proposal moves forward with help from Google

Apple's effort to develop a standardized format for one-time passcodes sent through SMS messages is moving forward with the help of Google engineers, as the proposal this month garnered official status as a Web Platform Incubator Community Group (WICG) specification draft.

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VoIP-Pal targets Apple's FaceTime, iMessage in renewed patent infringement battle

VoIP-Pal targets Apple's FaceTime, iMessage in renewed patent infringement battle

VoIP-Pal, which brandishes a portfolio of voice over IP-related patents, on Tuesday filed a new lawsuit against Apple, claiming the company's FaceTime and iMessage infringe on a single patent covering call routing and handling.

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Apple's Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro up for preorder on Amazon, supposedly ships on May 30

Apple's Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro up for preorder on Amazon, supposedly ships on May 30

Apple's unreleased Magic Keyboard with Trackpad has popped up on Amazon's UK website with a shipping date of May 30, but that's likely just a placeholder as the retailer builds up its stock.

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Apple to reveal fiscal Q2 earnings on April 30

Apple to reveal fiscal Q2 earnings on April 30

Apple on Tuesday announced plans to reveal quarterly earnings for the company's second fiscal quarter of 2020 on April 30, with CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri expected to join analysts on a conference call after markets close.

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Apple Music to make $50M fund available to indie labels, distributors [u]

Apple Music to make $50M fund available to indie labels, distributors [u]

Apple Music is reportedly making available a $50 million advance fund to support independent music labels and artists during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Best Apple Watch deals for April 2020

Best Apple Watch deals for April 2020

Apple Watch inventory may be scarce at some retailers, but the deals aren't stopping this April. Shoppers can grab cash savings on Apple Watch Series 5 and Series 4 devices, with discounts of up to $200 off. Accessories are also on sale with exclusive coupon savings.

ReviewReview: Peak Design's Travel Tripod is unmatched in quality for traditional & mobile photogs

Review: Peak Design's Travel Tripod is unmatched in quality for traditional & mobile photogs

The attention to detail, thoughtful features, and consideration of mobile photogs needs made clear in the Peak Design Travel Tripod make it essential for any photographer, regardless of skillset or camera choice.

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Apple Maps COVID-19 update refocuses local searches on hospitals, food deliveries

Apple Maps COVID-19 update refocuses local searches on hospitals, food deliveries

Apple has altered how Apple Maps shows nearby searches during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with the app now focusing on providing quicker access to food deliveries, pharmacies, and grocery locations close to the user.

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Clips update adds Mickey and Minnie Mouse stickers, Split and Duplicate tools

Clips update adds Mickey and Minnie Mouse stickers, Split and Duplicate tools

Apple has updated its Clips app for iPhone and iPad, adding new 8-bit and Mickey and Minnie Mouse stickers alongside the Split and Duplicate buttons, and support for mouse and keyboard peripherals in iPadOS 13.4.

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'Game of Thrones' cold war between contractors plaguing Apple tools division

'Game of Thrones' cold war between contractors plaguing Apple tools division

An except from a new book about major tech companies characterizes an internal Apple division as having a "Cold War" atmosphere, with infighting and contractor issues causing the section to be both a grueling place to work, and inefficient for the company itself.

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Apple releases iOS 13.4.1 & iPadOS 13.4.1 with FaceTime bug fix

Apple releases iOS 13.4.1 & iPadOS 13.4.1 with FaceTime bug fix

At the same time that it is actively testing iOS 13.4.5, Apple has released iOS 13.4.1 and iPadOS 13.4.1, with minor fixes to the previous release on March 24.

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Apple Face Shield for medical workers has dedicated support pages

Apple Face Shield for medical workers has dedicated support pages

Apple has published new support pages advising on how to assemble, use, and clean the face shields it is producing and distributing to front-line healthcare employees combatting COVID-19.

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Hands-OnHands on: Quibi is an entertaining and frustrating time suck for Apple users

Hands on: Quibi is an entertaining and frustrating time suck for Apple users

Quibi, the newest streaming service on the block, just hit devices on April 6, but with the short length of all its original content, it makes sampling its offerings easier. Unfortunately for Apple users, the app at launch leaves us wanting more.

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TipsHow to quiet down Siri, alarms, and notifications while you're working from home

How to quiet down Siri, alarms, and notifications while you're working from home

Not only do all your work devices make bleeps, but so do those of everyone in your household. For their sanity, for yours, and for not being kicked out to self-isolate somewhere else, here's how to quieten down your Apple devices.

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Apple over-ear headphones and 'AirPods X' may launch later in 2020

Apple over-ear headphones and 'AirPods X' may launch later in 2020

Apple could be preparing to release its first over-ear headphones at WWDC, according to a rumor, while the alleged "AirPods Pro Lite" may land in the fall under the name "AirPods X."

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Hands-OnPixelmator Photo for iPad brings color matching, plus trackpad support

Pixelmator Photo for iPad brings color matching, plus trackpad support

Pixelmator Photo for iPad has been updated with support for trackpads and other input devices in iOS 13.4, plus new machine learning-powered features that you can use to match colors between two photos.

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Filing hints future MacBook Pros may use True Tone to adjust keyboard brightness

Filing hints future MacBook Pros may use True Tone to adjust keyboard brightness

Apple appears poised to expand the use of True Tone beyond a display, with the color-changing technology potentially coming to the keyboards in the MacBook Pro.

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Future Apple Pencil could be used to trace 3D objects for easy AR generation

Future Apple Pencil could be used to trace 3D objects for easy AR generation

New sensors being researched for a future Apple Pencil could allow users to use the device to trace both 2D and 3D objects, and send the data back to a connected iPad or Mac.

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VideoiPad Pro (2020) versus MacBook Air (2020): Performance & features

iPad Pro (2020) versus MacBook Air (2020): Performance & features

More than ever before, Apple's iPad Pro and MacBook Air are competitors as hardware and software advances. AppleInsider pits them against one another to highlight the biggest differences to see which is the better buy.

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Image of 'iPhone 12' shows smaller notch, widgets on Home screen

Image of 'iPhone 12' shows smaller notch, widgets on Home screen

A new image appears to depict the "iPhone 12" with a significantly smaller notch, while simultaneously hinting that the rumored widgets being added to "iOS 14" could take up the same space as multiple Home screen icons.

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