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How to customize your widgets in macOS Big Sur

00:59 30 Nov - AppleInsider News

Apple has updated its use of widgets in macOS Big Sur to make them more visually interesting and useful. This is how to use the updated versions in the Notification Center.The updated widgets in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 may have had most of the attention, but Apple also made changes to the widgets in macOS to make them practically as useful. Not only are they as visually impressive as their iOS counterparts, complete with redesigned versions for core apps like Calendar and Stocks, but they also offer a level of customization.In macOS Big Sur, the widgets live in the Notification Center, the pull-out panel that slides in from the side of the screen, usually when you click on the date and time in the menu bar. If you have a trackpad, swiping left with two fingers form the right-hand edge will also bring up the Notification Center. Read more...

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How to customize your widgets in macOS Big Sur

00:59 30 Nov - AppleInsider News

Apple has updated its use of widgets in macOS Big Sur to make them more visually interesting and useful. This is how to use the updated versions in the Notification Center.The updated widgets in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 may have had most of the attention, but Apple also made changes to the widgets in macOS to make them practically as useful. Not only are they as visually impressive as their iOS counterparts, complete with redesigned versions for core apps like Calendar and Stocks, but they also offer a level of customization.In macOS Big Sur, the widgets live in the Notification Center, the pull-out panel that slides in from the side of the screen, usually when you click on the date and time in the menu bar. If you have a trackpad, swiping left with two fingers form the right-hand edge will also bring up the Notification Center. Read more...

B&H's Cyber Monday deals are live: $100 off M1 MacBooks, $569 iPad Air 4, up to $400 off MacBook Pros, $259 Apple Watch, iPad Pro savings

23:07 29 Nov - AppleInsider News

There's no need to wait until Nov. 30 to grab Cyber Monday deals at B&H Photo. The Apple Authorized Reseller is slashing prices on hardware, along with peripherals like LG monitors. Many deals have limited inventory available at the reduced prices, with multiple exclusive discounts to check out.B&H's Cyber Monday Apple dealsHighlights of B&H's Cyber Monday 2020 sale include deals on Apple's brand-new M1 MacBook Pro and $30 to $50 off the popular iPad Air 4. Read more...

Apple Fitness+ Promotion Ramps Up as Launch Approaches

20:57 29 Nov - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Promotion for Apple Fitness+ is ramping up, with advertising initiatives and teases from instructors being spotted on social media, indicating that the new subscription service may be launching imminently. MacRumors reader Chris Weaver spotted that Best Buy has started advertising six-month free trials of Apple Fitness+ with Apple Watch purchases. The advert suggests that retailers have started to actively promote Apple Fitness+, meaning that the service's launch is likely to follow soon. Moreover, Apple Fitness+ instructors have begun promoting their workout videos on Instagram. The posts, spotted by 9to5Mac, involve images of Apple Fitness+ instructors with captions saying they are in the process of recording workouts and that the service is launching "soon." The posts each use the hashtag #CloseYourRings and mention the @AppleFitnessPlus account. Instructors Kim Ngo, Betina Gozo, Amir Ekbatani, Scott Carvin, Bakari Williams, Jhon Gonzalez, Emily Fayette, Josh Crosby, Jessica Skye, Jamie-Ray Hartshorne, Kyle Ardill, Ben Allen, Kym Perfetto, Tyrell Désean, Sherica Holmon, LaShawn Jones, Dustin Brown, Sam Sanchez, Gregg Cook, Molly Fox, and Anja Garcia have all made posts on Instagram teasing the launch of the new subscription service. Apple has said that Fitness+ will launch before the end of 2020, but no exact release date has been confirmed. With the end of the year approaching in less than five weeks, and in light of these promotional social media posts and adverts, the launch of Apple Fitness+ appears to be imminent. There have also been hints that the service will arrive alongside iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2. Apple first announced Fitness+ alongside the Apple Watch Series 6. Priced at $9.99 per month and included in the highest tier Apple One bundle, Fitness+ is designed to help Apple Watch users keep fit through a series of guided workouts. Workouts sync to an Apple TV, iPhone, or iPad, so you can see your progress on the screen, and there are multiple workout categories to choose from, including Cycling, Treadmill, Rowing, HIIT, Strength, Yoga, Dance, and Core. Check out our Fitness+ guide for more on Apple's upcoming service.Tags: Instagram, Fitness Plus, Apple Fitness PlusThis article, "Apple Fitness+ Promotion Ramps Up as Launch Approaches" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Apple Watch credited with detecting heart problem in Ohio resident

18:51 29 Nov - AppleInsider News

The Apple Watch has been credited with saving another life, with one Ohio resident warned of having a high resting heart rate, which was found to be an atrial flutter.Zachary Zies, a 25-year-old recent graduate from Ohio State University, is a long-time sufferer of Friedreich's Ataxia, a rare genetic disease that can affect the brain, spinal cord, and heart, which can cause impairments in speech and difficulty in walking, among other issues. In a recent incident, an issue with Zies' heart was discovered by the Apple Watch.Zeis was informed by the Apple Watch he had a high resting heart rate in the region of 210 beats per minute, reports NBC24, an extremely high heart rate and a potential indicator of an underlying health issue. Acting on the notification, Zeis got in contact with his healthcare provider, and underwent an atrial ablation to correct what was determined to be an atrial flutter. Read more...

Cyber Monday deals knock $300-$400 off Apple's MacBook Pro, $70-$110 off iPad Pro, $200 off MacBook Air & more

18:27 29 Nov - AppleInsider News

B&H's Cyber Sunday sale is going on now, with markdowns on Apple's MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPad Pro and iPad Air 4 models. Save up to $400 instantly, with units in stock and ready to ship.Cyber Sunday Apple saleB&H's latest markdowns on Apple equipment offer holiday shoppers triple-digit savings on 16-inch MacBook Pro models. Now $2,099 for the standard model ($300 off) or $2,399 for the Core i9 retail config with 1TB of storage and Radeon 5500M 4GB graphics ($400 off), these price cuts are in addition to free expedited shipping within the contiguous U.S., with units in stock and ready to ship. Read more...

Early Docker build demonstrates incoming Apple Silicon support

17:55 29 Nov - AppleInsider News

The virtualization software Docker is getting closer to being usable by developers on an Apple Silicon Mac, with an early version of the tool confirmed as being able to run on the new chip architecture.An early M1-supporting build of Docker [via Twitter/@mugofsoup]Mentioned in Apple's launch of its Apple Silicon Mac lineup, Docker has yet to fully make the transition from being usable on Intel Macs to versions using M1. In a tweet, it seems the work to make the transition is making progress. Read more...

Apple Fitness+ instructors promote video workouts before launch

16:51 29 Nov - AppleInsider News

Instructors for Apple's soon-to-launch Fitness subscription have prompted the service on Instagram, with posts to their personal accounts showing what they will look like while recording workouts for subscribers.Sam Sanchez and Tyrell Desean, two of the instructors for Apple Fitness+. Slated to arrive before the end of 2020, Apple Fitness+ will offer guided workouts fronted by a roster of instructors. Ahead of the launch of the service, those same instructors are putting the word out about the service, suggesting its launch could happen very soon. Read more...

Colossal Apple Black Friday deal roundup: save big on Apple Watch, Macs, iPads, AirPods

14:14 29 Nov - AppleInsider News

Shoppers looking to save on Apple products this Black Friday will have plenty of deals to choose from. We're here to help you find hot Black Friday deals on favorite Apple gear like iPad, MacBook Pro, Apple Watch, AirPods, and much more.Best Apple Black Friday dealsThere are plenty of steep price cuts on hot-ticket Apple products this season, ranging from brand new Macs with Apple Silicon to iPad Air and Apple Watch. We've rounded up the best Apple Black Friday deals, saving you hundreds without having to scour retailers' websites and leaked Black Friday ads. Find cash discounts on nearly every Apple product, with special coupon deals in our Apple Price Guide. Read more...

Better than Black Friday pricing hits new iPad Air 4 at Amazon

07:22 29 Nov - AppleInsider News

Better than Black Friday pricing is going on now at Amazon, with Apple's latest iPad Air 4 dropping back to $559, matching the all-time record low price.On sale for $569 on Black Friday, Amazon has slashed the price of Apple's new iPad Air 4 even further, dropping it down to down to $559, and matching the all-time record low price we've seen. At the time of publication, Amazon says the tablet is expected to ship by Dec. 20, so you'll want to secure your spot in line for the best delivery dates.The iPad Air 4 has a nearly edge-to-edge display and updated A14 chip, narrowing the gap between the iPad Air and iPad Pro. AppleInsider gave it a rare 4.5 stars in our review. Read more...

Final hours for these Black Friday deals: $899 quad-core MacBook Air, $200 off 13" MacBook Pro, iPad savings

01:39 29 Nov - AppleInsider News

B&H's official Black Friday deals are going on for a few more hours, and holiday shoppers can save $100 on new M1 Macs, plus 24-hour flash deals on Intel MacBook Airs with quad-core chips.B&H Black Friday Apple DealsA number of popular offers can be found below, while the entire sale is on this B&H page. Read more...

Black Friday weekend M1 Mac deals: $899 MacBook Air, $639 Mac mini, $1,199 MacBook Pro

00:48 29 Nov - AppleInsider News

Special discounts on Apple's brand new Macs deliver up to $100 in savings on the Late 2020 hardware. Pick up a MacBook Air for $899, a 13-inch MacBook Pro for $1,199 and an M1 Mac mini for $639. These are the lowest prices on record for the M1 Macs.Activate Black Friday M1 dealsUpdate on Nov. 28: These M1 Black Friday deals are still going strong on Nov. 28, but the offers could end at any time. Read more...

How to use the Photos Retouch tool in macOS Big Sur

23:22 28 Nov - AppleInsider News

As part of its changes to the Photos app in macOS Big Sur, Apple has improved the Retouch tool. Here's how to get to grips with the editing feature to improve your images.Even the best photographers feel the need to perform edits of their work to create the best photograph possible. While there's a lot they can control about the camera and the subject, sometimes there's things they simply cannot sort out for the photograph itself.Depending on the type of photograph, these issues can manifest in a variety of different ways. A portrait photographer may want to remove blemishes or spots from a model's face, while a landscape or street photographer may wish to eliminate unsightly bits from buildings, or the occasional photobomber. Read more...

How to edit video in Photos for macOS Big Sur

23:15 28 Nov - AppleInsider News

Photos for macOS Big Sur can now make more changes to videos, including applying filters and other adjustments. Here's how to get started with the new additions.The Photos app is best known for its ability to organize and edit images, as the name strongly suggests, but it can do more than just that. As the central repository for media generated by the camera, it also functions as a storage area for your self-captured videos, and so it offers some options to alter what has been captured.Likewise, while most people would associate Photos with photo editing, you can also make changes to videos via the app. Read more...

Apple-produced ad for LumiHealth promotes Singapore health initiative

20:02 28 Nov - AppleInsider News

An Apple-produced ad spot has been released for LumiHealth, an Apple Watch-based initiative between Apple and the government of Singapore to encourage citizens to foster healthier habits.Published to YouTube, the video shows a man riding a bus and looking at the LumiHealth app on his iPhone. As he goes through his journey to work, he sees people performing various exercises, including cycling and working out in a park, before deciding to start using the app as he chooses to take the stairs instead of an elevator.Other cutaways in the ad show people generating "Lumipoints" in other ways, including choosing healthier food, as well as meditating at a desk in an office. Read more...

Best AirPods Black Friday deals: new low prices from $109

18:10 28 Nov - AppleInsider News

Black Friday AirPods deals are in effect right now, with AirPods Pro dropping to an all-time low price of $169. Save up to $80 instantly, with deals starting at just $109.Apple's wireless earbuds became an overnight success following their initial launch in 2016. Apple now offers three variants, including the premium AirPods Pro, for customers to snag during Black Friday sales, with easy price comparison at your fingertips or broken down by store below.Quick access to the lowest AirPods prices Read more...

Best iPad Black Friday 2020 deals: save up to $400 on iPad Pro, Air, 8th Gen

18:01 28 Nov - AppleInsider News

Black Friday is here and we've rounded up the best deals on Apple's iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Pro from around the web, saving you up to $400 on holiday gifts.The iPad lineup is more diverse and capable than ever. Whether you want a casual tablet for media consumption or a convertible computer built to tackle even professional needs, Apple has an iPad for you.Black Friday iPad deals Read more...

Top Stories: Black Friday Deals, Redesigned MacBooks, Hands-On With Apple's M1 Macs

15:00 28 Nov - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

With Apple's holiday hardware lineup seemingly all set, attention this week turned to the shopping end of things with Apple and other retailers rolling out their Black Friday deals. That wasn't the only news this week, however, as we've continued to learn more about Apple's new M1-based Macs and we've even heard some fresh rumors about redesigned Mac notebooks coming next year, so read on below for details on the biggest stories of the week! Black Friday Deals on Apple Products Continue: AirPods, M1 Macs, Apple Watch Series 6, iPads, and More There was a lot of focus this week on Black Friday, the traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season, and there were a number of solid deals to be had on AirPods, Apple Watch, and more, including some modest discounts on Apple's latest M1-based Macs. Many of the deals are continuing through the weekend and even into next week, so if you haven't yet taken advantage of the opportunity, check out our Black Friday roundup, our top picks post, and our other coverage. Best iPad Deals Best Apple Watch Deals Best Mac Deals Best iPhone Deals Best AirPods Deals Best HomePod Deals Best Apple Accessory Deals Best HomeKit-Supported TV Deals Apple Offering Up to $150 Gift Card With Select Products on Black Friday Through Cyber Monday As usual, Apple doesn't have the best deals for Black Friday, offering bonus Apple gift cards with the purchase of select products rather than straight cash discounts. Apple's four-day shopping event runs through Monday, and while the gift card offer isn't valid on Apple's latest products, there are a few solid deals like a $100 gift card with the purchase of a full-size HomePod. M1 Macs Hands-On Comparison: MacBook Air vs. 13-Inch MacBook Pro vs. Mac Mini Apple's new Macs with the M1 chip began arriving to customers earlier this month, but if you're still trying to decide on which one to buy, we've put together a hands-on comparison video for the machines. Given that they share Apple's M1 chip, all three Macs deliver breakthrough performance compared to their Intel-based equivalents, and benchmark results show they even outperform the highest-end 16-inch MacBook Pro. In our tests, even the base model MacBook Air with 8GB delivered very fast performance, making it a suitable option for most customers. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro has an extra GPU core enabled, a brighter display, better speakers, and a fan, for those considering going up a level. And of course, the Mac mini is the ideal choice for desktop users. Redesigned MacBooks With Apple Silicon Expected to Launch in Second Half of 2021Apple plans to release additional MacBook models with Apple Silicon in the second half of 2021, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, as part of the company's two-year transition away from Intel processors. Kuo said that these MacBook models will feature a new design, and reliable leaked "L0vetodream" says that the redesign is not only for Apple Silicon models, suggesting we may also see new Intel-based models. Kuo did not specify which MacBook models will be getting redesigns, but he previously claimed that redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with Apple Silicon and an all-new design would launch in the late second quarter or third quarter of 2021. A redesigned 24-inch iMac and a smaller version of the Mac Pro have also been rumored. Kuo also expects third-generation AirPods to launch in the late second quarter of 2021. He has previously claimed that the design of these AirPods will be "similar to AirPods Pro," but likely without active noise cancellation. Video Demos Performance Differences Between 8GB and 16GB Apple M1 MacBook Pro All of the M1 Mac models use essentially the same M1 chip, so the upgrade options are limited to SSD storage space and RAM. We haven't seen many comparisons that demonstrate the difference between a machine with 8GB RAM and the upgraded 16GB RAM option, but Max Tech recently shared a video highlighting the performance differences between an 8GB MacBook Pro and a 16GB MacBook Pro. The video includes a series of benchmark tests, ranging from Geekbench and Cinebench to RAW exporting tests. Geekbench and Cinebench benchmarks didn't demonstrate a difference in performance between the 8GB and 16GB models, but other tests designed to maximize RAM usage did show some differences. And if you're still on the fence about whether to get one of the new M1-based 13-inch MacBook Pro models or stick with a tried-and-true Intel-based model, make sure to check out our buyer's guide to help understand the differences. MacRumors Newsletter Each week, we publish an email newsletter like this highlighting the top Apple stories, making it a great way to get a bite-sized recap of the week hitting all of the major topics we've covered and tying together related stories for a big-picture view. So if you want to have top stories like the above recap delivered to your email inbox each week, subscribe to our newsletter!Tag: Top StoriesThis article, "Top Stories: Black Friday Deals, Redesigned MacBooks, Hands-On With Apple's M1 Macs" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Shazam Promotion Offers Users Up to Five Free Months of Apple Music

09:14 28 Nov - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple is offering up to a five-month free trial of Apple Music to new users of the streaming service, with the promotion appearing in the company's Shazam music identification app. Apple usually offers up to a three-month free trial of Apple Music to users who haven't subscribed to the service before, so this latest promotion represents one of its best deals yet. To access the promotion, download the Shazam app on your iPhone or iPad, then identify a song that's playing in your environment by tapping the big Shazam icon in the app. After recognizing the song, you should see the option to play the track in Apple Music. Tap the option and you should see the five-month free trial offer of Apple Music appear. Some users have also had success activating the promotion by opening Shazam's options screen and tapping the Apple Music banner. According to Shazam's App Store page, the offer runs through January 17, 2021, and is available in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Canada, and other countries. If after activating the deal you're not convinced, you can cancel your Apple Music subscription without losing your five months of access to the service. How to Cancel an Apple Music Subscription Shazam is a free download from the App Store [Direct Link]. Tags: Shazam, Apple MusicThis article, "Shazam Promotion Offers Users Up to Five Free Months of Apple Music" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Get a five-month Apple Music subscription for free with Shazam

01:46 28 Nov - AppleInsider News

Apple this week activated a promotion that nets new Apple Music users a free five-month trial to the service, with the offer available through the company's Shazam music identification app.The special holiday offer was quietly announced in an update to Shazam's App Store listing, which notes new users can receive five months of Apple Music for free by downloading Shazam and identifying a song. When a song is recognized, a conditional link appears and directs users to subscribe to the music streaming service.Apple says the special runs through Jan. 17, 2021, and is available to new Apple Music subscribers in Australia, Canada, Mexico, the U.S. and other countries. Read more...

Apple Black Friday 2020: Best iPhone Deals

21:56 27 Nov - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Black Friday is halfway done, but there are still a few deals to shop for on iPhones at carriers like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile/Sprint. 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. AT&T Starting with AT&T, you'll find up to $700 off any iPhone 12 when you add a line or upgrade an existing line. You'll need to purchase any iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max on a qualifying installment agreement and pay a $30 activation fee. Then, add a new line or upgrade an existing line, activate postpaid unlimited wireless service, and trade in an eligible smartphone in good working condition. After all of this, you'll see up to $700 in bill credits applied over 30 months. $700 OFFiPhone 12 Models at AT&T You can also get a 64GB iPhone XS for $1/month for 30 months when purchased on a qualifying installment agreement. This deal will come in the form of $870 in bill credits applied in equal amounts over 30 months. $1/MonthiPhone XS at AT&T In other deals, AT&T has a BOGO offer on Apple Watch. If you buy an Apple Watch Series 3 (up to $289.99), Series 4 (up to $699.99), Series 5 (up to $749.99), Series 6 (up to $799.99), or SE (up to $359.99), you can get an SE model at no extra cost. Both devices need to be on a qualifying installment agreement, at least one new line must be added, and after you'll get up to $330 in bill credits towards the Apple Watch SE. For iPads, AT&T has the 7th-generation (2019) 128GB iPad for half off when purchased on a qualifying installment agreement. You'll see the deal in the form of up to $265 in bill credits. Verizon Verizon is offering an iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro at no extra cost when switching to the carrier. This offer comes in the form of up to $700 off the iPhone 12 when trading in a device, and it's available online only. You can also get up to a $400 Verizon e-gift card when switching to Verizon Unlimited and add any smartphone with a retail value over $699.99. The device will also need to be activated on a new line of Verizon Unlimited. $700 OFFiPhone 12 Models at Verizon To get the e-gift card, after checking out head to Verizon's rebate center and enter the code BLACKFRIDAY400 to get the card within 8 weeks. You can also get a $100 e-gift card (code: 100FORYOU) when you add a line on Verizon. For PlayStation users, Verizon is offering up to a year of PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now at no cost. You'll need to buy a new smartphone on a Play More, Do More, or Get More Unlimited plan. To get 12 months of PlayStation Plus or PlayStation Now, you'll need to add a new smartphone line, and to get 3 months you'll need to upgrade an existing line. Instructions on how to get the PlayStation subscriptions will be emailed after your smartphone is activated. T-Mobile/Sprint T-Mobile is offering switchers up to $830 off the iPhone 12 when activating a new line, purchasing the iPhone 12 on a monthly payment plan, and trading in a qualifying iPhone in good condition. To get the $830 credit, you'll need to trade in one of the following iPhones: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus. $830 OFFiPhone 12 at T-Mobile In terms of bundled offers, you can also get two iPhone 12 models and two Apple Watch SE devices for $120/month. You'll need to activate two new lines on the Essentials rate plan and add two new DIGITS lines. Two devices will also have to be traded in, and you can get up to $829.99 back on each iPhone $29.99 back on an Apple Watch, and $329.99 back on the second Apple Watch. This will all come in the form of bill credits over 30 months. Visible Visible is offering up to $200 in credit to spend on its store when switching to Visible. The company offers a straightforward $40/month cellular plan and more deals. Currently, when purchasing an iPhone 12 model you can get a pair of AirPods Pro. If you buy a phone or bring your number from a previous carrier and activate service on Visible, you'll receive an email with a code to redeem AirPods Pro. Retailers Best Buy - Save up to $900 on iPhone 12 with qualified activation and trade-in. Target - Get up to $700 on select Apple devices when you trade-in to a new line or upgrade on an eligible Unlimited plan. Walmart - Save up to $900 with qualified activation and trade-in. More Deals Best iPad Deals Best Apple Watch Deals Best Mac Deals Best AirPods Deals Best HomePod Deals Best TV Deals Best Accessory Deals To delve even deeper into Black Friday shopping, use the lists above to discover all of our Black Friday coverage in individual posts, spotlight posts, and in our full roundups. Lastly, be sure to keep an eye on the MacRumors homepage and Twitter feeds throughout the day (and of course for Cyber Monday) as more deals emerge.Related Roundups: Apple Black Friday 2020, Apple DealsThis article, "Apple Black Friday 2020: Best iPhone Deals" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Review: Apple's leather sleeve for iPhone 12 is expensive, but without equal

21:17 27 Nov - AppleInsider News

Apple's Leather Sleeve for the new iPhone 12 line has just started being delivered to customers. But with a hefty price tag, we try to decide if this new accessory is worth it.Apple's iPhone 12 leather sleeveA sleeve unlike other sleeves Read more...

Apple M1 Chip: Everything You Need to Know

21:13 27 Nov - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple in November released the first Macs with an Arm-based M1 chip, debuting new 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini models. The M1 chip has received rave reviews for its incredible performance and efficiency, and it is the culmination of more than a decade of Apple's work on chips created for the iPhone and the iPad. This guide walks through everything that you need to know about the M1 chip and how it's different from the Intel chips that came before it. Apple's M1 Chip Explained The M1 is the first Apple-designed System on a Chip (SoC) that's been developed for use in Macs. It marks Apple's transition away from the Intel chips that the Cupertino company has been using in Macs since 2006. As a "System on a Chip," the M1 integrates several different components, including the CPU, GPU, unified memory architecture (RAM), Neural Engine, Secure Enclave, SSD controller, image signal processor, encode/decode engines, Thunderbolt controller with USB 4 support, and more, all of which power the different features in the Mac. Prior to now, Macs have used multiple chips for CPU, I/O, and security, but Apple's effort to integrate these chips is the reason why the M1 is so much faster and more efficient than prior Intel chips. The unified memory architecture that Apple has included is also a major factor because all of the technologies in the M1 are able to access the same data without having to swap between multiple pools of memory. There are 16 billion transistors on the M1, which is the most Apple has ever put into a chip for the fastest CPU core available in low-power silicon and unparalleled CPU performance per watt. Apple's chip design has allowed it to create Macs that are faster and more power-efficient than was possible with Intel-designed chips, and further enhancements are available through the new tighter integration of an Apple-designed chip paired with Apple-designed software. What's Different About the M1 Unlike Intel chips built on the x86 architecture, the Apple Silicon M1 uses an Arm-based architecture much like the A-series chips that Apple has been designing for iPhones and iPads for years now. The M1 chip is the most powerful chip that Apple has created to date, and it is similar to the A14 chip in the latest ‌iPhone‌ and iPad Air models, built on a 5-nanometer process by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). TSMC builds all of Apple's chips and has done so for many years. Macs With M1 Chip Apple has released the 2020 ‌MacBook Air‌, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and ‌Mac mini‌ with M1 chips, replacing the low-end machines in those lineups. The M1 ‌MacBook Air‌ is now the only ‌MacBook Air‌ that Apple sells, but there are still Intel ‌Mac mini‌ and MacBook Pro models available. It is not worth purchasing an Intel ‌Mac mini‌ or 13-inch ‌MacBook Air‌ at this point because the M1 chip outperforms all of the chips used in Apple's portable devices and it is only outclassed by desktop processors. CPU, GPU, and Neural Engine CPU The M1 chip includes an 8-core CPU with four high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. The high-performance cores are designed to offer the best performance for power-intensive single-threaded tasks. The four high-performance cores can work together to offer impressive multithreaded performance that has allowed the M1 Macs to outshine even the highest-end 16-inch MacBook Pro models. For tasks that are less intensive and don't require the same power, such as web browsing, there are four high-efficiency cores that use a tenth of the power to preserve battery life. Apple says these cores offer performance similar to the prior-generation dual-core ‌MacBook Air‌, but at much lower power. These cores can work alone when significant power isn't needed, but for demanding tasks, all eight cores can be engaged at one time. Benchmarks of the ‌MacBook Air‌, MacBook Pro, and ‌Mac mini‌ have confirmed the M1 chip's impressive performance. There are some thermal differences between the models, but all have the highest single-core performance out of any Mac and multi-core performance on par with Apple's desktops. The highest-performing Mac of the bunch, the ‌Mac mini‌, earned a single-core Geekbench 5 score of 1702 and a multi-core score of 7380, with the ‌MacBook Air‌ and MacBook Pro coming in just behind. GPU The ‌Apple Silicon‌ chip has an 8-core GPU, but there's also a version used in the entry-level ‌MacBook Air‌ models that has one of the cores disabled for a 7-core GPU. GPUs in the ‌Mac mini‌, MacBook Pro, and higher-end M1 ‌MacBook Air‌ models are all 8-core GPUs capable of running close to 25,000 threads simultaneously and with 2.6 teraflops of throughput. According to Apple, the M1 has the fastest integrated graphics in a personal computer. Graphics performance tests have suggested the M1 chip offers performance that exceeds the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and Radeon RX 560. It also earned an OpenCL score of 19305, similar to the Radeon RX 560X and Radeon Pro WX 4100. Neural Engine The M1 chip has a built-in Neural Engine, a component that Apple first started adding to its A-series chips a few years ago. The Neural Engine is designed to accelerate machine learning tasks across the Mac for things like video analysis, voice recognition, image processing, and more. The 16-core Neural Engine is capable of 11 trillion operations per second for up to 15x faster machine learning performance compared to the previous generation of models that have moved to the M1. Apple M1 Speed The M1 chip brings up to 3.5x faster CPU performance, up to 6x faster GPU performance, and up to 15x faster machine learning capabilities compared to the Intel chips used in prior-generation machines. Compared to the latest PC laptop chips, the M1 offers 2x faster CPU performance and does so using just 25 percent of the power. Battery Life Even with the incredible speed improvements that the M1 chip brings, it is also more battery-efficient than any other Mac chip Apple has released to date. Battery life in an M1 Mac lasts up to 2x longer than in prior-generation Macs. The Mac with the longest battery life is the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which lasts for up to 20 hours. That's double the battery life of the prior-generation model. Intel Comparisons Apple used the M1 chip in lower-end Macs, and when it comes to CPU performance, the M1 beats out even the highest-end chips used in Intel Apple's notebook lineup. The M1 chip has the fastest single-core performance of any Mac, and the multi-core performance isn't too far off from many of Apple's desktop machines. Apple is still selling Intel 13-inch MacBook Pro and ‌Mac mini‌ models, and performance-wise, the M1 versions of these Macs offer much faster CPU speeds. It's not a good idea to buy a non-M1 version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro or ‌Mac mini‌ at this time because of the inferior performance unless compatibility with x86 apps and the option to run Windows is a concern. Other Macs in Apple's lineup will be transitioning to ‌Apple Silicon‌ chips in the future, which is something to keep in mind when considering a purchase. At this time, Apple's higher-end notebooks and desktops still offer superior GPU performance, but that could change in the future when new versions of ‌Apple Silicon‌ chips debut. M1 Security Features Intel Macs had a built-in T2 chip that handled security and other features on the Macs, but with the M1 chips, that functionality is built right in and a secondary chip isn't required. The M1 has a built-in Secure Enclave that manages Touch ID and a storage controller with AES encryption hardware for SSD performance that's faster and more secure. Running Apps on M1 Macs Because the M1 chip is using different architecture, Apple has built tools to allow developers to create Universal app binaries that run flawlessly on both ‌Apple Silicon‌ and Intel chips, plus it has developed the Rosetta 2 translation layer that allows x86 apps to run on the M1 chip. Rosetta 2 is a reimagining of Rosetta, the feature that allowed PowerPC apps to run on Intel-based Macs back in 2006 when Apple swapped to Intel from PowerPC. With Rosetta 2, apps designed for Intel machines will continue to run on M1 Macs with some limited performance compromises. For the most part, apps will run similarly on both Intel and M1 Macs due to the performance improvements introduced in the M1. Everything should function as normal when transitioning to M1 Macs, and over the course of a few years, most popular Mac apps will likely be built to run on the M1 Macs natively. Right now, there is one major compromise when choosing an M1 Mac, and that's Windows support. There is no Boot Camp for M1 Macs and M1 Macs are not officially able to run Windows, although some users are figuring out ways to make it work. Official support could come in the future, but it largely depends on Microsoft licensing its Arm-based version of Windows to consumers, and so far, that hasn't happened. How to Install Any iPhone or iPad App on an M1 Mac The Future of Apple Silicon Apple is planning to transition the entire Mac lineup to ‌Apple Silicon‌ chips, doing away with Intel chips entirely. Apple expects the process of moving its entire product line to ‌Apple Silicon‌ to take right around two years. The next Macs that could get ‌Apple Silicon‌ chips include the iMac, with a 24-inch version rumored to be in the works, and redesigned 16.1-inch and 14.1-inch MacBook Pro models. Guide Feedback Have questions about the M1 chip, know of a feature we left out, or want to offer feedback on this guide? Send us an email here. This article, "Apple M1 Chip: Everything You Need to Know" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Developer devises workaround to run ARM Windows on M1 Mac

20:55 27 Nov - AppleInsider News

Using some custom patches to popular virtualization tool QEMU, a developer has managed to launch Windows for ARM processors on a M1 Mac with decent results.Run ARM based Windows with QEMUThe ability to run Windows for ARM processors has been in question since Apple revealed its Macs running custom Apple Silicon. The closest to a confirmation so far had been Craig Federighi stating that is "a decision Microsoft has to make." Read more...

Black Friday 2020: best iPhone deals offer free phones, cash discounts on the new iPhone 12

20:05 27 Nov - AppleInsider News

Apple has released its strongest iPhone lineup yet, and retailers are making it easy to get the new models with deals, bundles, and discounts during Black Friday. Check out the latest free phone offers and special incentives on the new iPhone 12, along with the budget-friendly iPhone SE.Black Friday iPhone deals at wireless carriersThe iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max are here, and wireless carriers are hoping to entice you into switching to their service with competitive deals. Many of the offers require new service, new lines, or trading in an old phone, so check the specific terms and conditions pertaining to each offer, but it's a great way to save on a wide assortment of iPhones when bundled with service. Read more...

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a 9-in-1 USB-C Adapter From Choetech

20:00 27 Nov - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Choetech to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a 9-in-1 USB-C Adapter that works with Apple's Mac models, including the new M1 Macs. Design wise, the USB-C Adapter is slim and compact, plugging into a USB-C port on a modern Mac model or an iPad Pro. It's small enough to be tucked in a bag or backpack for easy portability. Priced at $24, the USB-C Adapter features a 4K HDMI port, three USB-A ports, an RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port, a 60Hz VGA port, an SD card slot, and a micro SD card slot, adding more utility to Macs and PCs that have a limited number of built-in ports. There's also a USB-C 100W power delivery port that can be used for charging Apple's Macs, and it will charge even Apple's 16-inch MacBook Pro models at full speed. The USB-C port is limited to charging and won't transfer data, which is something to be aware of. With the USB-A ports, you can connect keyboards, mice, and hard drives, with transfer speeds of up to 5Gb/s supported, while the SD card slots provide access to photos taken with cameras, drones, and other accessories. HDMI and VGA ports allow for connecting TVs and displays for mirroring or extending your Mac's screen or streaming video to a TV or projector. The HDMI port supports 4K at 30Hz resolution, while the VGA port supports up to 1080p at 60Hz. According to Choetech, the display is compatible with all of Apple's USB-C MacBook Pro, MacBook, iMac, Mac mini, and MacBook Air models dating back to 2017. It is also compatible with any PC laptop that has USB-C ports, along with some Android smartphones. We have 15 of the 9-in-1 USB-C Adapters to give away to MacRumors readers. To enter to win our ‌giveaway‌, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the ‌giveaway‌ restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected. Choetech Giveaway The contest will run from today (November 27) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on December 4. The winners will be chosen randomly on December 4 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.Tag: giveawayThis article, "MacRumors Giveaway: Win a 9-in-1 USB-C Adapter From Choetech" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Apple Black Friday 2020: Best Deals on HomeKit-Supported TVs

19:43 27 Nov - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Solid deals on TVs are always expected on Black Friday, and today is no different. Below we've rounded up a few TV deals from Best Buy and B&H Photo, specifically for TV sets that support HomeKit and AirPlay 2. 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. We've focused on the best deals from Best Buy and B&H Photo, but you can also find some TV deals at Target and Walmart. It's also worth noting that some of the TVs below may support Apple's TV app as well, although not every model does. Best Buy 40-50 inch LG 43" Class UN7000 Series LED 4K UHD Smart TV - $249.99, down from $369.99 Sony 49" Class X800H Series LED 4K UHD Smart TV - $549.99, down from $649.99 60-70 inch LG 65" Class UN7000 Series LED 4K UHD Smart TV - $499.99, down from $549.99 Sony 65" Class X800H Series LED 4K UHD Smart TV - $799.99, down from $999.99 Sony 65" Class X900H Series LED 4K UHD Smart TV - $969.99, down from $1,399.99 Sony 65" Class A8H Series OLED 4K UHD Smart TV - $1,799.99, down from $2,799.99 LG 65" Class CX Series OLED 4K UHD Smart TV - $1,849.99, down from $2,499.99 70+ inches LG 75" Class UN6970 Series LED 4K UHD Smart TV - $649.99, down from $849.99 LG 75" Class NanoCell 80 Series LED 4K UHD Smart TV - $999.99, down from $1,499.99 B&H Photo 40-55 inch LG 43" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart LED TV - $309.00, down from $339.00 LG 50" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart LED TV - $346.99, down from $396.99 LG 55" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart LED TV - $426.99, down from $476.99 70+ inches LG 70" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart LED TV - $546.99, down from $596.99 LG 75" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart IPS LED TV - $696.99, down from $796.99 LG 86" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart IPS LED TV - $1,679.95, down from $2,479.95 To delve even deeper into Black Friday shopping, use the lists above to discover all of our Black Friday coverage in individual posts, spotlight posts, and in our full roundups. Lastly, be sure to keep an eye on the MacRumors homepage and Twitter feeds throughout the day (and of course for Cyber Monday) as more deals emerge.Related Roundups: Apple Black Friday 2020, Apple DealsThis article, "Apple Black Friday 2020: Best Deals on HomeKit-Supported TVs" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Hyper Black Friday deals can save you 80% on select accessories

19:40 27 Nov - AppleInsider News

Hyper is best known for its multi-port hubs, but also make great battery and charging solutions for your Apple products. Check out their best Black Friday discounts now.Hyper Black Friday dealsThe Black Friday sale is being held storewide with discounts between 30% and 80%. When you spend over $100 on your order, you'll get a free USB-C to Lightning cable. Read more...

Fast-Paced Racing Game 'Warp Drive' With Teleporting Feature Now Available on Apple Arcade

19:24 27 Nov - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

British developer Supergonk's new racing game "Warp Drive" made its debut on Apple Arcade today across the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. "Warp Drive" aims to differentiate itself by allowing players to teleport around the track to find shortcuts and hidden routes, all while jumping over huge canyons, driving upside down, and overtaking opponents in unexpected ways. From the App Store description:WARP DRIVE is a fast-paced, arcade style racing game with a brand new way to drive: instantly TELEPORT around the track to find shortcuts and hidden routes! Take control of your QUAD ROTOR RACER, equip a Warp Module, and enter a series of high-speed tournaments to test your skills and creative driving abilities. Drive on the ceiling, jump huge canyons and race up waterfalls in an epic inverted racing battle! Compete in a series of dynamically generated tournaments, with random options providing a different experience every time you play! UPGRADE your car between races, gradually adding more capabilities to DRIFT, BOOST, or WARP your way to victory. Follow the advice of your outspoken manager, Lenny, or just ignore whatever he says... what do aliens know about racing, anyway?!Apple Arcade provides access to over 100 games across iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac, all without ads or in-app purchases. The subscription-based service costs $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year, or can be bundled as part of Apple One. "Warp Drive" can be downloaded from the App Store.Tag: Apple ArcadeThis article, "Fast-Paced Racing Game 'Warp Drive' With Teleporting Feature Now Available on Apple Arcade" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Amazon's AirPods Pro deal has sold out, here's where you can buy the earphones right now for $189

18:54 27 Nov - AppleInsider News

Amazon's Black Friday AirPods Pro deal has just sold out, but here's where you can save $60 on the wireless earphones, with units in stock and ready to ship.AirPods Pro Black Friday couponThe new AirPods Pro deal is courtesy of Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama with a bonus $30 promo code discount for AppleInsider readers that stacks with a $30 instant rebate. With coupon code APINSIDER (and shopping through our special pricing link to activate the deal), the wireless headphones are priced at $189. Read more...

Mega Apple Watch Black Friday deal roundup: save up to $250 on over 50 deals

18:52 27 Nov - AppleInsider News

Black Friday is on the horizon, and AppleInsider has rounded up the best deals on a wide assortment of Apple Watch styles and accessories with savings of up to $250 off, and discounts on even the latest Apple Watch Series 6 and SE.The Apple Watch is a hot-ticket item that countless holiday shoppers will snatch up thanks to aggressive Black Friday Apple Watch deals. This holiday week, stores are slashing prices on the latest Apple Watch Series 6, along with entry-level models and even closeout Series 5 styles.We've grouped the deals by store, so you can jump to your favorite retailer without having to scan countless Black Friday ads. You can also easily compare Apple Watch prices in our Price Guide, which is updated through the day to reflect the cheapest deals across a variety of Apple resellers. Read more...