17:38 26 Jan - AppleInsider News
Apple TV+ has officially renewed the espionage thriller "Tehran," following an announcement that producers began work on the second season in early December.In December, production executive Julien Leroux reported that "Tehran" cast and crew began working on the second season before getting the official green light from Apple itself.Deadline reports that Apple has officially called for a second season of "Tehran." The renewal comes four months after the premiere on Apple TV+. Read more...
17:28 26 Jan - AppleInsider News
Apple CEO Tim Cook will be making an appearance at the CPDP data protection conference on Thursday, to speak about advertising and Apple's work to protect the privacy of its users.Cook will be taking to the virtual conference stage on Thursday, introducing a session titled "A path to empowering user choice and boosting user trust in advertising." The speech, midway through the three-day conference, is part of Apple's role as a "Premier sponsor" of the conference.While the actual content of the speech isn't disclosed at this time, it will most likely revolve around Apple's general policies regarding data protection and user privacy. Given the title of the session itself, as reported by Macerkopf, it will almost certainly touch upon Apple's new anti-tracking features in iOS 14. Read more...
17:24 26 Jan - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Apple plans to release second-generation AirPods Pro within the first half of 2021, according to unnamed industry sources cited by Taiwanese publication DigiTimes in a report focused on flash memory supplier Winbond.
From the report:Winbond is also expected to be among the NOR flash suppliers for Apple's next-generation AirPods Pro slated for launch later in the first half of this year, the sources indicated. The Taiwan-based chipmaker will be running its NOR flash production lines at nearly full capacity utilization during the six-month period.This follows a report from Japanese blog Mac Otakara that claimed the new AirPods Pro will be released in April alongside a third-generation iPhone SE. That report did not offer any details about the new AirPods Pro beyond claiming that the wireless charging case will have slightly tweaked dimensions compared to the original.
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has previously reported that Apple is aiming to make the AirPods Pro more compact by eliminating the stem that sticks out from the bottom of the earphones, but it's unclear if Apple will achieve this feat. Gurman said Apple had a design in testing with a rounder shape that fills more of the ear, similar to Google's Pixel Buds or Samsung's Galaxy Buds. That report likewise mentioned a 2021 release date.AirPods Pro 2: Everything We Know So FarIntroduced in November 2019, the current AirPods Pro feature an in-ear design with three sizes of soft, flexible silicone tips included in the box, along with shorter stems below the ear. AirPods Pro have several upgraded features over regular AirPods, including active noise cancellation, improved sound quality, and water and sweat resistance.
Previous rumors have suggested that Apple also plans to update the standard AirPods in the first half of 2021 with a similar design as the AirPods Pro, but without active noise cancellation, allowing for a lower price point. The current lineup includes the standard AirPods with either a wired charging case for $159 or a wireless charging case for $199, and the AirPods Pro with a wireless charging case for $249.Related Roundup: AirPods ProTag: digitimes.comBuyer's Guide: AirPods Pro (Neutral)This article, "Second-Generation AirPods Pro Widely Rumored to Launch in First Half of 2021" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
17:18 26 Jan - AppleInsider News
Apple resellers have reissued a $300 price drop on multiple 16-inch MacBook Pros, delivering MacBook Pro deals we haven't seen since Black Friday. Tax preparation software from H&R Block is also half off at Amazon, with both Mac and Windows versions eligible for the discount.Today's top dealsKicking off the roundup of deals is a $300 price drop on Apple's standard 16-inch MacBook Pro in Silver and the upgraded retail Core i9 model with 1TB of storage and AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 4GB graphics. Read more...
16:50 26 Jan - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Apple CEO Tim Cook will speak at the EU Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection (CPDP) conference later this week (via Macerkopf).
CPDP is a Brussels-based non-profit platform founded in 2007 by a group of European universities. The conference offers an insight into legal, regulatory, academic, and technological development in privacy and data protection, and seeks to discuss emerging issues and trends. This year, the conference has moved online and is being sponsored by Apple.
Cook's speech is reportedly set to focus on "enforcement of rights in a changing world," as part of the topic "a way to strengthen user selection and strengthen user trust in advertising." Apple's Senior Director for Privacy, Jane Horvath, is also due to speak.
Other guests include New Zealand Privacy Commissioner John Edwards, Vice President of the European Parliament Marcel Kolaja, Policy Director of Privacy International Lucy Purdon, and Mozilla's Chief Security Officer, Marshall Erwin.
The conference takes place on Thursday, January 28. Cook's speech will be streamed live on the CPDP Conferences YouTube channel and is due to start at 5:15 p.m. CET (11:15 a.m. ET and 8:15 a.m. PT). Tags: Tim Cook, European Union, Europe, privacyThis article, "Apple CEO Tim Cook to Speak at EU Data Protection Conference This Thursday" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
16:50 26 Jan - AppleInsider News
Apple is marking Black History Month by offering users a wide variety of content, to amplify creators and businesses across its various digital storefronts and services, as well as offering a limited edition Apple Watch band.Throughout February, Apple will be showcasing Black-owned businesses, developers, apps, content, and social justice apps, as part of a number of initiatives it is implementing to mark the month.In the App Store, the Black History Month Hub will list both apps and stories revolving around the topic. The stories will feature Black developers from developers including ustwo games and Zynga, and will also discus the importance of representation. Read more...
16:48 26 Jan - AppleInsider News
Apple's major manufacturing suppliers in China are offering incentives to workers who agree not to go home for the traditional Lunar New Year in February because of the coronavirus.Tim Cook visiting a Foxconn assembly line in ChinaLast year, the Chinese government extended the official Lunar New Year holiday in order to prevent people spreading the coronavirus as they returned to work. Now manufacturers including Luxshare, Pegatron and Foxconn, are encouraging workers to stay at their plants instead of going home. Read more...
16:30 26 Jan - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
In Amazon's Gold Box sale today you have a chance to save up to 36 percent on a collection of Anker accessories. These deals have been automatically applied and do not require any promotional codes to get the savings.
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USB-C Power Strip Surge Protector - $44.99, down from $69.99 If you're on the hunt for more discounts, be sure to visit our Apple Deals roundup where we recap the best Apple-related bargains of the past week.Related Roundup: Apple DealsThis article, "Deals: Anker Gold Box Sale Has Up to 36% Off Wall Chargers, Lightning Cables, Portable Batteries, and More" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
16:20 26 Jan - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
In its Black History Month announcement this morning, Apple has confirmed that iOS 14.4 and watchOS 7.3 will be released later today.
watchOS 7.3 expands the ECG app on the Apple Watch Series 4 and newer to Japan, Mayotte, Thailand, and the Philippines, while iOS 14.4 introduces a notification on iPhone 12 models with non-genuine cameras. Both software updates also add support for a new "Unity" watch face based on the Pan-African flag and contain several bug fixes.
iOS 14.4 Release Candidate notes:iOS 14.4 includes the following improvements for your ?iPhone?:
- Smaller QR codes can be recognized by Camera
- Option to classify Bluetooth device type in Settings for correct identification of headphones for audio notifications
- Notifications for when the camera on your ?iPhone? is unable to be verified as a new, genuine Apple camera in ?iPhone 12?, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
This release also fixes the following issues:
- Image artifacts could appear in HDR photos taken with ?iPhone 12 Pro?
- Fitness widget may not display updated Activity data
- Typing may be delayed and word suggestions may not appear in the keyboard
- The keyboard may not come up in the correct language in Messages
- Audio stories from the News app in CarPlay may not resume after being paused for spoken directions or Siri
- Enabling Switch Control in Accessibility may prevent phone calls from being answered from the Lock ScreenwatchOS 7.3 Release Candidate notes:watchOS 7.3 includes new features, improvements, and bug fixes, including:
- Unity watch face?inspired by the colors of the Pan-African Flag, the shapes change throughout the day as you move creating a face that's unique to you
- Time to Walk for Apple Fitness+ subscribers?an audio experience in the Workout app where guests share inspiring stories as you walk
- ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 or later in Japan, Mayotte, Philippines, and Thailand
- Irregular heart rhythm notifications in Japan, Mayotte, Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand
- Fix for an issue where Control Center and Notification Center may be unresponsive when Zoom is enabled
iPadOS 14.4 should be released later today as well. Apple typically releases software updates around 10 a.m. Pacific Time / 1 p.m. Eastern Time.Related Roundups: iOS 14, iPadOS 14This article, "Apple Releasing iOS 14.4 and watchOS 7.3 Later Today" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
16:10 26 Jan - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Apple is researching the use of processed titanium with unique properties for future MacBooks, iPads, and iPhones, according to a newly-granted patent application.
In a filing titled "Titanium parts having a blasted surface texture," granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and spotted by Patently Apple, Apple explains how various devices could adopt titanium casings with a distinctive textured finish.
The patent explains that anodized aluminum, used on current MacBooks and iPads, is not as hard or durable as titanium. However, the hardness of titanium makes it "very difficult to etch," meaning that it can be "aesthetically unattractive." The patent seeks to present a solution to this problem by outlining a blasting, etching, and chemical process to give a titanium enclosure a more attractive appearance.
Apple describes the textured surface as including "peaks separated by valleys," with specific micrometer measurements and gloss units. The process involves various techniques to impart "the blasted and etched titanium part with a fine-scale roughness," which allows it to retain "a high-gloss surface finish."
The "distinctive surface finish" is described as one "that both diffusely and specularly reflects visible light," and this is said to be structurally and aesthetically unlike any other conventional titanium part.
The patent also notes that this textured titanium casing would be appropriate for MacBooks, iPads, iPhones, and Apple Watches. Apple has used titanium cases for a small number of products, such as the PowerBook G4 that was available from 2001 to 2003. Apple's first foray into titanium casings was hampered by issues such as brittleness resulting in breakages, as well as paint that easily flaked off.
Today, the only Apple product to use a titanium casing is the Apple Watch Edition, which appears to be much closer to the unique finish described by the patent than the titanium PowerBook G4.
Devices with titanium enclosures would be considerably more durable, but potentially also lighter if the weight of the metal could be offset by manufacturing stronger, thinner parts.
Last month, Apple was granted a patent for a matte black MacBook Pro finish, as the company continues to research ways to move beyond standard anodized aluminum casings.
Patent applications cannot be taken as proof of what Apple is intending to bring to market and many patented concepts never reach consumer products. Nonetheless, they provide an interesting insight into what Apple is researching and developing behind the scene, and hint at what we could see in the future.Tag: patentThis article, "Apple Researching High-End Titanium MacBook Casings With Unique Textured Finish" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
15:49 26 Jan - AppleInsider News
A small collection of new audiobook recordings of classic novels have been added to Spotify in what the company says is a test run.Spotify has added a series of literary classic audiobooksFollowing the apparent success of its exclusive podcasts, Spotify has added to its range of non-music content with a new series of audiobooks. The nine titles are all literary classics, and all feature new readings recorded especially for the streaming service. Read more...
15:14 26 Jan - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Apple today announced that it will be celebrating Black History Month with curated content that highlights and amplifies Black creators, artists, developers, and businesses across the App Store, Apple Music, the Apple TV app, Apple Books, Apple Podcasts, and more. The content will be featured throughout the month of February.
Black Unity Sport Band has "Truth. Power. Solidarity." laser-engraved onto the stainless steel fastening pin
Apple also introduced a limited-edition Apple Watch Series 6 inscribed with "Black Unity" and a "Black Unity" Sport Band, both of which will be available online and in store from Apple and Target beginning February 1 in the United States and 38 other countries. Apple says the Watch will be available in February, with pricing starting at $399, while the Sport Band will be priced at $49 and will remain available throughout the year.
The limited-edition Apple Watch is complemented by the new "Unity" watch face in watchOS 7.3, which Apple confirmed will be released later today. Both the Black Unity Sport Band and Unity watch face are based on the colors of the Pan-African flag.
An overview of some of Apple's other plans:App Store: A new Black History Month Hub will spotlight Black-owned businesses and Black developers. Apple will also feature stories with Black developers discussing the importance of representation in apps and games.
Apple Music: Apple will feature curated playlists, essays, original videos, and more from Black influencers, musicians, authors, and directors.
Apple Maps: Apple will feature curated Apple Maps Guides created in collaboration with EatOkra, a Black-owned business directory app based in Brooklyn.
Apple TV app: This month's theme for "Essential Stories" on the Apple TV app will "spotlight the multidimensionality of the Black family and its representation onscreen," according to Apple. There will also be new content from Oprah Winfrey.
Apple News: Apple will feature curated topic groups that highlight the "best journalism around race in America," while Apple News+ will offer audio articles that celebrate the Black experience.Apple's press release provides a detailed look at what is in store across Apple's products and services throughout February.Related Roundup: Apple Watch Series 6Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Neutral)This article, "Apple Celebrates Black History Month With Limited-Edition Watch, Featured Apps and Books, and More" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
15:09 26 Jan - AppleInsider News
Passengers of the "Apple Car" may only be able to see displays inside the vehicle while wearing special glasses for privacy, while the driver may discover the car's seat and steering wheel could change position automatically by detecting the presence of their iPhone.BMW has embraced CarKey, Apple's digital key protocol that uses an iPhone to replace a key fob. The "Apple Car" is a long-rumored product that has been in development for a considerable length of time, but reports from the start of 2021 claim it may not be too long before it officially launches. Apple is said to be in talks with Hyundai subsidiary Kia to make the car for a potential 2024 launch, with a "beta" version likely to surface in 2022. Read more...
14:57 26 Jan - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
MacPaw, the developers behind the Setapp store, have released a major update to their award-winning duplicate finder app, Gemini 2, in the form of a real-time duplicates monitor.
The Duplicates Monitor, which appears as a menu bar item and runs in the background, identifies identical files as they're added to macOS, including pictures, videos, documents, and audio files.
When a duplicate is recognized, Duplicates Monitor immediately notifies users about the new unwanted copy, presenting them with an option to remove the duplicate files, before they start cluttering Mac disk space.
If the user skips the alert, they still have the opportunity to go back to the last three instances when the duplicates were created via the Gemini 2 app, since the Duplicates Monitor only watches for unwanted copies in the locations that have been cleaned with Gemini 2.
"Duplicate files not only occupy valuable disk space but also make the system slow. For large amounts of duplicates, the scanning process can be time-consuming and resource-demanding," says Oleksandr Kosovan, CEO of MacPaw. "With the Duplicates Monitor, users will now be able to keep the duplicate files to a minimum, making their Macs faster and more organized and sparing disk space for things that really matter."The Duplicates Monitor is a free update for existing Gemini 2 users and will be available starting today. Gemini 2 is available on the Mac App Store and the MacPaw website, and is also available in Setapp, the subscription-based service for macOS applications, which has plans starting at $9.99 a month.This article, "Gemini 2 for Mac Gains Real-Time Duplicate Files Monitor With Alerts" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
14:19 26 Jan - AppleInsider News
Apple is adding to its global online education sessions "Today at Apple," with a 12-week series of creative sessions in conjunction with London-based publisher It's Nice That."New World" is a creative project for "Today at Apple"While Apple has brought back some in-store "Today at Apple" events, after cancelling them because of the coronavirus, it is continuing to create online ones. And is again partnering with a London-based company, this time the design firm It's Nice That. Read more...
13:42 26 Jan - AppleInsider News
"Rocketman" star Taron Egerton is expected to sign with Apple TV+ for a new serial killer series, based on the novel "In with the Devil."Following Taron Egerton's deal to star in the "Tetris" movie for Apple TV+, the actor is reportedly set to headline a new six-part series for the service. "In with the Devil" is based on a fictionalized version of co-author James Keene's real-life experience in jail with a serial killer.According to Variety, the series is "told through the lens of an intimate relationship between [the] two prisoners." Keene, convicted of drug-related crimes was offered an early release by the FBI if he could get the serial killer to confess. Read more...
11:15 26 Jan - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Facebook News today launched in the United Kingdom, the first country outside of the U.S. to receive the curated news portal.
Accessed via a dedicated tab in the mobile Facebook app, the portal features licensed content from hundreds of local and national media organizations including The Guardian, The Economist, The Independent, Channel 4 News, Sky News, Daily Mail Group, and Financial Times, amongst others.
Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch that it will be working with a service called Upday to curate the stories that appear on News: "The product is a mix of curated, top stories and personalized links chosen by algorithm," a spokesperson said. Upday appears to be a joint collaboration between German publisher Axel Springer and Samsung, which also runs a news service on its phones powered by it.
It is not clear what the financial terms of the deal is between Facebook and Upday, but reportedly, the licensing deals Facebook is cutting with publishers to place their content in News collectively run into the tens of millions of pounds, with the biggest publishers making millions a year from the the agreements. While those figures might pale to what Facebook makes in ad revenues globally ? that reaches into the tens of billions of dollars quarterly ? they represent significant sums for the beleaguered U.K. media industry.Like the U.S. version, Facebook News works by combining editorially curated stories and articles based on what users read, share, and follow on the social network. Users will also get controls that allow them to hide topics or publishers from their feed, according to Facebook.
The company says it is currently negotiating with partners to launch the feature in France and Germany, with Brazil and India also in its sights. Tags: Facebook, United KingdomThis article, "Facebook News Tab Launches in the United Kingdom" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
10:30 26 Jan - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Spotify has started releasing audiobook recordings on its streaming platform, indicating the company's intention to further broaden its library of non-music content (via The Hollywood Reporter).
The collection of nine audiobooks are in the public domain, but are original recordings that are exclusive to Spotify. The titles include Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, narrated by David Dobrik, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, read by Forest Whitaker, and Kate Chopin's The Awakening, read by Hilary Swank, amongst other classics. From the report:
The other titles that Spotify is releasing as part of the collection are Jean Toomer's Cane, narrated by Audra McDonald; Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, narrated by James Langton; Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, narrated by Sarah Coombs; Nella Larsen's Passing, narrated by Bahni Turpin; and Stephen Crane's Red Badge of Courage, narrated by Santino Fontana.
To accompany the audiobooks, Spotify has commissioned series Sitting with the Classics on Spotify, in which Harvard professor Glenda Carpio offers a deep-dive on each book, exploring the history and breaking down the narratives and themes for a modern audience.The classic audiobooks will be available for free globally but promoted only to English-speaking markets including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Germany.
Spotify says the collection is a test to see if the audiobooks gain traction on its streaming service, but if it takes off like podcasts have done on the platform, the company's dive into audiobooks could see it take on rivals like Amazon's Audible and Apple Books in a market that was valued at nearly $2.7 billion in 2019, according to a report from Grand View Research.
Over the past few years Spotify has spent $800 million buying podcasting companies like Gimlet Media and The Ringer, as well as acquiring the rights to popular podcasts like The Joe Rogan Experience. According to today's report, Spotify now has 1.9 million podcasts on its platform and says 22 percent of its 320 million monthly active users engaged with that content during the third quarter of 2020.Tags: Spotify, AudiobooksThis article, "Spotify Tests Audiobooks Market With Collection of Literary Classics" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
06:49 26 Jan - AppleInsider News
Apple on Monday announced longtime hardware engineering chief, Dan Riccio, will transition to the role of vice president of engineering as he takes on a "new project" for the tech giant.Riccio will step down from his current position of SVP of Hardware Engineering, but is to remain a direct report to CEO Tim Cook. John Ternus will now lead Apple's Hardware Engineering organization as a member of the executive team."Every innovation Dan has helped Apple bring to life has made us a better and more innovative company, and we're thrilled that he'll continue to be part of the team," Cook said. "John's deep expertise and wide breadth of experience make him a bold and visionary leader of our Hardware Engineering teams. I want to congratulate them both on these exciting new steps, and I'm looking forward to many more innovations they'll help bring to the world." Read more...
02:49 26 Jan - AppleInsider News
Hot off its court win against Apple, Software virtualization firm Corellium on Monday announced an expansion of services that enables customers to virtualize iPhone and iPad devices on individual accounts.Previously, Corellium restricted iOS-based device virtualization to enterprise accounts through its CORSEC platform, with Android tools available to both enterprise and individual users.The change allows security researchers and other interested parties to run virtual iPhone and iPad models on their host machine without paying for an enterprise license. Pricing is based on the number of virtualized cores or devices and the service is available as a monthly subscription or pay as you go rate. Read more...
23:05 25 Jan - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Apple today announced that current Apple hardware engineering SVP Dan Riccio is transitioning to a new role where he will focus on an unspecified project, with John Ternus set to take over as Apple's senior vice president of hardware engineering.
In a statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Riccio made Apple a better and more innovative company, and that Ternus will bring a deep expertise and breadth of experience to the Hardware Engineering teams."Every innovation Dan has helped Apple bring to life has made us a better and more innovative company, and we're thrilled that he'll continue to be part of the team," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "John's deep expertise and wide breadth of experience make him a bold and visionary leader of our Hardware Engineering teams. I want to congratulate them both on these exciting new steps, and I'm looking forward to many more innovations they'll help bring to the world."There is no word on what project Riccio will be working on, but Apple has an Apple Car and various augmented reality and virtual reality devices in the works. The Apple Car project was recently taken over by Apple AI chief John Giannandrea, so Riccio's role is a mystery.
Going forward, Riccio will be a vice president of engineering, which seems to be a title downgrade, so it's possible that he is aiming to take a step back from Apple. Riccio has been with Apple since 1998, when he joined the product design team.
Riccio became vice president of iPad Hardware Engineering in 2010, and in 2012, took over the Hardware Engineering team. Apple says that Riccio will "continue to play an instrumental role in shaping the future of Apple's products."
In a statement, Riccio said that working at Apple has been "the opportunity of a lifetime" and that it is now the right time for a change."Working at Apple has been the opportunity of a lifetime, spent making the world's best products with the most talented people you could imagine," said Riccio. "After 23 years of leading our Product Design or Hardware Engineering teams -- culminating with our biggest and most ambitious product year ever -- it's the right time for a change. Next up, I'm looking forward to doing what I love most -- focusing all my time and energy at Apple on creating something new and wonderful that I couldn't be more excited about."John Ternus initially joined Apple as part of the Product Design team in 2001, and in 2013 took on a role as vice president of Hardware Engineering. He has overseen the launch of products that include the first-generation AirPods, every iPad, and the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro.
Tags: Dan Riccio, John TernusThis article, "Dan Riccio Transitioning to New Project, John Ternus to Lead Apple's Hardware Engineering Team" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
22:36 25 Jan - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Designer Arun Venkatesan today shared an interesting deep dive into some of the classic watch designs that inspired various watch faces for the Apple Watch, detailing how Apple took design cues from well-known watches from companies like Rolex, Breitling, Heuer, and others.
Venkatesan delves into the California watch face, the Chronograph and Chronograph Pro watch faces, the Count Up watch face, and the GMT watch face.
The California watch face, for example, was inspired by a dial design that originated in World War II. The mix of Roman and Arabic numerals was thought to make the watch face more readable in low visibility.Originally called the "error proof" or "high visibility" dial, it adorned the fronts of "bubble back" Rolexes -- so-called because of the bubble-shaped back that gave the watches a thin appearance. Strikingly, the indices are set both in Roman and Arabic numerals where other watches would stick to one or the other. It's thought that mixing numerals aids both the wearer and his brothers-in-arms in reading the watch in low visibility conditions.The GMT watch face, meanwhile, was based on classic watches able to track two time zones at one time, while Count Up is based on classic dive watches.Unlike the previous faces, the name Count Up, refers to a type of bezel, not a dial or complication. Also known as the diving bezel, this rotating bezel, when coupled with the minute hand, helps measure elapsed time in minutes.
The count up bezel can be traced back to a monumental year in the history of the dive watch -- 1953.Apple's Chronograph watch faces are built on a long history of chronograph watches that date back to the early 1800s and have become some of the most popular watch face types. Venkatesan says that his research led him to be impressed with Apple's dedication to design, as it's clear that Apple took the time to study the history of many of the classic watch faces that are available in a digital format on the Apple Watch.As I researched and wrote this essay, my respect only increased. With the watch faces, Apple could have taken the easy way out by merely mimicking existing watch archetypes at a surface level. Instead, they intensely studied each one's history. When designing each face, they took into account that history and the constraints and opportunities afforded by modern technology.For those interested in the history of the Apple Watch and those who want to know more about the classic watches that have inspired Apple's designers, Venkatesan's article is well worth reading through.This article, "Designer Shares Deep Dive Into History of Classic Apple Watch Faces" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
22:10 25 Jan - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Verizon today unveiled a new unlimited plan designed to allow prepaid customers to access Verizon's fastest 5G network for $75 per month.
As noted by The Verge, the plan is priced at $10 more than the standard unlimited prepaid plan and provides access to Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband network, which is the fastest available 5G that can be accessed in a limited number of cities. It also includes unlimited 5G Ultra Wideband Mobile Hotspot data.
Prior to now, access to the mmWave Ultra Wideband network was limited to Verizon postpaid customers on eligible unlimited plans, but all of Verizon's prepaid plans previously had access to the slower sub-6GHz 5G network that's not much faster than LTE.
Verizon's standard 5G nationwide connectivity is available in more than 2,700 cities, but the faster mmWave Ultra Wideband 5G is limited to select parts of 64 cities across the United States, so those who subscribe to the higher-priced prepaid plan may not find widespread availability of the faster 5G speeds.
All of Apple's iPhone 12 models in the United States are compatible with mmWave 5G networks such as Verizon's Ultra Wideband 5G.Tag: VerizonThis article, "Verizon Launches $75 mmWave 5G Plan for Prepaid Customers" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
21:57 25 Jan - AppleInsider News
The best price on Sony's popular WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones has returned, with top online retailers knocking $72 off the over-ear headset that pairs well with Macs for work-from-home calls.B&H and Amazon have the excellent Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones on sale for $278Both B&H and Amazon are currently offering the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones for $278. Typically retailing for $350, the headphones have some of the best active noise cancellation available, and they have high-quality audio and extra features to boot. Read more...
21:51 25 Jan - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Apple today announced the launch of a new "Time to Walk" feature that's available to Apple Watch owners who are also Fitness+ subscribers, with the service offering up audio stories from celebrities.
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We took a quick look at Time to Walk in our latest YouTube video to see what it's all about and whether it's a worthwhile addition to the Fitness+ service.
Time to Walk is technically a watchOS 7.3 feature and will be announced in the watchOS 7.3 release notes, but it is accessible now in watchOS 7.2 as Apple released it as an over-the-air server side update.
Designed specifically for outdoor walks done while wearing an Apple Watch, Time to Walk features stories from musicians, actors, and athletes, with each story lasting from 25 to 40 minutes. Right now, there are four audio stories available from country music star Dolly Parton, NBA player Draymond Green, musician Shawn Mendes, and actress Uzo Aduba.
Each audio story is meant to focus on the guest's "personal, life-shaping moments," and Apple has designed these workouts to feel like you're walking alongside the celebrity that's speaking. The person telling the story is also on a walk, and will describe their surroundings before jumping into a personal discussion.
Shawn Mendes, for example, describes his walk in Griffith Park in Los Angeles before he delves into a discussion on the anxiety he faced when he went viral as a 15 year old, and the mindfulness techniques that he uses to achieve a sense of calm. Each of the Time to Walk stories is accompanied by photos at key intervals in the story, with Apple designing the discussions to feel like an intimate one-on-one experience.
Apple Watch owners are meant to feel like they're walking right alongside the celebrity sharing their Time to Walk story, and stories are punctuated by the ambient sounds like birds, footsteps, breathing, and other people in the area. After a story has finished, each speaker provides three songs to listen to that are related.
Time to Walk workouts are available to all Apple Fitness+ subscribers and can be accessed in the Workout app as a unique workout type. Since the audio is coming from the Apple Watch, AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones are required to listen. Time to Walk episodes can also be found in the Fitness+ section on the iPhone.
Time to Walk episodes download automatically as long as you have the setting enabled on the iPhone, and it's turned on by default. It can be found if you open the Apple Watch app, scroll down to Workout, and make sure "Add Newest Workouts to Watch" is enabled. Apple plans to release new Time to Walk episodes every Monday through April.
Apple is hoping that Time to Walk might serve as a gateway to getting people more involved with Apple Fitness+, which has been designed to be welcoming to people of all skill levels. Apple launched Apple Fitness+ last month, and the service offers workouts across a wide range of categories from dance and yoga to cycling, running, and HIIT.
A Fitness+ subscription is required for Time to Walk, and Fitness+ is priced at $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year, though those who purchased a new Apple Watch this year can get a free three month trial.Tag: Apple Fitness PlusThis article, "Hands-On With the New Apple Fitness+ 'Time to Walk' Feature" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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