20:41 13 Dec - AppleInsider - Frontpage News
The new Mac Pro can hold up to 1.5 terabytes of memory, but paying Apple's prices for more RAM from the base amount at the time of order can add up to $25,000 to the cost of the workstation. AppleInsider offers some aftermarket upgrades as cheaper alternatives to boost the memory capacity of your new 2019 Mac Pro with a quick DIY upgrade.
19:39 13 Dec - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
With Christmas under two weeks away, we're now entering last-minute holiday shopping season. Although some of the best deals may have already come and gone this year, many brands and retailers still offer solid discounts online and in stores, giving shoppers a chance to finish off their shopping lists just in time.
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.
For this reason, in this article we've accumulated as many notable Apple-related sales we could find across the internet, ranging from accessory brands like Mophie and Twelve South, to discounts on Apple products like the HomePod. Of course, shipping estimates and costs will vary greatly from store to store, but if you place an order soon, most of these retailers are still ensuring delivery by Christmas day.
We also have a few exclusive discounts mixed into the sales below, letting our readers save a little extra at places like Mophie, Twelve South, Pad & Quill, Nimble, and more. These sales allow our readers to save on portable chargers, iPhone battery cases, screen protectors, and much more. Be sure to check out all of these deals in the lists below.
Pad & Quill
MacRumors has partnered with Pad & Quill to give our readers a chance to save on Apple accessories all the way through Christmas day. With our first discount code, you can save 20 percent on any Apple related product, including those for iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad and MacBook. Enter the code MR20 to access this sale.
Otherwise, you can use the code MR15 to take 15 percent off Pad & Quill's other products, like its premium leather bags, wallets, and desk accessories. These two codes essentially cover the entirety of Pad & Quill's website, and are a perfect opportunity to shop for anyone on your holiday list who loves high-quality accessories for their Apple devices.
Eco-friendly brand Nimble is offering our readers 30 percent off sitewide this holiday season with the exclusive promo code MACRUMORS30. With this promotion you can save on Nimble's portable chargers, wireless chargers, iPhone cases, and more.
Nimble's products are made from highly sustainable materials and come inside plastic-free packaging. The company also runs a one-for-one tech recovery project, placing a disposable bag with every product it sells. In these bags, customers can send back their old or unused tech so that it can be recycled responsibly.
In terms of shipping, Nimble offers free two-day shipping and returns, so be sure to browse the retailer's website soon to place your order in enough time before Christmas.
At Twelve South, you can get 15 percent off your entire order with the promo code MacRumors15. This promo code will last through December 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET for users in the United States.
Twelve South has numerous accessories that are specifically made for Apple products, like AirSnap for AirPods, HiRise Wireless for iPhone, and BookBook Vol. 2 for iPad Pro. You can browse for some holiday shopping ideas of your own in Twelve South's gift guide.
At Mujjo, MacRumors readers can save 15 percent by using the coupon code MacRumors15. This code will last through December 19. Mujjo offers a collection of leather Apple accessories, including iPhone cases and iPad sleeves, so be sure to head to Mujjo.com to check out their products before Thursday.
Best Buy still has Apple's HomePod at its current best price of $199.99, down from $299.99. This is the discount we previously saw on Black Friday last month, and Best Buy has brought the sale back just in time for Christmas.
The retailer also has some discounts on Beats headphones, Apple Watch Series 4, and more in its ongoing 12 Days of Discounts sale event. More information on the event can be found on BestBuy.com.
StackSocial 2020 Mac Bundle
StackSocial's 2020 Limited Edition Mac Bundle remains on sale, although the new discounted price is not quite as good as it was on Cyber Monday. You can get the bundle, which includes 13 macOS apps for a total price of $48 (valued at $1,267.80 and currently priced at $59.99). Use the promo code MACSAVE20 at checkout to see the discount.
Apps in the bundle include Parallels Desktop 15, PDF Expert, Banktivity 7, TextExpander, and more.
Belkin is offering $5 to $15 off portable chargers, car chargers, wireless chargers, and more. Belkin has free ground shipping in the United States only on purchases over $50, as well as 90 day returns.
You can get the Belkin BOOST UP Wireless Charging Pad for $29.99 ($5 off), USB Wall Mount Surge Protector for $29.99 ($5 off), and Pocket Power 15K Power Bank for $39.99 ($15 off).
Brydge has a few of its iPad keyboards on sale this season, including those for the iPad Pro and 9.7-inch iPad. We've listed a few on sale below, but be sure to browse Brydge's full sale event on the retailer's website.
Brydge Pro for 11-inch iPad Pro - $119.99, down from $149.99
Brydge Pro for 12.9-inch iPad Pro - $139.99, down from $169.99
Brydge for 9.7-inch iPad - $79.99, down from $99.99
Brydge for 10.5-inch iPad Pro - $69.99, down from $129.99DJI
DJI has a big Christmas sale happening through January 1, 2020, with discounts on Osmo accessories, Mavic drones, and more. DJI's sale uses exclusive coupons that you can claim for a limited time, so these deals might not last the entirety of the company's Christmas sale.
We've listed a few products discounted in DJI's sale below, and you can browse the rest of the event on DJI's website. The company is offering free shipping on orders over $159.
Osmo Pocket - $309, down from $399
Osmo Action - $279, down from $379
Mavic 2 Pro - $1,379, down from $1,729
Mavic 2 Pro+ - $1,779, down from $2,199
Ronin-SC - $399, down from $439
Ronin-SC Pro Combo - $499, down from $539
Osmo Mobile 3 - $109, down from $119
Osmo Mobile 3 Combo - $129, down from $139
DJI FPV Experience Combo - $699, down from $819
DJI FPV Fly More Combo - $799, down from $929Olloclip
Olloclip is offering a sale on its iPhone lenses and cases, including its ElitePack accessories with a collection of lenses for $99.99, down from $149.99.
You can also save on lenses for Samsung Galaxy smartphones, older iPhones, larger accessory packs, tripods, stability accessories, and more.
OtterBox has 20 percent off Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars cases this holiday. Prices start around $36.76, and mainly focus on older model iPhones like iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.
You can shop themes like Frozen 2, Mickey Mouse, Toy Story, The Incredibles, Iron Man, Captain America, Boba Fett, Darth Vader, and much more.
Satechi has a new holiday sale that's discounting many of its best accessories by as much as 50 percent, including wireless chargers, USB-C hubs, and MacBook carrying cases. You'll be able to find all of the discounts on Satechi's website, but we've highlighted the best deals in the lists below.
This sale will last through December 17, so be sure to browse the items being marked down below before all of the best offers expire.
Type-C Wireless Charger - $19.99, down from $39.99
30W Dual-Port Charger - $19.99, down from $29.99
Apple Watch Charging Stand - $18.99, down from $24.99
USB-C Lightning Cable - $19.99, down from $24.99 Hubs
Pass-Through USB-C Hub - $29.99, down from $44.99
Type-C Mobile Pro Hub - $44.99, down from $59.99
Type-C Multimedia Adapter - $74.99, down from $99.99
Type-C USB Hub with Card Reader - $26.99, down from $34.99 iMac Accessories
Type-C Aluminum Stand Hub - $67.99, down from $89.99
Slim Wireless Keyboard - $44.99, down from $74.99 Miscellaneous
Dual Smart Outlet - $29.99, down from $59.99
Bluetooth Headphones - $52.99, down from $69.99
13-inch Laptop Carrying Case - $19.99, down from $24.99
15-inch Laptop Carrying Case - $21.99, down from $27.99 Sonos
Sonos is discounting the Sonos One, Sonos One SL, Sonos Sub, and more this holiday. The Sonos One is $30 off at $169, and there are also a few bundles in the sale.
These prices will last through December 29, or while supplies last. Browse the full sale on Sonos.com.
Other Holiday SalesMophie - Get 25 percent off sitewide, discount applied automatically.
Casetify - Buy two get 20% off; buy three get 30% off with code SNOWMAN
JBL - Get up to 70% off wireless headphones and Bluetooth speakers.
Logitech - Save on Bluetooth keyboards, mice, tablet accessories, and more.
Newegg - Save up to 76 percent on home audio products, from sound bars to wireless headphones.
OWC - Save on audio devices, computer memory, USB-C hubs, and more.
Targus - Get up to 70% off sale, clearance, and open box items, with free shipping on orders over $35.
Tile - Get up to 50% off previous generation Tiles. For more sales and offers, remember to visit our full Deals Roundup.Related Roundup: Apple DealsThis article, "Last-Minute Holiday Deals: Shop the Best Sales on Apple Accessories From Pad & Quill, Twelve South, and More" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
19:29 13 Dec - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Repair site iFixit managed to get a Mac Pro on Friday, and has kicked off its traditional teardown with an uncasing and first impressions video.
The video shows the process of removing the Mac Pro's aluminum case and it takes a look at some of the internal components.
For those interested in a quick look at what's inside the Mac Pro and how the different components work, the video is worth checking out.
iFixit plans to share a full Mac Pro teardown next week, likely on Tuesday.Related Roundup: Mac ProBuyer's Guide: Mac Pro (Buy Now)This article, "iFixit Shares Mac Pro Uncasing and First Impressions" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
18:43 13 Dec - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Through Apple's AC Wellness services that offer health benefits to Cupertino employees, Apple has begun providing its staff with free genetic testing, reports CNBC.
AC Wellness operates on-site health clinics on and near Apple's Cupertino campuses, and through a partnership with Color Genomics, employees are able to get genetic screenings for diseases.
Genetic testing is expected to help employees uncover health problems that could turn into risks later in time, allowing patients to take preventative steps. Color's test is able to look for gene mutations associated with cancer and cardiovascular disease.
The test created by Color is not sold directly to consumers and is instead ordered by clinicians at AC Wellness, with a follow up appointment required to discuss the health results.This article, "Apple Offers Free Genetic Testing to Cupertino Employees" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
18:16 13 Dec - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
A year to the day after Apple announced plans to spend $1 billion on a new corporate campus in Austin, Texas, to initially support 5,000 employees with the potential to grow to 15,000, television station WRAL in Raleigh, North Carolina, has shared an update and a few new details related to North Carolina's attempts to attract the new campus.
Rendering of Apple's upcoming Austin campus
While it didn't conduct a public competition like Amazon, Apple was open about its plans to construct a new corporate campus, announcing its intentions in January 2018. A number of cities emerged as top contenders to land Apple's new campus, but by May 2018, sources were reporting that it was all but a "done deal" that the new campus would be located in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park (RTP) near Raleigh and Durham, with a temporary location for up to 1,000 employees planned for an existing office building in nearby Cary.
Months went by without an official announcement from Apple, and with Apple ultimately revealing the campus would be built in Austin, many have wondered what went wrong in what appeared to be late-stage negotiations between Apple and North Carolina.The December announcement seemed to surprise the governor and state legislative leaders, who hours later released a joint statement touting economic growth in North Carolina and pledging to "keep doing everything we can" to attract jobs. [...]
Since then, there's been little explanation about how or why the deal dissolved by year's end.
But given the company's notorious penchant for secrecy, [North Carolina Senate Majority Leader Harry] Brown said, media coverage of the potential plans for North Carolina didn't help.
"Apple and companies like it are very sensitive to information getting out, and there's a possibility that could have hurt the negotiations with Apple a year ago," he said.Even since the Austin announcement, there have been some curious developments in North Carolina that have hinted Apple may still have plans for the area. Most notably, in December 2018 just weeks after the Austin announcement, a mysterious entity known as Acute Investments purchased several tracts of land in RTP totaling around 280 acres, a massive investment that did not come with any public announcements. The Acute Investments representative listed on the deeds for the properties is local attorney Bruce Thompson, who is registered as a lobbyist for Apple, among other companies.
Assemblage of seven properties in Research Triangle Park owned by Acute Investments and "controlled by Apple"
As a result, Apple has long been suspected of being the mystery buyer in RTP, and today's report from WRAL indicates that North Carolina Commerce Secretary Tony Copeland has finally confirmed that the land is indeed "controlled by Apple."In an interview with WRAL News last week, Commerce Secretary Tony Copeland declined to provide specifics about the state's active recruitment of Apple. But he did point to a purchase of about 280 acres of Wake County land in Research Triangle Park for almost $50 million in late December 2018, just weeks after Apple's Austin announcement. [...]
Reached this week by phone, Thompson declined to comment.
But Copeland confirmed in the interview that the land is "controlled by Apple."In addition, the state of North Carolina continues to refuse to release any information regarding its negotiations with Apple for the new campus, claiming that the project remains "open." Governmental authorities are typically required to release information to the public about their corporate recruitment efforts once a given project has ended, but North Carolina continues to insist the Apple project, known by its code name of "Project Bear," has not been closed.
So given that the new campus has been announced for Austin and ground has now been broken there, it's unclear what Apple's plans are for North Carolina. Are negotiations actually still underway for yet another Apple campus to be located in RTP, or is the continued "open" status of the project simply a ploy by Apple to try to keep its negotiations secret for as long as possible? And why spend tens of millions of dollars on RTP land when Austin had already been chosen?
Is Apple looking at yet another significant campus in the near future, or is it banking land and leaving negotiations with North Carolina open as a backup plan or to provide options for much further down the road? It's not clear when we'll have answers to these questions, but given Apple's appetite for office space, it would not be surprising if the company finds itself looking to expand again in the not too distant future.This article, "With Apple's New Austin Campus Underway, Is Apple Still Looking at North Carolina?" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
17:16 13 Dec - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Shortly after the Pro Display XDR became available to order this week, Stephen Hackett of Relay FM noted that the iMac Pro was not included in the list of Mac models compatible with the display on Apple's website.
Fortunately, video editor Thomas Grove Carter has since demonstrated that the iMac Pro can in fact drive the Pro Display XDR, but only at a 5K resolution. This is likely because the iMac Pro uses Intel's older "Alpine Ridge" Thunderbolt 3 controller without enough bandwidth to drive a 6K display.
Confirmation that the #iMacPro does drive the #ProDisplayXDR 🧐At 5k. Not 6k. pic.twitter.com/3k91J00IzY— Thomas Grove Carter ✂️ (@thomasgcarter) December 13, 2019
To use the Pro Display XDR at its full 6K resolution, the display must be connected to the new Mac Pro with MPX Module GPUs, a 2018 or later 15-inch MacBook Pro, a 16-inch MacBook Pro, or a 2019 iMac. To our best knowledge, all of these models are equipped with Intel's newer "Titan Ridge" Thunderbolt 3 controller.
The Pro Display XDR also works at full 6K resolution with any Mac with Thunderbolt 3 ports paired with a Blackmagic eGPU or Blackmagic eGPU Pro. Those external GPUs are equipped with the "Titan Ridge" controller as well.
The Pro Display XDR is aimed at professional users, with a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a peak brightness of 1,600 nits. It is priced at $4,999 and up.
(Hat tip to Myke Hurley!)Related Roundups: Apple Pro Display XDR, iMac ProBuyer's Guide: iMac Pro (Caution)This article, "iMac Pro Works With Apple's New Pro Display XDR, But Limited to 5K Resolution" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
15:52 13 Dec - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
AT&T today announced that it has launched its 5G network in its first ten markets: Birmingham, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rochester, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose. AT&T has PDF maps of coverage areas within these cities in its press release, and the carrier is aiming for nationwide 5G coverage in the first half of next year.
For the time being, customers with the new Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G will be able to access AT&T's 5G network, with more devices coming in the future. Apple is expected to launch its first 5G iPhones next year, likely in its usual September timeframe.
The 5G network AT&T is launching today is for the sub-6GHz spectrum, which offers broad coverage at speeds that are a step up from LTE. A separate flavor of 5G operates on the mmWave spectrum and offers even faster speeds but with shorter range, and is thus best suited for very dense, highly trafficked areas. AT&T refers to its mmWave 5G service as 5G+, and it launched in pockets of 12 markets almost exactly a year ago.
Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes there will be four flagship 2020 iPhones next September, with all of them capable of supporting both sub-6Hz and mmWave 5G technology in select markets such the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. Other countries will see only sub-6Hz support, while 5G may be disabled entirely in other countries where 5G isn't widely available, in order to reduce Apple's costs.
AT&T was of course notorious for branding some of its enhanced 4G LTE network as "5G Evolution" or "5GE," which began appearing in the iPhone status bar with iOS 12.2, confusing some users who thought they were able to access true 5G networks.Tags: AT&T, 5GThis article, "AT&T Launches 5G Network in 10 Cities" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
13:12 13 Dec - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Tim Cook continued his tour of Asia this week with a trip to Bangkok, Thailand. The Apple CEO has been documenting the journey on his Twitter account.
Cook kicked things off with a visit to the Wat Arun Buddhist temple on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River.
?????? Thailand! My journey this morning along the Chao Phraya River culminated in a visit to the peaceful Wat Arun. Thank you Jirasak Panpiansin for showing me this historic temple through your lens. (IG: joez19) 🇹🇭 pic.twitter.com/9VvWXcwEIE— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) December 13, 2019
In a tweet, Cook thanked Thai photographer Jirasak Panpiansin for showing him the historic seventeenth century temple "through your lens." Jirasak's iPhone photography has previously been highlighted in Apple's annual World Gallery.
Beyond impressed with the students at Satit-Chula in Bangkok who are using Everyone Can Create to learn the science behind how day turns to night. Here?s to reaching for the stars! ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/i1sG9J4L8O— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) December 13, 2019
Following his visit to the Temple of Dawn, Cook traveled to Satit-Chula school to meet students using Apple's Everyone Can Create curriculum, which lets teachers integrate iOS device-driven drawing, music, filmmaking or photography into their lesson plans for a variety of subjects.
Congratulations to the Thai women?s national volleyball team for winning gold at #SEAGames2019! Great to meet Coach Danai, @nootsara13, @malikaboth and the rest of the team and see how they use Apple Watch and iPad in training. ???? ?????????????????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/IMypDePJXJ— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) December 13, 2019
After that, Cook met up with the Thai women's gold medal-winning national volleyball team to witness how they use iPad and Apple Watch in their training.
It made my heart sing to spend time with Thailand?s WWDC scholarship winners Kiratijuta and Patcharapon. Amazing to see how your careers have taken off since WWDC! And great to meet studygrammer Peanut Butter who brings intricate Thai handwriting to life on iPad. Stunning! pic.twitter.com/gAqcAgS5wj— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) December 13, 2019
Also today, cook spent time with two WWDC scholarship winners, and then met "studygrammer" Peanut Butter, "who brings intricate Thai handwriting to life on iPad."
During his Asia trip, Cook has stopped in Tokyo, Japan and Singapore to meet with local employees, developers, healthcare experts, plane pilots, and others. We'll keep this post updated as Cook continues his tour in Asia.Tags: Tim Cook, ThailandThis article, "Tim Cook Visits Bangkok, Thailand to Meet With Photographers, Students and WWDC Scholarship Winners" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
04:50 13 Dec - AppleInsider - Frontpage News
Extended by popular demand! Apple authorized resellers have extended record-breaking discounts on Apple's brand-new 16-inch MacBook Pro for the holidays, delivering cash savings of up to $438 off every model, including loaded Core i9 systems, via instant rebates and exclusive coupons. Find out how to save hundreds of dollars and grab the lowest prices on the ultimate Apple gift for family and friends.
04:14 13 Dec - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Apple today announced the addition of "Ultimate Rivals" from Bit Fry Game Studios to its Apple Arcade gaming service.
Ultimate Rivals is a sports game franchise that brings athletes from hockey, basketball, football, and soccer into one video game, which Apple says is a first in sports gaming.
The first title in the franchise, "Ultimate Rivals: The Rink," allows players to choose from more than 50 athletes to compete in two-on-two hockey matches. There are licensed athletes from the NHL, NBA, NFL Players Association (NFLPA), MLB, WNBA and the US Women's National Soccer Team Players Association (USWNTPA), plus retired legends like Wayne Gretzky.
Different combinations of players will unlock unique ways to play and win against the AI or other gamers in online multiplayer matches. According to Apple, the game features 60 frames-per-second graphics, tight controls, leading-edge visuals, and sound design."With Apple Arcade, we are committed to delivering a curated catalog where every title offers players a new, innovative experience that pushes the boundaries of what a game can be. The 'Ultimate Rivals' franchise does just that," said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "'Ultimate Rivals: The Rink' is a great new addition to Apple Arcade and we are excited for everyone to try it out."Ultimate Rivals: The Rink is available today on Apple Arcade, and it will be followed by an NBA licensed basketball game "Ultimate Rivals: The Court" in the spring of 2020.Tags: App Store, Apple ArcadeThis article, "Apple Adds 'Ultimate Rivals' Sports Game Franchise to Apple Arcade" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
01:14 13 Dec - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Apple won't be hit with hefty tariffs on the iPhone, iPad, and MacBooks as U.S. President Donald Trump this afternoon signed off on a trade deal with China.
Speaking in a note to investors shared by Bloomberg, Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives said that the new tariffs could have added approximately $150 to the price of iPhones during the holiday season.
"Trump delivered an early Christmas present to Apple. If this tariff went through it would have been a major gut punch for semi players/Apple and could have thrown a major wrench into the supply chain and demand for the holiday season."If Apple absorbed the cost of the tariffs, the company's earnings per share would have shrunk by approximately four percent, according to Ives. Raising prices could have caused iPhone demand to shrink by an estimated six to eight percent in 2020.
Apple is paying tariffs on the Apple Watch, AirPods, iMac components, and HomePod speaker, which could potentially be eliminated now that a deal has been reached. Apple in November also applied for tariff waivers on these items.
The tariffs that were avoided today were originally set to be put in place in August, but were delayed until December 15 to give the U.S. and China more time to reach an agreement.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has been speaking with Trump about the tariffs, and in August reportedly made a "good case" arguing that tariffs would put Apple at a disadvantage with rivals like Samsung. Apple earlier this year also sent a letter urging the Trump administration not to proceed with the tariffs.
Cook in late October said that he was confident the United States and China would resolve the trade dispute. "I don't know every chapter of the book, but I think that will eventually happen," said Cook.
Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Political News forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.Tag: Donald TrumpThis article, "Apple Avoids iPhone Tariffs as U.S. and China Reach Trade Deal" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
23:27 12 Dec - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Apple in iOS 13 added a Voice Control feature as an Accessibility option designed for those who need to use their iPhones and iPads without their hands. It allows for complete control of the operating system using voice commands.
Voice Control is designed for people who need an alternative to physical control, but it has the potential to be useful even for those can use their devices with their hands. Check out our latest YouTube video below to see Voice Control in action, and read on to see how to enable it and what it can do.
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How to Enable Voice Control
Voice Control can be turned on in the Settings app by following these instructions:
Open up the Settings app.
Scroll down to Accessibility and tap it.
Select the Voice Control option.
Tap on Set Up Voice Control.
The setup screen for Voice Control will walk you through the different things you can do with your voice, which ranges from opening apps and adjusting settings to tapping buttons and dictating and editing text.
After tapping on Set Up and checking out the various options, Voice Control will be toggled on.
What Voice Control Can Do
With Voice Control enabled, there's a little microphone icon that's active and visible on the iPhone's display. When Voice Control is active, you don't need to invoke Siri or use any other kind of wake word to navigate the iPhone.
Simple commands like "Open Settings" work to open up an app, and then you can navigate by saying things like "Go Back." You do need to learn the specific commands for control, which can take some time. Selecting an item in the Settings app, for example, requires saying "Tap Accessibility" rather than "Select" or "Choose."
Voice Control is a powerful tool and it can do almost anything that you can do with physical access. A sample list is below:
Swipe left, right, up, or down on the screen
Zoom, scroll, rotate, two finger tap, long press, pan up/down, double tap
Tap items on the screen
Open Control Center
Open Notification Center
Open third-party apps like Twitter
Start a new tweet, add text, and send the tweet
Show numbers (to add little numbers to items in a list)
Tap number (to tap one of the numbered items - you can also just say the number without tap)
Show grid (adds a grid to the screen with numbers so you can tap a specific spot on the screen)
Show names (displays app or item names)
Tap New Note
Select that/all/[specific phrase]
Copy [text]/Paste [text]
Drag and drop
Tap and hold
Search web for [phrase]
Go to sleep
Open Apple Pay
You can do specific sequences within apps for things that would normally require hand control. Here's an example Voice Control sequence in the Messages app:
Tap [person's name]
Speak your text (whenever a keyboard is showing on the screen, whatever you speak will be typed in)
Tap 25 (heart eyes emoji)
That's the entire Voice Control sequence to type out a message with an included emoji and send it out to someone. The "Show numbers" command is super useful in situations where there are a lot of options on the screen (such as the emoji list) and you need to choose one.
Here's a similar sequence in the Notes app, using voice commands:
Tap new Note
Speak your title
Speak your text
For editing in Notes:
Tap number (where the cursor should be)
There are tons of Voice Control commands to work with, which can all be seen by going to Settings > Accessibility > Voice Control > Customize Commands or simply saying "Show Commands" with Voice Control turned on. Apple also has a support document that's worth checking out if you want to get deeper into using Voice Control.
It will take some time to learn all of the appropriate commands and then to create custom commands that fill in the missing gaps that are needed when it comes to control, but the effort will be well worth it for those who need this functionality.
Voice Control Options
There are several customization options for Voice Control, located in the Voice Control section of the Settings app as outlined above.
You can create custom commands, selecting an activation phrase, an action such as insert text or run a Shortcut, and an app for that custom phrase to work with. Voice Control integrates with Shortcuts, which means it's highly customizable and extremely powerful for those who need to use it for most iPhone and iPad functions.
For the insert text customization, for example, you can create a "home address" option that enters your home address whenever the phrase is spoken, useful for filling out forms.
There are also options to turn off various functions if something specific needs to be turned off or if you want to enable features not turned on by default such as music controls or making phone calls.
Through the "Vocabulary" section" you can teach Voice Control new words simply by tapping the "+" button and adding a phrase that Voice Control should recognize.
Settings for confirmation, playing sounds when a command is recognized, and showing usage hints can also be toggled on or off, with the latter option being particularly useful for those who are new to Voice Control.
Voice Control is an iOS 13 feature available on iPhones and iPads, but it's also available in macOS Catalina for those who want to control their Macs with their voice.
People who are able to control their iPhones with their hands or another physical manner may find Voice Control to be difficult and tedious to use, but it is an incredibly powerful and thorough option for those who have limited dexterity or mobility.Related Roundups: iOS 13, iPadOSThis article, "Using Voice Control in iOS 13 to Operate an iPhone Hands-Free" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums