05:42 8 May - AppleInsider News
A total of 128 million iOS users downloaded apps that were affected by the XcodeGhost malware in 2015, according to emails revealed during the Epic Games v. Apple trial.Credit: AppleInsiderThe XcodeGhost malware was parsed into otherwise legitimate applications to mine user data in a coordinated campaign in 2015. Although the malware was quickly stopped, details about the full impact of the attack remained murky. Read more...
03:38 8 May - AppleInsider News
Documents submitted as evidence in the Epic Games v. Apple trial have revealed more details about the App Store review process, including an image of a human review station.Credit: AppleTrystan Kosmynka, a senior director of Apple's App Review team, took the stand again Friday to testify about Apple's review process. In addition to his testimony, several internal documents were also submitted as evidence. One the images in Kosmynka's demonstratives show off an human app review station, which includes a slew of Apple devices, game controllers, and other peripherals. Read more...
03:22 8 May - AppleInsider News
Michaela Jae (Mj) Rodriguez, known for her award-winning turn in Netflix's "Pose," has signed on to an as-yet-untitled Apple TV+ comedy series starring Maya Rudolph.Rodriguez will play opposite Rudolph in the half-hour comedy created by Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard, reports Deadline.Rudolph stars as Molly, a woman whose seemingly perfect life is upended after her husband leaves her with nothing but 87 billion dollars. Rodriguez will take the role of Sofia, a hard-working executive director of a non-profit funded by Molly, the report says. Read more...
00:54 8 May - AppleInsider News
Zoom appears to have been granted access to a previously unknown iPad software feature that allows camera access during Split View multitasking, one developer claims.Credit: ZoomThe feature was discovered by mobile developer Jeremy Provost, who said that he was "surprised to see that Zoom had somehow been able to tap into using the camera during iPad Split View multitasking." That currently isn't an API-level feature for developers, and Apple has not made any announcement related to the functionality. Read more...
00:39 8 May - AppleInsider News
The Epic Games v. Apple trial has revealed additional details about Apple's behind the scenes negotiations with companies like Microsoft, including a request to bypass App Store commissions.Credit: MicrosoftAn email thread from 2012 sheds light on Microsoft's launch of Office for iPad and Apple's reaction to the news. According to CNBC, Apple executives asked Microsoft if it wanted to participate in WWDC that year. Microsoft declined, citing that it wasn't ready for talk about its iPad plans. Read more...
23:07 7 May - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Amazon today announced that it is teaming up with Tile to add Amazon Sidewalk integration to Tile's Bluetooth trackers. Amazon Sidewalk, for those unfamiliar, is a network of Amazon Bluetooth devices that's designed to improve the connectivity of devices like the Ring and Amazon Echo.
Tile will now be joining Amazon Sidewalk, and through this integration, Amazon Echo and Ring devices will be able to extend Tile's network coverage to help Tile users locate their lost items.
Tile users will also get the benefit of Amazon Alexa, and those with Alexa-enabled devices can say "Alexa, find my [item]" to have their Tile device start ringing. Multiple in-home Echo devices will allow misplaced items to be found faster around the house, and Tile CEO CJ Prober says the technology will also be useful outside the home."Tile helps millions of people every day find their things, and we're always looking for opportunities to enhance the finding experience for our customers. To that end, working with Amazon to extend our finding network by securely connecting to Amazon Sidewalk devices like Echo smart speakers was an obvious choice," said CJ Prober, CEO of Tile. "Amazon Sidewalk will strengthen Tile's finding power for our devices and Find with Tile device partners that leverage our finding technology, making it even easier to find lost or misplaced keys, wallets, or other Tiled items both inside and outside the home."With Amazon Sidewalk, Tile will be able to better compete against AirTags, which are able to take advantage of the Find My network. The Find My network uses hundreds of millions of Apple devices to help locate lost AirTags, allowing them to be found when not in Bluetooth range of an owner's device.
Tile has a similar feature called the Tile Network that takes advantage of other Tile users who have a Tile app, but there are nowhere near as many Tile users out in the wild as there are Apple users, which gave Apple a significant edge. There are, however, tons of Ring and Amazon Echo devices to bolster Tile's network, though people are not carrying these devices with them so it's still more limited than the Find My network.
Tile will join Amazon Sidewalk starting on June 14.Tags: Amazon, Tile, AirTagsRelated Forum: AirTagsThis article, "Tile to Leverage Amazon Echo and Ring Devices to Better Compete With AirTags" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
22:38 7 May - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Apple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced in March 2016. Apple designed the Safari Technology Preview to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari.
The current Safari Technology Preview release is the built on the new Safari 14 update included in macOS Big Sur with support for Safari Web Extensions imported from other browsers, tab previews, password breach notifications, web authentication with Touch ID, and more.
The new Safari Technology Preview update is available for both macOS Catalina and macOS Big Sur, the newest version of the Mac operating system.
The Safari Technology Preview update is available through the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences to anyone who has downloaded the browser. Full release notes for the update are available on the Safari Technology Preview website.
Apple's aim with Safari Technology Preview is to gather feedback from developers and users on its browser development process. Safari Technology Preview can run side-by-side with the existing Safari browser and while designed for developers, it does not require a developer account to download.This article, "Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 124 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
21:55 7 May - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Back in 2015, a malware-infected version of Xcode began circulating in China, and malware-ridden "XcodeGhost" apps made their way into Apple's App Store and past the App Store review team.
There were more than 50 known infected iOS apps at the time, including major apps like WeChat, NetEase, and Didi Taxi, with up to 500 million iOS users potentially impacted. It's been a long time since the XcodeGhost attack, but Apple's trial with Epic is surfacing new details.
Trial documents highlighted by Motherboard indicate that a total of 128 million users downloaded apps with the XcodeGhost malware, including 18 million users in the United States.
XcodeGhost was one of the biggest attacks against iPhone users to date due to the number of iPhone users that were impacted. The 128 million impacted users got malware from downloads of more than 2,500 affected apps.
Based on emails shared in the trial, Apple worked to determine the impact of the attack and how to best notify those who downloaded infected apps. "Due to the large number of customers potentially affected, do we want to send an email to all of them?" Apple's App Store vice president Matt Fischer asked.
Apple did ultimately inform users that downloaded XcodeGhost apps, and also published a list of the top 25 most popular apps that were compromised. Apple removed all of the infected apps from the App Store, and provided information to developers to help them validate Xcode going forward.
XcodeGhost was a widespread attack, but it was not effective or dangerous. At the time, Apple said that it had no information to suggest that the malware was ever used for any malicious purpose nor that sensitive personal data was stolen, but it did collect app bundle identifiers, network details, and device names and types.Tag: Epic Games vs. AppleThis article, "'XcodeGhost' Malware Attack in 2015 Impacted 128 Million iOS Users, According to Trial Documents" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
21:39 7 May - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Apple's AirTags do not come with a hole or any kind of attachment method, and short of drilling your own, you're going to need some kind of keyring, adhesive mount, or holder to attach the AirTag to various items.
In this guide, we've rounded up a list of useful third-party AirTags accessories that you might want to check out.
Apple makes its own series of AirTag cases, which are available in either silicone or leather and are priced at $29 to $39, plus there are several high-end Hermès AirTag holders priced starting at $299.
Belkin Secure Holder
Available as a Key Ring or a Strap, the $12.95 Belkin Secure Holder is designed to keep an AirTag in place and attached to an item of your choice. It features a twist-and-lock closure with raised edges to keep the AirTag from getting scratched, and it comes in white, pink, black, and blue.
Belkin's Secure Holders can be purchased from Belkin directly or from Apple.
Moment AirTag Mounts
Moment has a range of AirTag Mounts available that house an AirTag and are able to stick on various items. Moment says that you can stick an AirTag mount in bags, on clothes, or on the bottom of different devices, and with the adhesive stick method, AirTags can be hidden from thieves.
There's a Fabric Mount, a Hard Shell Mount, and a Curved Surface Mount with prices ranging from $14.99 to $19.99.
Nomad Leather Keychain and Glasses Strap
Nomad debuted its Leather Keychain well ahead of the launch of the AirTags, but it's now officially available for pre-order. Priced at $30, it comes in either black or brown and houses a single AirTag. It can be attached to bags or other items, plus Nomad is also offering a $30 Glasses Strap with built-in AirTag holder for keeping track of your sunglasses.
Spigen AirTag Cases
Spigen has a couple of AirTag case options available, including the Valentinus and the Rugged Armor, both of which are available for $19. The Valentinus is a traditional keyring-style case that houses the AirTag, while the Rugged Armor has a carabiner and a more durable design.
dbrand Grip Cases
dbrand has a series of Grip Cases available for AirTags in a variety of colors. Each grip fits over the AirTag and adds a skin and an attachment point to place it on bags and other items. The Grip Cases are priced at $19.95 each.
The ElevationLab TagVault is a heavy duty AirTags case that offers total protection and waterproofing for an AirTag. It comes apart in two pieces, allowing an AirTag to be fit in the middle before screwing back together. The TagVault features a minimal design and is designed for situations where the AirTag might experience damage and wear such as on a keyring. TagVault is priced at $12.95 for one and $29.95 for three.
Cyrill Vegan Leather Key Ring for AirTags
Spigen's sister brand Cyrill has an AirTag key ring case made from a vegan leather, which is available in black or stone starting at $17. The AirTag snaps into place and then the key ring portion attaches to your keys, a backpack, or other items.
Silicone AirTags Case with Adhesive
You're going to find endless affordable AirTag housing options on Amazon from vendors in China and other countries, but there are a few unique options worth noting. The Silicone Case is a soft silicone casing that you slide your AirTag into, and then the back has an adhesive so you can attach it to various items like your phone. Something like this might be a good option if you want to attach an AirTag to the Apple TV remote or another item that stays primarily in the house. It's priced at $3, and the vendor says the adhesive is reusable.
If you want to add some flair to your AirTags or prevent them from getting scratched, you can find a series of custom skin options on Etsy. Skins are priced at right around $5 each.
Have other suggestions of great AirTags cases that we should add to the guide? Let us know in the comments.This article, "AirTag Accessories: Keyrings and Holders for Apple's AirTags" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
21:30 7 May - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
The ongoing Epic Games v. Apple trial continues to provide insight into Apple's App Store processes, with documents today offering up details on the number of apps submitted to the App Store and rejected by Apple's review processes.
Apple received an average of five million app submissions per year between 2017 and 2019, and between 33 and 35 percent of apps submitted were rejected by Apple's review team. On average, there were 1.7 million apps rejected per year, though the rejection rate was closer to 40 percent in 2020 based on trial testimony.
Apple's documentation suggests that the App Store sees 100,000 App Store submissions per week, which are dealt with by 500 human experts that Apple has on hand. Prior to getting to a human review, apps are analyzed by Apple-designed tools to check for malware and policy violations.
A testing tool called Mercury runs through static and dynamic analysis processes, with the tool allowing Apple to see inside apps to check for hidden code or abuse, and there are other review tools that Apple has nicknamed "Magellan" and "Columbus." After automated testing, apps receive human oversight.
Dynamic testing includes everything from battery usage to file system access and privacy requests to access device hardware like the camera and microphone, while static analysis checks app size, entitlements, in-app purchases, keywords, descriptions, and more.
In 2015, Apple discussed acquiring SourceDNA, a company that made a tool to allow companies to see the code inside apps. Apple did end up purchasing the company and using its engineers to design a new tool for app oversight.
Interestingly, Apple documents depict the workstation of one of its human reviewers, featuring a desktop with an iMac, MacBook Pro, multiple iOS devices, several displays, game controllers, and more.
Apple marketing director Trystan Kosmynka was questioned for most of the morning, and Epic lawyers visited a favorite talking point - App Store mistakes. Kosmynka was grilled about some of the apps that slip through the review process, such as an app about school shooting that he said in an email he was "dumbfounded" had been missed.
On this topic, Kosmynka was asked if the app review process is unnecessary because of the mistakes that are sometimes made, but said that all it means is that Apple has to "continuously be better." He said that Apple works diligently to close loopholes, and that without app review, iOS would be a "free for all" that would be "incredibly dangerous to customers, to kids."
The Epic vs. Apple trial will continue for another two weeks, with the first week set to wrap up today. Apple CEO Tim Cook and other executives are expected to testify during the third week.Tags: App Store, Epic Games, Epic Games vs. AppleThis article, "Apple Rejected Approximately 35% of Apps Submitted to App Store Between 2017 and 2019" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
21:02 7 May - AppleInsider News
The Kensington Studio Dock is not compatible with the thicker 12.9-inch iPad Pro and Kensington has told us that there is a refresh coming soon.The Kensington Studio Dock will need to be updated to support the new iPad Pro thicknessThe 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro is a half-millimeter thicker than its predecessor, thanks to its mini-LED display. This slight change has been enough to cause compatibility issues with some precisely machined accessories. Read more...
20:53 7 May - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Apple has hired Stella Low as its new vice president of worldwide corporate communications, reports BuzzFeed News. Low was the former communications chief at Cisco, and will report directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook.
The role that Low is taking on at Apple has been empty for the last two years after PR chief Steve Dowling departed the company. Apple Fellow Phil Schiller has been handling the PR team since Dowling left, so Low's hiring will free up more of his time.
In a statement, Apple said that Low brings "remarkable experience and leadership" to Apple.Stella brings her remarkable experience and leadership to Apple's world-class communications teams. Apple has an important story to tell -- from the transformative products and services we make, to the positive impacts we have on our communities and the world -- and Stella is a great leader to help us write the next chapter.Prior to working with Cisco, Low has also run communication teams at Unisys and Dell. She is joining the company amid a fierce legal battle with Epic Games and with Apple facing regulatory issues over the App Store in multiple countries.This article, "Apple Hires New Vice President of Worldwide Corporate Communications" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
20:42 7 May - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
While sharing a Twitter link in an iMessage conversation typically results in a light-blue bubble with an in-line preview of the tweet, and an image if one was included, tweet previews appear to be broken right now.
As of Friday morning, Twitter links shared in iMessage conversations appear as basic gray bubbles with the twitter.com domain and no other information. It's unclear if this is an intentional change by Twitter to direct users towards its platforms, or if it is simply a bug. We've reached out to Twitter for comment and we'll provide an update if we hear back.
A similar issue with Instagram links in iMessage cropped up a few months ago, and it ended up being a bug that was fixed thereafter.
Earlier this week, Twitter rolled out support for larger image previews in the timeline in its iOS and Android apps, meaning that tall images will no longer be cropped into a 16:9 layout. Twitter is also rolling out a new Tip Jar feature that allows users to tip eligible accounts held by creators, journalists, experts, and non-profit organizations.Tags: Twitter, iMessageThis article, "It's Not Just You: Tweet Previews Aren't Showing in iMessage Right Now" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
20:25 7 May - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
With wireless CarPlay becoming more and more common among car manufacturers, Volkswagen is another brand that has embraced the technology and I recently had a chance to test out the German automaker's implementation in the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan.
The 2021 Tiguan is available in five trims, starting with S trim at a little over $25,000 and going up to the SEL Premium R-Line at just about $40,000. My test vehicle was the SEL trim at a step below the high-end, and it comes in at around $32,500 plus destination.
The Tiguan SEL and SEL Premium R-Line come with Volkswagen's new MIB3 Discover Media system, which includes a primary 8-inch infotainment screen with built-in navigation, as well as App-Connect phone integration. For the driver, there is a Digital Cockpit instrument panel with configurable options for showing an array of information from the traditional speed, fuel, and range data to driving directions, audio details, elevation, compass, and more.
The mid-range SE and SE R-Line trims come with the MIB3 Composition Media system that offers nearly the same features as the Discover Media system with the exception of built-in navigation. The entry-level S trim comes with an older MIB2 system and a 6.5-inch Composition Color screen that only offers wired CarPlay and cuts back in other areas, so you'll need to step up to at least the SE trim to start taking advantage of the latest infotainment features.
MIB3 infotainment system home screen
My overall impression of VW's latest infotainment system is that it's a relatively clean and responsive system that works well but doesn't have a lot of flash to the interface. That can be good for minimizing distraction, but I also prefer a little bit more flair to help user interface elements stand out a bit more.
VW does some interesting things with proximity and gesture sensing on its infotainment system, tracking where your hand is in front of the main display and reacting accordingly. For example, at rest, some of the on-screen icons shrink and labels fade away, but as your hand approaches the screen, they expand and some get highlights around them to help draw your attention. It's kind of a neat trick that helps deliver a simple look for the system most of the time and only complicates the visual when you're interacting with the system.
Infotainment radio screen
Gesture control also allows you to perform some basic tasks without even touching the infotainment screen, such as waving your hand to move between menus and change radio stations or audio tracks. VW isn't the only car manufacturer to try gesture controls, but they still feel like mostly a gimmick to me.
Vehicle status screen
As for the main infotainment screen itself, it's an 8-inch display with a resolution of 800x480, and that's really starting to feel like the bare minimum when it comes to a native infotainment system. CarPlay in particular feels a little bit cramped when it comes to the interface, and you don't get the bonus of extra screen real estate from the native system surrounding it since CarPlay takes over the whole screen.
CarPlay dashboard view
I found the system to be responsive both in the native infotainment experience and in CarPlay. I also appreciated the dedicated "App" button alongside the screen to make it easy to hop into CarPlay at a single touch from anywhere in the native system. The only minor quibble I have is that I would have preferred the app button to the left of the display rather than the right for convenience, as it was one of the most frequently used buttons during my time with the vehicle.
CarPlay home screen
While CarPlay takes over the entire main infotainment screen, preventing single-screen viewing of both CarPlay and any aspects of the native system simultaneously, the Digital Cockpit helps a bit in this regard, allowing for the display of additional data like audio information or turn-by-turn navigation instructions from the native system.
There's one other CarPlay trick up the system's sleeve, and that's the ability to display CarPlay turn-by-turn navigation from Apple Maps in the Digital Cockpit. Dual-screen support for CarPlay was introduced as part of iOS 13 in late 2019, but support for it has only just started rolling out to vehicles, so VW is definitely a leader in adopting it. It's important to note that the Digital Cockpit requires the SEL or SEL Premium R-Line trim, so you will need to step up toward the top end to take advantage of all of the available tech functionality.
CarPlay Apple Maps with turn-by-turn navigation in Digital Cockpit
The graphics for second-screen CarPlay navigation aren't fancy on the Tiguan, but they're similar to those for the native system with directional arrows and distances for upcoming turns, street names, distance to destination, and predicted arrival time. The one area where these CarPlay directions came up a little short compared to the native system was in lane guidance, as the native system displayed them in the Digital Cockpit while CarPlay directions did not.
The convenience of wireless CarPlay pairs nicely with wireless device charging, and VW has things covered in that regard in the Tiguan with a convenient charging cubby at the base of the center stack. It fits my iPhone 12 Pro Max with a little bit of room to spare, and a rubber mat keeps your phone in place.
Front USB-C ports and wireless phone charger
As with many vehicle wireless chargers, it only charges at 5 watts, so it won't be able to quickly recharge a depleted phone battery, but it can help keep your phone topped off on longer road trips. The biggest win here is that the charger is standard, unlike with most manufacturers where it typically requires an upgraded package on lower trims, if it's even available at all without stepping up to a high-level trim.
For wired connections, VW has gone all-in on USB-C with a pair of those ports at the base of the center stack adjacent to the wireless charging pad. A third USB-C port (charge-only) is located on the back of the center console for second-row seat passengers. The SEL trim of the Tiguan also comes with a third row of seating, but there are no USB ports for these passengers.
Rear charge-only USB-C port
Overall, I'm thrilled to see wireless CarPlay rapidly expanding across car brands, and the bottom line with VW is that it's done a solid job of integrating it into the native infotainment system. I do wish the main screen was a bit bigger or at least higher resolution with the ability to see more on the screen.
I'm really glad to see early adoption of second-screen CarPlay functionality, as that's a fantastic way to help integrate the two systems and use your preferred system for different functions, though you do need to move up to a minimum of the SEL trim to have access to it. I haven't yet been able to test second-screen CarPlay in a vehicle with a head-up display, but CarPlay does support turn-by-turn directions on those as well.
I also hope we'll see more options from Apple for second-screen CarPlay content, whether it be additional content types like full music support or even being able to expand a more feature-rich CarPlay experience across several screens on vehicles that have multiple large screens.
Wireless charging is always great to have alongside wireless CarPlay, so I was glad to see the Tiguan equipped with a convenient charging pad, and it's included on all but the lowest trim that lacks wireless CarPlay anyway.
Another charging port in the second row would have been nice to see to help avoid charging squabbles among siblings on road trips, and even a third-row charging port could come in handy, although given the tight fits of third-row seating in mid-size SUVs like the Tiguan, they're mostly for use only in a pinch and I wouldn't ordinarily expect them to get a ton of use on longer trips where charging is more important.Tags: Volkswagen, wireless CarPlayThis article, "Review: 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan Adds Wireless CarPlay With Multi-Screen Support for Apple Maps Directions" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
19:12 7 May - AppleInsider News
Apple's current MacBook Air with the speedy M1 chip is back on sale for $899 at Amazon heading into the Mother's Day weekend.$899 M1 MacBook Air is backShoppers looking for the best MacBook Air deal can pick up the standard model with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD at Amazon for just $899.99. This $100 weekend discount marks the return of the cheapest M1 Air price we've seen to date, with all three finishes eligible for the $899.99 price. Read more...
17:53 7 May - AppleInsider News
Just as funny as its first season, the new episodes of Apple TV+ sitcom "Mythic Quest" further explore the relationships between co-workers at a gaming company.Charlotte Nicdao and Rob McElhenney in "Mythic Quest" season two, premiering May 7 on Apple TV+.Those who enjoyed Apple TV+'s Mythic Quest in its first season are likely to find much to appreciate in season 2 of the show. Following a pair of "special" episodes in between that took the series in some directions that got away from traditional sitcom structure, the second season proper is every bit as funny as the first. The jokes still land, and the character humor is even stronger, with the show mixing up character relationships a bit and drawing humor from that. Read more...
17:00 7 May - AppleInsider News
Apple has long made it simple to send video from your iPhone to your Apple TV, but the new Apple TV 4K has made it even better.Send your iPhone video to your big-screen TV via Apple TV 4KThere's having the technology to do something, and then making it so that anybody will even try. We've been in one household where someone's Android phone was being passed around while each person watches whatever family video is on it. Read more...
15:55 7 May - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
According to Apple leaker Jon Prosser, Apple's upcoming release of the MacBook Air will feature various colors, similar to the colors in the newly released 24-inch iMac.
In the latest video of his YouTube channel Front Page Tech, Prosser says the same source who accurately provided him information on the first Apple silicon iMac coming in colors has told him that he recently saw a prototype of a blue MacBook. However, Prosser says his source has been "very cryptic" and that he assumes it's the upcoming MacBook Air powered by the M2 chip.
If the information is true, the new colorful lineup of MacBooks would be a throwback to the older iBook G3. Apple first started to offer vibrant color options for its iPad with the iPad Air, released in October, and the iMac followed suit last month.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reported that a future model of the low-end portable Mac will feature a mini-LED display; however, that shouldn't be in the near future.
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has said that Apple is working on a thinner and lighter MacBook Air that could launch in the second half of 2021, however, Bloomberg has not reported that the new models will come in different colors.Related Roundup: MacBook AirTag: Jon ProsserBuyer's Guide: MacBook Air (Neutral)Related Forum: MacBook AirThis article, "Prosser: Next MacBook Air Could Come in Colors Similar to iMac" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
15:42 7 May - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Today we're tracking a handful of deals across Apple's M1 notebook lineup, including a return of all-time low prices on all models of the M1 MacBook Air. For the MacBook Pro, you'll find a new record low price on the 512GB model thanks to an automatic coupon on Amazon.
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On Amazon you can save on the 256GB M1 MacBook Air, priced at $899.99, down from $999.00. This a return to the lowest price we've ever seen for the M1 MacBook Air, and it's in stock for all colors.
$99 OFF256GB M1 MacBook Air for $899.99
You can also get the 512GB M1 MacBook Air for $1,149.99, down from $1,249.00. This sale is available in Silver and Space Gray, and it's a match of the lowest price that we've ever tracked on the 2020 512GB MacBook Air. The price is also valid on Gold models, but they won't ship until mid-June.
$99 OFF512GB M1 MacBook Air for $1,149.99
Similarly, Amazon has the M1 MacBook Pro models at a discount. You can get the 256GB MacBook Pro for $1,149.00, down from $1,299.00. This sale price is available in both Silver and Space Gray.
$150 OFF256GB M1 MacBook Pro for $1,149.00
The 512GB MacBook Pro is on sale for $1,299.99, down from $1,499.00. This sale price will be revealed after an automatic coupon worth $49.01 is applied at the checkout screen on Amazon, and it's a new all-time low price on this model.
$199 OFF512GB M1 MacBook Pro for $1,299.99
You can find even more discounts on other MacBooks by visiting our Best Deals guide for MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. In this guide we track the steepest discounts for the newest MacBook models every week, so be sure to bookmark it and check back often if you're shopping for a new Apple notebook.Related Roundups: MacBook Air, Apple Deals, MacBook Pro 13"Buyer's Guide: MacBook Air (Neutral), 13" MacBook Pro (Don't Buy)Related Forums: MacBook Air, MacBook ProThis article, "Deals: Shop All-Time Low Prices on M1 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro (Up to $199 Off)" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
15:22 7 May - AppleInsider News
We review AirTag performance and its missing features, Epic Games takes on Apple in court, and a possible mockup model of the "iPhone 13" has been leaked.YouTube channel Unbox Therapy received an "iPhone 13 Pro Max" mockup model from China claiming it is "the closest, best-look yet at the next generation of iPhone." The model sports a smaller notch that other leakers have supported and a redesigned camera lens system on the back.We discuss the pre-order process for the M1 iPad Pro, new Apple TV 4K and 24-inch iMac. Unlike other pre-orders, the Apple Store app and website stayed active through the 5:00 a.m. PT deadline. Although users then attempting to order the new devices had difficulty adding items to cart and purchasing via Apple Pay. Read more...
14:05 7 May - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
On May 3, the Epic Games vs. Apple trial got underway, and every day, new emails between Apple executives and employees continue to be shared by Epic as evidence for its case against Apple.
In the latest batch of emails, the vice president of the App Store, Matt Fischer, claims that Apple features apps made by its competitors "all the time" on the store and rejects the sentiment that it seeks to degrade the exposure of those apps.
According to internal Apple correspondence submitted as evidence by Epic, an Apple employee wrote an email regarding a collection of apps on the App Store that were a part of the VoiceOver collection. In the email, which was forwarded to Sarah Herrlinger, Apple's senior director of global accessibility policy, the employee claims that Fisher feels "extremely strong" about not featuring competing apps on the platform. The email reads:
Just spoke with Tanya about featuring Google and Amazon apps in the VoiceOver collection and she asked us to exclude them from the lineup. Although they may be our best and the brightest apps, Matt feels extremely strong about not featuring our competitors on the App Store store, so Yanta asked us to apply the same filters for this collection. I'm sorry I didn't check this earlier.Responding to the claim made by the employee, Fischer says that Apple features and promotes competing apps on the App Store "all the time," and cites the specific example of Apple featuring Peacock, Hulu, and Hulu Plus on the platform, despite them competing with its own Apple TV+ streaming service.
Apple has long faced criticism that it decreases the exposure of competing third-party apps on the App Store when compared to its own apps. In 2019, the company adjusted its App Store algorithm after it realized that many of its apps were ranking higher on App Store search results rather than apps made by other developers. Despite the change, research from analytics firm Sensor Tower at the time showed that first-party Apple apps ranked first for over 700 search terms.
(Via iMore)Tag: App StoreThis article, "Apple Exec: We Feature Competitors' Apps 'All The Time' on the App Store" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has published an in-depth report looking at how the product repair restrictions that manufacturers put in place negatively impact consumers and small businesses in various ways.
Titled "Nixing the Fix," the report covers a litany of methods that companies use to limit the ability for customers and independent business to repair their products.
Focusing on mobile phone and car manufacturers in particular, the report found that even when a warranty does not explicitly require that repairs be performed by the original manufacturer, many manufacturers restrict independent repair and repair by consumers in the following ways:
Product designs that complicate or prevent repair
Unavailability of parts and repair information
Designs that make independent repairs less safe
Policies or statements that steer consumers to manufacturer repair networks
Application of patent rights and enforcement of trademarks
Disparagement of non-OEM parts and independent repair
Software locks and firmware updates
End User License AgreementsManufacturers including Apple have argued that these repair restrictions exist to protect intellectual property rights and prevent injuries and other negative consequences, and that opening up repair access would undermine the safety and security of their products.
However, after evaluating manufacturers' explanations for the repair restrictions via a workshop and requests for research, the FTC found "scant evidence" to support them. The report continues:
Many consumer products have become harder to fix and maintain. Repairs today often require specialized tools, difficult-to-obtain parts, and access to proprietary diagnostic software. Consumers whose products break then have limited choices.
Furthermore, the burden of repair restrictions may fall more heavily on communities of color and lower-income communities. Many Black-owned small businesses are in the repair and maintenance industries, and difficulties facing small businesses can disproportionately affect small businesses owned by people of color.The report cites one study which found that the appearance of electronic goods was only "moderately" important to consumers, as opposed to longevity and reliability, which were "extremely" important, and suggests that the lack of information regarding repairability causes "an asymmetry in the market balance and leaves consumers unable to make the best buying decisions regarding to their own needs."
In addition, the report notes that given a choice between a low-cost repair and buying a new mobile phone, many consumers will opt for the former. In defence of this claim, it cites Apple's 2017 battery replacement program, which was introduced after Apple was found to be throttling the performance of some iPhone models to compensate for degrading batteries. In a letter to investors, CEO Tim Cook said that iPhone sales were lower than anticipated due to "some customers taking advantage of significantly reduced pricing for iPhone battery replacements."
In the conclusion of the report, which was carried out at the direction of Congress and submitted with unanimous consent, the FTC pledges to address what it perceives as unfair restrictions by pursuing "appropriate law enforcement and regulatory options, as well as consumer education, consistent with our statutory authority."
The FTC also suggests that consumers can help to redress the balance by reporting when manufacturers aren't obeying the existing rules regarding repairs.
"This is a great step in the right direction," said iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens, commenting on the report. "The bi-partisan report shows that FTC knows that the market has not regulated itself, and is committing to real action."
"We're glad to see the FTC acknowledge the scope of the problem, and the real harm to consumers. We're also happy to see the FTC's pledge to undertake enforcement and regulatory solutions to repair restrictions, and fully support them in doing so?these actions are long overdue."Apple continues to lobby against state-level legislation that would require electronic hardware manufacturers to provide device schematics, device parts, and instructions to third-party repair shops for device repairs. A "right to repair" bill currently being contemplated in Nevada is one of many bills that states across the US are considering to put into law, although none have yet been successful.
Outside of the U.S., the European Parliament in November voted to support the recommendations of the EU Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection on the "Right to Repair," including a system of mandatory labelling on consumer electronics to provide explicit information on the repairability and lifespan of products.Tags: FTC, Right to RepairThis article, "FTC Report Highlights Consumer Harms of Manufacturer Repair Restrictions" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums