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Apple Fitness+ gains pregnancy workouts, older adults training, and Jane Fonda

17:21 15 Apr - AppleInsider News

Jane Fonda is the latest celebrity to contribute her story to Time to Walk on Apple Fitness+, and her addition comes alongside new workouts for pregnant women, plus older adults.Jane Fonda on Apple Watch's Time to Walk seriesAs Pelotron cuts back its support for Apple Watch fitness, Apple itself continues to build out its Apple Fitness+ program. Read more...

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Apple Fitness+ gains pregnancy workouts, older adults training, and Jane Fonda

17:21 15 Apr - AppleInsider News

Jane Fonda is the latest celebrity to contribute her story to Time to Walk on Apple Fitness+, and her addition comes alongside new workouts for pregnant women, plus older adults.Jane Fonda on Apple Watch's Time to Walk seriesAs Pelotron cuts back its support for Apple Watch fitness, Apple itself continues to build out its Apple Fitness+ program. Read more...

Apple Fitness+ Getting New Workouts for Expecting Mothers, Older Adults, and More on April 19

17:02 15 Apr - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple today announced it is introducing new Fitness+ workouts geared specifically toward pregnancy and older adults, as well as several new Yoga, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), and Strength workouts for beginners. The new Workouts for Pregnancy, Workouts for Older Adults, and Workouts for Beginners will be available in Apple Fitness+ on April 19. The new pregnancy workouts consist of 10 workouts across the Strength, Core, and Mindful Cooldown categories. Every workout is 10 minutes long and designed to accommodate any stage of pregnancy and any fitness level, and includes tips for modifying workouts using a pillow for comfort as the body changes during pregnancy, according to Apple. The workouts for older adults are focused on strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and mobility. Apple is also expanding its roster of Fitness+ trainers by introducing a new Yoga and Mindful Cooldown trainer, Jonelle Lewis, in addition to welcoming current Fitness+ trainer Anja Garcia to the HIIT team. Last, actress and activist Jane Fonda will share inspiring stories, photos, and a few of her favorite songs in the next episode of Time to Walk in honor of Earth Day. This episode will also be available April 19. Launched in January, the Time to Walk feature provides Apple Fitness+ subscribers with audio stories from influential people that Apple Watch users can listen to with AirPods or other wireless headphones while walking.Tag: Apple Fitness PlusThis article, "Apple Fitness+ Getting New Workouts for Expecting Mothers, Older Adults, and More on April 19" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Peloton Seemingly Rolling Back GymKit Support

16:52 15 Apr - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Peloton appears to be rolling back its support for Apple GymKit on the Bike+, which was one of the first consumer-oriented machines to feature the option of Apple Watch integration, according to Connect The Watts. Peloton was among the first companies to support GymKit on its home fitness machines, allowing users to easily and directly pair their Apple Watch with their bike. This meant that users could see heart rate information from the Apple Watch on the machine and feed workout metrics into the Apple Watch, the Activity app, and the Health app automatically. After disabling Apple Watch pairing for Strength and Yoga workouts on the Bike+, one of Peloton's latest updates disables the ability to directly pair the Apple Watch with the Bike+ during Bootcamp workouts. This means that the only remaining class to still work with the Apple Watch is Cycling. Peloton's responses to complaints about the feature removal on Instagram have claimed that the company hopes "to support GymKit for additional class types in the future," but have inadvertently proven that the gradual removal of GymKit features that has occurred so far is intentional and not a bug. The move has caused outrage among some Peloton customers, particularly since GymKit was sold as a premium feature on its $2,495 Bike+, and was not available on the cheaper $1,895 Peloton Bike. The Bike+ launched only seven months ago and was largely seen as the only viable consumer option for using GymKit at home. It is possible that Peloton is planning on releasing its own fitness-oriented smartwatch in the future, which may explain the gradual removal of GymKit features. Peloton purchased fitness smartwatch maker Atlas Wearables earlier this year, so it seems to be a matter of time before the company leverages that acquisition to launch its own integrated smartwatch. The company would likely want to encourage users who have already invested in costly equipment and an ongoing $39 per month subscription to remain within the Peloton ecosystem with its own smartwatch. Rumors suggest that an announcement of a Peloton smartwatch could come as soon as the end of this month. Another possibility is that Peloton is concerned about endorsing the Apple ecosystem now that there is a cheaper rival service in the form of Apple Fitness+. Peloton may suspect that Apple Watch users would be attracted to Apple Fitness+, and therefore would not want to provide any additional cause to purchase one by offering integrated features.Tags: GymKit, PelotonThis article, "Peloton Seemingly Rolling Back GymKit Support" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Blogger successfully hacks Jaguar I-Pace electric car into HomeKit

16:35 15 Apr - AppleInsider News

A home automation blogger has managed to add a Jaguar I-Pace electric vehicle to a HomeKit setup, allowing multiple car functions to be controlled by the system.Credit: Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsiderBy integrating a HomeBridge plugin into the Jaguar's InControl API, Siobhan Ellis was able to create a system that allows the car to be monitored, controlled, and automated. Read more...

Smartmi P1 becomes newest air purifier with HomeKit support

16:26 15 Apr - AppleInsider News

On Thursday, Smartmi launched its latest air purifier, the Smartmi P1, which includes support for Apple's HomeKit smart home platform.Smartmi P1 with HomeKit supportThe new Smartmi P1 expands the company's line of air purifiers from the company ? but with a smaller form factor. The Smartmi P1 still boasts the ability to cleanse a 200 square foot room in only ten minutes while trapping particles as small as 80 nanometers, which equates to 99.97 percent of matter going through the filter. Most other HEPA filters are only capable of trapping particles of 300 nanometers or larger, says Smartmi. Read more...

Leaked Photos Show Additional Spring Colors for iPhone 12 Cases

16:22 15 Apr - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple recently announced that it will be hosting a virtual event on Tuesday, April 20, and alongside new products like an iPad Pro with a Mini-LED display, new colors are expected for iPhone cases and Apple Watch bands. Twitter user "Tommy Boi" recently shared a photo of some of the allegedly new colors, including Cantaloupe, Pistachio, Capri Blue, and Amethyst (from left to right). The leaks have since continued, with Twitter user "Majin Bu" having shared a photo showing off three more allegedly new colors, including a sky blue, mustard yellow, and a red, which could potentially be the existing (PRODUCT)RED case. It's likely that many of these colors will be extended to new Apple Watch bands, like the Sport Band and Solo Loop. iPhone case and Apple Watch band colors are often refreshed on a seasonal basis. These latest color options will likely be added to Apple's online store following Tuesday's event, which begins at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. We'll have full coverage of Apple's announcements across our MacRumors platforms, so be sure to follow along next week.Tag: iPhone 12 casesThis article, "Leaked Photos Show Additional Spring Colors for iPhone 12 Cases" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Three more new iPhone 12 case colors revealed in leak

16:19 15 Apr - AppleInsider News

Apple's forthcoming range of iPhone 12 silicone cases is now expected to include three more colors than the previously leaked four.New colors for iPhone 12 cases are comingFollowing the reveal of four iPhone 12 case colors by a previously unknown leaker, a second source has confirmed those ? and shown three more. Read more...

Wistron reorganizes India management structure as iPhone assembly resumes

16:12 15 Apr - AppleInsider News

Apple's India iPhone assembly partner Wistron hopes to move past the December riot with new reporting structures and leadership changes.Wistron changes up leadership to combat labor violationsWistron had been placed on probation by Apple after workers rioted at a Narasapura, India facility. The company was part of Apple's move into India as it reduced its reliance on China, but labor law violations groundwork to a halt. Read more...

Extended: Babbel Lifetime Subscription with 14 languages on sale for $199 ($300 off)

16:06 15 Apr - AppleInsider News

Readers this week can save 60% on a lifetime Babbel language learning subscription, with 14 languages included. This marks the return of holiday pricing for the popular language-learning app.Low Babbel costThe $199 Babbel deal includes lifetime access to learn 14 languages, including Spanish, German, Italian and French. Read more...

DJI Air 2S hits the sky with new camera and improved performance

15:55 15 Apr - AppleInsider News

The upgraded second-generation DJI Air 2S is here, sporting a new one-inch sensor alongside improved flight performance.DJI Air 2SThe DJI Air 2S, which is available today for $999, can capture 20-megapixel photos and 5.4K with its all-new one-inch sensor, twice the size of its predecessor. Historically, DJI reserved its previous one-inch sensors for its higher-end drones that weren't as portable or agile. Read more...

Deals: Beats Headphones Deals Abound With Up to $89 Off Powerbeats Pro, $70 Off Solo Pro, and $10 Off Beats Flex

15:49 15 Apr - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Multiple deals on Beats headphones have sprouted up online today, and we're seeing a few solid discounts on Powerbeats Pro, Beats Solo Pro, and Beats Flex. These sales are available from numerous retailers, ranging from Target to Amazon, Best Buy, and Apple itself. 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. Powerbeats Pro Starting with the Powerbeats Pro, there are numerous discounts today on the sweat resistant Bluetooth headphones. Lowest prices can be found at Best Buy for $159.99, while Amazon and other retailers are offering the headphones for around $169. Best Buy - $159.99 Amazon - $169.95 Apple - $169.95 Target - $169.99 Solo Pro Next are the Beats Solo Pro on-ear headphones, which are seeing about a $70 discount at Amazon and Target. You can get these headphones for around $229.00 at these retailers. Amazon - $229.00 Target - $229.99 Beats Flex Amazon and Target are also discounting the lower-end Beats Flex headphones, now available for $39.99, down from $49.99. Target has all color options on sale at this price, while Amazon is offering Black and Yellow at a discount. Amazon - $39.99 Target - $39.99 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 DealsTags: Beats, Powerbeats Pro, Beats Solo Pro, Beats FlexThis article, "Deals: Beats Headphones Deals Abound With Up to $89 Off Powerbeats Pro, $70 Off Solo Pro, and $10 Off Beats Flex" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Apple TV+ Review: 'The Year Earth Changed' shows the pandemic from the planet's point of view

15:44 15 Apr - AppleInsider News

The new Apple TV+ documentary, "The Year Earth Changed," makes a convincing case that the coronavirus pandemic gave the planet a needed break.David Attenborough narrates "The Year Earth Changed," premiering globally April 16 on Apple TV+.The Year Earth Changed is a nature documentary that begins with a striking image from the earliest days of the pandemic: A nearly empty and mostly silent Times Square sets the scene for a film that examines the huge impact COVID had, not on us, but on the world itself. Read more...

Study delves into impact of emoji diversity and inclusion

15:33 15 Apr - AppleInsider News

Adobe has published a new Emoji Diversity and Inclusion Report tracking how consumers feel about the representation of emoji characters.Credit: Unicode ConsortiumAccording to the report, 83% of respondents that Adobe surveyed said that emoji characters should continue to strive for more inclusive representation. Just about half said they felt their identity was adequately reflected in current emoji characters. Only 37% of users with a disability or impairment said they felt represented. Read more...

Apple announces $200 million Restore Fund to invest in forestry projects

15:31 15 Apr - AppleInsider News

Apple, in partnership with Conservation International and Goldman Sachs, has announced a new $200 million carbon removal initiative called the Restore Fund.Credit: AppleThe initiative will make investments in forestry projects to remove carbon from the atmosphere while also generating returns for investors. It's part of Apple's broader plan to go carbon neutral across its entire business footprint by 2030. Read more...

User Adds Car to HomeKit for In-App Controls and Automations, Showing Future Potential

15:17 15 Apr - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Blogger Siobhán Ellis has successfully integrated their electric car into their Apple HomeKit setup, adding in-app toggles for door locking, climate control, and more. The setup, which is outlined in detail on the blog Practical HomeKit, allows multiple elements of a Jaguar I-Pace electric vehicle to be monitored, controlled, and automated using the Home app. Using a HomeBridge plugin for the Jaguar InControl API called homebridge-jlr-incontrol, Ellis was able to feed data about the vehicle, such as charging status, charge level, pre-conditioning, and more, into ‌HomeKit‌, as well as send back basic commands. The plugin apparently required "a fair amount" of manual configuration and presented a few warnings, but it works correctly just like many other HomeBridge-based workarounds for ‌HomeKit‌. Many functions of the vehicle, including climate control, pre-conditioning, locking and unlocking, and charging, are now viewable and controllable in the Home app from any location. Integration into the Home app allows automations to be created based on battery level, such as automatically charging the car from a HomeKit-enabled power outlet when the battery percentage is low. Ellis also has an automation to pre-condition the temperature of the car and its batteries based on events in the Calendar app. It is also possible to automatically unlock the car at a time of day or under certain conditions. To accompany the Apple-oriented vehicle upgrades, Ellis added wireless CarPlay. Jaguar does not support wireless ‌CarPlay‌, but Ellis was able to implement the feature herself using a wireless ‌CarPlay‌ adapter called CPLAY2air. Ellis also mounted a MagSafe charger on the dashboard for convenient iPhone charging. Although this setup has to be created manually via HomeBridge, it shows how it may be useful to add a vehicle to ‌HomeKit‌. Integration with ‌HomeKit‌ opens up the possibility of creating useful Shortcuts as well as Home automations for the vehicle. With services such as ‌CarPlay‌ available in most new vehicles, new services such as Car Keys expanding, and Apple collaborating with brands such as BMW and Porsche to bring Apple-integrated features to vehicles, it is not inconceivable to think that an official ‌HomeKit‌ integration for cars could be added in the future, especially in view of proof-of-concept projects such as this.Tags: HomeKit, CarPlay, Home, Jaguar, wireless CarPlayThis article, "User Adds Car to HomeKit for In-App Controls and Automations, Showing Future Potential" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Peloton cuts Apple Watch Fitness support back to just the cycling class

15:11 15 Apr - AppleInsider News

Peloton removed the ability for users to connect the Apple Watch to the Bike+ Bootcamp Classes, leaving only the cycling class.Peloton Bike+ pulling back on GymKit supportOne of the advertised features of the Peloton Bike+ was its ability to use Apple GymKit and connect the Apple Watch for fitness tracking. A recent update cut out yet another workout from pairing with the Apple Watch, leaving only the cycling class. Read more...

OWC partners with Acronis to protect your backups from ransomware attacks

15:08 15 Apr - AppleInsider News

OWC has announced a new partnership with Acronis, bringing Acronis True Image software to OWC storage solutions.Acronis True Image OEM software is designed to protect users' backup data and recovery from devastating attacks. It does this by monitoring a user's system for ransomware and cryptojacking attacks in real-time, utilizing AI-enhanced anti-ransomware technology.By monitoring a user's system, the software learns to understand typical behavior, allowing it to pick up on patterns that may signal hostile actions. Acronis points out that the solution stopped more than 600,000 ransomware attacks in the last year. Read more...

Future Apple devices may have invisible buttons and sliders

15:07 15 Apr - AppleInsider News

Apple goes far to make its devices seamless and attractive, but it wants to go further and create controls that are invisible until you need them.Get used to more of this hiding of lights, and controls, when not in use.Apple already goes to thoroughly unreasonable, impractical lengths to hide elements of devices that other manufacturers wouldn't even think of. Just look at the light that tells you a Mac mini is on. Read more...

Apple Launches $200 Million 'Restore Fund' to Remove Carbon From Atmosphere

15:06 15 Apr - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple today announced a "first-of-its-kind carbon removal initiative" called the Restore Fund that will make investments in forestry projects to remove carbon from the atmosphere while generating a financial return for investors. Launched with Conservation International and Goldman Sachs, Apple says the $200 million fund aims to remove at least one million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually from the atmosphere, equivalent to the amount of fuel used by over 200,000 passenger vehicles, with a viable financial model aimed at increasing investment in forest restoration. Apple says this effort is part of the company's goal to become carbon neutral across its entire "value chain" by 2030. Apple plans to directly eliminate 75 percent of emissions for its supply chain and products by 2030, while the fund will help address the remaining 25 percent of Apple's emissions by removing carbon from the atmosphere. Apple's environmental chief Lisa Jackson:Nature provides some of the best tools to remove carbon from the atmosphere. Forests, wetlands, and grasslands draw carbon from the atmosphere and store it away permanently in their soils, roots, and branches. Through creating a fund that generates both a financial return as well as real, and measurable carbon impacts, we aim to drive broader change in the future ? encouraging investment in carbon removal around the globe. Our hope is that others share our goals and contribute their resources to support and protect critical ecosystems.As part of this initiative, Apple and Conservation International have partnered with local conservation organizations in Kenya to restore degraded savannas in the Chyulu Hills region. If similar efforts are scaled up across Africa, Apple says savannah restoration could remove hundreds of millions of tons of carbon from the atmosphere each year.Tag: Apple environmentThis article, "Apple Launches $200 Million 'Restore Fund' to Remove Carbon From Atmosphere" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

'AirPods 3' and 'Apple Pencil 3' nearly ready for release, says leaker

14:33 15 Apr - AppleInsider News

A leak on Chinese social media suggests that "AirPods 3" and "Apple Pencil 3" are both ready for release, or will be soon.Image of the supposed 'AirPods 3'The leak originates from a new source called "Uncle Pan Pan" on Chinese social media website Weibo. Though the leaker has no history, the image shared resembles other images of the so-called "AirPods 3." Read more...

TSMC expects impact of global chip shortage to last 'a couple of years'

13:58 15 Apr - AppleInsider News

Apple Silicon processor manufacturer TSMC says the worldwide chip shortage will continue into 2022, and may take longer to fully abate.TSMCConfirming recent reports from other foundries, TSMC says that it is going to take "a couple of years" for the impact of the global chip shortage to be over. The announcement came as the company reported its earnings, and discussed future expansion plans. Read more...

Apple Again Rumored to Be Readying Third-Generation Apple Pencil

13:51 15 Apr - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple is preparing to release a third-generation Apple Pencil, according to a leaker on the Chinese social networking platform Weibo, suggesting it could conceivably appear alongside new iPads at Apple's upcoming "Spring Loaded" April event. Image via Mr White. The claim comes from Weibo account "Uncle Pan Pan," which doesn't have much of a track record for sharing accurate Apple information, although it was first to share images that allegedly showcase new colors for Apple's 2021 spring iPhone 12 case collection. While the latest claim should be taken with a grain of salt, it does hark back to an image shared last month by a proven leaker that allegedly shows a third-generation ‌Apple Pencil‌. Besides looking glossy, the input device shown in the image looks very similar to the current, second-generation ?‌Apple Pencil‌?, which was introduced with the 2018 iPad Pro. The second-gen device is shorter than the original version and charges inductively. The ‌Apple Pencil‌ depicted also appears to have a considerably larger tip component than in existing versions, with a much longer section that screws into the ?‌Apple Pencil‌? itself, possibly hinting at new technology to support additional features or provide greater drawing accuracy. Apple still sells the first-generation ‌Apple Pencil‌, mainly to appeal to eighth-gen iPad and iPad mini 5 owners, since the second-gen version only works with the ‌iPad Pro‌. An ‌Apple Pencil‌ 3 could theoretically bring new functions exclusive to Apple's next high-end ‌iPad Pro‌. Apple is expected to use its April 20 event to unveil a new 11-inch and 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌, with the higher-end model featuring a brand new mini-LED display. Well-connected Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman believes that these new iPads will be an "iterative update" to the ‌iPad‌ line. In today's Weibo post, "Uncle Pan Pan" also shared an image allegedly showing AirPods 3, although Apple isn't expected to launch the third iteration of ‌AirPods‌ until the third quarter of this year, which would rule them out of Apple's April event. Related Roundup: iPad ProTag: Apple PencilBuyer's Guide: 11" iPad Pro (Caution), 12.9" iPad Pro (Caution)This article, "Apple Again Rumored to Be Readying Third-Generation Apple Pencil" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Microsoft Remote Desktop updated for Apple Silicon

13:30 15 Apr - AppleInsider News

Microsoft has released an update to its Remote Desktop app to natively support Apple Silicon on M1 Macs.Microsoft Remote DesktopMicrosoft's long-standing Remote Desktop application lets Mac users connect and use PCs, or virtual Windows apps. Rather than running Windows on the Mac itself, it's a remote connectivity solution which now works natively on M1 Macs. Read more...

Apple expanding use of magnets in wearable bands, case covers

13:15 15 Apr - AppleInsider News

Apple's interest in magnets is not confined to MagSafe. Instead, we're likely to see more magnetic clasps in the Apple Watch, or in cases for any Apple devices.Get used to seeing magnetic accessoriesMagSafe is surely now the most well-known of Apple's use of magnets, but it isn't the only one ? and it appears it's going to be joined by many more. Just as the Apple Watch Milanese loop depends on a magnet to fasten, so Apple has investigated magnetic clasps for cases, and other bands. Read more...

Colors in Apple's spring event invitation hint at 'a lot of things,' leaker says

12:52 15 Apr - AppleInsider News

While Apple has largely stopped the practice of dropping hints in its press event invitations, a leaker claims the colors on display in this week's "Spring Loaded" invite could hint at future products.In a tweet on Wednesday, accurate Apple product leaker "L0vetodream" presented a breakdown of Apple's "Spring Loaded" invitation, slicing the stylized apple line drawing into distinct segments ? and mirroring a large section ? to spell out "iPad." In an image that he appears to have taken from Twitter user iTechEverything, L0vetodream offers sly ? and questionable ? discussion of rumors surrounding the event.Apple is expected to launch a revamped iPad Pro with mini LED display and redesigned iPad mini model at "Spring Loaded," with other rumblings hinting at the long-awaited debut of AirTags" tracking devices. Read more...

Apple Transporter and Microsoft Remote Desktop Gain Native M1 Mac Support

12:18 15 Apr - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple has updated its Transporter app for developers with native support for Apple silicon Macs, while Microsoft has done the same for its Remote Desktop app. The Transporter app lets developers drag and drop binaries for quick upload to App Store Connect and easily view details like progress, warnings, errors, and delivery history. The added support for Apple silicon means developers working on an M1-equipped Mac mini, MacBook Air, or 13-inch MacBook Pro should see a significant performance improvement when carrying out the above tasks, not to mention better battery efficiency. Version 1.2.1 of Transporter also brings stability improvements and bug fixes. Transporter is available as a free download on the Mac App Store. Microsoft continues its work to bring native M1 support to its Mac apps, with its Remote Desktop being the latest to benefit. The app is designed to give Mac users access to a Windows PC via RemoteFX, and includes the ability to access local Mac files from Windows applications as well as printer capabilities. As with Transporter, the same general improvements that come with Apple silicon support should apply to the latest version of Remote Desktop, version 10.6.0 of which also brings client-side IME support when using Unicode keyboard mode and bug fixes. Remote Desktop is available as a free download from the Mac App Store. (Via The 8-Bit.)Tag: Apple SiliconThis article, "Apple Transporter and Microsoft Remote Desktop Gain Native M1 Mac Support" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Apple gets retrial over 'tainted' $506 million PanOptis defeat

11:53 15 Apr - AppleInsider News

A federal judge says there is "serious doubt" about the verdict that saw PanOptis awarded $506 million against Apple, and is allowing a retrial over iPhone 4G LTE patent infringements.The court determined that Apple infringed PanOptis's 4G LTE patentsApple has previously said its $506 million loss to PanOptis over a patent dispute was "tainted" because of how the jury had been instructed. It asked for a broad retrial, and now US District Judge Rodney Gilstrap has allowed one limited to the issue of damages. Read more...

Apple Supplier TSMC Says Global Chip Shortage Likely to Last into 2022

11:01 15 Apr - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple supplier TSMC today said it is doing all it can to increase productivity and alleviate the worldwide chip shortage, but that tight supplies will likely continue into next year (via Reuters). The comments followed a reported 19.4% rise in the Taiwanese firm's first-quarter profit, which beat market expectations, thanks to strong chip demand and a global shift to home working. TSMC did not mention Apple specifically, but it is a major Apple supplier and this suggests that the ongoing chip shortage could continue to impact Apple. TSMC produces A-series chips for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple silicon chips for the Mac. Foxconn, another Apple supplier, said in March that it expects the global chip shortage to extend into the second quarter of 2022. An earlier report claimed Apple is facing a global shortage of certain components for some of its MacBook and ‌iPad‌ models, which is causing the Cupertino tech giant and its suppliers to postpone production of the products. Samsung is also said to be feeling the impact in its production of OLED displays, which Apple uses in its iPhones. The ongoing chip shortage was caused by supply chain issues that arose during the global health crisis and weather-related events like the freeze in Texas that shut down Austin chip plants. As chip factories struggled to keep up with standard outputs during the pandemic, demand surged as people purchased devices for an at-home lifestyle, leading to higher prices. As a result, electronics companies bought up all available supply, leading chip makers to run at capacity. TSMC's business was initially boosted by the shortage, but it is now impacting manufacturers of high-performance computing (HPC) products like smartphones and laptops. "Our first-quarter business was supported by HPC-related demand, balanced by a milder smartphone seasonality than in recent years," said Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Wendell Huang, referring to high performance chips. "Moving into second quarter 2021, we expect our revenue to be flattish, as HPC-related demand will continue to grow, offset by smartphone seasonality."At its earnings briefing, TSMC said it expects to post revenues of between $12.9 billion and $13.2 billion in the second quarter of 2021, which is a 1% sequential increase at the midpoint. TSMC said this month it plans to invest $100 billion over the next three years to significantly expand its production capacity to meet ever-increasing demand. The new investment came the same week that Apple reportedly booked all of TSMC's production capacity for 4nm process chips, which are expected to be used in "new generation" Mac computers.Tag: TSMCThis article, "Apple Supplier TSMC Says Global Chip Shortage Likely to Last into 2022" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Gurman: Apple's 'Spring Loaded' Event Won't Feature Anything 'Particularly Innovative'

10:30 15 Apr - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Bloomberg's highly-respected Mark Gurman says that he expects nothing "particularly innovative" or "extraordinary" to launch at Apple's "Spring Loaded" event next week, Tuesday, April 20. Gurman made the remarks during an interview for Bloomberg Technology, in which he reaffirmed that Apple will launch a new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, with the higher-end model featuring a brand new mini-LED display. Gurman says these new iPads are only an "iterative update" to the iPad line, an increasingly vital product family for the tech giant thanks to the global health crisis. The event will be Apple's first product launch of 2021, and speculation about what could be announced is nothing short of rampant. One of the biggest new upcoming products expected from Apple is redesigned iMacs, which Bloomberg has previously reported will receive a design that is in line with the Pro Display XDR and a more powerful Apple silicon chip. No timeframe has been set for when these new iMacs could debut and Gurman says, "if the iMac does indeed get launched next week, that's going to be a big deal." Apple is also reportedly preparing to launch AirTags, a circular Tile-like tracking device that can be attached and used to locate items such as keys, bags, and more. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 20, and will be live-streamed via Apple's website, the Apple TV app, and Apple's YouTube channel. It'll kick off at 10:00 a.m Pacific Time, and for those unable to watch, MacRumors will be providing full event coverage both on MacRumors.com and through the MacRumorsLive Twitter account.Tag: April 2021 eventThis article, "Gurman: Apple's 'Spring Loaded' Event Won't Feature Anything 'Particularly Innovative'" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Chrome 90 Defaults to HTTPS, Adds AV1 Codec for Optimized Video Conferencing

10:09 15 Apr - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Google today rolled out Chrome 90 to its stable channel, introducing automatic preference for HTTPS sites over the HTTP protocol, plus some other notable changes. By default, Chrome will now redirect all websites to use the more secure HTTPS protocol. Encrypted using Transport Layer Security (TLS), HTTPS secures communication over networks by authenticating the website and protecting the privacy of data in transit. MacRumors.com has supported HTTPS for some time now. In addition, Chrome 90 adopts the AV1 codec for optimized video conferencing with WebRTC. The new codec should improve compression efficiency and reduce bandwidth consumption while improving video quality, and improve connectivity on low bandwidth connections. Screen sharing is also said to be more efficient when compared to the VP9 codec. Elsewhere, users can now hide the Reading List without delving into Chrome's flags. To do so, right-click the Bookmark Bar and deselect the new Show Reading List option at the bottom. Meanwhile, for developers, Chrome 90 introduces support for CSS overflow, which should help prevent scrolling within a CSS box. Google has also renamed the Feature Policy API to Permission Policy, which lets users adjust the behavior of certain APIs and web features in the browser. In the previous version of the browser, Chrome 89 introduced Google's live caption transcription feature, which uses machine learning to create a real-time transcription for videos or audio played through the browser. Google Chrome for Mac is a free download available directly from Google's servers. Google Chrome for iOS is a free download for iPhone and iPad available on the App Store. [Direct Link]Tag: ChromeThis article, "Chrome 90 Defaults to HTTPS, Adds AV1 Codec for Optimized Video Conferencing" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums