22:58 23 Jun - AppleInsider News
The U.S. House Judiciary Committee has voted to approve a bill to increase the budgets of antitrust enforcers as the panel considered a slate of sweeping bills aimed at tech giants.Credit: WikiMedia CommonsCredit: WikiMedia CommonsAfter more than three hours of discussion, the committee voted 29-12 to approve a piece of legislation that would significantly bolster the budgets of the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission. The bill would also increase the filing fees for the largest mergers, Reuters reported Wednesday. Read more...
22:43 23 Jun - AppleInsider News
A French court has set a date to hear a case brought against Apple by the country's finance ministry over allegedly abusive contract terms on the App Store.Credit: WikiMedia CommonsThe case will be heard by a Paris commercial court on Sept. 17, 2021, Reuters reported Wednesday. Although it's unlikely to result in significant fines, the court could force Apple to change some of its contractual terms in the country. Read more...
21:56 23 Jun - AppleInsider News
Apple TV+ has ordered a straight-to-series adaptation of "Strange Planet" with Dan Harmon and Nathan Pyle acting as executive producers.'Strange Planet' coming to Apple TV+ Image Credit: Nathan PyleThe "Strange Planet" webcomic features cute blue aliens performing everyday tasks, but describing them with strange language. Nathan Pyle, creator of the webcomic, and Dan Harmon, co-creator of "Rick and Morty," are acting as executive producers of the show. Read more...
21:21 23 Jun - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Popular comic "Strange Planet" from Nathan Pyle is being turned into an animated television series that's set to premiere on Apple TV+, reports Deadline.
The "Strange Planet" comics and books feature blue aliens from an Earth-like planet who describe their Earth-like activities in new and unusual ways. Nathan Pyle has amassed millions of followers on Instagram with the webcomic, which debuted in 2019, and has published multiple books.
Nathan Pyle will be working with Dan Harmon to turn the comic into an animated TV show, and both will serve as executive producers. This will be Apple's second animated television show following "Central Park," from "Bob's Burgers" creator Loren Bouchard.Tags: Apple TV Shows, Apple TV PlusThis article, "Nathan Pyle's 'Strange Planet' Comic Coming to Apple TV+ as Animated Series" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
21:10 23 Jun - AppleInsider News
If you have to collect a number of files in the same folder, but want to title them in a more orderly fashion, you need to learn how to master renaming files in macOS.We can all learn to be neater when collecting files in a folder. Sometimes, if you are putting together a collection of documents and files for someone else, or for safekeeping, you'll find that the document names aren't entirely right for the task. This is especially the case when you are pulling in files from multiple sources into a single folder. Read more...
20:50 23 Jun - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Apple subsidiary Claris today announced the release of FileMaker version 19.3 with several new features, including native support for Apple silicon, resulting in improved performance on Macs with the M1 chip.
An overview of new features from the announcement:? Apple silicon: Claris FileMaker Pro and Claris FileMaker Server are the first low-code universal macOS binaries that ensure optimized performance on Apple silicon computers while still offering amazing speed on Intel-based Mac computers.
? Microsoft Edge for Windows: The latest Microsoft Edge WebView2 control replaces Internet Explorer 11 (IE11), which eliminates potential security concerns and ensures full FileMaker extensibility on Windows.
? Significant server enhancements: Introducing Ubuntu, the most popular Linux distribution worldwide; the return of an enhanced log viewer; and many more server fixes and under-the-hood functionality that boost performance, flexibility, stability, and security.Popular note-taking app Notability was also updated today with native support for Apple silicon, resulting in up to 50% faster performance when running the app on an M1 Mac compared to an Intel-based Mac. Notability enables users to create hand-written digital notes with audio, which is handy for lectures and more.
Current users of Notability on the iPad can download the Mac version for free on the Mac App Store. New users can purchase Notability for $8.99, and use Notability across their Mac, iPad, and iPhone with a single purchase. Tags: Notability, FileMaker, M1This article, "Notability and FileMaker Updated With Native Support for M1 Macs" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
20:06 23 Jun - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
At least seven Apple suppliers have reportedly kicked off circuit board-related shipments for upcoming Apple products, and this notably includes third-generation AirPods, which are expected to be released later this year.
"Suppliers including Semco, LG Innotek, Kinsus, Unimicron, Nan Ya, Zhen Ding and AT&S have all kicked off their BT substrate shipments for Apple's next-generation products including the Apple Watch, AirPods and iPhone, which all adopt SiP modules," a paywalled DigiTimes report claimed today, citing industry sources.
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and Debby Wu previously reported that the third-generation AirPods will be released later in 2021 with a similar design as the AirPods Pro, including shorter stems. This would mark the first update to the standard AirPods since March 2019, when the second-generation pair launched with the H1 chip for hands-free "Hey Siri" functionality and up to 50 percent more talk time than the original AirPods.
The second-generation AirPods are priced at $159 with a wired charging case and at $199 with a wireless charging case, and the third-generation AirPods would maintain a lower price than the AirPods Pro, which cost $249 regularly but are frequently on sale. It's likely that the third-generation AirPods will lack some higher-end features like active noise cancellation to maintain this lower price point.
As for the AirPods Pro, a second-generation pair with fitness tracking are rumored to launch next year, and they may have a more compact design similar to Apple's new Beats Studio Buds released earlier this month.Related Roundup: AirPodsTag: digitimes.comBuyer's Guide: AirPods (Don't Buy)Related Forum: AirPodsThis article, "New AirPods Expected Later This Year as Suppliers Begin Component Shipments" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
19:16 23 Jun - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Apple today released a new version of the 1.0.276 firmware designed for AirTags, which is a revision to the update that was made available in June.
The new AirTags 1.0.276 firmware has a build number of 1A287b, while the old firmware had a build number of 1A276d. The 1.0.276 firmware that came out in June added anti-stalking security enhancements, and this new version likely just refines these features.
Because the firmware version has not changed, it is not possible to tell the new firmware from the old firmware in the Find My app, nor will it be apparent when the firmware of the AirTags has been updated.
There is no way to force an AirTag update, because it's something that's done over-the-air through a connected iPhone. To make sure the update happens, you can put your AirTag in range of your iPhone, but you have to wait for the firmware to roll out to your device.
You can check your current AirTag firmware version through the Find My app.Tag: AirTagsRelated Forum: AirTagsThis article, "Apple Releases Revised AirTag Firmware Update" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
18:50 23 Jun - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Apple today released the trailer for upcoming docuseries "Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson," which is set to premiere on Friday, July 30th on Apple TV+.
The six-part docuseries will examine "sound creation and the revolutionary technology that has shaped music as we know it," and as the name suggests, it is hosted by DJ and Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Mark Ronson.
Each episode will follow Ronson as he uncovers untold stories of music creation and explores the lengths that producers and creators will go to in order to find the perfect sound.Ronson explores music's intersection with artistry and technology in candid conversations with music legends and icons including Paul McCartney, Questlove, King Princess, Dave Grohl, Adrock and Mike D from the Beastie Boys, Charli XCX and more, where he discovers the ways in which these unique tools have influenced their work.The end of each episode will feature Ronson creating a unique piece of original music using different techniques like reverb, synth, autotune, drum machines, sampling, and distortion.Tags: Apple TV Shows, Apple TV PlusThis article, "Apple Shares Trailer for Docuseries 'Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson'" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
18:37 23 Jun - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Apple Watch Series 7 could feature a smaller "S7" chip, potentially providing more space for a larger battery or other components.
According to a paywalled preview of a DigiTimes report accessed by MacRumors, next-generation Apple Watch models will adopt double-sided System in Package (SiP) packaging from Taiwanese supplier ASE Technology.
On its website, ASE Technology confirms that its double-sided technology allows for module miniaturization, paving the way for a smaller "S7" chip.
Apple Watch Series 7 models are expected to be released in September, in line with the past several generations of the device. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and Debby Wu previously reported that Apple has tested thinner display bezels and a new lamination technique that brings the display closer to the front cover. The next Apple Watch could also feature a new flat-edged design and a new green color option, according to leaker Jon Prosser.
Advanced health features like body temperature sensing and blood glucose monitoring have also been rumored for a future Apple Watch, but these features are considered unlikely to be ready for Series 7 models this year.Related Roundup: Apple Watch Series 6Tag: digitimes.comBuyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Caution)Related Forum: Apple WatchThis article, "Apple Watch Series 7 May Feature Smaller Double-Sided S7 Chip" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
18:19 23 Jun - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Apple is planning to launch an updated version in the first half of 2022, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said today in a note to investors.
As he has said previously, the design of the new iPhone SE will be "roughly the same" as the existing SE, which is modeled after the iPhone 8.
Kuo says that the new 2022 iPhone SE will support 5G, and it will include processor updates. The device will be positioned as the "cheapest 5G iPhone ever." The most affordable iPhone with 5G right now is the iPhone 12 mini, so presumably the iPhone SE will be a good deal more affordable than the $699 price point of that device.
There have been rumors of an "iPhone SE Plus" with a larger display and a Touch ID power button, which Kuo has also mentioned in the past, but there's no word of this bigger iPhone SE in Kuo's note and we haven't heard new details about it for some time, so it is not clear if it's been scrapped or is something that's coming at a later date.
Kuo also previously said that Apple is developing a new version of the iPhone 11 with a 6-inch LCD, Face ID support, and 5G, and it's possible thst this future device, which is said to be launching in 2023, will also be in the SE family.
There is no specific word on when we can expect the next-generation iPhone SE, but the first half of 2022 perhaps suggests a spring event.Related Roundup: iPhone SE 2020Tag: Ming-Chi KuoBuyer's Guide: iPhone SE (Don't Buy)Related Forum: iPhoneThis article, "Kuo: 2022 iPhone SE Will Be the 'Cheapest 5G iPhone Ever'" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
18:16 23 Jun - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
Apple may include an under the screen Touch ID sensor for some models of the 2022 iPhones, according to credible Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
In an investor note today obtained by MacRumors, Kuo says that Apple plans to have four models in the 2022 iPhone lineup. Kuo had previously stated that the iPhone 13, destined for this year, will be the last iPhone lineup to feature a 5.4-inch ?mini? size. Kuo reaffirmed his belief today, stating that the 2022 iPhones will only feature a 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch size, with two models of each size.
The low-end 6.7-inch iPhone may cost less than $900 but could lack certain features such as an under the screen Touch ID sensor to compensate for costs. The current largest 6.7-inch iPhone, the iPhone 12 Pro Max, begins at $1,099.
Providing some details about the camera improvements coming to the 2022 iPhones, Kuo says the high-end 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch iPhones will feature an improved wide-angle camera with 48 megapixels.
In the same note, Kuo reiterated that in the first half of next year, Apple is still planning to launch an updated iPhone SE that will be the ?cheapest 5G iPhone ever.? The update to the iPhone SE will feature a similar design as the current model, with improved performance.Tag: Ming-Chi KuoThis article, "Kuo: 2022 iPhones May Feature Under-Screen Touch ID" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
17:33 23 Jun - AppleInsider News
You don't have to wait until the fall and you don't have to risk installing the beta of macOS Monterey to try out the forthcoming Safari changes. Here's how to see and use them right now on Big Sur.Get macOS Monterey's Safari improvements in Big SurIt may not be the biggest change Mac users are going to get when we all move to macOS Monterey later in the year, but it might be the most controversial. Safari is getting a redesign that's going to take some getting used to. Read more...
17:14 23 Jun - AppleInsider News
Apple's advertising platform Apple Search Ads is now available in mainland China, but advertisers may have to gain state approval and licenses before using it on the App Store.Apple expands Apple Search Ads to ChinaApple has expanded its advertising program Apple Search Ads to China, meaning that developers and advertisers can now have App Store ads presented to users in the region. Apple Search Ads has been steadily rolling out to more countries, but the Chinese version has extra conditions. Read more...
16:42 23 Jun - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page
In an email informing Apple TV+ subscribers that their free trial period will soon lapse, Apple also revealed that the series "Foundation" and "The Problem With Jon Stewart" will both premiere in September, but no specific dates were provided.
From the email, received by a MacRumors editor:Plus, there's much more to come with highly anticipated new dramas, comedies, kids shows and some of the biggest films in streaming:
- Mr. Corman: Starring Emmy AwardŽ winner Joseph Gordon-Levitt ? series premieres August 6
- CODA: Sundance Film Festival award winner ? film premieres August 13
- Foundation: Based on Isaac Asimov's award-winning novels ? series premieres in September
- The Problem With Jon Stewart: The late-night star's long-awaited return to TV ? series premieres in September
- The Shrink Next Door: Starring Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd ? series premieres November 12The release dates for the other Apple TV+ series in the list were previously known.
Based on the award-winning novels by Isaac Asimov, Apple said "Foundation" will chronicle a band of exiles on their monumental journey to save humanity and rebuild civilization amid the fall of the Galactic Empire.
"The Problem With Jon Stewart" will explore topics that are currently part of the national conversation, according to Apple. The new, original current affairs series will mark Stewart's return to television after his 20-time Emmy Award-winning run on the Comedy Central series "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" came to a close in 2015.
For many Apple TV+ users, expect your subscription to automatically renew for the standard $4.99 per month starting July 1. This date may vary slightly for some users depending on the date that you first subscribed to the service.
(Thanks, Zach Knox!)Tags: Apple TV Shows, Apple TV PlusThis article, "Apple TV+ Series 'Foundation' and 'The Problem With Jon Stewart' Premiering in September" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums