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Facebook pushes 'Hey Facebook' voice recognition to Oculus Quest, Portal displays

00:26 26 Feb - AppleInsider News

Facebook on Thursday announced a new Oculus Quest 2 VR headset and Portal smart display feature that enables owners to wake their devices with the phrase "Hey Facebook," closely following in the footsteps of virtual assistant software marketed by Apple, Google and Amazon.The wake word is new for Oculus and lets users access Voice Commands without selecting the option from the device home menu or controller. "Hey Facebook" compatibility will hit Quest 2 first before rolling out to all Quest hardware.Oculus makes clear that "Hey Facebook" is an optional feature and notes the Quest 2 does not listen for the wake word when its microphone is turned off. This suggests the headset is monitoring audio when its microphone is enabled. Read more...

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Facebook pushes 'Hey Facebook' voice recognition to Oculus Quest, Portal displays

00:26 26 Feb - AppleInsider News

Facebook on Thursday announced a new Oculus Quest 2 VR headset and Portal smart display feature that enables owners to wake their devices with the phrase "Hey Facebook," closely following in the footsteps of virtual assistant software marketed by Apple, Google and Amazon.The wake word is new for Oculus and lets users access Voice Commands without selecting the option from the device home menu or controller. "Hey Facebook" compatibility will hit Quest 2 first before rolling out to all Quest hardware.Oculus makes clear that "Hey Facebook" is an optional feature and notes the Quest 2 does not listen for the wake word when its microphone is turned off. This suggests the headset is monitoring audio when its microphone is enabled. Read more...

DirecTV to become standalone company after AT&T, TPG Capital ink deal

23:26 25 Feb - AppleInsider News

AT&T has reached a deal with TPG Capital that will see struggling satellite TV provider DirecTV become its own standalone company.Credit: AT&TUnder the terms of the arrangement, the deal will create a new company called DirecTV with an implied enterprise value of $16.25 billion. TPG Capital will take a 30% stake in the business, while AT&T will own the remaining 70%. Read more...

Apple researching voice accessibility features for Siri like stutter detection

23:11 25 Feb - AppleInsider News

Apple is working on making Siri and its other voice recognition technologies more accessible to users with atypical speech patterns.Credit: AppleFor example, the company is researching ways to automatically detect if someone is speaking with a stutter, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Read more...

Apple Training Siri to Better Understand People With Atypical Speech

22:42 25 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple is researching how to improve Siri to better understand people who talk with a stutter, according to new details shared by The Wall Street Journal in a piece on how companies train voice assistants to handle atypical speech. Apple has built a bank of 28,000 audio clips from podcasts featuring people who stutter, which could be used to train ‌Siri‌. The data that Apple has collected will improve voice recognition systems for atypical speech patterns, according to an Apple spokesperson. Along with improving how ‌Siri‌ understands people with atypical speech patterns, Apple has also implemented a Hold to Talk feature for ‌Siri‌ that allows users to control how long they want ‌Siri‌ to listen for. This prevents ‌Siri‌ from interrupting users with a stutter before they're finished speaking. ‌Siri‌ can also be used without voice all together, through a Type to Siri feature that was first introduced in iOS 11. Apple plans to outline its work to improve ‌Siri‌ in a research paper set to be published this week, which will provide more details on the company's efforts. Google and Amazon are also working to train Google Assistant and Alexa to better understand all users, including those who have trouble using their voices. Google is collecting atypical speech data, and Amazon in December launched the Alexa Fund to let people who have speech impairments train an algorithm to recognize their unique vocal patterns.Tag: SiriThis article, "Apple Training Siri to Better Understand People With Atypical Speech" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 121 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements

22:32 25 Feb - 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. ‌Safari Technology Preview‌ release 121 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for Web Inspector, CSS, GPU Process, Media, Web API, JavaScript, WebAssembly, Accessibility, and Speech Recognition. 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 121 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Supply chain gearing up for late 2021 MacBook Pro with mini LED displays

22:18 25 Feb - AppleInsider News

An LED backlight supplier called Radiant may be the sole supplier of mini LED for Apple's rumored 14-inch MacBook Pro and a 16-inch MacBook Pro refresh due in late 2021, a new report claims.Apple is expected to add mini LED to many products in its lineupApple is expected to begin using mini LED backlights across most of its product lines in 2021, including in new MacBook Pros and iPad Pros. The technology will enable more even lighting, better contrast, and more accurate color reproduction in Apple's LCDs. Read more...

US House lays out three potential areas of change to rein in Big Tech

22:12 25 Feb - AppleInsider News

The U.S. House antitrust subcommittee met again on Thursday to listen to expert witnesses and consider legislative proposals to "address the rise and abuse of market power online."Credit: WikiMedia CommonsThursday's hearing is slated to be the first of several intended to build on a bipartisan investigation carried out by the U.S. House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust. Unlike the first phase, lawmakers are focused on new regulations and rules in the new series of hearings. Read more...

Lowest prices anywhere: Apple's M1 MacBook Pro dips to $1,189, plus $60 off AppleCare

20:32 25 Feb - AppleInsider News

Apple's M1 13-inch MacBook Pro is on sale right now with discounts up to $200 off, plus $60 off AppleCare.Exclusive MacBook Pro dealsAppleInsider readers can find the lowest M1 MacBook Pro prices in our Price Guide, with exclusive coupon discounts on every single model, including the standard M1 config that's currently marked down to $1,189 in Silver or $1,209 in Space Gray at Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama. To secure the discount, you must shop through this special Adorama link and enter promo code APINSIDER during checkout (step-by-step activation instructions can be found below). AppleCare is also $60 off when purchased alongside the 13-inch MacBook Pro using the same coupon code. Read more...

Insultingly, Facebook continues to try to convince users that privacy-violating targeted ads are good

20:03 25 Feb - AppleInsider News

Somewhere along the line, Facebook moved from being the preposterously insecure social media service, into a corporation whose people seem pretty insecure ? which has been further demonstrated by the company on Thursday trying its latest attempt to convince people how privacy-breaking targeted advertisements are actually good for consumers.Credit: FacebookOn Thursday, we are yet again seeing a Facebook blogging tirade where the company wants to be seen as our lone champion against ? well, anything it can grab on to. If you can't be bothered to read this latest diatribe, the short version is that the company appears to believe that we need our online habits tracked in order to provide us with more ads, and we should be thankful that Facebook gives us that. Read more...

Apple releases macOS 11.2.2 to prevent certain USB-C hubs and docks from damaging some MacBook models

19:30 25 Feb - AppleInsider News

Apple has released macOS Big Sur 11.2.2 with a fix that prevents certain non-compliant USB-C hubs and docks from damaging some models of MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.The update is available to users manually by opening System Preferences then selecting Software Update. It will also be installed automatically on systems for users who enabled that setting.Not all Macs will see the update. The release notes say that the update will prevent non-standards compliant powered USB-C hubs and docks from damaging MacBook Pro models 2019 or later and MacBook Air models 2020 and later. Read more...

Apple Watch Series 6 long-term review -- Was it worth upgrading?

19:14 25 Feb - AppleInsider News

It's been almost six months since the Apple Watch Series 6 was released. Halfway to the next model, how does Apple's latest wearable hold up and compare to the Apple Watch Series 5 after months of daily use?Aluminum Apple Watch Series 6I'll freely admit that I'm not your average Apple Watch user. Beyond being an Apple-primary user, I work at AppleInsider, so it was a foregone conclusion that I'd upgrade my Apple Watch when a new model was released. Read more...

Apple Releases macOS Big Sur 11.2.2 to Prevent MacBooks From Being Damaged by Third-Party Non-Compliant Docks

19:07 25 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple today released macOS Big Sur 11.2.2, the fourth update to the ‌macOS Big Sur‌ operating system that launched in November. ‌macOS Big Sur‌ 11.2.2 comes two weeks after the release of macOS Big Sur 11.2.1, a bug fix update. The new ????‌macOS Big Sur‌??? 11.2.2? update can be downloaded for free on all eligible Macs using the Software Update section of System Preferences. According to Apple's release notes, the ‌macOS Big Sur‌ update prevents 2019 or later MacBook Pro models and 2020 or later MacBook Air models from being damaged when connected to certain third-party, non-compliant powered USB-C hubs and docks. There have been several reports on Reddit from Mac users who have connected USB-C hubs and docks to their machines, resulting in the machine becoming non-functional. Affected Macs appear to go blank and unresponsive shortly after connecting the dock. Many of the users who experienced issues were using hubs and docks not purchased from reputable companies. Many of the complaints were from M1 Mac users who had a MacBook Pro or a ‌MacBook Air‌, but Apple's release notes suggest other models were affected as well. This article, "Apple Releases macOS Big Sur 11.2.2 to Prevent MacBooks From Being Damaged by Third-Party Non-Compliant Docks" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Sonnet reveals SxS Pro X Thunderbolt 3 Single-Slot Card Reader

18:59 25 Feb - AppleInsider News

Sonnet's new SxS Pro X Thunderbolt 3 Single-Slot Card Reader is capable of reading any SxS media at the maximum rated speeds and is available now.The Sonnet SxS Pro X Thunderbolt 3 Single-Slot Card ReaderSxS memory cards are Sony-co-developed onboard recording media used in professional digital video cameras. The latest generation of SxS Pro X offers speeds of up to 1,250 MB/s. Read more...

iPhone 12 cycle still strong despite 'weaker demand,' analyst says

18:47 25 Feb - AppleInsider News

Demand for the iPhone 12 lineup is starting to wane, but investment bank JP Morgan is still tracking a year-over-year increase in shipments because of 5G adoption.Credit: Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsiderIn a note to investors seen by AppleInsider, JP Morgan analyst Samik Chatterjee revised his 2021 iPhone shipment estimate to 230 million units, down from around 236 million units. Despite that, Chatterjee notes that the number still represents a 13% shipment volume increase from 2020. Read more...

21.5-Inch iMac Currently Unavailable to Order With Upgraded 512GB or 1TB SSD

18:18 25 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

For the past few days, the 21.5-inch 4K iMac with either 512GB or 1TB of SSD storage configuration has been unavailable for order on Apple's website. Other configurations, such as the lowest-end 256GB SSD option or 1TB Fusion Drive storage option remain available, however. While there are rumors of an updated ‌iMac‌ launching this year, the current lack of availability for the higher-end storage options is likely due to a component shortage rather than a sign of an imminent launch. Both the 512GB and 1TB SSD storage options are popular upgrade items as well, which makes for a significant inconvenience for buyers looking to purchase an ‌iMac‌ right now. Timing for a launch of the redesigned ‌iMac‌ remains unclear, so we'll have to hold tight to see whether we get an update or Apple's component shortage is resolved for the current models. It's quite rare for Mac configurations to be completely unavailable for ordering, with Apple usually just pushing shipping estimates out significantly in cases of component shortages or stock drawdowns ahead of updates.Related Roundup: iMacBuyer's Guide: iMac (Caution)This article, "21.5-Inch iMac Currently Unavailable to Order With Upgraded 512GB or 1TB SSD" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Apple TV+ 'Cherry' is a personal homecoming for directors Anthony and Joe Russo

18:03 25 Feb - AppleInsider News

At the virtual Apple TV+ movie premiere of "Cherry," Cleveland-native directors Anthony and Joe Russo talked about filming a personal story of war and addiction, at home.Joe Russo, Anthony Russo and Tom Holland behind the scenes in "Cherry," premiering globally March 12, 2021 on Apple TV+.The directors Anthony and Joe Russo spent much of the last decade making films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Most recently, they directed 2019's Avengers: Endgame, which became the highest-grossing film of all time. Read more...

Apple celebrates Women's History Month with apps, podcasts, music, and more

17:56 25 Feb - AppleInsider News

To commemorate Women's History Month in March, Apple is shining a light on female creators and stories with a collection of inspiring stories and female-created media across its services, including Apple Books, Apple TV, Apple Music, and others.March Women's History Month and Apple will be celebrating by highlighting all things women across Apple services. Here's a look at some of the things Apple is doing during the month of March.Apple will be hosting women-run virtual Today at Apple sessions, allowing users to pick up new skills from female creators. Those who subscribe to Apple Fitness+ can take part in inspiring workouts on International Women's Day. Read more...

Rumored Finger-Mounted Control Device for Apple AR/VR Headset Surfaces in Patent Application

17:21 25 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple is researching a finger-mounted device with an array of sensors and haptic feedback, to be used as a control device for a mixed-reality headset, according to patent filings. The patent application, first spotted by Patently Apple, was filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and resurfaced earlier today. Titled "Finger-Mounted Device With Sensors and Haptics," the filing explains how a finger-mounted device can be used to wirelessly control computers and "head-mounted display systems" that are used for "virtual reality content and/or augmented reality content". The patent filing appears to align with some rumors surrounding the control-input of Apple's long-awaited headset product. A recent report from The Information said that Apple is developing multiple ways to control its mixed reality headset, including a "thimble-like device to be worn on a person's finger." In the filing, Apple acknowledges that some implementations of a wearable control device could resemble a glove with sensors to detect hand motions, but says that a finger-mounted device has a number of advantages, such as retaining the ability to feel objects in the user's surroundings and maintain comfort. In terms of design, the device has two small sidewalls to grip a finger using magnets or springs, and can therefore accommodate a range of different finger sizes. It may be "formed from a deformable material such as metal," but the patent also suggests that other materials such as fabric or polymer may be appropriate. Apple's finger-mounted device is worn on the tops of a user's fingers and leaves fingertips exposed so that it is still possible to touch surfaces as normal. To allow the user to feel real-world objects accurately, the finger-mounted device may have a U-shaped cross-sectional profile or other shape that allows underside portions of the user's fingertips to be exposed to the environment. Apple explains that this configuration allows the user to "touch surfaces with the user's own skin, thereby enhancing the user's sensitivity to the environment in which device is being used," giving the example of how a user will be able to "detect small surface imperfections on a touched surface, slight irregularities in surface texture, and other details that might be obscured in a configuration in which the pads of the user's fingers are covered." The device forms a shell containing force sensors, accelerometers, gyroscopes, optical sensors, touch sensors, status indicator lights, and more. These sensors use capacitive sensing techniques and other methods to precisely ascertain the way in which the user is moving their finger and interacting with surfaces. The system is said to be so precise that it can detect how hard a user is pressing on a surface and the exact direction of this force. The control circuitry may gather finger press input, lateral finger movement input, and finger tap input using the sensors and may provide haptic output using the haptic output device. In response to interactions virtualized on the external device, the finger-mounted device can deliver haptic feedback to the user, much like the Apple Watch, to "provide clicks and other haptic output." For example, the control circuitry may supply haptic output to a user's fingers based on wirelessly received information from the external device. The haptic output may correspond to virtual reality or augmented reality haptic output... Haptic output may be provided to the user to confirm to the user that a light tap input has been recognized or to otherwise provide feedback to the user. The haptic feedback may provide the user with a sensation of tapping on a physical keyboard or other input device with a movable button member even when the user is tapping on a hard flat surface such as a tabletop. The haptic output provided with the wearable electronic device to the user may be virtual reality haptic output or augmented reality haptic output that is provided while a user is wearing a head-mounted display or other device that creates a virtual reality or augmented reality environment for a user. In practice, Apple says that this could "provide a user with the sensation of interacting on a physical keyboard when the user is making finger taps on a table surface," in alignment with "a virtual keyboard surface that is being displayed in alignment with the table surface using a head-mounted display." Alternatively, the device may "allow a user to supply joystick-type input using only lateral movement of the user's fingertips" for gaming. Apple suggests that the device may also be worn "on one or more fingers," but it is not clear what difference this would make to interactions or if Apple expects multiple finger-mounted devices to be worn on a single hand. The general correspondence of Apple patent applications to recent rumors about Apple's mixed reality headset is clear to see, but whether The Information's "thimble-like" control device is depicted in this patent filing is yet to be seen. While patent applications cannot be taken as concrete evidence of the exact hardware Apple is planning to sell, it is difficult to look past the way in which the company's recent spate of patent filings may fit into the bigger picture surrounding its AR/VR project.Related Roundup: Apple GlassesTag: patentThis article, "Rumored Finger-Mounted Control Device for Apple AR/VR Headset Surfaces in Patent Application" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Apple Celebrating Women's History Month With Featured Apps, Podcasts, and More

17:12 25 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple today announced that it will be celebrating Women's History Month and International Women's Day with featured content that promotes female creators across the App Store and other Apple services throughout March and beyond. "For Women's History Month and International Women's Day, Apple is further amplifying female voices that drive culture and change by bringing to the forefront untold stories, exclusive content, and curated collections across all of its services," said Apple. "Available beginning in March, these offerings celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of all women who accelerate the conversation around gender equality." Starting on International Women's Day, for example, Apple Fitness+ subscribers will have access to a collection of 24 workouts featuring full playlists made up entirely of artists who are women, across High Intensity Interval Training, Rowing, Strength, Core, Treadmill, Cycling, Dance, Yoga, and Mindful Cooldown workout types. Featured content will also be available in the Apple TV app, Apple Books, Apple Podcasts, Apple News, Apple Music, Apple Arcade, and more. Apple will also be hosting virtual Today at Apple sessions led by female creators, and on March 8, Apple Watch users can participate in the International Women's Day Activity Challenge and earn a limited-edition award by recording any workout of 20 minutes or more. More details can be found on the Apple Newsroom.This article, "Apple Celebrating Women's History Month With Featured Apps, Podcasts, and More" first appeared on MacRumors.com

Claris extends app development training program

17:00 25 Feb - AppleInsider News

FileMaker Pro company Claris has announced a further partnership with a training provider to provide both technical and business training for new app developers.FileMaker Pro developer Claris introduces new training programApple-owned Claris, previously known as FileMaker Inc, has announced what it's calling a new training program. Really a continuation of an existing collaboration with training company Qwasar Silicon Valley, the revised program teaches app development using FileMaker Pro, and now hopes to attract more diverse developers. Read more...

Redesigned 14-Inch MacBook Pro Expected to Feature Brighter Mini-LED Display With Slimmer Bezels and More

16:48 25 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple plans to unveil new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with Mini-LED-backlit displays in the second half of this year, according to industry sources cited by Taiwanese supply chain publication DigiTimes. The report claims that Radiant Opto-Electronics will be the exclusive supplier of the Mini-LED backlight units, while Quanta Computer is said to be tasked with final assembly of the notebooks. The report lines up with information shared by well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who expects new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models to launch in the second half of this year with brighter Mini-LED displays, Apple silicon chips, a new design with a flat-edged top and bottom, an HDMI port and SD card reader, classic MagSafe charging with a magnetic power cable, and physical function keys instead of the Touch Bar. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has also corroborated many of these details, and he was first to report that an SD card reader would be returning to the MacBook Pro. Similar to how the 16-inch MacBook Pro replaced the 15-inch MacBook Pro in 2019, the 14-inch model would likely replace the Intel-based 13-inch MacBook Pro that Apple currently sells, with slimmer bezels around the display allowing for the 14-inch MacBook Pro to have only a slightly larger footprint than the 13-inch model. If all of these rumors pan out, it would be a significant overhaul to the MacBook Pro, with many fan-favorite features returning. There is also lots of anticipation surrounding next-generation Apple silicon given the already-impressive performance of the M1 chip in lower-end machines like the MacBook Air and base model 13-inch MacBook Pro. Since 2016, the MacBook Pro has only been equipped with Thunderbolt ports and a headphone jack, forcing users to purchase adapters or docks to gain access to an HDMI port, SD card reader, USB-A ports, and other connectivity offered on older MacBook Pro models. Apple touted its "thinnest and lightest MacBook Pro ever," but the decision was criticized by many users and became known as "dongle hell." It's unclear exactly when Apple would announce the new MacBook Pro models. The "second half of 2021" timeframe could refer to a fall unveiling in September, October, or November, but the new MacBook Pro models could also be announced at WWDC in June and then begin shipping in July, which falls within the second half of the year. The timeframe given by Kuo is simply too broad to pinpoint an exact launch at this time. Apple is also widely rumored to be planning a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a Mini-LED display for release in the first half of 2021, with some reports having claimed that the device could be announced as early as March.Related Roundups: MacBook Pro 13", MacBook Pro 16"Tags: digitimes.com, Mini-LED, 14-Inch MacBook ProBuyer's Guide: 13" MacBook Pro (Don't Buy), 16" MacBook Pro (Don't Buy)This article, "Redesigned 14-Inch MacBook Pro Expected to Feature Brighter Mini-LED Display With Slimmer Bezels and More" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Apple technology could create AR, VR content based on LiDAR mesh maps

16:25 25 Feb - AppleInsider News

Apple is continuing to refine its virtual and augmented reality technology, including work on a system that can map an AR or VR experience to a physical setting.Credit: AppleThe company is thought to be working on multiple devices that rely on synthesized reality (SR), a broad category including both AR, VR, and mixed reality (MR). Apple is rumored to be developing both an AR "Apple Glass" device, as well as another MR visor device. Read more...

Target to offer expanded Apple experiences in store and online

16:10 25 Feb - AppleInsider News

Target has launched an effort to double Apple's retail floor space in select Target locations, paired with an increase in its online Apple-related services.The collaboration is designed to give guests a better Apple shopping experience, making it easier to shop for Apple products in specific Target locations. Additionally, Target will provide product demonstrations hosted by Target Tech Consultants, who will receive special training through Apple."Apple products are popular with Target's guests, and this new, dedicated shopping experience offers enhanced service and expanded offerings, building on our strength as a go-to destination for electronics," said Christina Hennington, executive vice president, and chief growth officer at Target. "This new model was created with Target's guests in mind, and we'll continue to learn and enhance the experience through future rollouts later this year." Read more...

Deals: Apple's M1 MacBook Pro Seeing Up to $100 Discounts on Amazon [Updated]

16:09 25 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Amazon today is offering the new M1 MacBook Pro for up to $100 off in both configurations, with a match of the lowest-ever price seen on the higher-end 512GB M1 MacBook Pro. 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. Starting with the 256GB 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro in Space Gray, you can get this model for $1,219.00, down from $1,299.00. This is just about $20 off from the lowest price we've ever seen for this model. $80 OFFM1 MacBook Pro (256GB) for $1,219.00 Next, there's the 512GB 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro for $1,399.00, down from $1,499.00, and it's available at this price in both colors. This model of the MacBook Pro has been on sale more consistently than the lower-end model, and this discount remains the best price that we've ever tracked for the 512GB version. $100 OFFM1 MacBook Pro (512GB) for $1,399.00 Our full Deals Roundup has more information on the latest Apple-related sales and bargains. You can also find more discounts on other MacBooks by visiting our Best Deals guide for MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. Update: We updated this article to reflect a new price on the 256GB MacBook Pro on Amazon.Related Roundups: Apple Deals, MacBook Pro 13"Buyer's Guide: 13" MacBook Pro (Don't Buy)This article, "Deals: Apple's M1 MacBook Pro Seeing Up to $100 Discounts on Amazon [Updated]" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Facebook's New PR Campaign Promotes Personalized Advertising Ahead of Apple's App Tracking Transparency Launch

16:02 25 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Facebook is launching a new PR campaign that highlights how small businesses rely on personalized advertising to help their businesses grow from "an idea into a livelihood." The new campaign indirectly takes aim at App Tracking Transparency (ATT), an upcoming iOS 14 feature that will require apps to ask for a user's permission to opt into tracking for personalized advertising. Starting with iOS and iPadOS 14.5, Facebook and other third-party apps will be required to show users a prompt that asks for their consent to be tracked across other apps and websites. If users opt in, the tracking helps Facebook, and other advertising providers gather information about a user's interest and habits in order to create and show them personalized ads. The new campaign, called "Good Ideas Deserve To Be Found," launched today and will run for a total of 12 weeks across Facebook and appear in TV spots across the United States in cooperation with agency Droga5, according to CNBC. The video says that small businesses lack the tools to grow without the help of Facebook's personalized advertising, and that the ads help people find what they love and what they think is "cool." Alongside the new campaign, Facebook is also rolling out a series of changes on the platform itself. Facebook says it will simplify its Ads Manager to make it easier for small businesses to utilize personalized marketing plans with an improved dashboard that can make viewing a campaign's performance easier, and allow for faster optimizations. Facebook will also waive fees for small businesses using its Checkout on Shops feature through June 2021, and will keep in place its previously announced waiver of fees for paid online events until at least August of the year. In the past few months, Facebook has ramped up its anti-Apple rhetoric and voiced strong disapproval for ATT. Facebook says it's concerned that once the change launches, it will severely impact small businesses that rely on personalized advertising. Facebook and others believe that the majority of users will opt out of tracking, make it significantly harder to show users personalized ads. Earlier this month, Facebook released the prompt that it plans to show users once iOS and iPadOS 14.5 ships in the early spring. In the pop-up prompt, Facebook is asking users to consent to tracking in order to receive a "better ads experience." Facebook says that even if users don't consent to the tracking, they'll still receive ads, but that they'll be "less relevant." Facebook is reportedly preparing an antitrust lawsuit against Apple, accusing the Cupertino tech giant of anticompetitive behavior with App Tracking Transparency, amongst other features such as iMessage.Tags: Facebook, App Tracking TransparencyThis article, "Facebook's New PR Campaign Promotes Personalized Advertising Ahead of Apple's App Tracking Transparency Launch" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Belkin set to release new WeMo HomeKit Stage Scene Controller

15:44 25 Feb - AppleInsider News

Belkin's new Stage Scene Controller is built for HomeKit and is coming soon according to regulatory agency filings.WeMo Stage Scene ControllerThe Stage Scene Controller is a three-button remote that can control specific HomeKit devices or scenes. Previous remotes like the Hue Dimmer were retrofitted for HomeKit, which could create confusion as you attempted to overwrite commands. Read more...

Deals: Shop the Latest Carrier Sales on iPhone 12 and Refurbished Discounts on iPhone 11

15:28 25 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Today we're tracking a few offers on multiple generations of iPhone. These include the latest sales from AT&T and Verizon on the iPhone 12 family, like up to $700 off a new iPhone 12 Pro at AT&T when adding a new line or upgrading. There's also a few refurbished iPhone 11 deals at Woot, all of which you'll find listed below. 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. iPhone 12 At AT&T, you can get up to $700 off Apple's new iPhone 12 lineup. You'll need to purchase the new iPhone on a qualifying installment agreement and pay a $30 activation/upgrade fee, then add a new line of service or upgrade an existing line. Lastly, a used smartphone will need to be traded in with a minimum trade-in value of $95 for $700 credit within 30 days of activating the new device. Afterwards, you'll receive up to $700 in bill credits over 30 monthly installments. UP TO $700 OFFiPhone 12 Models at AT&T Eligible purchased smartphones include the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. If you opt for the 64GB iPhone 12 mini, and trade in an eligible smartphone, you can receive the new device at no extra cost. Verizon has a few similar offers, with a wide variety of variations between each. You can get up to $750 off iPhone 12 models when adding a new line and trading in; you can buy one iPhone 12 model, then get $800 off another; or you can buy one iPhone 12 Pro model, and get $1,000 off another. If you're upgrading, you can get up to $440 off a new iPhone when trading in an old model. All of these promotions require signing up for installment agreements and unlimited plans. You'll see the promo credit applied to your bill over 24 to 30 months. iPhone 11 If you're looking to save some money on an unlocked and older iPhone, Woot's flash sale today has refurbished iPhone 11 devices from $509.99. This price is for the 64GB iPhone 11, and there's also the 128GB iPhone 11 at $559.99 and the 256GB iPhone 11 for $589.99. These prices are up to $90 off Apple's current one-time payment for the iPhone 11. Of course, they're also refurbished and are expected to have a moderate level of wear and tear, but they have been tested to be in full working condition with batteries that function at minimum 85 percent capacity. REFURB SALEiPhone 11 Models at Woot You can also get the iPhone 11 Pro starting at $609.99 and the iPhone 11 Pro Max starting at $689.99. All of these devices come with a 90 day Woot limited warranty. If you're in the market for a new iPhone, we've begun tracking the latest carrier deals in our Best iPhone Deals guide. This includes discounts and offers from AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, and more.Related Roundups: Apple Deals, iPhone 11, iPhone 12Buyer's Guide: iPhone 12 (Neutral)This article, "Deals: Shop the Latest Carrier Sales on iPhone 12 and Refurbished Discounts on iPhone 11" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Apple sold nearly half of all mobile phones in Japan in 2020

15:26 25 Feb - AppleInsider News

Research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) released its end-of-year report on Japan phone sales, and Apple dominated the field led by the iPhone 12.Despite the pandemic, Japanese mobile phone shipments grew in 2020, led by Apple and the iPhone 12In the final quarter of 2020, Apple had a 52.6% mobile market share on 6.015 million units shipped. That marks a 13.8% year-over-year growth for the same quarter. The report notes that the shipments were mostly 5G-capable phones, including the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Read more...

Apple Teams Up With Encircle to Develop New Community Resource Centers for LGBTQ+ Youth

15:00 25 Feb - MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page

Apple today announced that it is teaming up with Encircle LGBTQ+ Family and Youth Center to fund a new "$8 million, 8 Houses" initiative that will allow Encircle to build new community centers that provide support, mental health services, and community to LGBTQ+ youth and their families. Apple is donating $1 million and Apple products like iPads that promote digital connection, creativity, and education. Along with resources provided by Qualtrics founder and Utah Jazz owners Ryan and Ashley Smith and Imagine Dragons' lead singer Dan Reynolds and his wife, Aja Volkman, Apple's donation will allow Encircle to open new Encircle homes in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, and Utah. Founded in 2017, Encircle aims to help young LGBTQ+ people and their families establish a sense of belonging at community houses, with those locations providing subsidized therapy sessions, music nights friendship circles, and community service events to build safe spaces. In addition to the donation, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Ryan and Ashley Smith, and Dan Reynolds and Aja Volkman will serve as an honorary co-chairs on Encircle's expansion campaign to provide community, acceptance, and understanding for LGBTQ+ people across the U.S."All LGBTQ+ people should feel safe and supported enough to be open about who they are with their community and themselves," said Cook, who has visited the organization's Provo house. "Encircle is helping to bridge divides and bring people together -- sending a powerful message that the greatest thing you can aspire to become is who you truly are. It's my hope that every young person who feels alone or unsupported can find connection and community at this incredible organization."The expanded program will provide support both at the new community houses and to those who are receiving help online during the pandemic. Apple's technology donations will allow Encircle to better reach LGBTQ+ youth where they're located, even when meeting in person is not possible. Encircle has served more than 70,000 individuals and funded thousands of family and youth therapy sessions to support those facing suicidality, and isolation and depression. More than half of LGBTQ+ youth are battling symptoms of depression, and Encircle offers critical support for young people and their families.This article, "Apple Teams Up With Encircle to Develop New Community Resource Centers for LGBTQ+ Youth" first appeared on MacRumors.com

Apple donating $1M to group providing resources to LGBTQ+ youth

15:00 25 Feb - AppleInsider News

Apple is donating $1 million and technology products to help a nonprofit called Encircle to help expand its LGBTQ+ youth community resource centers to new states.Credit: EncircleEncircle provides community resource houses to LGBTQ+ youth and their families. The organization operates three homes in Utah, and is launching a new campaign to launch eight new centers in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, and Utah. Read more...