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Optical Thunderbolt 3 Cables Begin Rolling Out in Lengths Up to 50 Meters

The Thunderbolt 3 standard has been available for roughly four years now, but cable lengths have so far generally been limited to a couple of meters due to signal degradation over long distances of copper wiring. While the use of copper Thunderbolt 3 c…

Optical Thunderbolt 3 Cables Begin Rolling Out in Lengths Up to 50 Meters

The Thunderbolt 3 standard has been available for roughly four years now, but cable lengths have so far generally been limited to a couple of meters due to signal degradation over long distances of copper wiring. While the use of copper Thunderbolt 3 c…

Review: 2020 Hyundai Sonata Offers CarPlay, a Revamped Infotainment System, and Tons of Safety Features

Hyundai was one of the first brands officially announced as a CarPlay partner back in 2014, and the feature is now available across pretty much all of the carmaker’s lineup. I recently spent some time with ‌CarPlay‌ and Hyundai’s native infot…

Altice USA Brings its Cable TV Experience to Apple TV

Cable company Altice USA today announced that it has launched its Altice One experience on Apple TV, offering access to the company’s streaming live TV service, on-demand video, and cloud DVR recordings.

Additional features include an interactive …

MacRumors is 20 Years Old Today

It’s hard to believe, but today marks the 20th birthday of MacRumors, which was founded on February 24, 2000, with articles starting just a few days later.

While longtime readers may be familiar with the site’s origins, there are plenty of others …

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Apple's Appeal in $440 Million VirnetX Patent Case

The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear Apple’s appeal of a $440 million judgment in one of the patent infringement cases brought by VirnetX a decade ago, reports Reuters.


VirnetX was originally awarded $302 million back in October 2016 in the dispute over VPN-related patents, but Apple appealed the ruling multiple times, and with interest and other costs tacked on, the judgment was later increased to $440 million.

Apple argued on appeal that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had canceled “key parts” of several of the patents involved in the case, but the courts rescinded that cancelation. Apple continued to appeal the case all the way to the Supreme Court, but the court has opted not to intervene, leaving Apple on the hook for the $440 million judgment.

The case is one of two Apple has been embroiled in with VirnetX over the years. In the other case, VirnetX was initially awarded $502 million but the infringement ruling was partially overturned late last year and the case was sent back a lower court to determine a new amount for damages. Apple attempted to contest the validity of the remaining two patents at issue, but just two weeks ago, the court denied a rehearing on that aspect of the case.

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AirTags Said to Be 'Completely Waterproof' and Use Magnetic Charging Like Apple Watch

In a report touching on several topics today, Japanese site Mac Otakara claims that Apple’s Tile-like “AirTags” item trackers will be “completely waterproof” and use similar magnetic wireless charging to that seen on the Apple Watch.

AirTag image found in iOS 13 build

Evidence of ‌AirTags‌ has been found in builds of ‌iOS 13‌ since last summer, and it appears the small item trackers will show up in the Find My app and enable users to locate misplaced items. With ultra wideband support found in the iPhone 11 lineup and augmented reality, it looks like ‌AirTags‌ could offer high precision and direct the user straight to an item, even pinpointing it within a room.

We’re not sure when to expect ‌AirTags‌ to launch, but it looks like it may not be imminent yet, as noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said just last week that production isn’t expected to ramp up until the second or third quarter, and today’s report from Mac Otakara claims an announcement in the fall of this year, which would likely be alongside new iPhones in September.

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Apple Says March Quarter Revenue Will Fall Short Due to Coronavirus Impact

Apple today issued an update on its financial guidance for the March quarter, announcing that the company will not meet its revenue goals due to the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic in China.Our quarterly guidance issued on January 28, 2020 …

Apple Media Event Rumored for End of March, 'iPhone SE 2' Launch on April 3

March is the most common month for Apple’s spring media events, and the relatively long list of products with rumored imminent updates has pointed toward one of those spring events being held again this year.

A new report [Google Translate] from German site iPhone-ticker.de claims that Apple is planning to hold a media event at the very end of March, with Tuesday, March 31 being the most likely date. A launch of the new low-cost iPhone, variously dubbed the “iPhone SE 2” or “iPhone 9” in rumors, is said to follow on Friday, April 3.


In addition to the new low-cost ‌iPhone‌, rumors have indicated Apple is planning to release several other products in the next few months, including updated iPad Pro models and an updated 13-inch MacBook Pro. Wildcard rumors for the first half of 2020 also include a MacBook Air update, Apple’s Tile-like “AirTags item trackers, and perhaps a wireless charging mat.

Related Roundup: iPhone SE 2

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Kuo: iPhone SE 2 Launch Still Planned for First Half of 2020 Despite Coronavirus Outbreak

We’ve been hearing for some time that Apple is planning to launch a new low-cost iPhone based on the iPhone 8, but with upgraded internals. This device has been referred to in rumors as the “iPhone SE 2” or “iPhone 9,” although concerns over the impact…

iPad Pro Update Expected 'Around March,' but Production Slow to Ramp Up

Rumors have been pointing toward a significant iPad Pro update in the first half of this year, including a new triple-lens rear camera system supporting 3D sensing for immersive augmented reality experiences.

MacRumors concept of ‌‌iPad Pro‌‌ with triple-lens rear camera system

In a new paywalled blurb published today, DigiTimes claims that production on the device has already begun with a launch expected “around March,” which is Apple’s usual timeframe for a spring media event in years that it chooses to hold one. The blurb also says that production has been slow to ramp up following the Lunar New Year holiday, with impacts from the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic presumably also playing a role.

Apple is scheduled to launch its new ‌iPad Pro‌ series around March, with related suppliers already kicking off production for the model ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday. However, their output has started growing slowly after the extended Lunar New Year break in China with shipments unlikely to peak until after April, according to industry sources.

It’s looking like Apple has a fairly significant slate of products ready for updates, so the company may indeed hold a spring media event this year. In addition to updated ‌iPad Pro‌ models, we’re also expecting a new low-cost “iPhone SE 2” or “iPhone 9,” an updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with the improved scissor-switch keyboard from the 16-inch model, and possibly a few other products.

We’ll update this article with any additional details once DigiTimes expands its blurb into a full story.

Related Roundup: iPad Pro

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'AirPods Pro Lite' Production Reportedly Pushed Back From Planned Q2 Start

Last week, Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes made a passing reference to upcoming “AirPod Pro Lite” earphones without offering any details on the product, leading to confusion about whether this would be a third-generation version of the regular AirPods or a new member of the AirPods Pro family.


While we still don’t have a full picture of what to expect with these upcoming earphones, DigiTimes today published another short paywalled blurb specifically describing ‌AirPods Pro‌ Lite as an “entry-level version of Apple’s ‌AirPods Pro‌ series” and saying that production will not kick off in the second quarter of this year as originally planned.

Production of the ‌AirPods Pro‌ Lite, an entry-level version of Apple’s ‌AirPods Pro‌ series, is unlikely to kick off in the second quarter as originally planned, according to industry sources.

We haven’t heard any specific rumors about these ‌AirPods Pro‌ Lite earphones, or updates to the ‌AirPods‌ and ‌AirPods Pro‌. The ‌AirPods Pro‌ were just released in October, so we’re not expecting an update for some time yet, while the second-generation ‌AirPods‌ are coming up on a year old in March.

We’ll update this article with any additional details once DigiTimes expands its blurb into a full story.

Related Roundups: AirPods 2, AirPods Pro

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Apple Reportedly Working on 'AirPod Pro Lite' Earphones

Apple is said to be working with supply chain partners in Taiwan on several upcoming products, including a so-called “AirPod Pro Lite,” according to DigiTimes. Other products mentioned include next-generation iPad, Apple Watch, and iMac models, all of which will be due for updates in the coming months, although some like the ‌iPad‌ and ‌Apple Watch‌ are unlikely to launch before September.


The AirPod Pro Lite mention comes without further details, buried in a report about Apple looking to ramp up production with partners in Taiwan as it seeks to geographically diversify Apple’s supply chain amid the ongoing coronavirus epidemic that has significantly impacted production in China.

Apple, maintaining partnerships with supply chains in both Taiwan and China, may have its Taiwanese partners handle more production of new-generation ‌iPad‌, ‌Apple Watch‌, AirPod Pro Lite and ‌iMac‌ devices to be released later, as the epidemic has raised risks of raw materials supply shortages and shipments disruptions arising from uncertain resumption of normal operations at components suppliers and assembly plants in China, the sources said.

It’s unclear exactly what DigiTimes is referring to by “AirPod Pro Lite,” as Apple just released the AirPods Pro in October of last year. That followed the launch of second-generation regular AirPods in March 2019, and with only $50 separating the ‌AirPods Pro‌ from the wireless case version of the regular ‌AirPods‌, we’re not sure how a “Lite” version of the ‌AirPods Pro‌ would fit into Apple’s lineup.

While DigiTimes often has some insight into Apple’s product pipeline through the supply chain, the publication is less accurate when it comes to specific details like product naming and timing, so it’s possible these could be a third generation of the regular ‌AirPods‌, but we’ll have to wait for additional rumors to surface before we have a better picture of what to expect.

Related Roundups: AirPods 2, AirPods Pro

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Apple Reportedly Working on 'AirPod Pro Lite' Earphones

Apple is said to be working with supply chain partners in Taiwan on several upcoming products, including a so-called “AirPod Pro Lite,” according to DigiTimes. Other products mentioned include next-generation iPad, Apple Watch, and iMac models, all of which will be due for updates in the coming months, although some like the ‌iPad‌ and ‌Apple Watch‌ are unlikely to launch before September.


The AirPod Pro Lite mention comes without further details, buried in a report about Apple looking to ramp up production with partners in Taiwan as it seeks to geographically diversify Apple’s supply chain amid the ongoing coronavirus epidemic that has significantly impacted production in China.

Apple, maintaining partnerships with supply chains in both Taiwan and China, may have its Taiwanese partners handle more production of new-generation ‌iPad‌, ‌Apple Watch‌, AirPod Pro Lite and ‌iMac‌ devices to be released later, as the epidemic has raised risks of raw materials supply shortages and shipments disruptions arising from uncertain resumption of normal operations at components suppliers and assembly plants in China, the sources said.

It’s unclear exactly what DigiTimes is referring to by “AirPod Pro Lite,” as Apple just released the AirPods Pro in October of last year. That followed the launch of second-generation regular AirPods in March 2019, and with only $50 separating the ‌AirPods Pro‌ from the wireless case version of the regular ‌AirPods‌, we’re not sure how a “Lite” version of the ‌AirPods Pro‌ would fit into Apple’s lineup.

While DigiTimes often has some insight into Apple’s product pipeline through the supply chain, the publication is less accurate when it comes to specific details like product naming and timing, so it’s possible these could be a third generation of the regular ‌AirPods‌, but we’ll have to wait for additional rumors to surface before we have a better picture of what to expect.

Related Roundups: AirPods 2, AirPods Pro

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Apple Reportedly Working on 'AirPod Pro Lite' Earphones

Apple is said to be working with supply chain partners in Taiwan on several upcoming products, including a so-called “AirPod Pro Lite,” according to DigiTimes. Other products mentioned include next-generation iPad, Apple Watch, and iMac models, all of which will be due for updates in the coming months, although some like the ‌iPad‌ and ‌Apple Watch‌ are unlikely to launch before September.


The AirPod Pro Lite mention comes without further details, buried in a report about Apple looking to ramp up production with partners in Taiwan as it seeks to geographically diversify Apple’s supply chain amid the ongoing coronavirus epidemic that has significantly impacted production in China.

Apple, maintaining partnerships with supply chains in both Taiwan and China, may have its Taiwanese partners handle more production of new-generation ‌iPad‌, ‌Apple Watch‌, AirPod Pro Lite and ‌iMac‌ devices to be released later, as the epidemic has raised risks of raw materials supply shortages and shipments disruptions arising from uncertain resumption of normal operations at components suppliers and assembly plants in China, the sources said.

It’s unclear exactly what DigiTimes is referring to by “AirPod Pro Lite,” as Apple just released the AirPods Pro in October of last year. That followed the launch of second-generation regular AirPods in March 2019, and with only $50 separating the ‌AirPods Pro‌ from the wireless case version of the regular ‌AirPods‌, we’re not sure how a “Lite” version of the ‌AirPods Pro‌ would fit into Apple’s lineup.

While DigiTimes often has some insight into Apple’s product pipeline through the supply chain, the publication is less accurate when it comes to specific details like product naming and timing, so it’s possible these could be a third generation of the regular ‌AirPods‌, but we’ll have to wait for additional rumors to surface before we have a better picture of what to expect.

Related Roundups: AirPods 2, AirPods Pro

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Fantastical Unifies Its Mac, iOS, and Apple Watch Calendar Experience With Weather, Tasks, Meeting Proposals, and More

Flexibits today is launching version 3.0 of its popular Fantastical calendar app, bringing a host of improvements across all platforms including Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Along with all of the feature updates, Fantastical is transitioning to …

Apple Reports 1Q 2020 Results: $22.2B Profit on $91.8B Revenue, Best Quarter Ever

Apple today announced financial results for its first fiscal quarter of 2020, which corresponds to the fourth calendar quarter of 2019.

For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $91.8 billion and net quarterly profit of $22.2 billion, or &#36…

Two of the iPad's Creators Share Thoughts on Its Development, Evolution, and More

Yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of the iPad, and alongside that milestone, Input has published an interview with Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno, two of the key Apple employees behind its development.

The interview is an interesting read, with Chaudhri and Bongiorno sharing a few bits about their histories with Apple and the iPad, thoughts on the team’s mindset during development of the ‌iPad‌, their perspectives on how the ‌iPad‌ evolved to fit how people have used it, and more.


One of the more interesting tidbits relates to cameras, which actually weren’t included on the original ‌iPad‌ even though a digital photo frame was intended as one of its primary use cases, driven in large part by Steve Jobs. Only after the ‌iPad‌ launched did Apple discover that people really didn’t want to set their iPads up as static photo frames, and then later once the ‌iPad‌ did gain a camera, the team was surprised to see how much people were using it to take photos.

Bongiorno: We talked about the hope that it would be kind of this photo frame, like ‘“How are they going to get the photos on it?” We actually didn’t believe that people would walk around taking pictures with their ‌iPad‌. It was actually a funny internal conversation when we started seeing people outside taking their ‌iPad‌ with them and taking photos on vacation. I don’t think we actually thought people would use it that way — and they ultimately did. […]

Chaudhri: But the [‌iPad‌] camera is super funny. That’s the other thing that we didn’t anticipate being so big. But it was a segment of the population at the time that really was using the camera more than anything else. So I remember very clearly at the 2012 Olympics in London, if you looked around the stadium, you saw a lot of people using an ‌iPad‌ as a camera and generally that was people that just needed to have a bigger viewfinder for vision reasons, etc. Then seeing that, we went back in and redesigned the camera experience on the ‌iPad‌ — recognizing that this is going to be a thing that we just can’t get people away from because they want this larger viewfinder.

Another interesting section addresses their regrets related to the ‌iPad‌, with Bongiorno highlighting how difficult it ended up being to push the ‌iPad‌ forward given the small size of the ‌iPad‌ team and the “gravity of the phone,” while Chaudhri similarly cited the strength of the iPhone as well as business decisions that kept the ‌iPad‌ from replacing textbooks in schools as had been originally envisioned.

The full interview is definitely worth a read over at Input, as it touches on a number of other topics such as the Apple Pencil, thoughts on the differences between Android tablets and the ‌iPad‌, and what the next ten years might bring for the ‌iPad‌.

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Fiat Chrysler's Android-Based Uconnect 5 Infotainment System Gains Wireless CarPlay and More

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) today announced the upcoming launch of its next-generation infotainment system, Uconnect 5. The new version of Uconnect has been rebuilt from the ground up on an Android platform with a number of new features including wireless CarPlay and Android Auto, a familiar-yet-revamped user interface, support for up to five user profiles for customization, Alexa support, improved voice control, and more.

Uconnect 5 home screen

We’ve been fans of the current Uconnect 4 infotainment system and the way it nearly seamlessly blends ‌CarPlay‌ into the native system, and making ‌CarPlay‌ wireless will no doubt make that experience even better. Many of the other improvements in Uconnect 5 such as enhanced customizability, faster hardware performance, and new features and services should also make for a better user experience.

Uconnect 5 user profiles

The award-winning Uconnect system offers new conveniences, keeping customers engaged and informed all while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Apple ‌CarPlay‌ and Android Auto are currently available on more than 80 percent of FCA’s North American applications. Uconnect 5 will bring Apple ‌CarPlay‌ and Android Auto to 100 percent of FCA’s North American offerings. The feature also adds wireless connectivity, allowing customers to wirelessly project phone apps quick and easy, while leaving phones securely stowed.

Uconnect 5 TomTom navigation

Wireless ‌CarPlay‌ has so far been largely limited to a handful of luxury brands like BMW, Audi, and Porsche, with some aftermarket systems also supporting it, but more mainstream manufacturers are on the verge of adding wireless Carplay as they launch major updates to their infotainment technology. Ford announced last October that its SYNC 4 system will support wireless ‌CarPlay‌ in select vehicles, and now FCA is following suit with its family of brands including Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and more.

FCA has yet to announce exactly when and on which models Uconnect 5 will first launch, but it should start rolling out later this year.

Related Roundup: CarPlay

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CES 2020: Apple TV App Debuting on 2020 LG OLED TVs, Coming to 2019 and 2018 Models Later This Year

LG today expanded on last week’s announcement of new 8K OLED TVs with new details on the full lineup of 13 new OLED models, including a new 48-inch size.

Most notably for Apple fans, LG says the new lineup of OLED TVs will include an Apple TV app,…

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