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Apple Launches COVID-19 Website and App With Screening Tool and Resources

Apple today announced that it has released a new COVID-19 website and iPhone app with a screening tool and other resources to help people stay informed and take the proper steps to protect their health during the spread of the novel coronavirus. Apple …

Kuo: Apple to Launch Several Macs With Arm-Based Processors in 2021, USB4 Support Coming to Macs in 2022

Apple plans to launch several Mac notebooks and desktop computers with its own custom designed Arm-based processors in 2021, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said today in a research note obtained by MacRumors.

Kuo believes that Arm-based processors will signif…

CarKey Screenshots Reveal Digital Keys in Wallet App, BMW Likely to Support Feature at Launch

MacRumors recently discovered that Apple is developing a new “CarKey” feature that will allow an iPhone or Apple Watch to unlock, lock, and start an NFC-compatible vehicle. Just like credit cards and boarding passes, users will be able to add a digital…

CarKey Screenshots Reveal Digital Keys in Wallet App, BMW Likely to Support Feature at Launch

MacRumors recently discovered that Apple is developing a new “CarKey” feature that will allow an iPhone or Apple Watch to unlock, lock, and start an NFC-compatible vehicle. Just like credit cards and boarding passes, users will be able to add a digital…

Apple Says MacBook Air With Retina Display Can Exhibit Anti-Reflective Coating Issues, Unclear if Eligible for Free Repairs

Apple this week acknowledged that MacBook Air models with Retina displays can exhibit anti-reflective coating issues, as indicated in a memo shared with Apple Authorized Service Providers and obtained by MacRumors.

“Retina displays on some MacBook, …

Apple Testing AR/VR Headset With HTC Vive-Like Controller, Crosswalk Bowling Game, and More

Apple has expressed a profound interest in augmented reality in recent years, making a major push into the space with frameworks like ARKit and RealityKit, creative tools like Reality Composer and Reality Converter, and hardware like the LiDAR Scanner …

Apple Testing AR/VR Headset With HTC Vive-Like Controller, Crosswalk Bowling Game, and More

Apple has expressed a profound interest in augmented reality in recent years, making a major push into the space with frameworks like ARKit and RealityKit, creative tools like Reality Composer and Reality Converter, and hardware like the LiDAR Scanner …

Apple Begins Warning Users That 'Legacy System Extensions' Won't Work With a Future Version of macOS

Apple has shared a new support document that indicates kernel extensions — which it calls “legacy system extensions” — will not be compatible with a future version of macOS because they “aren’t as secure or reliable as modern alternatives.”

System extensions are a category of software that works in the background to extend the functionality of your Mac. Some apps install kernel extensions, which are a kind of system extension that works using older methods that aren’t as secure or reliable as modern alternatives. Your Mac identifies these as legacy system extensions.

Starting in macOS 10.15.4, released this week, a warning will now appear when a kernel extension first loads, and again periodically while the extension remains in use. Users began noticing the warning during beta testing.


Apple says it began informing developers that macOS Catalina will be the last macOS to fully support kernel extensions in 2019, adding that it has been working with developers to transition their software. A final transition date has not yet been set, but some developers are assuming that kernel extensions will be deprecated in macOS 10.16.

Apps with kernel extensions will continue to work in macOS Catalina.

“By moving beyond these extensions, developers are helping to further modernize the Mac, improve its security and reliability, and enable more user-friendly software distribution methods,” the support document reads.

One affected app is Malwarebytes, which said that “a significant percentage of our total support case volume” was related to the new kernel extension warning less than 24 hours after the public release of macOS 10.15.4.

If your software has a kernel extension, you are probably already being inundated with customer support concerns about the dialog shown here. It’s going to get bad. A significant percentage of our total support case volume now relates to this, less than 24 hours later. 🤦‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/PtALDgFM58

— Thomas Reed (@thomasareed) March 25, 2020

Malwarebytes director Thomas Reed said Apple has a new EndpointSecurity framework as a replacement for kernel extensions:

We are aware of this, and have been working on replacing our kernel extension since late last year. We plan to replace it with Apple’s new EndpointSecurity framework before the release of macOS 10.16, when it is assumed that kernel extensions will no longer work, in part or in full. (We only know that Apple has said they “will not work without compromise” in “a future version of macOS.” But we’d rather not find out the hard way exactly what that means.)

The kernel extension will continue to be supported for macOS 10.14 (Mojave) and earlier, but macOS 10.15 (and later) will no longer need it, once we have an update available.

So, no need to panic. We’ve still got your back, and won’t let your protection falter. All you’ve got to do is make sure you’re keeping Malwarebytes for Mac up-to-date. If you have updated to at least version 4.2, and have not disabled the new auto-update feature, it’ll update itself in the background without you needing to do anything. To ensure you’re up-to-date, just open Malwarebytes and choose Check for Updates from the Malwarebytes menu.

Technical details for developers are available in an Apple document titled “Deprecated Kernel Extensions and System Extension Alternatives.”

Related Roundup: macOS Catalina

This article, “Apple Begins Warning Users That ‘Legacy System Extensions’ Won’t Work With a Future Version of macOS” first appeared on MacRumors.com

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Apple Explains How to Connect and Use a Bluetooth Mouse or Trackpad With iPad

Apple has shared two new support documents that outline how to connect and use a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad with compatible iPad models, including all iPad Pro models, the iPad Air 2 or later, the fifth-generation iPad or later, and the iPad mini 4 or…

Apple's Pro Display XDR Now Supports Customized Reference Modes

Apple on Tuesday released firmware version 2.2.2 for its Pro Display XDR, adding support for customized reference modes. The feature also requires macOS 10.15.4 and is reflected in the release notes for the update.

In a new support document, Apple says advanced users can create customized reference modes tailored to unique workflow needs by selecting from several color gamut, white point, luminance, and transfer function options.


When a firmware update is available for the Pro Display XDR, you may be prompted to restart to apply the update. Otherwise, the update is applied the next time the display is disconnected and reconnected to a Mac or power supply. To check the firmware version of your display, click on the Apple logo > About This Mac > System Report > Graphics/Displays.

Priced at $4,999, the Pro Display XDR is a 32-inch 6K monitor with a P3 wide color gamut and true 10-bit color support, 1,600 nits of peak brightness, a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and a super-wide, off-axis viewing angle. It is compatible with the 2019 Mac Pro, 2018 and later 15-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, 2020 MacBook Air, and 2019 iMac models.

Pro Display XDR users and lovers – custom reference modes are now available with macOS Catalina 10.15.4 🥳 https://t.co/Mz6TPZWjEW

— Colleen Novielli (@Coll_eenn) March 24, 2020

Firmware 2.2.2 for the Pro Display XDR also includes minor stability improvements.

Related Roundup: Apple Pro Display XDR

This article, “Apple’s Pro Display XDR Now Supports Customized Reference Modes” first appeared on MacRumors.com

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New iPad Pro Begins to Arrive to Customers Around the World

Apple Stores may be closed outside of China, but today is still launch day for the new iPad Pro, with the first online orders beginning to arrive to customers around the world. The photo below was shared by a MacRumors reader from Manchester, England.

New iPad Pro Begins to Arrive to Customers Around the World

Apple Stores may be closed outside of China, but today is still launch day for the new iPad Pro, with the first online orders beginning to arrive to customers around the world. The photo below was shared by a MacRumors reader from Manchester, England.

Adobe Inviting Users to Beta Test Illustrator on iPad Ahead of 2020 Launch

Adobe is in the process of inviting users to beta test its upcoming Illustrator app for the iPad, according to a MacRumors reader and Twitter users.

Illustrator for iPad is designed with an emphasis on Multi-Touch and the Apple Pencil as input met…

Apple Supporting At-Home Education With New Series of Remote Learning Videos

With schools closed in many countries due to the current pandemic, teachers and parents alike are navigating the new reality of educating students from home. To help with this, Apple has launched a new series of videos designed to help schools and educ…

Apple Supporting At-Home Education With New Series of Remote Learning Videos

With schools closed in many countries due to the current pandemic, teachers and parents alike are navigating the new reality of educating students from home. To help with this, Apple has launched a new series of videos designed to help schools and educ…

Apple's AR Glasses Could Launch by 2022 as Suppliers Reportedly Ramp Up Development

Apple’s rumored augmented reality glasses are under development and could launch by 2022, according to industry sources cited by DigiTimes. The full report has yet to be released, but a paywalled preview reads as follows:

Apple AR glasses under development

Taiwan-based optical component suppliers are engaged in the development of Apple’s augmented reality smart glasses, which may be commercialized by 2022, according to industry sources.

This follows a report from The Information in November that claimed Apple is developing two head-worn products, including a combination AR/VR headset for release in 2022 and “full-fledged” AR glasses for release by 2023. Those plans were corroborated by Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman, who said the headset could be released as early as 2021.

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The Information claimed that Apple’s initial headset will resemble Facebook’s Oculus Quest, but with a “sleeker design” that makes “heavy use of fabrics and lightweight materials to ensure the device is comfortable to wear for extended periods of time.” The headset is expected to have a “high-resolution display” that will “allow users to read small type and see other people standing in front of and behind virtual objects.”

The report claimed that Apple is planning to reach out to third-party developers as early as 2021 to encourage them to build apps for the hardware.

The headset would be followed up by Apple’s rumored AR glasses that would be designed to “be worn all day.” The Information previously reported that some prototypes “looked like high-priced sunglasses with thick frames that house the battery and chips,” but the final design could change. Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman said the glasses will be “lightweight.”

Early reports had pegged a 2020 release for Apple’s headset, but the company reportedly pushed back the project. Given the current pandemic, the timeframe may continue to shift, but Apple’s interest in augmented reality hardware is clear.

Related Roundup: Apple Glasses

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2020 iPad Pro Reviews: Minor Upgrade Today Paves Way for New AR Capabilities in Future

The first reviews of the new iPad Pro have hit the web and we’ve rounded them up below.

Given that trackpad support is coming to all modern iPad models with iPadOS 13.4, set to be released later today, the actual hardware changes to the 2020 iPad Pr…

2020 iPad Pro Unboxing Videos and First Impressions

The first unboxing videos for the new iPad Pro have hit YouTube.

This article, "2020 iPad Pro Unboxing Videos and First Impressions" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

Apple Offering 10% Bonus When Adding Funds to Apple ID in Select Countries

Apple is once again offering a 10 percent bonus when adding funds to your Apple ID account through April 3 in the United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, and select other countries.

The bonus can be applied once on up to $200 or €300 in Apple…

Kuo: Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization Coming to 6.7-Inch iPhone in 2020, Periscope Lens to Follow in 2022

Apple is rumored to be planning a high-end 6.7-inch iPhone model for release in 2020, and multiple reports have indicated that the device will feature multiple rear camera improvements, including larger sensors that capture more light for better image …

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