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Xcode Confirms All 2019 iPhones Feature 4GB RAM, S5 Apple Watch Chip Identical to S4

There was some mixed information about the RAM in the new 2019 iPhone models, which has led to confusion over the course of the last week.

Benchmarks of the new iPhones have continually listed 4GB of RAM in all iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max devices, but a rumor sourced from a certification database suggested there was 6GB RAM in the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max.


That led to speculation that perhaps some higher-end capacities might have had 6GB RAM, but it’s now been made clear, both through regulatory filings in China and info discovered this morning by Steve Troughton-Smith in Xcode, that every iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max model has 4GB RAM.

Xcode also confirms that no model of iPhone 11 or 11 Pro/Max has 6GB of RAM. All models have 4GB of RAM

— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) September 18, 2019

For the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, that’s identical to the amount of RAM available in the prior-generation iPhone XS and XS Max, and for the iPhone 11, that’s up 1GB from the 3GB RAM in the iPhone XR.

Also of note, Troughton-Smith has confirmed that the S5 processor in the Apple Watch Series 5 is identical to the S4 processor in the Apple Watch Series 4, with no performance improvements.

According to Xcode, Apple Watch Series 5 has the same generation CPU/GPU as the Apple Watch Series 4; I guess the only changes are a gyro and 32GB of NAND? The plus side of that is that we won’t have to worry about watchOS being slower on the Series 4 than on a brand new model

— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) September 18, 2019

That’s not a surprise as Apple mentioned no changes to the chip during its September 10 event and there’s no mention of speed or performance increases in the Apple Watch marketing materials, but it’s useful to have confirmation.

Internally, the Apple Watch Series 5 is using an updated display that allows for always-on functionality, there’s a new compass feature, and 32GB storage, but otherwise, the Apple Watch Series 5 appears to use the same internal components as the Series 4.

Troughton-Smith’s Xcode digging has also uncovered new information about the updated 10.2-inch seventh-generation iPad. It is equipped with 3GB RAM, up from 2GB in the previous-generation version.

3GB of RAM on the 10.2″ iPad https://t.co/KeFSV7pT5p

— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) September 18, 2019

Apple’s new iPhone and Apple Watch models are set to officially launch on Friday, September 20, and teardowns will soon unveil even more information about the new devices. The new seventh-generation iPad will be available on September 30.

This article, “Xcode Confirms All 2019 iPhones Feature 4GB RAM, S5 Apple Watch Chip Identical to S4” first appeared on MacRumors.com

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Apple Seeds Fourth Betas of iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1 to Developers and Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming iPadOS and iOS 13.1 update to developers and public beta testers, one week after seeding the third beta and a few weeks after seeding the initial iOS 13.1 beta.

iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1 can be downlo…

Apple Files Trademark Application for 'Slofies'

One of the new features of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models is an upgraded 12-megapixel front-facing TrueDepth camera system, which, for the first time, is able to take slow motion 120fps videos.

When introducing the 2019 iPhones, Apple invented a new word for the function, combining slo-mo (the name for the 120fps feature on the rear-facing camera) and selfie into the word “Slofie.”


Slofies didn’t sound like a serious word when Apple first mentioned the feature at the iPhone event, but the company is promoting Slofies in multiple places on its website, and as The Verge points out, Apple last Friday filed a trademark on “Slofie” in the United States.

Slow motion videos taken with the front-facing camera are identical to the slow motion videos that have long been available through the rear-facing camera, slowing down motion for a unique super slow effect. “Slofie” isn’t used to describe the feature in the camera app, where it’s just referred to as “Slo-mo.”

It’s not clear if Slofies are going to take off and become a popular feature, but Apple is certainly aiming to make that happen. Prior to when Apple used the word on stage on September 10, the Slofie term doesn’t appear to have been widely used, so it’s likely Apple will be granted the trademark.

Apple’s move to trademark the term will prevent other smartphone makers from marketing their devices with a similar feature name, ensuring the “Slofie” term is associated exclusively with iPhones.

Related Roundups: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro

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iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max Equipped With Intel Modems

Apple’s new 2019 iPhone lineup uses modems from Intel rather than Qualcomm, PCMag confirmed today thanks to the devices’ field test screens.

We already expected Apple to use Intel modems in the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro because Apple’s renewed relationsh…

Class Action Lawsuit Against Apple for Offering Refurbished Replacement Devices Under AppleCare Moves Forward

A U.S. District Judge in San Jose today certified a class action lawsuit that accuses Apple of using “inferior” refurbished products as replacements for its AppleCare and AppleCare+ protection plans despite promising consumers new or equivalent to new …

Apple Highlights iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max Reviews

Apple provided iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max review units to members of the media following its September 10 event, and today, those reviews were published, giving us some insight into the new devices.

Apple this afternoon highlighted several of…

Vintage Prototype Macintosh Portable M5120 Shown Off in New Photos

It’s always interesting to get a look back at Apple’s past, especially when it comes to prototype devices that were never actually released to the public, so we thought we’d share some photos of a restored Macintosh Portable M5120, sent to us by Sonny …

Vintage Prototype Macintosh Portable M5120 Shown Off in New Photos

It’s always interesting to get a look back at Apple’s past, especially when it comes to prototype devices that were never actually released to the public, so we thought we’d share some photos of a restored Macintosh Portable M5120, sent to us by Sonny …

Apple Inks Deal for 'Mosquito Coast' Series Starring Justin Theroux

Apple has signed a deal for an adaptation of “The Mosquito Coast” set to star Justin Theroux, reports Variety.

“The Mosquito Coast” is based on the 1981 novel of the same name by Paul Theroux, Justin Theroux’s uncle.

Image via Variety

The novel is told from the viewpoint of 14-year-old main character Charlie Fox and focuses on his father, Allie, who is an inventor. Allie becomes critical of American consumerism and culture, deciding to uproot his family and move to La Mosquitia on the Mosquito Coast of Honduras.

The book is being adapted for television by Neil Cross, who is also serving as showrunner. Rupert Wyatt is executive producing and will direct multiple episodes.

Theroux is known for his roles in “Maniac,” “The Leftovers,” “American Psycho,” “Zoolander,” and more.

“The Mosquito Coast” will be available through Apple TV+, Apple’s upcoming streaming television service that’s set to launch on November 1. Apple TV+ will be priced at $4.99 per month.

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New iPhone and Apple Watch Orders Begin Shipping From Apple Ahead of Friday's Launch Date

Apple has begun shipping out iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and Apple Watch Series 5 orders ahead of Friday’s launch date, ensuring customers will receive their devices on time.

Apple hasn’t updated its own order system and many orders will say “Preparing to Ship” until later in the week, but customers in the United States who are receiving their devices via UPS can use the UPS My Choice feature for tracking purposes or track via reference number, such as an order number or a phone number.


Signing up for UPS My Choice is free and well worth it for those who want to keep an eye on their upcoming shipments.

If you’ve ordered a new device, shipment details should already be available, with iPhones and Apple Watches shipping from China and arriving in the United States.


Many iPhones and Apple Watch models have just recently shipped from China so there aren’t a lot of tracking details available. In some cases, the date of arrival is listed as tentative, but in our experience, these tentative dates firm up later in the week and those who pre-ordered early can count on a September 20 arrival date.


Some iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max models, especially in the Midnight Green color, sold out quick and even those who pre-ordered early weren’t able to get launch day arrival. Apple often ends up managing to ship devices earlier than promised, so those expecting October arrivals could get their iPhones earlier.

The iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max will be officially available on September 20, and those who weren’t able to get one may be able to pick up a new iPhone in store on that date.

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All the Games on Apple Arcade at Launch

Apple this morning started rolling out access to Apple Arcade, giving a handful of people early access to the $4.99 per month service.

Apple Arcade isn’t launching with the more than 100 titles Apple has said are in development, but there are ov…

Apple Arcade Launches Early for Some Users

Apple Arcade appears to be rolling out to a handful of users ahead of its planned September 19 release date, based on a few tweets and emails sent to MacRumors.

We’ve also received access on one of our devices, and it appears those who are able to u…

Apple Arcade Reviews: 'Surprisingly Excellent Game Lineup,' Unique Mechanics and Visuals, Fun Gameplay

Ahead of the launch of Apple Arcade this Thursday, Apple has allowed YouTubers and media sites to go hands-on with the service, and reviews are now available letting us know what we can expect.

Below, we’ve rounded up some highlights from the reviews, which will be of interest to anyone thinking of subscribing to Apple Arcade.


According to Engadget‘s Devindra Hardawar, the demo games that Apple allowed testers to play each had unique gaming elements. “It’s clear that Apple is trying to build a service that shows off what its devices can do with truly innovative games,” writes Hardawar.

She went on to call the service a “no brainer subscription” for anyone who owns an Apple device, and called Apple Arcade “one of the best deals in gaming.”

Sneaky Sasquatch, image via Engadget

iMore‘s Rene Ritchie said that it felt like Apple spent “a lot of time” making sure there was a wide range of diversity in its launch catalogs and shared his thoughts in a hands-on video.

Sure, there are stealth games, but maybe you’re not a sniper… you’re a Sasquatch. There are puzzle games, but maybe not to climb a tower but to delve into your childhood memories.

There’s Frogger and Chu Chu Rocket and Lego Brawls, but there’s also Skate City, Projection: First Light, and Way of the Turtle. One of the biggest, oldest knocks against Apple has been that they don’t get gaming.

It’s usually made by studios and players who want a hardcore, PC-like, even console-like experience on the Mac or iOS.

The Verge‘s Chaim Gartenberg called Apple Arcade’s launch lineup “surprisingly deep” that goes beyond the lackluster Frogger debut we saw on September 10.

Where Cards Fall, a puzzle game from Snowman (via The Verge)

My colleague Dieter Bohn got to try out a few of the upcoming games, and his take is: “All the games are good.” Even that Frogger game has more to it than first thought. It’s made by Q-Games, which previously made PixelJunk Monsters, and it’s almost indicative of the entire Arcade reveal: lackluster at first, until you look closer and see that there’s actually a lot happening.

Gizmodo‘s Alex Cranz said that Apple Arcade “probably isn’t going to suck,” and that after sampling some of the games, he’s “tentatively excited.” He wasn’t a fan of some of the gameplay on the iPad, though, and he thought that several of the games “looked really similar.”

An Apple Arcade game on an iPad, image via Gizmodo

Across the board, most of the games were a drag on the iPad. Quite a few of the games like to use the device itself to mimic a controller when played on touch devices. That works with a phone, which is roughly the same size as a controller from Sony or Microsoft. But using the iPad as a giant controller was really uncomfortable. My hands were too damn small to pretend a 10.2-inch iPad had joysticks on either side of the display.

Lifewire‘s Lance Ulanoff said that Apple Arcade games don’t “break any new ground” beyond what’s already in the App Store, but the promise of “all you can eat games” across Apple devices without in-app purchases for just $4.99 per month is “compelling.”

Other Reviews: VentureBeat, Mashable, MobileSyrup, BGR, Digital Trends, and CNET.

Video Reviews and Game Demos:

At launch, Apple Arcade will be priced at $4.99 per month. That $4.99 fee will allow an entire family of up to 6 people (that uses Family Sharing) to access games.

Apple is planning to offer a free one month trial of Apple Arcade, which is launching in more than 150 countries and regions. There will be dozens of new and exclusive games available, with additional games coming in the future.

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Google Expected to Unveil New Pixel 4 Smartphone at October 15 Event

Google is hosting an October 15 event in New York City, where it is expected to unveil its next-generation smartphone, the Google Pixel 4, reports Axios.

Like Apple’s newest iPhones, the Google Pixel 4 will feature a square-shaped rear camera bump, …

Disney's Bob Iger Resigns From Apple's Board of Directors

Disney chief executive and chairman Bob Iger has resigned from Apple’s board of directors as Apple and Disney prepare to launch competing streaming services, Apple announced today in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Iger resigned on September 10, the same day that Apple shared additional information on Apple TV+, which will cost $4.99 per month and will be launching November 1.

Image via Bloomberg

With the launches of both the Disney+ streaming service and Apple TV+ looming, there was speculation that Iger was at risk of losing his seat on Apple’s board as Disney+ will be a major Apple TV+ competitor.

Both services will offer original streaming television shows and movies, with Disney+ priced at $6.99 per month and also set to launch in November.

Iger in April said that he didn’t believe his role on Apple’s board was problematic and that at the time, he was leaving board meetings whenever streaming services came up. He said he had to leave infrequently because TV was a “very small business” to Apple comparative to other areas like hardware, but with Apple TV+ set to launch soon, his position has changed.

Bob Iger first joined Apple’s board of directors back in 2011, one month after the death of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

In a statement shared by The New York Times, Iger called Apple one of the world’s most admired companies.

“I have the utmost respect for Tim Cook, his team at Apple and for my fellow board members. Apple is one of the world’s most admired companies, known for the quality and integrity of its products and its people, and I am forever grateful to have served as a member of the company’s board.”

Apple in turn called Iger an “exemplary” board member and a trusted business partner.

“More than anything, Bob is our friend. He leads with his heart, and he has always been generous with his time and advice. While we will greatly miss his contributions as a board member, we respect his decision, and we have every expectation that our relationship with both Bob and Disney will continue far into the future.”

With Iger’s departure, Apple’s board of directors includes seven members, which makes it one of the smallest among the major tech companies. Other board members include Art Levinson, James Bell, Al Gore, Tim Cook, Andrea Jung, Ronald Sugar, and Susan Wagner.

This article, “Disney’s Bob Iger Resigns From Apple’s Board of Directors” first appeared on MacRumors.com

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Apple Disputes Goldman Sachs Analyst Report Claiming Free Year of Apple TV+ Will Impact Earnings

Goldman Sachs this morning cut its target price for Apple’s stock from $187 a share to $165 a share, claiming Apple’s plans to give away free access to its upcoming Apple TV+ service will cause a “material negative impact” on earnings because o…

Apple Disputes Goldman Sachs Analyst Report Claiming Free Year of Apple TV+ Will Impact Earnings

Goldman Sachs this morning cut its target price for Apple’s stock from $187 a share to $165 a share, claiming Apple’s plans to give away free access to its upcoming Apple TV+ service will cause a “material negative impact” on earnings because o…

Apple Shares New iPhone 11 Pro Videos Highlighting Durability and Camera Capabilities

Following the launch of iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro pre-orders, Apple today shared two new videos highlighting iPhone 11 Pro features.

The first video features random objects, food, and water being hurled at the iPhone 11 Pro to demonstrate the devi…

Available Supply of iPhone 11 Pro Models Begins Waning

Shortly after pre-orders for Apple’s new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models went live, supplies of the new higher-end iPhone 11 Pro models began dwindling, with launch day shipping no longer available for many colors and capacities.

Most iPhone 11 P…

iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max Now Available for Pre-Order

Apple is now accepting pre-orders for the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max models through its online storefront and the Apple Store app.

Priced at $699, the iPhone 11 is Apple’s most affordable new iPhone this year. It feature…

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