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New Ceramic and Titanium Apple Watch Models Uncovered in watchOS 6 Beta

New leaked assets from the watchOS 6 beta suggest Apple plans to launch new ceramic and titanium Apple Watch models as early as next month.

Discovered by iHelpBR, the assets belong to the initial Apple Watch setup screen animation, which resemble…

PSA: Apple Email Asks Users Who Signed Up for Apple Card Invite to Provide Correct Apple ID, Even if They Did Already

Apple customers who registered their interest in gaining early access to Apple Card were left confused last night after receiving an email from Apple asking for their Apple ID, despite having already provided it.

Since early August, Apple users ha…

Parallels Desktop 15 Switches to Apple's Metal Graphics API, Gains Sidecar, Keychain, and Drag and Drop Support

Parallels today announced version 15 of its desktop virtualization software for Mac, offering DirectX 11 support via Apple Metal, native support for Sidecar in macOS Catalina, and several other enhancements.

Parallels Desktop 15 is the first iteration of the cross-platform software to support DirectX 11 using Apple’s hardware accelerated Metal graphics API.


The switch to Metal should bring a noticeable performance boost – Parallels claims 3D graphics rendering is up to 15 percent faster, while Microsoft Office apps should launch up to 80 percent faster.

The enhanced graphics support also expands the number of Windows apps that users can run on their Mac, such as Autodesk 3ds Max 2020, Lumion, ArcGIS Pro, and Master Series.

Gamers meanwhile can look forward to running their favorite titles at faster speeds, with the likes of FIFA 19, Age of Empires Definitive Edition, Fallout 4, Madden NFL 19, Crysis 3, and Mark of the Ninja: Remastered all receiving special mention.

Once macOS Catalina launches in the fall, Parallels’ Sidecar support will mean users can wirelessly connect their iPad to their Mac to use as a second display in Windows. There’s also new Touch Bar options for Apple Pencil, including Toggle between Pen, Eraser and Mouse modes. Parallels says support for additional Catalina features is currently in development and will be introduced around the release of macOS 10.15.

Notably, the virtualization software is offering better integration with macOS more generally, such as the ability to use screenshot previews in Windows applications and the ability to drag images from Safari, Photos, and other stock Mac apps.

Additionally, Parallels Desktop 15 supports a new category of Bluetooth devices, enabling users to connect an Xbox One Controller, Logitech Craft keyboard, IRISPen, some IoT devices (such as smart home appliances and smart bands) and more. There’s also support for Bluetooth Low Energy, making it possible to run an Xbox game in a Windows 10 virtual machine.

Elsewhere, there’s now support for the Share menu in Finder, so it’s possible to send files from macOS using a Windows email application, and there’s now Keychain support, offering quicker login to websites and apps within Windows. A more comprehensive list of changes and improvements in Parallels Desktop 15 is available here.

Parallels Desktop 15 requires macOS Mojave or later to run, and can be purchased for a one-off fee of $99.99, with the more feature-laden Pro and Business editions available at $99 per year.

Users with older versions of Parallels Desktop (including Pro and Business Editions) can upgrade for $49.99, while college students in the United States, Canada, Germany and UK have access to the reduced price Student Edition. A 14-day trial of the virtualization suite is also available.

This article, “Parallels Desktop 15 Switches to Apple’s Metal Graphics API, Gains Sidecar, Keychain, and Drag and Drop Support” first appeared on MacRumors.com

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Triple-Lens Rear Cameras Rumored for Next iPad Pro Range, Dual-Lens for New Entry-Level iPad

Apple’s next-generation iPad could gain a dual-lens rear camera while the next iPad Pro range could get a triple-lens array, according to a rumor out of China.

Japanese blog Mac Otakara cited a Chinese supply source over the weekend claiming the …

Apple 'Locking' iPhone Batteries to Discourage Third-Party Replacements

Apple has activated a “dormant software lock” on its latest iPhones to discourage battery replacements that aren’t undertaken by Apple, reports iFixit.


The teardown group has discovered that any iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and iPhone XS Max that has had its battery swapped by anyone other than Apple or an Apple authorized service provider will now display a message saying their battery needs servicing.

The message appears in both iOS 12 and iOS 13 beta regardless of whether the battery is an official Apple one or an aftermarket replacement, and prevents the user from accessing the Battery Health features in Settings. The “Service” message reads as follows:

Important Battery Message

Unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine Apple battery. Health information not available for this battery.

iFixit says the message doesn’t appear to affect the functionality of the battery, but it does make it harder to know when a replacement battery needs to be replaced.

YouTube channel The Art of Repair has discovered the source of the message to be a Texas Instruments microcontroller installed on the battery itself, which authenticates the battery as an Apple one and provides the iPhone with information about battery capacity and temperature.

The message appears designed to deter battery replacements using third-party repair kits like the one sold by iFixit, and to discourage customers from getting a third-party repair shop to swap out their iPhone battery.

Apple would probably argue it is doing it out of safety concerns surrounding swollen or damaged batteries. Nonetheless, it places further restrictions on the options available to iPhone users looking to get their battery replaced.

The practice also harks back to a similar controversy: Error 53, widely publicized in 2016, caused some iPhone 6 users who had the Home buttons on their iPhones fixed by a non-Apple technician using non-original parts to see their iPhones bricked following a software update.

When the error code first surfaced, Apple said that error 53 was a protective security feature meant to prevent “malicious” third-party components from potentially compromising a user’s iPhone.

However, after public outcry, Apple released a software update restoring functionality to bricked iPhones. Following the software update to unbrick iPhones, Apple claimed that the error 53 issue was meant to be a factory test and never should have impacted consumer devices.

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Apple Card Rolling Out Today to Limited Number of Customers

Apple Card got its first group of public test users today. A limited number of customers who signed up on Apple’s website to be notified about the release of Apple Card are now able to apply for the card in their Wallet app as well as order a physical …

Kuo: 2021 iPhone Will Feature Fingerprint-Sensing Display in Addition to Face ID

Apple will launch an iPhone equipped with both Face ID and an on-display fingerprint sensor in 2021, according to a new investor note by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and obtained by MacRumors.

Kuo’s prediction is based on Apple’s patents related to …

Kuo: Apple Likely to Absorb Any US Tariff Cost Increases on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Apple’s domestic pricing and shipment forecasts aren’t likely to be impacted by U.S. tariffs thanks to “proper preparations” made by the tech giant, according to a new investor note by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and obtained by MacRumors.

Financi…

DigiTimes: Apple to Launch MacBooks with Cellular 5G Connectivity in Second Half of 2020

Apple is working on a range of MacBooks with 5G cellular connectivity for launch as early as next year, claims a new report today by DigiTimes.

According to the hit-and-miss Taiwanese publication, Lenovo, HP, and Dell will kick off the 5G laptop m…

Korea's NRRA Certifies Unreleased MacBook Pro With Model Number 'A2159'

Signs of Apple’s upcoming MacBook Pro redesign continue to mount with news this morning that Korea’s National Radio Research Agency (KRRA) has now certified unreleased MacBook Pro model A2159.


Regular readers may recall that an unreleased MacBook Pro with a mysterious model number of A2159 received FCC approval almost exactly one month ago. The same identifier was also registered with the Eurasian Economic Commission in June.

First spotted by MySmartPrice.com, Korea’s NRRA filing doesn’t give away much about the unreleased MacBook Pro, simply describing the model as a “small-output wireless device” while confirming that it is manufactured in China.

The earlier FCC filing rated the notebook as 20.3V – 3A Max (equivalent to 61W), suggesting to some a refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro. However, Apple updated its higher-end 13-inch MacBook Pro in May and its entry-level 13-inch model with a Touch Bar last month, but that’s not to say it won’t refresh the entire line-up in the fall. Apple has refreshed its entire MacBook Pro lineup twice in a year only once before in the Retina era, in 2013.

On the other hand, details from multiple sources have been converging around the possibility that Apple is developing a 16-inch MacBook Pro featuring a new design and a larger display, perhaps enabled through slimmer bezels.


16-inch MacBook Pro rumors began with Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Back in February, Kuo said the notebook would launch at some point in 2019 with an “all-new design.” He has not shared any further details since, but a recent supply chain report said mass production would begin in the fourth quarter of this year.

Kuo also believes the 16-inch MacBook Pro will debut with a new scissor switch keyboard design, which will eventually be used in to other MacBook Air and Pro models in 2020 and 2021. According to supply chain sources, the 16-inch display will be an LCD panel with a 3,072 × 1,920 resolution, supplied by LG.

Whatever the technical details turn out to be, with the previous EEC, FCC, and now NRRA filings all referencing the same mysterious A2159 number in the last few months, all the indications are that we’ll see a new MacBook Pro quite soon.

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Apple Registers Two More iPad Models in Eurasian Database

Apple today registered two unreleased iPad models in the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) database, using the model identifiers A2200 and A2232, according to listings uncovered by MySmartPrice and confirmed by MacRumors.

Both iPad models are li…

Apple Card Said to Launch as Early as First Half of August

Apple’s highly anticipated launch of Apple Card is on schedule and will launch in the U.S. in just a few weeks, reports Bloomberg this morning.

The Apple Card is targeted to launch as early as the first half of August. That timing means the project…

2020 iPhones Could Feature Fast 120Hz 'Pro Motion' Displays

Apple’s iPhones next year may feature displays capable of up to 120Hz refresh rates, allowing for a smoother on-screen experience, according to one mobile leaker.

Apple is considering a switchable 60Hz/120Hz refresh rate screen on the iPhone in 2020, and is discussing with Samsung and LG. pic.twitter.com/4aoU303umu

— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 21, 2019

“Apple is considering a switchable 60Hz/120Hz refresh rate screen on the iPhone in 2020, and is discussing with Samsung and LG,” tweeted Ice Universe on Sunday.

The leaker, who goes by the Twitter handle @UniverseIce, doesn’t usually comment on Apple’s plans, but is a well-regarded source of Samsung rumors. Samsung has supplied Apple with OLED panels for the iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max.

Apple already uses variable refresh rate technology in its iPad Pro models, but they still use LCD panels rather than OLED. Bringing it to a new breed of OLED iPhones would raise the smartphone performance bar even higher.

Apple markets the iPad Pro-exclusive tech under the moniker “Pro Motion,” which it says dynamically adjusts the display to the movement of content for fluid scrolling, greater responsiveness, and smoother motion. It does all this on the natch, which means it also conserves battery life.

Apple’s adaptive Pro Motion IAPs also reduce Apple Pencil latency, and reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said that Apple Pencil support is a possibility for a future iPhone.

Previous rumors have suggested Apple will complete its transition to an all-OLED iPhone lineup in 2020 with new 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch devices.

But before 2020 comes around, Apple is widely expected to launch a trio of new iPhones this September, including two higher-end 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED models and one lower-end 6.1-inch LCD model.

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Israeli Security Firm Claims Spyware Tool Can Harvest iCloud Data in Targeted iPhone Attack

An Israeli security firm claims it has developed a smartphone surveillance tool that can harvest not only a user’s local data but also all their device’s communications with cloud-based services provided by the likes of Apple, Google, Amazon, and Micro…

Apple Readies 3D Sensing Rear Camera Component Supplies for 2020 iPhones

Apple has asked one of its manufacturing partners to ready components for use in rear Time-of-Flight (ToF) camera lenses said to be coming to next year’s iPhone lineup, according to DigiTimes.

Apple has reportedly asked its supply chain partner to s…

Upcoming Apple TV+ Sci-Fi Drama 'See' Reported to Cost $15 Million Per Episode

Apple has several original TV shows in the works for its upcoming Apple TV+ streaming service, and a new report by The Wall Street Journal looks at the big budgets involved in these productions as competition hots up among rival streaming services eager to win over audiences in a market dominated by the likes of Netflix and HBO.


According to the report, Amazon and Netflix have increased budgets for original content in the last few years. Netflix originally spent $4.5 million per episode on “House of Cards,” but now many newcomers are having to spend between $8 million and $15 million per episode on original content to compete with established services.

For example, Disney’s Star Wars spinoff “The Mandalorian” costs nearly $15 million per episode, according to people who spoke to WSJ. As for Apple, it is said to be spending nearly $15 million per episode to produce sci-fi drama “See,” which stars Jason Momoa of “Game of Thrones” and Aquaman fame.

In the case of Apple’s “See,” the cost has neared $15 million for each roughly 60-minute episode, according to a person familiar with the matter. That is more than the cost of a typical independent feature film.

“See,” set centuries in the future after a virus has wiped out much of Earth’s population and left survivors blind, appears to be taking cues from the “Game of Thrones” playbook of cinematic world-building. Footage shown at Apple’s programming event featured Mr. Momoa ready-set for battle alongside dozens of actors in sweeping vistas filmed in the fields and forests of British Columbia.

These kinds of figures per episode mean shows can easily exceed $150 million per season – or as much as a typical big-budget movie. One driving factor, according to the report, is that high-profile TV shows are offered up next to theatrical films available to stream on the same service, so “original programming can’t risk looking like B-material next to the movies.”

Apple is working on dozens of original TV shows and movies with high-profile directors, producers, and actors. The company was reported to have a budget of about $1 billion for its original content and TV shows in 2017.

It’s unclear if Apple’s budget has risen since that time, but as the WSJ report concludes, a certain power comes with paying big money for A-list actors, since it signals to other top actors and directors that Apple is committed to writing big checks for its top shows.

For example, Apple has signed a deal for two seasons of morning talk show drama “The Morning Show,” starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston. According to a report in January 2018, the two key stars are set to earn $1.25 million per episode.

Apple TV+, Apple’s new streaming television service, is coming this fall. It will be available on all devices where the TV app is available, which includes iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV, along with the Mac. There’s no TV app for Mac right now, but Apple plans to introduce one later this year.

Apple has not yet announced pricing for the service, but it is ad free and shows will be available to watch on demand. For more information on Apple TV+, make sure to check out our Apple TV+ guide.

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 Revealed in First 'Official' Leaked Images

The first official photos of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note 10 device appear to have been leaked onto the web, courtesy of MySmartPrice‘s Ishan Agarwal. After the Galaxy S10 and S10+, the Galaxy Note line is Samsung’s larger smartphone equipped with a stylus. The Note 10’s unveiling will come on August 7, so about a month ahead of when we’re expecting to see Apple’s 2019 iPhone lineup.


The image shown above reveals the Galaxy Note 10 will come in a pearlescent silvery-blue color, while a second leaked image reveals an additional black version will also be available. Otherwise, as per previous rumors, the Galaxy Note 10 adopts the same curved-screen, glass-body design used in previous Note devices, but the front now features an edge-to-edge display with a single center hole punch camera.

Over on the back of the device we can see a triple-camera array. This suggests either that rumors of a quad-camera setup – including a fourth time-of-flight (ToF) 3D depth camera – are wide of the mark, or that what we’re looking at is the smaller 6.28-inch model, as claimed by WinFuture‘s Roland Quandt.

Samsung is said to be releasing a second, larger 6.75-inch Note 10 next month. If that model does include the quad-camera array with ToF, the company will be debuting the world-facing 3D depth-sensing tech a full year in advance of Apple, which is rumored to be introducing it in its 2020 iPhone line-up. If the bigger device additionally features 5G support (also rumored), that will be two tech flags that Samsung can raise at least one year ahead of Apple.


There’s no visible fingerprint sensor in these images, suggesting the Note 10 will inherit an under-display fingerprint sensor from the Galaxy S10. Another notable change is that this device has one less button than the Note 9, suggesting either a relocated power button below the volume rockers or a lack of a Bixby button.

We can’t see from these leaked images if the Note 10 is ditching the headphone jack, as has also been rumored. If so, users will have to decide for themselves whether that jives with Samsung’s claim that these new devices are “designed to take the Galaxy ecosystem’s connectivity to the next level.” (Samsung famously killed the headphone jack in 2018’s Galaxy A8s after years of mocking Apple for doing the same thing.)

In addition to debuting the Note 10, Samsung may also use its upcoming August event to provide more detail on when we can expect the delayed Galaxy Fold to launch. Samsung planned to release it earlier this year but then canceled its debut after multiple poor reviews from media sites.

We don’t know exactly when Apple will unveil its own 2019 smartphone lineup, but based on past years, we can expect the Cupertino-based company to hold an event somewhere around the first or second week of September, with September 9 or September 10 being likely possible candidates.


Apple plans to offer its 2019 iPhones in three sizes, identical to the current iPhone lineup. The two higher-end devices will continue to use OLED, while the iPhone XR successor will feature an LCD and a cheaper price tag.

The iPhone XS and XS Max successors will use triple-lens cameras, while the XR successor will feature a dual-lens camera. The camera updates will be the biggest changes to the iPhones in 2019. As suggested, no 5G connectivity is coming this year, but faster WiFi and LTE is expected. For more on the 2019 iPhones, make sure to check out our roundup.

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Apple Opens App Design and Development Accelerator in Shanghai

Apple has announced the opening of a new Design and Development Accelerator in Shanghai as part of an effort to support engineering talent and boost growth in China’s iOS developer community.

Located in Pudong District, the Accelerator is being la…

Apple Launches 2019 Back to School Promotion: Free Beats With Select Mac and iPad Models

Apple today launched its annual Back to School free Beats promotion in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and like it did last year, the 2019 edition has also gone live simultaneously in many European countries.

However unlike previous years,…

JP Morgan Analyst Expects up to Four New iPhone Models in 2020

JP Morgan analyst Samik Chatterjee expects Apple to reignite its growth next year with the launch of four new iPhones featuring key selling points like OLED displays, 5G modem support, and new rearward-facing 3D sensing AR/VR capabilities.

As quot…

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