In an internal memo obtained by MacRumors, Apple has indicated that the following 2013 and 2014 models of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro will be added to its vintage and obsolete products list on April 30:
- MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2013)
- MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2013)
- MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2014)
- MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2014)
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2014)
Apple defines vintage products as those that were last manufactured more than five years ago. While vintage products were previously ineligible for service, Apple says vintage Macs remain eligible for hardware service at Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers, but only if repair parts are available, or if required by law.
YouTube is working on a new feature called "Shorts" that will replicate the short videos shared on popular social networking app TikTok, reports The Information.
YouTube's Shorts will exist within the current YouTube mobile app and will see YouTube offering a feed of brief videos posted by YouTube users that will be able to take advantage of YouTube's catalog of licensed music.
Chinese-owned social media app TikTok has soared in popularity in recent months, and it has been downloaded more than a billion times. It lets users create short music videos or short looping videos that other TikTok users can watch, and it has easy-to-use editing tools for syncing music to short video clips.
Thus far, no other social networking app has been able to replicate TikTok's success with a similar feature, though there have been some attempts. Facebook has been testing a short video feature called "Lasso" in select countries like Brazil, and has prototyped a similar feature in Instagram.
It's not clear when YouTube might debut the new short video, but it is expected to come out "by the end of the year."
In an effort to encourage social distancing, Apple has indicated that it will provide subsidies to Apple Authorized Service Providers that offer product repairs on a pickup and drop-off basis in the United States and Canada.
In an internal memo shared with Apple Authorized Service Providers, obtained by MacRumors, Apple said it will provide $20 for each iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Beats repair and $25 for each Mac repair that is completed on a pickup and drop-off basis. Apple stressed that it "encourages such arrangements when possible."
Apple has provided technicians with further instructions on how to qualify for the subsidies, which begin today and will be offered indefinitely.
With all Apple Stores outside of China remaining closed, many customers have turned to local Apple Authorized Service Providers for service and support, at least in communities where electronics repair shops are permitted to stay open. Apple's subsidies will hopefully lead to customers and technicians feeling safer during these difficult times.
Go to Apple's website to initiate a repair and find an Apple Authorized Service Provider near you.
The Amazon Prime Video apps for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV now allow customers to purchase and rent movies and TV shows within the app, and Apple appears to be allowing Amazon to use its own payment system, skirting the traditional in-app purchase screens.
Opening up the Prime Video app now includes the message "Browse, rent, or buy new release movies, popular TV shows, and more -- now within the app." Purchasing or renting a movie brings up an option to charge the credit card that a user has on file, rather than the charge going through the App Store.
According to The Verge, the new Prime Video app features a dedicated "Store" tab where customers can make purchases of TV shows and movies, but we didn't have access to the new tab and were still able to make a purchase.
Prior to now, Amazon did not allow customers to rent or purchase content within the Prime Video app, instead asking them to use a web browser to make the purchases. Amazon appears to have worked out some kind of deal with Apple, though, as Apple does not normally allow in-app content purchases that do not go through the App Store.
Amazon recently added a new Prime Video Cinema hub to its app highlighting movies that are currently in theaters that can be purchased, which could have something to do with the decision to strike a deal with Apple to add in-app purchase options on Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad.
Update: Apple told Bloomberg's Mark Gurman that it has an existing program for "premium" video apps subscriptions, including Amazon Prime, to allow them to use their own payment methods instead of in-app purchases. Apple has already used this program with Altice One and Canal+.
Apple Card users can opt in to the deferred payment program by messaging an Apple Card support representative through the Wallet app on an iPhone or iPad. Apple is informing Apple Card owners about the option through email.
We understand that the Covid-19 situation poses unique challenges for everyone and some customers may have difficulty making their monthly payments. Apple Card is committed to helping you lead a healthier financial life.
If you previously enrolled in the Customer Assistance Program in March, you will need to enroll again.
Apple Card balances will eventually need to be paid, but the deferred payments sans interest will provide some breathing room for people who have seen their incomes drop.
Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming watchOS 6.2.5 update to developers, one week after releasing the watchOS 6.2 update that added in-app purchases to the Apple Watch App Store and a day after seeding the first iOS 13.4.5 beta.
watchOS 6.2.5 can be downloaded for free through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update.
To install the new software, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it needs to be placed on a charger, and it needs to be in range of the iPhone.
There is no word yet on what features might be included in watchOS 6.2.5, if any, but we'll update this article if we find anything new.
Apple has now donated more than 50 million yuan ($7 million) to the country, which will be used to support long-term public health recovery efforts.
China has shown incredible spirit and resilience during the COVID-19 outbreak and we are grateful to our teams, partners and customers for their support during these challenging times. In addition to the 20 million yuan contribution we made with CFPA to support Lei Shen Shan and five other hospitals in the Hubei area, we are supporting longer-term public health recovery efforts. Our total commitment to CFPA is now above 50 million yuan. Around the world, the essential, collaborative response fighting the virus continues, and we are especially grateful to all the medical responders in China, and around the world, who are inspiring us all with their selflessness and courage.
Apple's stores in China were closed for much of February, but have since reopened. The 42 stores in China are the only Apple Stores in the world that are open right now, as Apple has closed every other retail location in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. Some of the stores are expected to start reopening in April, but on a staggered basis and in areas less impacted by the coronavirus.
Apple has also made extensive donations in the United States and Europe. Last week, Cook announced that Apple has been able to source and donate more than 10 million N95 masks for healthcare workers in the U.S.
iCloud Keychain, for those unfamiliar with the feature, stores login names and passwords for websites and apps, with the information synced across a person's iOS and Mac devices through iCloud. It is a free and useful way to manage unique passwords for each different service used.
In iOS 14, iCloud Keychain will include warnings whenever a password is reused, which should help encourage users to select different passwords for each login. With all the password leaks these days, choosing a different password for each site prevents malicious entities from being able to access multiple sites that use the same password when leaked info is obtained.
Apple also appears to be adding a way to save two-factor authentication passwords, which would presumably allow iCloud Keychain to generate two-factor authentication codes to prevent the need for a two-factor authentication app. 1Password and other password management apps already have these features, and if Apple added them, it would make iCloud Keychain an appealing alternative to paid solutions.
Apple is working on quite a few other features for iOS 14, and details on what's in the works can be found in our iOS 14 roundup.
Apple today shared the trailer for "Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth," an upcoming Earth Day-themed short film that's set to premiere on Friday, April 17, a few days ahead of Earth Day.
The animated short is based on best-selling children's book of the same name by Oliver Jeffers, and it will be narrated by Meryl Streep.
On the eve of Earth Day, a precocious seven-year-old learns about the wonders of the planet from his parents--and a mysterious exhibit at the aptly titled Museum of Everything. Based on the best-selling children's book by Oliver Jeffers. The all-star voice cast includes Chris O'Dowd, Ruth Negga, Jacob Tremblay, and Meryl Streep.
"Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth," which is aimed at children, joins several existing Apple TV+ shows for kids, including "Ghostwriter," "Helpsters," and "Snoopy in Space."
B&H Photo began a new Apple Shopping Event today, offering discounts on AirPods, MacBook, iPad, Mac mini, and Apple Watch Series 5.
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To start, you can save with some solid deals on AirPods, including the AirPods with Charging Case at $139.95, down from $159.95. This is around the same price we're seeing at all of the major Apple resellers this week, and just about $10 off from the lowest price tracked.
The AirPods with Wireless Charging Case is $169.95, down from $199.00, which is also hitting around the same price at places like Adorama and Amazon. If you want the standalone Wireless Charging Case for AirPods, that accessory is $69.00, down from $79.00 at B&H Photo.
Moving to Apple Watch Series 5, you'll find an average $15 discount on most models during B&H Photo's Apple Shopping Event. That means 40mm Aluminum devices start at $384.00 and 44mm Aluminum devices start at $414.00. This event also includes Nike+ and cellular models on sale, as well as $20 off Modern Buckle bands.
For iPad, there are numerous discounts on a variety of models. The 7.9-inch iPad mini from early 2019 is seeing a lowest-ever price on the 256GB Wi-Fi model, priced at $499.00, down from $549.00. Likewise, the 256GB cellular model is on sale, this one priced at $629.00, down from $659.00.
There are sales on two of the newest 2020 iPad Pros: $1,049.00 for the 256GB Wi-Fi 12.9-inch iPad Pro and $849.00 for the 256GB Wi-Fi 11-inch iPad Pro, both $50 off. Lastly, you can save on quite a few 2018 models; we collected a lot of these sales in a separate post this morning.
Head to B&H Photo to browse the full Apple Shopping Event, which also includes sales on MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and Beats headphones. We track weekly deals on all of these products in our dedicated Best Deals guides for iPad, MacBook, and AirPods.
T-Mobile today announced that it has completed its merger with Sprint, with the merged company to operate under the T-Mobile brand. Effective immediately, T-Mobile's former COO Mike Sievert will assume the role of CEO, with John Legere stepping down.
T-Mobile said it plans to focus on creating a "transformational" nationwide 5G network. Within six years, the carrier promises to provide 5G to 99 percent of the U.S. population and average 5G speeds in excess of 100 Mbps to 90 percent of the U.S. population. T-Mobile also plans to provide 90 percent of rural Americans with average 5G speeds of 50 Mbps.
The "new" T-Mobile has committed to delivering the same or better rate plans for at least three years, including access to 5G. Rate plans are not changing today.
For now, the merged company says all customers will stay with the same Sprint and T-Mobile network, stores, and service they have been using. Over time, Sprint assets will simply begin to be rebranded as T-Mobile.
In a private conference call with investors this week, Apple supplier Foxconn suggested that there is still a possibility that 5G-enabled iPhones will launch on time this year despite pandemic-related supply chain disruptions, according to Bloomberg.
Of course, Foxconn did not mention Apple or the iPhone specifically:
"We and the customer's engineers are trying to catch up the missing gap, after we lost some days due to travel ban. There's opportunity and possibility that we might catch up," Yang said. "But if there's a further delay in the next few weeks, months, then you probably have to reconsider launching time. It's still possible."
The report claims that trial assembly of new iPhones typically begins in early June ahead of mass production of the devices in August, so there are still several months for Apple to catch up should pandemic restrictions begin to be eased.
With hundreds of suppliers of iPhone components, however, Apple will have to rely on more than Foxconn to ensure an on-time launch.
Prior to the pandemic, it was rumored that Apple planned to introduce four high-end iPhone 12 models with notched OLED displays and 5G support in the fall, including a 5.4-inch model, two 6.1-inch models, and a 6.7-inch model. Following in the footsteps of the new iPad Pro, some or all of the models are expected to gain a LiDAR scanner for augmented reality.
Amazon, B&H Photo, and Best Buy have a collection of discounts on both the 2018 and 2020 iPad Pro this week. For the 2018 models, prices start at $699.99 for 64GB Wi-Fi on the 11-inch iPad Pro, and also include discounts on cellular configurations and the 12.9-inch models.
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Sales for the iPad Pro that just launched last month are not quite as steep, but they're still solid $50 off discounts on a select few tablets, making them the lowest prices we've tracked so far. For the 2020 11-inch iPad Pro you'll find discounts on 256GB and 512GB Wi-Fi, and on the 2020 12.9-inch iPad Pro there is a sale on the 256GB Wi-Fi at Amazon.
11-inch iPad Pro (2018)
- 64GB, Wi-Fi - $699.99, down from $799.00 ($99 off) [Best Buy]
- 256GB, Wi-Fi - $799.99, down from $949.00 ($149 off) [Best Buy]
- 512GB, Wi-Fi - $999.99, down from $1,149.00 ($149 off) [Best Buy]
- 1TB, Wi-Fi - $1,199.99, down from $1,349.00 ($149 off) [Best Buy]
- 512GB, Cellular - $1,138.87, down from $1,299.00 ($160 off)
11-inch iPad Pro (2020)
- 256GB, Wi-Fi - $849.00, down from $899.00 ($50 off) [B&H]
- 512GB, Wi-Fi - $1,047.43, down from $1,099.00 ($51 off) [B&H]
12.9-inch iPad Pro (2018)
- 64GB, Wi-Fi - $899.99, down from $999.00 ($99 off) [Best Buy]
- 512GB, Wi-Fi - $1,164.76, down from $1,349.00 ($184 off)
- 64GB, Cellular - $1,049.98, down from $1,149.00 ($99 off)
- 256GB, Cellular - $1,149.98, down from $1,299.00 ($149 off) [Best Buy]
- 1TB, Cellular - $1,549.99, down from $1,699.00 ($149 off) [Best Buy]
12.9-inch iPad Pro (2020)
- 256GB, Wi-Fi - $1,049.00 at B&H, down from $1,099.00 ($50 off)
Be sure to head to our Best Deals on iPad guide if you're shopping around for solid discounts on an Apple tablet. This includes the iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, 11-inch iPad Pro, and 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Newer devices running Apple's recently released iOS 13.4 and macOS 10.15.4 software updates are currently unable to make FaceTime audio and video calls with older devices running iOS 9.3.5 or iOS 9.3.6, according to numerous users across the Apple Support Communities, MacRumors Forums, Reddit, and Twitter.
Apple normally recommends that users who cannot make or receive FaceTime calls update their devices to the latest software version, but iOS 9.3.5 or iOS 9.3.6 are the last supported software versions for several older devices, including the iPad 2, third-generation iPad, iPhone 4S, the first-generation iPad mini, and the fifth-generation iPod touch.
Devices running iOS 13.3.1 or macOS 10.15.3 can still make FaceTime calls with older devices, so it is unclear if this is a bug introduced with iOS 13.4 and macOS Catalina 10.15.4 or if this was an intentional decision. Apple did not immediately respond to our request for comment, but we will update this story if we hear back.
In any case, the timing of this is unfortunate due to the ongoing pandemic. Many affected users have mentioned being unable to reach a grandparent who still uses an older iPad, for example, during a time when social distancing is strongly recommended.
Hopefully this proves to be a simple bug that is resolved in short order.
@AppleSupport @Apple I need to submit a bug report regarding FaceTime connectivity and have it escalated to engineering. FaceTime Audio and Video calls are not connecting between devices currently running iOS 13.4 and older devices running iOS 9.3.5/9.3.6.
— Ibrahim Homsi (@ibrahimhomsi) March 26, 2020
@AppleSupport updated my iPhone and iPad to iOS 13.4 yesterday and now cannot FaceTime my mother who has my old ipad3. She is in isolation due to her health and Covid19 and we have no way to FaceTime her now. Please fix this ASAP.
— Neil B (@bertrum) March 28, 2020
@AppleSupport Since updating my iPhone 11 Pro and iPad Air 2 to 13.4 I can no longer FaceTime an old iPad running iOS 9, one that my elderly grandparents are using during this difficult time.Just says “connecting”, thx for that Apple.This really needs a fix ASAP. #CoronaLockdown
— Ali Kahn (@aKahnR) March 27, 2020
@AppleSupport Hey Apple, since iOS 13.4 i can‘t call an iOS 9 Device over Facetime. That‘s a real Problem at these Days because it‘s the only way for me and my 2 childs to see our 90yrs. young Mother/Grandmother. Please fix. 🙏
— Jonny Castaway (@jonnycastaway) March 27, 2020
Spotify has launched its standalone app for children in Canada, France, and the United States. Called Spotify Kids, the family-friendly version of the music streaming service is exclusively for Premium Family subscribers and comes tailored for children aged three and up.
The service was originally launched as a beta in Ireland last year and has since rolled out to Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Mexico, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Spotify says the app now has 30 percent more content than when it first launched, including 8,000 songs, 125 playlists, sing-alongs, soundtracks, and audiobooks.
Now, at a time when so many kids are home from school, we're bringing the experience to even more people as the app rolls out in the U.S., Canada, and France — and we hope parents there will find it useful as well.
The app also touts educational content for kids, including a playlist hub called Learning which features songs that teach kids about counting, the ABC's, science, and more.
Children can also find a new global playlist with songs to help them learn general hygiene best practices, like how to wash their hands and cough and sneeze properly into their elbows.
Spotify says it is working alongside children's brands like Disney Music Group, KIDZ BOP, and Nickelodeon to make the app a unique experience, so expect more content soon.
Zoom is facing fresh scrutiny today following a report that the videoconferencing app's encryption claims are misleading.
Zoom states on its website and in its security white paper that the app supports end-to-end encryption, a term that refers to a way of protecting user content so that the company has no access to it whatsoever.
However, an investigation by The Intercept reveals that Zoom secures video calls using TLS encryption, the same technology that web servers use to secure HTTPS websites:
This is known as transport encryption, which is different from end-to-end encryption because the Zoom service itself can access the unencrypted video and audio content of Zoom meetings. So when you have a Zoom meeting, the video and audio content will stay private from anyone spying on your Wi-Fi, but it won't stay private from the company.
As the report makes clear, for a Zoom meeting to be end-to-end encrypted, the call would need to be encrypted in such a way that ensures only the participants in the meeting have the ability to decrypt it through the use of local encryption keys. But that level of security is not what the service offers.
When asked by The Intercept to comment on the finding, a spokesperson for Zoom denied that the company was misleading users:
"When we use the phrase 'End to End' in our other literature, it is in reference to the connection being encrypted from Zoom end point to Zoom end point… The content is not decrypted as it transfers across the Zoom cloud."
Technically, Zoom's in-meeting text chat appears to be the only feature of Zoom that is actually end-to-end encrypted. But in theory, the service could spy on private video meetings and be compelled to hand over recordings of meetings to governments or law enforcement in response to legal requests.
Zoom told The Intercept that it only collects user data that it needs to improve its service – this includes IP addresses, OS details, and device details – but it doesn't allow employees to access the content of meetings.
Last week, Zoom's data sharing practices were criticized after it emerged that the service was sending data to Facebook without disclosing the fact to customers. The company subsequently updated the app to remove its Facebook log-in feature and prevent the data access.
Update: As noted by TechCrunch, security researcher Patrick Wardle has revealed two previously undisclosed zero-day vulnerabilities impacting Zoom.
44 years ago today, on April 1, 1976, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne signed a contract founding the Apple Computer Company.
Days later, Ronald Wayne bowed out and received $800, leaving Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to launch the Apple I that led to Apple revolutionizing the personal computer industry before moving on to other markets and becoming one of the most successful companies in modern history.
Steve Wozniak left Apple in 1985, leaving Steve Jobs at the helm. Under Jobs' leadership, and after weathering a few hiccups like Jobs' time at NeXT, Apple launched iconic products like the iMac G3, the MacBook, the iPod, the original iPhone, and the iPad, along with services like the App Store and iTunes.
After Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, Tim Cook took over and kept Jobs' legacy alive, launching new iPhones and iPads and new product lines, such as the Apple Watch, HomePod, and AirPods. Cook also oversaw Apple's deep foray into services with the launches of Apple News+, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and Apple Music.
Today Apple is weathering a storm and has temporarily shuttered its stores outside of China, and device sales are seeing a drastic dip as a result. It will take Apple some time to recover, but there are many innovative products on the horizon, such as the 5G iPhones, Macs with Apple designed Arm-based processors, AR glasses, and more, some of which will come this year and some of which are slated to launch over the course of the next few years. As it has in the past, Apple will bounce back.
April 1st, in addition to being the day Apple was founded, is also April Fools' Day. Given the current situation, MacRumors will not be sharing the April Fools' pranks that typically circulate, and many companies, such as Google, have bowed out of jokes this year. We wanted MacRumors readers to be aware of the date to avoid falling for any ill-timed pranks or joke products.
After releasing new Keynote, Pages, and Numbers updates for the Mac earlier today, Apple has also started rolling out updates for the iWork apps designed to work on iPhones and iPads.
The updates to Keynote, Pages, and Numbers for iOS bring support for the upcoming Magic Keyboard, mice, and trackpads when using the iWork apps on an iPad. The new versions of the software also include support for collaborative work using iCloud Folder Sharing along with other new features outlined in the release notes below.
Pages for iOS Release Notes
- Use Pages on an iPad with Magic Keyboard, a mouse, or a trackpad for a new way to work with your documents. Requires iPadOS 13.4.
- Select from a variety of gorgeous new templates to help you get started.
- Add a Pages document to a shared iCloud Drive folder to automatically start collaborating. Requires iPadOS 13.4 or iOS 13.4.
- Add a drop cap to make a paragraph stand out with a large, decorative first letter.
- Apply a color, gradient, or image to the background of any document.
- Touch and hold, then drag across multiple objects to select them.
- Easily access recently used templates in a redesigned template chooser.
- Print or export a PDF of your document with comments included.
- Edit shared documents while offline and your changes will upload when you're back online. Requires iPadOS or iOS 13 or later.
- Enhance your documents with a variety of new, editable shapes.
Keynote for iOS Release Notes
- Use Keynote on an iPad with Magic Keyboard, a mouse, or a trackpad for a new way to work with your presentations. Requires iPadOS 13.4.
- Add a Keynote presentation to a shared iCloud Drive folder to automatically start collaborating. Requires iPadOS 13.4 or iOS 13.4.
- Edit shared presentations while offline and your changes will upload when you're back online. Requires iPadOS or iOS 13 or later.
- Select from a variety of gorgeous new themes to help you get started.
- Touch and hold, then drag across multiple objects to select them.
- Easily access your recently used themes in a redesigned theme chooser.
- Print or export a PDF of your presentation with comments included.
- Add a drop cap to make text stand out with a large, decorative first letter.
- Enhance your presentations with a variety of new, editable shapes.
- New "Keyboard" text build in and build out animation
Numbers for iOS Release Notes
- Use Numbers on an iPad with Magic Keyboard, a mouse, or a trackpad for a new way to work with your spreadsheets. Requires iPadOS 13.4.
- Create spreadsheets with more rows and columns than ever before.
- Apply a color to the background of a sheet.
- Add a Numbers spreadsheet to a shared iCloud Drive folder to automatically start collaborating. Requires iPadOS 13.4 or iOS 13.4.
- Edit shared spreadsheets while offline and your changes will upload when you're back online. Requires iPadOS or iOS 13 or later.
- Touch and hold, then drag across multiple objects to select them.
- Easily access your recently used templates in a redesigned template chooser.
- Print or export a PDF of your spreadsheet with comments included.
- Add a drop cap to text in a shape.
- Enhance your spreadsheets with a variety of new, editable shapes.
Apple has also released a new iMovie update for the iPhone and the iPad, which includes mouse and trackpad support. The update also features new keyboard shortcuts.
- Use iMovie on iPad with Magic Keyboard, a mouse, or a trackpad for a new way to create movies and trailers (requires iPadOS 13.4)
- Use keyboard shortcuts to toggle between the five inspector modes when a clip is selected: Action, Speed adjustments, Volume, Titles, and Filters
- Use keyboard shortcuts to quickly rotate video 90-degrees clockwise or counterclockwise
- Tap the Download All button at the top of the soundtracks list to download all bundled soundtracks at once
- Add PNG, GIF, TIFF, and BMP files to your movie
- Performance and stability improvements
Apple's iMovie and iWork for iOS apps are free and can all be found in the App Store on iPhone and iPad.