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In protest of the company's now delayed CSAM detection plans, the EFF, which has been vocal about Apple's child safety features plans in the past, flew a banner over Apple Park during the iPhone 13 event earlier this month with a message for the Cupertino tech giant.

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During Apple's fully-digital "California streaming" event on September 14, which included no physical audience attendance in Cupertino in favor of pre-recorded segments live-streamed, the EFF decided to fly a plane over ‌Apple Park‌ with the message "Apple: Don't scan our phones! EFF.ORG/APPLE."

The EFF says it opted to use this form of "aerial advertising" to make sure that Apple's CSAM plans don't "fade into the background" and that Apple "hears" them. The EFF also flew the same banner over 1 Infinite Loop, Apple's previous headquarters that it largely vacated four years ago.

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Apple announced in August its plans to use on-device machine learning and its custom-built "NeuralHash" system to detect images of known CSAM images on iPhone users' photo libraries. Following its announcement, privacy advocates and groups, including the EFF, were vocal about its potential privacy risks.

Unlike Google and others who scan for CSAM, or child sexual abuse material, in the cloud, Apple's system instead uses on-device processing to identify CSAM images. The EFF is, however, unsatisfied and has previously called on Apple to abandon its plans entirely.

On September 3, Apple announced it would be delaying CSAM detection, which was meant to roll out later this fall, to "collect input and make improvements before releasing these critically important child safety features." The EFF, in a blog post, says it will independently be holding events with "various groups" to collect research and suggestions, some of which it says could be helpful to the tech giant amid the delay.

Now that Apple's September event is over, Apple must reach out to groups that have criticized it and seek a wider range of suggestions on how to deal with difficult problems, like protecting children online. EFF, for its part, will be holding an event with various groups that work in this space to share research and concerns that Apple and other tech companies should find useful.

Apple's child safety feature plans, besides CSAM detection, includes enhanced protection of children from unsolicited images. To learn more about Apple's plans, read up on our guide.

If you've got a new iPhone 13 to replace your current iPhone, there are a few ways you can migrate your data across to the new device. You can restore your apps, data, and settings from your most recent iCloud backup, restore from a backup on your computer, or you can use device-to-device migration to transfer your data directly from your previous ‌iPhone‌ to your new one. There are currently known issues with restoring your data from a backup, so this article focuses on how to perform a wireless device-to-device migration.

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Without doubt, device-to-device migration will be the most convenient option for most owners of a new ‌iPhone 13‌. It transfers over information like photos, app data, login credentials, device preferences and settings, and more. As with an ‌‌iCloud‌‌ backup, apps themselves are downloaded directly from the App Store rather than from your existing ‌‌iPhone‌‌. It may take a little longer than restoring from a backup, but the time saved from not having to log into all your apps again makes it worth the wait, which is why this process trumps the other transfer methods.

The following steps outline the Quick Start process that you can use to perform a wireless device-to-device migration. As always when transferring data between devices, make sure you have made a backup of your current ‌iPhone‌, just in case anything untoward happens during the migration process.

It's also worth noting that if your current ‌iPhone‌ has an eSim plan, you'll be asked to "Transfer Cellular Plan" while setting up your ‌iPhone 13‌: You can either select the numbers you want to transfer or opt to Decide Later to complete the plan transfer after you've set up your ‌iPhone‌.

  1. Plug both iPhones into a power outlet, turn on your new ‌iPhone 13‌ and place it near your current ‌iPhone‌, which needs to be running iOS 12.4 or later for the transfer to work. The Quick Start screen will appear on your current ‌iPhone‌ and offer the option of using your Apple ID to set up your new device. Make sure that it's the ‌Apple ID‌ that you want to use, then tap Continue.
  2. Hold up your current ‌iPhone‌ and center the camera's viewfinder over the animation that appears on your ‌iPhone 13‌. Wait for a message that says "Finish on New ‌iPhone‌."
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  3. When prompted, enter your current passcode on your new ‌iPhone 13‌.
  4. Follow the instructions to set up Face ID on your ‌iPhone 13‌.
  5. Tap Transfer from ‌iPhone‌ to start transferring your data to your ‌iPhone 13‌. You should be given the choice of whether to transfer some additional settings, such as Apple Pay and Siri, to your new ‌iPhone‌.
  6. If you have an Apple Watch paired to your current ‌iPhone‌, you'll be asked if you want to transfer your Apple Watch data and settings.
  7. Keep the two iPhones near each other and plugged into power until the data migration process is finished.

The amount of time that it takes to transfer data from one ‌‌iPhone‌‌ to another will vary based on what's on the existing ‌‌iPhone‌‌, but Apple provides a data transfer estimate on the main data transfer screen.

If the wireless network you're relying on is too slow, you can perform the data migration using a wired connection, but for that you'll need a Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adaptor and a Lightning to USB Cable. Connect the Camera Adaptor into your current ‌iPhone‌, then plug the Lightning to USB Cable into your ‌iPhone 13‌ and the other end into the adaptor. You'll then be able to follow the steps outlined above.

If you plan to sell or trade in your old ‌iPhone‌ to get a bit of extra cash, make sure to adequately erase everything on it to get it ready for its next owner.

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While Apple's standard MagSafe Charger can typically support up to 15 watts of peak power delivery to iPhone models when used with an appropriate power adapter, last year's iPhone 12 mini was limited to a lower 12-watt peak, perhaps due to thermal constraints with the smaller device.

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As highlighted in an update to Apple's support document on the ‌MagSafe‌ Charger today, that restriction remains in place for this year's iPhone 13 mini, similarly subjecting it to the lower 12-watt limit. Given the nearly identical body size between the ‌iPhone 12 mini‌ and ‌iPhone 13‌ mini, it's not particularly surprising that the limit applies to both devices, but to our knowledge this is the first time Apple has confirmed it.

An ‌iPhone‌ connected to ‌MagSafe‌ intelligently manages its power draw to prevent overheating, and thus even a fully supported model capable of charging at 15 watts may see much of its charging time spent below that threshold in an effort to protect battery health.

The smaller battery of the mini-sized ‌iPhone‌ models also means that they require less energy to recharge than larger models, so an ‌iPhone 12 mini‌ or ‌iPhone 13‌ mini capped at a peak of 12 watts may not take any longer to charge to full via ‌MagSafe‌ than an ‌iPhone 13‌ with a 15-watt limit. Still, users should be aware that this restriction persists with this year's mini ‌iPhone‌.

This isn't the only MagSafe-related topic making the rounds today, as it's been discovered that the iPhone 13 Pro with Apple's standard case on it doesn't sit quite properly on the MagSafe Duo Charger due to the size and height of the lip that protects the rear cameras. Despite the fit issue, the phone seems to make a proper connection and charge normally.

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Customers who purchase an iPhone 13 model, an iPad 9, or an iPad mini 6 and restore their new device from a backup may run into a bug that affects Apple Music, Apple said in a new support document published today.

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New ‌iPad‌ and ‌iPad‌ owners may not be able to access the ‌Apple Music‌ catalog, ‌Apple Music‌ settings, or use Sync Library after restoring from a backup.

To fix this issue, Apple says that the devices must be updated, which can be done by going to Settings > General > Software Update. ‌iPhone 13‌ owners who have already received their devices have confirmed that there is a day one iOS 15 security update that needs to be installed. It's worth noting, though, that the update text does not specifically mention the ‌Apple Music‌ bug.

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This bug only affects the ‌iPhone 13‌, ‌iPhone 13‌ mini, iPhone 13 Pro, ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max, sixth-generation iPad mini, and ninth-generation ‌iPad‌.

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Apple today said that it has discovered an issue that can cause widgets to revert to their default settings after restoring an iPhone or an iPad from backup.

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The bug affects "a limited number" of iPhone 13, ‌iPhone 13‌ mini, iPhone 13 Pro, ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max, ‌iPad‌ 9, and iPad mini 6 devices.

Apple says that those who run into this issue will need to customize their ‌widgets‌ again. Customizing a widget can be done by following these steps:

  1. Touch and hold a widget to open the quick actions menu.
  2. Tap Edit [widget name].
  3. Make your changes, then tap outside of the widget to exit.

Widgets without an edit option do not have settings that can be modified. Customers who are receiving one of the new ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ devices today or tomorrow may already be running into this issue. There is a day one iOS and iPadOS 15 security update available for new iPhones and iPads that mentions a fix for the widget bug.

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Apple does not mention the iOS 15 update in its support document, so it may be that the new version of ‌iOS 15‌ simply fixes the bug going forward while still requiring ‌widgets‌ to be reset after restoring from an initial backup.

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It's already Friday, September 24 in Australia and New Zealand, and customers who purchased a new iPhone 13, ‌iPhone 13‌ mini, iPhone 13 Pro, or ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max already have their new devices in hand. We've seen reviews of the new ‌iPhone 13‌ models from media sites, but now first impressions from everyday Apple users are available.

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Image via MacRumors Reader Hindsy

New ‌iPhone 13‌ and 13 Pro owners are sharing their opinions on the MacRumors forums, and for those awaiting their own new iPhones or considering a purchase, impressions from average consumers provide useful insight.

MacRumors reader Hindsy, who shared several photos of his new Sierra Blue ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌, said that the 120Hz display is "definitely noticeable" even for "an amateur like me."

MacRumors reader Chris got iPhone 12 models in pink and blue. The pink is "gorgeous" and a must-see in person, and the blue is lighter in person too. Cinematic Mode is "incredibly fluid and fast."


Chris also shared a great video demoing the live wallpapers on the new iPhones.


Boardiesboi, who shares his opinions on new iPhone models every year, said that the new ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max doesn't feel heavier in the hands than the 12 Pro Max, even though there is a slight difference in weight. MagSafe does not appear to be stronger than last year.

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He also said that the smaller notch is not that noticeable, and that the Sierra Blue color is "absolutely stunning" in person and looks quite different in different lighting situations.

Boardiesboi also shared a nice photo of the Sierra Blue color vs. the Pacific Blue color from last year for those who are interested in seeing the difference side-by-side.

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Other impressions from new iPhone owners:

  • The ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ display appears to be cooler than the ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro display
  • The stainless steel edges of the Pro and Pro Max still show fingerprints
  • If you're used to the old notch, you can tell the new one is a little bit taller. But it still disappears into the background as you use the phone.

Have a new ‌‌iPhone 13‌ or 13 Pro? Let us know your thoughts and we'll add it to our impressions article.

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The seventh beta of macOS Monterey, released earlier this week, includes a pair of new entries in a list of display resolutions for the System Information app, potentially revealing the resolutions of the upcoming "M1X" 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models.

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As discovered by MacRumors contributor Steve Moser, the two new display resolutions are listed as "3456 x 2234 Retina" and "3024 x 1964 Retina" and do not correspond to resolutions of the built-in displays on any current or previous Apple products. Based on the resolutions themselves and their relationships to each other, it seems likely that these new resolutions are for the upcoming MacBook Pro.

The current 16-inch MacBook Pro has a native display resolution of 3072 x 1920, while the current 13-inch MacBook Pro's native resolution is 2560 x 1600, giving both machines a pixel density of 226–227 pixels per inch.

If these new resolutions are indeed for the upcoming MacBook Pro models, they would represent an increase in pixel density to around 250 pixels per inch, which notably would allow for native 2x Retina as the default setting for these new machines for the sharpest possible image.

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While users have several display resolution options to choose from, current MacBook Pro models feature scaled default resolutions that fall between the native display resolution and a 2x Retina display.

For example, the current 16-inch MacBook Pro with a native resolution of 3072 x 1920 would correspond to a 1536 x 960 display at true 2x Retina quality, but content on such a display with a 16-inch diagonal appears uncomfortably large for most users, so Apple ships the machines at a default scaled resolution that "looks like" 1792 x 1120.

With the apparent increased pixel density on these upcoming MacBook Pro models, a true 2x Retina setting would fall right in the sweet spot for most users, with the 16-inch model yielding a "looks like" resolution of 1728 x 1117 and the 14-inch model coming in at an apparent 1512 x 982.

Apple is rumored to be introducing the redesigned MacBook Pro models before the end of the year, likely at another media event in October or November.

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It's September 24 in Australia and New Zealand, which means it's officially iPhone 13 launch day. Customers in New Zealand and Australia are always the first to get their hands on new devices due to time zone differences.

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Image via MacRumors reader Hayden

The ‌iPhone 13‌, ‌iPhone 13‌ mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max are now beginning to arrive to customers who pre-ordered on Friday, September 17. It's also iPad launch day, and customers who ordered an iPad mini 6 or an ‌iPad‌ 9 will also be receiving those devices.

Photos of the new ‌iPhone 13‌ models are starting to pop up across the web on Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, and various forums.


There are no Apple Stores in New Zealand, so customers in Australia are the first to be able to purchase one of the new iPhones or iPads in an Apple retail location. Available in-store stock in Australia will give us an idea of what we can expect in other Apple Stores worldwide.

‌iPhone 13‌ and 13 mini orders placed today won't deliver until early to mid-October, while some ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ models are delayed until late October. For that reason, an in-store purchase may be the only option for those who did not pre-order but are hoping not to wait a month for a new device.


Following New Zealand and Australia, the sales and deliveries of the new iPhone and ‌iPad‌ models will begin in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and then North America. Apple Stores‌ globally are opening up right around 8:00 a.m. local time to allow customers to pick up reserved devices and make walk-in purchases.

Make sure to stay tuned to MacRumors tomorrow and throughout next week, because we'll have plenty of ‌‌iPhone 13‌ and iPad mini coverage that includes a hands-on, in-depth camera comparisons, teardowns, and more. And if you got one of the new ‌iPhone 13‌ models or an ‌iPad mini‌, make sure to share photos below and let us know what you think of it!

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A bug in iOS 15 is preventing some AirPods Pro owners from using Siri to control the Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency features, but it appears to be fixed in the iOS 15.1 beta.

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As outlined on Reddit, some users who ask ‌Siri‌ to turn off Active Noise Cancellation or activate Transparency Mode on ‌AirPods Pro‌ connected to an iPhone running ‌iOS 15‌ receive a "Sorry, I can't do that" message from ‌Siri‌.

MacRumors can confirm that ‌Siri‌ is unable to be used to activate Transparency Mode or Active Noise Cancellation on ‌AirPods Pro‌ connected to an ‌iPhone‌ running ‌iOS 15‌, but the issue appears to be fixed in iOS 15.1.

According to one Reddit user, the feature is working in iOS 15.1, and we were also able to get ‌Siri‌ AirPods commands to properly work on an ‌iPhone‌ that's running the iOS 15.1 beta Apple released on Tuesday.


‌AirPods Pro‌ owners running ‌iOS 15‌ will need to use the ‌AirPods Pro‌ controls available in the Control Center to manage Transparency Mode and Active Noise Cancellation to get around the ‌Siri‌ bug, or they can update to iOS 15.1, which is available as a public beta.

There's no word yet on when iOS 15.1 will see a public release, but it will likely be several weeks because we've only received the first round of betas. The update also reintroduces the FaceTime SharePlay feature that was delayed from the initial ‌iOS 15‌ release.

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In an updated support document, Apple has indicated that a permission-related error when using a scanner on a Mac has been fixed as of macOS 11.6.

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When attempting to use a scanner with a Mac, Apple said users might have received an error message indicating they did not have permission to open the application. The error message said to contact a computer or network administrator for assistance, or indicated that the Mac failed to open a connection to the device.

Users may have encountered the error in the Image Capture app, Preview app, or the Printers & Scanners section of System Preferences, according to Apple.

For users who elect not to update to macOS 11.6 at this time, Apple previously shared step-by-step instructions on how to temporarily resolve the issue:

  1. Quit any apps that are open.
  2. From the menu bar in the Finder, choose Go > Go to Folder.
  3. Type /Library/Image Capture/Devices, then press Return.
  4. In the window that opens, double-click the app named in the error message. It's the name of your scanner driver. Nothing should happen when you open it.
  5. Close the window and open the app you were using to scan. A new scan should proceed normally. If you later choose to scan from a different app and get the same error, repeat these steps.

The issue has presumably also been fixed in the latest macOS Monterey beta.

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Earlier today, a report highlighted that an iPhone 13 Pro with a case doesn't lay fully flat on the MagSafe Duo charger, igniting concerns about possible compatibility issues. Even if the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ doesn’t lay fully flat on the charger, it will, however, still charge normally.

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For better context, a video posted by MKBHD shows that an ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ with a case is slightly elevated off of the ‌MagSafe‌ Duo Charger due to its more prominent camera bump. Despite the elevation, the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ will still charge as normal thanks to ‌MagSafe‌, and the slight fit issue has no impact on charging performance or speed.


Apple lists the ‌MagSafe‌ Duo charger as compatible with all models of the iPhone 13 lineup, and customers that are worried that the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ won't be compatible with the charger should rest assured that it will be.

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Alongside the iPhone 13 models, Apple introduced a new version of the MagSafe Wallet that first came out last year. This updated version includes Find My technology, and we thought we'd test it out to see how well it works and whether it's a useful feature addition.


Design wise, the new iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe looks like the previous version. It's made from leather in a variety of colors and is designed to attach to the back of an iPhone magnetically. There's a single small opening at the top that can hold up to three credit cards.

Because it's ‌MagSafe‌, it only works with the iPhone 12 and ‌iPhone 13‌ models, and compared to last year's version, there doesn't appear to be an improvement in magnetic strength. It seems to feel about the same, and as with last year's model, there's a chance it can pop off when you're putting your ‌iPhone‌ in a tight pocket.

The major new feature addition is ‌Find My‌, but it does have some limitations so don't expect it to work like other Apple accessories with ‌Find My‌ enabled.

When you first attach the wallet to a compatible ‌iPhone‌, it pops up the option to add it to the ‌Find My‌ app. After the ‌MagSafe‌ Wallet is added, you can see it on the ‌Find My‌ map alongside your other devices, but, and this is a big but, only when the wallet is attached to your ‌iPhone‌.

It has no mechanism for updating its location on its own, and location updates are done through the ‌iPhone‌. You will get an alert after about one minute if the ‌MagSafe‌ Wallet becomes detached, which is helpful in preventing it from being lost in the first place, but once it's off the ‌iPhone‌, all you can do is see its last known location.

If the ‌MagSafe‌ Wallet has moved from its last known location collected from when it was last attached to the ‌iPhone‌, there's no way to locate it. It's worth noting that if you detach the ‌MagSafe‌ Wallet from your ‌iPhone‌ in a store to get a card out and aren't quick in reattaching it, you will get the detaching alert, so that's something of a downside.

Should someone else pick up the ‌MagSafe‌ Wallet, it will show your phone number if attached to their phone so they can get in touch with you.

Apple is offering the ‌iPhone‌ Leather Wallet with ‌MagSafe‌ in Golden Brown, Dark Cherry, Sequoia Green, Midnight, and Wisteria, and it can be purchased from Apple's website for $59.

Apple Watch Series 7 models are equipped with a new module that enables 60.5GHz wireless data transfer, according to FCC filings viewed by MacRumors, but this functionality may be reserved for Apple's internal use only for now.

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The filings indicate that the 60.5GHz module is only activated when the Apple Watch is placed on a proprietary magnetic dock with a corresponding 60.5GHz module, but this dock will likely be reserved for use by Apple employees. For example, it's possible that Apple Stores might use the dock to wirelessly restore an Apple Watch, and if so, it will be interesting to see if Series 7 models still have a hidden diagnostic port for wired connectivity.

The dock has a model number of A2687 and it is powered by a USB-C port, according to the filings, which were first spotted by Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis and Tom O'Malley. The filings were submitted in late August and made available last week.

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Here is the FCC label image for the dock:

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It's unclear how fast the Apple Watch's wireless data transfer would be, but our understanding is that USB 2.0 speeds up to 480 Mbps might be possible. It's also unclear if the technology will ever be made available as a consumer-facing feature on the Apple Watch or other Apple products in the future, such as a long-rumored portless iPhone.

Apple hasn't announced a release date for the Apple Watch Series 7 yet, and there still isn't a tech specs page for the new models on the company's website. Apple has only said the Series 7 models will be "available later this fall."

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Apple today released an iOS 12.5.5 update for older iPhones and iPads that are not able to run the current version of iOS, iOS 15.

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The update can be downloaded over-the-air by going to the Settings app, tapping on "General," and selecting the "Software Update" option.

There's no word yet on what's included in the iOS 12.5.5 update, but according to Apple's release notes, it is a security update that addresses vulnerabilities with CoreGraphics, WebKit, and XNU. Apple says that it has received reports suggesting these exploits were used in the wild, so iOS device users still running iOS 12 should update immediately.

According to Bleeping Computer, at least one of the bugs was likely used to deploy NSO Pegasus spyware on hacked devices.

Devices unable to be updated past iOS 12 include the iPhone 5s, ‌iPhone‌ 6, ‌iPhone‌ 6 Plus, iPod touch 6, original iPad Air, iPad mini 2, and ‌iPad mini‌ 3.

Update: Apple has also released a new 2021-006 Security Update for machines running macOS Catalina.

Apple today launched a new documentary mini series on YouTube called "The Spark," which the company says is designed to explore the "the origin stories of some of culture's biggest songs and the creative journeys behind them."


The first seven-minute video focuses on "Under the Sun," a new song from singer-songwriter Cuco. Cuco explains his songwriting process and how he came up with the idea for "Under the Sun," a piece that took him more than a year to write.

Apple has been experimenting with short music-focused content on YouTube, and has also debuted a "Play, Pause, Delete" mini game show that asks artists to make tough decisions on "music, culture, and everything in between."

The first Amazon discount has arrived today for the new 10.2-inch iPad, and you can get the 64GB Wi-Fi model for $299.00, down from $329.00. This price is only available in Space Gray on Amazon.

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This sale is technically a pre-order as the new iPad will officially launch tomorrow, September 24. You can place your order today, however, to get the $30 off sale price and the iPad will ship when Amazon receives stock tomorrow.

The 2021 iPad features an A13 Bionic chip with up to 20 percent faster performance than the previous generation, a True Tone display, an upgraded 12-megapixel ultra-wide front camera, and more. Prior to Amazon's sale, Walmart first introduced this $299.00 price tag and it's still available there as well.

For even more iPad deals, head to our full Best Deals guide for iPad. In that guide we track the best discounts online for iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro.

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All four iPhone 13 models feature a new Cinematic mode that lets users record video with a shallow depth of field and automatic focus changes between subjects, and TechCrunch's Matthew Panzarino spoke with Apple marketing executive Kaiann Drance and designer Johnnie Manzari to learn more about how the feature was developed.

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Drance said Cinematic mode was more challenging to implement than Portrait mode for photos given that rendering autofocus changes in real time is a heavy computational workload. The feature is powered by the A15 Bionic chip and the Neural Engine.

We knew that bringing a high quality depth of field to video would be magnitudes more challenging [than Portrait Mode]. Unlike photos, video is designed to move as the person filming, including hand shake. And that meant we would need even higher quality depth data so Cinematic Mode could work across subjects, people, pets, and objects, and we needed that depth data continuously to keep up with every frame. Rendering these autofocus changes in real time is a heavy computational workload.

Manzari added that Apple's design team spent time researching the history of filmmaking and cinematography techniques for realistic focus transitions.

When you look at the design process, we begin with a deep reverence and respect for image and filmmaking through history. We're fascinated with questions like what principles of image and filmmaking are timeless? What craft has endured culturally and why?

Manzari said Apple observed directors of photography, camera operators, and other filmmaking professionals on sets to learn about the purpose of shallow depth of field in storytelling, which led Apple to realize the importance of guiding the viewer's attention.

The full interview goes into more detail about the work that went into Cinematic mode and highlights Panzarino's testing of the feature at Disneyland.

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Apple's sixth-generation iPad mini is set to launch this Friday, and ahead of time, the device has started shipping to customers around the world. Track your iPad mini pre-order shipping status with others in the MacRumors forums.

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The new iPad mini is essentially an iPad Air mini, as the two devices now share several features, including slimmer bezels, a USB-C port, a Touch ID power button, a 12-megapixel rear Wide camera, and compatibility with the second-generation Apple Pencil. The new iPad mini even goes a few steps beyond the iPad Air with Apple's latest A15 Bionic chip, 5G on cellular models, and an upgraded front camera with Center Stage support.

Equipped with a larger 8.3-inch display, the new iPad mini is available with 64GB or 256GB of storage, and there are four colors to choose from, including Space Gray, Pink, Starlight, and Purple. Pricing starts at $499 in the United States.

The first iPad mini unboxing videos and reviews were shared on Wednesday, and first impressions of the device were generally positive.

While an iPad mini ordered through Apple's website today likely wouldn't arrive to your doorstep until October to November, select Apple Store locations will likely have limited in-store availability of the device starting this Friday.

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