Aaron Perris

Aaron is a contributing researcher for MacRumors.

Since 2021, Aaron has been digging through Apple's firmware, backends, and other apps to find out what's new but not in the change logs. He is also a member of AppleDB, working on cataloging every Apple device and firmware.

Aaron is based out of New York City, check him out on X @aaronp613.

Aaron Perris's Articles

HomePod G4 Feature

Leak Confirms Apple's Work On 'Home Accessory'

Thursday July 4, 2024 9:15 am PDT by
Code discovered on Apple's backend by MacRumors confirms Apple is indeed working on a long-rumored home accessory in addition to the HomePod and Apple TV. The code references a device with the identifier "HomeAccessory17,1," which is a new identifier category. The name is similar to the ‌HomePod‌'s "AudioAccessory" identifier. Interestingly, the 17,1 in the identifier name suggests that...
Apple Vision Pro Dual Loop Band Purple Feature 2

Vision Pro Appears in Chinese Regulatory Database Before Expansion to New Countries

Tuesday May 14, 2024 11:55 am PDT by
The Apple Vision Pro has shown up in China's product regulatory database as Apple prepares to bring the headset to additional countries sometime in the near future. Both the Vision Pro (A2117) and its Battery Pack (A2697) have shown up in the Chinese database, indicating that a launch in China could be coming soon. Bloomberg said yesterday that Apple is planning to introduce the Vision Pro...
watchos 10 maps app

Apple Watch Topographic Maps Could Expand to iPhone in iOS 18

Wednesday March 27, 2024 9:10 am PDT by
Apple appears to be gearing up to add topographic maps to the Apple Maps apps in iOS 18, macOS 15, and visionOS 2, according to code reviewed by MacRumors. First introduced with watchOS 10, topographic maps include trails, contour lines, elevation, and points of interest, features that are of use for hiking and other outdoor activities where accurate navigation is essential. Since...
apple maps 3d feature

Apple Maps May Gain Custom Routes With iOS 18

Tuesday March 26, 2024 3:10 pm PDT by
Apple may be planning to add support for "custom routes" in Apple Maps in iOS 18, according to code reviewed by MacRumors. ‌Apple Maps‌ does not currently offer a way to input self-selected routes, with Maps users limited to Apple's pre-selected options, but that may change in ‌iOS 18‌. Apple has pushed an ‌iOS 18‌ file to its maps backend labeled "CustomRouteCreation." While not much is revealed...
apple vision pro virtual keyboard

Apple Vision Pro Likely to Launch in These Nine Countries Next

Wednesday March 13, 2024 4:55 pm PDT by
Apple will soon add 12 new languages to the virtual keyboard on the Vision Pro, based on code discovered by MacRumors. Right now, the Apple Vision Pro keyboard only supports English (US) and Emoji, which makes sense as it is limited to the United States. To bring the Vision Pro to new countries, Apple needs to add support for additional languages. The code indicates the following languages...
Apple Self Service Repair MacBook

Apple Expands Do-It-Yourself Repair Program to M3 Macs

Thursday February 29, 2024 4:26 am PST by
Apple will soon expand its self-service repair program to the M3 iMac, M3 14-inch MacBook Pro, and M3 16-inch MacBook Pro, according to a trio of support documents published today. (Update: Parts and manuals for M3 Macs are now available — see below). First introduced in the U.S. in 2022, Apple's repair program lets customers purchase genuine Apple parts and tools. Apple also provides...
vision pro developer strap diagnostics

Apple Vision Pro's Developer Strap and Diagnostics Mode Revealed in More Detail

Friday February 2, 2024 12:21 pm PST by
Code discovered by MacRumors reveals a clearer look at how Apple stores will support Vision Pro headsets that are in need of servicing or support. Back in June, Apple published its "Platform State Of The Union" video for developers, and multiple times throughout that video, a Vision Pro with a mysterious USB-C adapter could be seen, leading to speculation as to what it could be. A recent ...

tvOS 17.4 Code References Mysterious homeOS

Monday January 29, 2024 9:57 am PST by
Code discovered by MacRumors in the first beta of tvOS 17.4 suggests that Apple's work on "homeOS" is continuing behind the scenes. Back in June 2021, Apple listed two job postings that mentioned homeOS, but deleted the term when it was noticed by the media. We've seen no sign of homeOS since, except for in the first tvOS 17.4 beta. Apple's 2018 HomePod ran a modified version of iOS 11...