Arnold Kim

Arnold is the Editorial Director of MacRumors and founded the site in 2000. He was also a practicing physician but gave it up in 2008 to focus on this website and other projects.

Arnold Kim's Articles

MacRumors Forums Redesigned and on a New Platform

Tuesday June 2, 2015 8:21 am PDT by Arnold Kim
Over the weekend, we launched a new version of the MacRumors Forums. Beyond a long overdue redesign, we also migrated to a new discussion platform called XenForo. The MacRumors Forums have been running since 2001 and have over 800,000 members and 20,000,000 posts. We have discussions documenting the first iPod, the first iPhone and the death of Steve Jobs. The move to a new software...

Apple Watch Impacts iPhone Battery Life... One Way or the Other

Sunday April 26, 2015 1:07 pm PDT by Arnold Kim
With the launch of the Apple Watch on Friday, the first wave of consumers have received their Apple Watches. Our forums are abuzz with activity surrounding Apple's newest device. While there were initial concerns about the Apple Watch's battery life, reports seem to indicate that the Apple Watch, itself, has no problem lasting a full day. However, there have been mixed reports about the...

Apple Watch Sport Destroyed in Torture Test Video

Friday April 24, 2015 10:23 pm PDT by Arnold Kim
A CNet video shows the new Apple Watch Sport undergoing a variety of torture tests in a kitchen setting to see how well it holds up to a variety of abuse. Previously, video bloggers have subjected the Sport's Ion-X screen and the Sapphire screen to a variety of scratch tests. The video shows the Apple Watch...

Retail Apple Watches Still Have a Hidden Diagnostic Port [Updated]

Saturday April 11, 2015 2:08 pm PDT by Arnold Kim
The Apple Watch became available for pre-orders on Friday as well as for try-on appointments in Apple retail stores around the world. One MacRumors reader, Louis, was able to slip off the bottom band during his Apple Watch try-on appointment to discover that the hidden diagnostic port on early models still remains in the retail versions. The presence of the diagnostic port was first...

Faster 'NVM Express' SSD Interface Arrives on Retina MacBook and OS X 10.10.3

Saturday April 11, 2015 1:00 pm PDT by Arnold Kim
Apple has quietly introduced support for the next generation NVM Express (NVMe) interface to SSD Flash drives in their latest OS X 10.10.3 update as well as in the new Retina MacBook which was released on April 10th. System Report on new Retina MacBook The NVMe software interface replaces the AHCI software interface in Apple's previous notebooks, and offers improved latency and performance...

Apple Won't Allow Swapping of Bands at Apple Watch 'Try-On' Appointments

Sunday March 29, 2015 8:21 pm PDT by Arnold Kim
The Apple Watch will be available for in store previews and Try-On appointments starting on April 10th. The Apple Watch comes in a variety of sizes, colors, and band-types which can make the decision of how to pick a band and Apple Watch combination complicated. Apple has a number of recommended combinations highlighted on their online store, but also sells bands separately, allowing...

Apple Watch for Sale in Retail Stores by Reservation Only, No Walk-In Sales

Sunday March 29, 2015 1:46 pm PDT by Arnold Kim
As the Apple Watch launch approaches, details have been leaking out about how Apple will be handling sales of their new device. According to leaked Apple documentation, the company will not be selling the Apple Watch to walk-in customers at launch. Apple will begin offering online pre-sales of the Apple Watch starting on April 10th, with the first deliveries occurring on April 24th, the...

Apple Watch Diagnostic Port Spotted in Apple Promo Videos

Monday March 9, 2015 4:53 pm PDT by Arnold Kim
Last week, we heard reports that a hidden "diagnostic port" was present on early Apple Watches currently in testing. The TechCrunch report indicated the port was being used for diagnostic purposes. The port has a 6-dot brass contact array inside the groove for the ‘bottom’ strap connector slot. Several sources have confirmed its existence and placement to me. It is very similar to the...

Apple's Oscar Ad Shot Entirely on an iPad

Sunday February 22, 2015 2:12 pm PST by Arnold Kim
Apple debuted a new iPad ad to air during tonight's Oscar's. Apple highlights the new ad on their website which features students at Los Angeles County High School, using the iPad to write, produce, shoot, score, and edit films. It features a voiceover from Martin Scorsese and is called "Make a film with iPad". Mashable reports that the ad itself was filmed entirely on an iPad Air 2....

Cyber Monday 2014: 25% off iTunes Gift Cards, Discounts on Macs, More

Monday December 1, 2014 6:00 am PST by Arnold Kim
While most of the major discounts appeared on Black Friday, many retailers are continuing sales on what has been called Cyber Monday. There are still significant discounts on iTunes gift cards, Macs and accessories. iTunes Gift Cards 25% off Paypal Digital Gifts is once again selling $100 iTunes Gift Cards for $75 on eBay. Valid for U.S. iTunes accounts only. Mac Discounts B&H Photo ...

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer Now Available

Friday November 28, 2014 6:24 am PST by Arnold Kim
As previously reported, Apple's iTunes Trailers website now features the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the seventh film in the Star Wars series and is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi. Directed by J.J. Abrams, the movie features actors like Andy Serkis, Daisy...

Black Friday 2014: $100 iTunes Gift Cards for $75 (US Only)

Friday November 28, 2014 5:37 am PST by Arnold Kim
Paypal Digital Gifts is offering $100 iTunes Gift Cards for $75 via eBay - a 25% discount, for Black Friday. The codes are delivered digitally to PayPal registered email addresses. The offer is only available to U.S. customers and expires tonight at midnight (Eastern). Black Friday sales kicked off last night and officially continue through today. Some sales may last the weekend. We've...

iOS 8.1: 'Text Message Forwarding' Activation Requires iMessage Email Address

Monday October 20, 2014 9:13 pm PDT by Arnold Kim
Earlier today, Apple released iOS 8.1 which introduced number of new features to iOS and Yosemite. One of the anticipated features was SMS Text Message Forwarding, which allows SMS messages received by your iPhone to be mirrored on your iPad or Mac running OS X Yosemite. Several of our forum members had difficulty activating the feature, as the required activation code would never appear...

iOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images

Sunday September 28, 2014 8:18 pm PDT by Arnold Kim
With the release of iOS 8, Safari has gained the ability to display Animated PNGs (APNGs). Originally proposed in 2004 as a replacement to animated GIF images, APNGs offers more color and transparency support over GIFs. The Animated Portable Network Graphics (APNG) file format is a non-standard extension to the Portable Network Graphics (PNG) specification. It allows for animated PNG files that ...

iPhone 6 Begins Shipping to Customers for Sept 19th Delivery

Saturday September 13, 2014 10:44 am PDT by Arnold Kim
Apple began accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 6 on Friday, September 12th. The first of those orders are beginning to ship to customers. Verizon sent notices to customers today with tracking numbers for their early orders. Despite the early shipping, FedEx will hold shipments for simultaneous delivery on launch day -- Friday, September 19th. Despite the coordinated effort, some new...

'iPhone 6' Case Giveaway and Other Prizes from MacRumors

Wednesday August 13, 2014 9:07 am PDT by Arnold Kim
The iPhone 6 is expected to be announced on September 9th, 2014 with an Apple Media event. The actual launch will likely take place a couple of weeks later. Some of the first rumors of any new Apple iPhone seems to come from the case manufacturers. There's a huge financial incentive for case manufacturers to be early to market with case designs for a new iPhone. The first leaked schematics ...

Aperture Replacement 'Photos' to Offer Image Search, Editing, Effects and Plugins

Tuesday July 1, 2014 12:11 pm PDT by Arnold Kim
Last week, Apple announced that the company would be discontinuing their Aperture photo management software to focus development on the new Photos app that was introduced at WWDC. Details on Apple's new Photos app, however, remains scarce, leaving Aperture users with a lot of uncertainty. Ars Technica was able to get additional information from an Apple representative, who indicated that...

12-Inch MacBook Air to Begin Production in 3rd Quarter 2014

Monday June 23, 2014 10:24 pm PDT by Arnold Kim
Digitimes reports that Apple's new 12" MacBook Air will enter mass production in the 3rd quarter of 2014. Quanta Computer is reportedly responsible for the assembly of the new machine which falls in between the 11" and 13" MacBook Air lines. Their sources have not heard of any changes to the existing 11" and 13" MacBook Air models. Digitimes' sources were able to confirm some small...

Next Generation iPad Mini Depicted with Touch ID

Sunday June 22, 2014 8:45 am PDT by Arnold Kim
Apple.club.tw 曝光/">share an image of what appears to be models of the next generation iPhone, iPad Mini, and iPad Air. The iPhone 6 models have already been covered extensively, while we got the first glimpse of the purported iPad Air 2 just last week. The iPad Air 2 model was shown to depict Touch ID, changed speaker grille, and recessed volume buttons. The new image doesn't reveal any...

Users Noticing Significant Improvements in Apple Maps Data with Quick Corrections

Saturday June 21, 2014 2:50 pm PDT by Arnold Kim
Apple's Maps has been the subject of a significant amount of criticism since its launch with iOS 6. Apple had replaced Google Maps data with their own map data which had comparably worse coverage, especially in international markets. There had been enough outcry that Apple CEO Tim Cook posted an open letter apologizing for Apple Maps. There had been hopes that the Apple Maps application would...