Eric Slivka

Eric is Editor in Chief of MacRumors, swimmer, and former biophysicist. Enjoys reading and chasing after two rambunctious boys when he's not playing with the latest gadgets.

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Epic's 'Live Link Face' Leverages ARKit and iPhone's TrueDepth Camera for Real-Time Facial Animation

Thursday July 9, 2020 8:39 am PDT by
Epic Games has launched a new iOS app, Live Link Face, that lets creators using the company's Unreal Engine game engine leverage Apple's ARKit platform and the iPhone's TrueDepth camera to capture and stream facial expressions for real-time rendering (via The Verge). Capable of working with just a single actor at a desk or as part of a complex motion-capture stage setup, Live Link Face...

Apple Launches New Educational Curricula for Develop in Swift and Everyone Can Code

Thursday July 9, 2020 7:12 am PDT by
Apple today announced significant enhancements for its Develop in Swift and Everyone Can Code educational programs, delivering free curricula and a new Develop in Swift online course to help teachers get up to speed for teaching app development in Swift. “Apple has worked alongside educators for 40 years, and we’re especially proud to see how Develop in Swift and Everyone Can Code have...

OWC's ThunderBay Flex 8 Storage and Expansion Tower for Macs Now Available

Wednesday July 8, 2020 8:10 am PDT by
Popular Mac accessory maker OWC today announced the launch of its ThunderBay Flex 8 tower for media professionals, offering eight drive bays, a handful of ports for connecting peripherals, and a PCIe slot for expansion capabilities, all connected to your Mac over Thunderbolt 3. The ThunderBay Flex 8 resembles a black version of the Power Mac G5 and original Mac Pro design, and it opens up to ...

Intel Shares Details on Thunderbolt 4, Launching Later This Year

Wednesday July 8, 2020 7:15 am PDT by
Intel today shared some new details on the upcoming launch of Thunderbolt 4, which is set debut later this year. While Thunderbolt 4 won't deliver any increase over the maximum 40 Gb/s available on Thunderbolt 3, there are some notable improvements such as universal cables up to two meters long without needing to resort to active cables that omit support for slower USB standards as on...

Claimed iPhone 12 Box Insert Design Suggests No Included EarPods or Power Adapter

Tuesday July 7, 2020 9:03 am PDT by
Starting with the iPhone 12 later this year, Apple has been rumored to be omitting the EarPods and power adapter that have traditionally been included in the box, an effort that would save Apple money, reduce e-waste, and cut down on packaging size as Apple would rely on most users already having their own earphones and a plethora of power adapters. Ran Avni of popular iPhone 3D concept...

Apple Cuts iPhone Trade-In Values as iPhone 12 Launch Nears

Tuesday July 7, 2020 7:46 am PDT by
With just two months to go until the usual timeframe for Apple's iPhone launch events, Apple is cutting back on maximum trade-in values of previous-generation iPhones for those looking to upgrade to a new model. Maximum values on more recent models have dropped by $30–$50, while older models have generally dropped by $5–$20 with a few models seeing no change in value.iPhone XS Max: $500 to...

HYPER Launches 'HyperJuice' Compact 100W USB-C GaN Charger

Monday July 6, 2020 8:07 am PDT by
Sanho Corporation's HYPER brand today is announcing general availability of its HyperJuice USB-C charger, which it bills as the world's first 100-watt charger that uses gallium nitride (GaN) technology for a more compact design. The new 100W HyperJuice GaN charger is a four-port charger with two USB-C ports capable of delivering up to 100 watts and two USB-A ports delivering up to 18...

Shipping Estimates for 27-Inch iMac Continue to Slip, Now Into September

Monday July 6, 2020 6:55 am PDT by
Amid rumors and hints of a forthcoming update for the iMac, supplies of Apple's current 27-inch ‌iMac‌ continue to dwindle with mid- and high-end stock configurations now seeing shipping estimates pushed back into September. The 27-inch ‌iMac‌ has seen tight supplies and extended shipping estimates for months now, but the situation has been gradually worsening to the point where new buyers can...

Apple Survey Asks iPhone Users What They Do With Old Power Adapters

Friday July 3, 2020 10:13 am PDT by
Amid multiple reports that Apple will no longer include a power adapter in its iPhone boxes starting with the iPhone 12 later this year, it appears Apple is surveying recent ‌iPhone‌ buyers to ask about what they've done with the power adapters that came with their previous iPhones. Screenshot via Twitter user @bedabb_ Apple's surveys typically cover numerous aspects of its products, but...

Apple Card Deferred Payment Program Extended Once Again Through July

Wednesday July 1, 2020 5:43 am PDT by
Apple has once again extended its Apple Card COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program by a month, allowing cardholders who enroll in the program to defer their July payment without incurring any interest charges. To enroll in the program, open the Wallet app on an iPhone or iPad, tap on the ‌Apple Card‌, tap on the black circle with three dots, tap on the message bubble, and send a message along...

Ford Brings Wireless CarPlay to the 2021 F-150 Pickup

Friday June 26, 2020 8:53 am PDT by
Ford's F-series pickup is the best-selling vehicle in the U.S., and last night the carmaker unveiled the redesigned 2021 F-150, which includes Ford's new SYNC 4 infotainment system with wireless CarPlay and Android Auto. Ford announced SYNC 4 last October, with the first announced vehicle to include it being the upcoming electric Mustang Mach-E. With the F-150, Ford will be kicking off...

Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak Discuss Apple Silicon Transition, Lack of Boot Camp Support, and More

Thursday June 25, 2020 7:10 am PDT by
Daring Fireball's John Gruber typically hosts a live episode of his The Talk Show podcast during the week of WWDC, featuring high-level Apple executives to dig further into some of the details on Apple's major announcements, and while the all-online format of this year's conference changed things up a bit, Gruber was still able to get Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak to participate in a video...

Apple Begins Selling Standalone 2-Meter Thunderbolt 3 Pro Cable for $129

Monday June 22, 2020 11:40 pm PDT by
Apple has quietly started selling its 2-meter Thunderbolt 3 cable priced at $129, offering a braided design and active cable technology that supports full Thunderbolt 3 data transfer speeds of up to 40Gb/s. This marks the first time the cable has been available as a standalone purchase, as it is otherwise only available included with the Pro Display XDR. Featuring a black braided design that ...

Apple's $500 Developer Program Includes Tools and Resources for Transitioning to Apple Silicon, Plus a Loaner A12Z-Based Mac Mini

Monday June 22, 2020 2:23 pm PDT by
To help developers prepare for the Mac transition from Intel processors to Apple Silicon, Apple has launched a Universal App Quick Start Program, which "includes all the tools, resources, and support you need to build, test, and optimize your next-generation Universal apps for macOS Big Sur." The program requires a brief application, with limited availability and priority for developers with ...

Apple's Digital Car Key Coming to Broad Array of BMW Models Manufactured After July 1, Requires iOS 13.6

Monday June 22, 2020 1:39 pm PDT by
During its WWDC keynote today, Apple officially announced its digital car key technology, which will let users lock, unlock, and start cars using just their iPhone or Apple Watch. BMW was announced as Apple's lead partner on the initiative, and the German automaker shared additional information on the partnership in a press release today. BMW says that its Digital Key for ‌iPhone‌ will have...

WWDC 2020 Spoiler-Free Video Stream [Update: Video Posted]

Monday June 22, 2020 6:10 am PDT by
Even though this year's WWDC is a bit different with its all-online format, we're still getting the traditional keynote address, which will be kicking off at 10:00 am Pacific Time today. Some MacRumors readers who can't follow the event live are interested in avoiding all of the announcements and waiting until Apple reposts the video of the event for on-demand viewing so as to experience it...

Algoriddim's New 'djay Pro AI' Brings Real-Time Separation of Vocals, Instruments, and Beats to djay for iOS

Thursday June 18, 2020 6:00 am PDT by
Algoriddim, the company behind the popular djay line of music apps for iOS, Mac, Windows, and Android, today is introducing a major update for its djay app for iOS: djay Pro AI. Harnessing the power of Apple's A12 and A13 chips in the latest iPhone and iPad models, djay Pro AI's Neural Mix feature separates out beats, instruments, and vocals from music tracks in real-time to allow for live...

What Will macOS 10.16 Be Called: Mammoth, Monterey, Skyline, or Something New?

Monday June 15, 2020 3:05 pm PDT by
Every year heading into WWDC, one question on many Mac fans' minds is what Apple will choose as the name for the next version of macOS. The tradition dates all the way back to the beginning of Mac OS X with its big cat names, and then in 2013 Apple shifted to Calfornia-themed names with the unveiling of OS X Mavericks. Back in the early days after the debut of OS X Mavericks, we discovered a ...

Apple Card 0% Financing Now Available for Mac, iPad, and More

Monday June 15, 2020 6:34 am PDT by
Apple today expanded its Apple Card interest-free monthly installment payment plan across much of its U.S. online store, allowing users to pay for Macs, iPads, and other Apple products over time. In addition to the interest-free payments, users also earn the standard 3% Daily Cash for purchases through Apple. The new option is available on checkout pages for individual products, with some...

New iMac, 10.8-Inch iPad Air, and Larger iPad Mini Rumored to Launch in Second Half of 2020

Friday June 12, 2020 7:59 am PDT by
Apple is gearing up to launch new iMac and iPad models in the second half of this year, according to DigiTimes, casting uncertainty on whether we'll see a redesigned ‌iMac‌ at WWDC just 10 days from now as recently rumored. The second half of the year begins just over a week after the WWDC keynote, so it's possible we could see an announcement there with shipping happening a bit later, but Digi...