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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Here's When You Can Download macOS Big Sur [Update: You Can Download it Now]

Thursday November 12, 2020 2:00 am PST by
Update: It's Out Now Apple has officially announced that macOS Big Sur is now available, although it is still rolling out so it may take a few minutes to show up on your Macs. Apple Releases ‌macOS Big Sur‌ With Fresh Design, Control Center, Safari Privacy Report, Messages Updates, Maps Overhaul and More ‌macOS Big Sur‌ Features: Everything New in Today's Release Apple's official public...
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November 2020 Apple Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream [Video Posted]

Tuesday November 10, 2020 6:39 am PST by
Apple is holding its third virtual media event in as many months today, with the event kicking off at 10:00 am Pacific Time and likely consisting of a pre-recorded stream from Apple Park. Still, some MacRumors readers who can't follow the event as it's being broadcast are interested in avoiding all of the announcements and waiting until the event has ended and is available for on-demand viewing...
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Apple Watch ECG Coming to South Korea With Imminent iOS 14.2 and watchOS 7.1 Updates [Update: Russia Also]

Sunday November 1, 2020 7:35 pm PST by
Apple today announced [Google Translate] that electrocardiogram (ECG) and irregular heart rhythm notification features will be coming to the Apple Watch in South Korea as part of the upcoming iOS 14.2 and watchOS 7.1 releases. While Apple hasn't confirmed a release date for the updates, it appears to be imminent based on today's press release and the fact that a "Release Candidate" version...
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Review: Beats Flex Offer a Great Entry Point to Apple's Wireless Earphone Ecosystem for Just $50

Monday October 19, 2020 11:00 am PDT by
One of the announcements last week that flew under the radar since it wasn't explicitly mentioned during Apple's event was the introduction of Beats Flex, new wireless earphones that represent an upgraded version of the previous BeatsX. Not only do Beats Flex come with some upgrades, but they also carry a much lower price of just $49.99, representing the most affordable way to get into Apple's...
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Belkin Shares Details on First MagSafe Accessories for iPhone 12

Wednesday October 14, 2020 7:54 am PDT by
Belkin today shared details on its first two accessories that are compatible with Apple's new MagSafe charging system. Both of the devices, a 3-in-1 charger for iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods, and a car vent mount, were briefly shown during the ‌MagSafe‌ portion of Apple's event yesterday. Belkin's BOOST↑CHARGE PRO ‌MagSafe‌ 3-in-1 Wireless Charger includes a flat base with a 5-watt wireless...
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Mystery Patch on Edge of iPhone 12 is a mmWave 5G Antenna Exclusive to U.S. Models

Tuesday October 13, 2020 5:56 pm PDT by
We've been getting a number of questions from readers about a mysterious "patch" on the edge of all of the iPhone 12 models introduced today. The patch is unlabeled on Apple's specs page, but The Verge has confirmed that it is a window for the mmWave 5G antenna. mmWave 5G support is only included on U.S. models of the ‌iPhone 12‌ lineup, and thus the window is only present on those devices, as ...
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HomePod Mini Supports Low-Power Thread Networking Technology

Tuesday October 13, 2020 5:01 pm PDT by
As disclosed on the specs page for Apple's new HomePod mini, the diminutive speaker is Apple's first to support Thread networking technology. Thread is a low-power IP-based networking technology for connecting Internet of Things (IoT) devices, offering a secure, mesh-based system that makes it easy to build an ecosystem of devices. While Thread is essentially agnostic to the application...
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New Beats Flex Earphones Take BeatsX to the Next Level for Just $49.99

Tuesday October 13, 2020 12:15 pm PDT by
Apple's Beats brand today is introducing Beats Flex wireless earphones, which add some upgrades to the previous BeatsX earphones yet come with a much lower $49.99 price tag. The new price makes them the cheapest way to get into Apple's wireless earphone ecosystem, which is especially important now that Apple is no longer including earphones in the box with its iPhones. As with BeatsX, the...
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October 2020 Apple Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream [Video Posted]

Tuesday October 13, 2020 7:59 am PDT by
As with Apple's "Time Flies" event last month and WWDC back in June, today's media event kicking off at 10:00 am Pacific Time will be entirely online and likely a pre-recorded stream from Apple Park. Still, some MacRumors readers who can't follow the event as it's being broadcast are interested in avoiding all of the announcements and waiting until the event has ended is available for on-demand...
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Apple Executives Discuss the New A14 Chip and Apple's Approach to Chip Design

Monday October 12, 2020 11:53 am PDT by
Between last month's introduction of the iPad Air with Apple's new A14 chip and tomorrow's expected unveiling of the iPhone 12 said to feature the same chip, Apple executives have been making the rounds talking up the technology behind the A14 and the company's overall chip strategy. In a new interview with Engadget, Apple's vice president of platform architecture Tim Millet and senior...
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iPhone 12 Announcement, Pre-Order, and Actual Release Date Expectations

Thursday October 8, 2020 2:43 pm PDT by
While Apple has launched its new iPhone lineups annually in September for many years now, the timing is a little different in 2020 thanks to development and production delays due to the global health crisis. Apple did hold a September event in 2020, but it involved Apple Watch and iPad announcements rather than addressing the ‌iPhone‌. With Apple now ready to introduce the iPhone 12, the...
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Apple Pay and Express Transit Mode Now Support PASMO Transit Cards in Japan

Monday October 5, 2020 8:29 pm PDT by
Japanese smart payment system PASMO today announced that it has launched support for Apple Pay, allowing users to pay for transit fares and other transactions using their iPhone or Apple Watch. Express Transit is also supported, which allows users to quickly pass through transit gates without having to wake or unlock their devices or authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID. PASMO is similar to ...
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Anker Bumps Its Tiny Anker Nano USB-C Power Adapter Up to 20W [Updated]

Friday October 2, 2020 2:00 am PDT by
Popular accessory brand Anker today is launching its latest diminutive charger, a 20W Anker Nano that packs fast-charging power into a tiny wall adapter. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Amazon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. The new Anker Nano, priced at $19.99, is an updated version of the...
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Corning's Optical Thunderbolt 3 Cables Now Available in Lengths From 5 to 50 Meters

Wednesday September 30, 2020 8:57 am PDT by
Back in March, we noted that optical Thunderbolt 3 cables were starting to become available some four years after the standard's debut. Availability of these high-end optical cables has taken another step forward recently, as Corning has begun shipping out its cables in lengths ranging from 5 meters to 50 meters. Corning's 10-meter optical Thunderbolt 3 cable Compared to passive and active...
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Kuo: Mini-LED Displays to Debut in Apple's Next iPad Pro

Wednesday September 23, 2020 12:45 am PDT by
Following his report earlier this week indicating that Apple will be accelerating adoption of mini-LED displays in its iPad and Mac notebook lineups thanks to better than expected development from potential secondary supplier Sanan Optoelectronics, analyst Ming-Chi has released a new report today sharing a bit more perspective on the mini-LED display market as it relates to Apple. Kuo says...
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Apple's Online Store Launches in India

Wednesday September 23, 2020 12:10 am PDT by
After announcing last week that it would be launching its online store in India on September 23, the store has now gone live, opening up direct sales for Apple in a largely untapped market with significant growth potential. As in other countries, Apple's Indian online store offers a full range of Apple products and accessories, with shopping assistance from Apple Specialists, free no-contact ...
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Where Is iOS 14.1 and When Is It Coming Out?

Monday September 21, 2020 5:05 pm PDT by
Update: iOS 14.1 is indeed shipping on the iPhone 12 lineup and was released to all users on Tuesday, October 20. Our original article continues below. Following the release of iOS 14 on September 16, Apple quickly moved to provide developers and public beta testers with an initial version of iOS 14.2, which so far is focused primarily on music-related tweaks such as a new Shazam-powered...
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Apple TV+ Wins Its First Emmy With Billy Crudup in 'The Morning Show'

Sunday September 20, 2020 11:19 pm PDT by
Apple TV+ had 18 nominations for this evening's virtual Primetime Emmy Awards, and the fledgling streaming service managed to come away with one win thanks to Billy Crudup's award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in "The Morning Show." Crudup had also previously won the 2020 Critics' Choice Award for his role as Cory Ellison, the rising-star executive...
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Kuo: Apple to Accelerate Adoption of Mini-LED Displays in iPad and Mac Notebook Lineups

Sunday September 20, 2020 11:00 pm PDT by
Increased competition among Apple's suppliers for mini-LED display chips will accelerate the company's adoption of the advanced technology in its iPad and MacBook lineups, according to a new research note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seen by MacRumors. Kuo says that while Epistar had been predicted to be the exclusive supplier of mini-LED chips for Apple products in 2021, Sanan Optoelectronics...
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Apple Watch Family Setup Includes 'Apple Cash Family' to Let Kids Use Apple Pay

Tuesday September 15, 2020 9:20 pm PDT by
At today's media event, Apple announced Family Setup, a new feature coming tomorrow as part of watchOS 7 that will allow kids, elderly relatives, and others take advantage of many of the capabilities of the Apple Watch without the need for their own paired iPhone. Compatible with Apple Watch Series 4 and later and the Apple Watch SE, ‌Family Setup‌ requires a cellular Apple Watch model and an...