Joe Rossignol

Joe joined MacRumors in January 2015, and is now a Senior Reporter. Based out of Stoney Creek, Canada, he has been writing about Apple since 2008, with a focus on breaking news coverage.

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AppleCare Support Advisors Testing New ChatGPT-Like Tool 'Ask'

Thursday February 22, 2024 6:39 pm PST by
Apple is internally testing a new ChatGPT-like generative AI tool that will enable employees to offer faster technical support going forward. Apple recently launched a pilot program that provides select AppleCare support advisors with access to a new tool called "Ask" that can automatically generate responses to technical questions they receive from customers, according to information...
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AirPods Pro Were Almost Named AirPods Extreme

Thursday February 22, 2024 4:29 pm PST by
In the months leading up to Apple announcing the AirPods Pro in October 2019, the company considered changing the name of the wireless headphones to AirPods Extreme, according to internal information obtained by MacRumors. The name AirPods Extreme was floated by at least one member of Apple's leadership team, but the company ultimately decided to move forward with AirPods Pro branding after...
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Apple's New Sports App for iPhone Focused on Simplicity, Says Eddy Cue

Wednesday February 21, 2024 10:27 am PST by
Apple today released a new sports app for the iPhone that shows scores, stats, standings, upcoming games, betting odds, and more for a variety of leagues, such as the MLB, MLS, NBA, NHL, Premier League, and the NFL when its next season begins. For ongoing games, the app also displays real-time play-by-play information. The app has a very basic interface with scoreboards, which you can...
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Apple Announces 'Groundbreaking' New Security Protocol for iMessage

Wednesday February 21, 2024 6:00 am PST by
Apple today announced a new post-quantum cryptographic protocol for iMessage called PQ3. Apple says this "groundbreaking" and "state-of-the-art" protocol provides "extensive defenses against even highly sophisticated quantum attacks." Apple believes the PQ3 protocol's protections "surpass those in all other widely deployed messaging apps," according to its blog post:Today we are announcing...
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Apple Increases iPhone 15's Advertised Battery Lifespan

Tuesday February 20, 2024 1:31 pm PST by
Apple today announced that it retested the batteries in all iPhone 15 models and determined that they are able to meet a higher bar. In a support document updated today, Apple says the batteries in the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max are designed to retain 80% of their original capacity at 1,000 complete charge cycles under ideal conditions, compared to the...
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iPhone 16 Models Again Rumored to Feature Upgraded Microphones for iOS 18's Revamped Siri

Tuesday February 20, 2024 9:38 am PST by
iPhone 16 models will feature upgraded microphones with a higher signal-to-noise ratio compared to previous models, allowing for the devices to hear your voice more clearly, according to Haitong analyst Jeff Pu. This upgrade should improve the accuracy of Siri, which is expected to be revamped with generative AI features on iOS 18 later this year. In a research note earlier this month, Pu...
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AirPods 4 and AirPods Max With USB-C Still Expected Later This Year

Monday February 19, 2024 6:33 am PST by
Apple still plans to release multiple new AirPods models later this year, according to the latest information shared by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. In an October 2023 edition of his Power On newsletter, Gurman said Apple planned to release two fourth-generation AirPods models and updated AirPods Max in "late 2024." On Sunday, he confirmed that this plan is "still underway." Gurman expects...
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iOS 18 Rumored to Include 'Slew of New AI Features' for Siri and More

Friday February 16, 2024 8:45 am PST by
iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 will include a "slew of new AI features," according to a report this week from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. The report claims that Apple is training both Siri and the iPhone's built-in Spotlight search tool on large language models, with a goal of improving each feature's ability to answer more complex questions accurately. The revamped version of Spotlight could also offer...
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Apple Responds to Meta's Plan to Charge 30% Fee on Boosted Posts Purchased Through App Store

Thursday February 15, 2024 10:39 am PST by
In October 2022, Apple updated its App Store Review Guidelines to clarify that sales of "boosted" posts in social media apps must use the App Store's in-app purchase system. Apple thereby receives up to a 30% cut of these sales. As a result of that clarification, Meta today announced that it will soon charge advertisers a 30% fee when they purchase boosted posts through the Facebook and...
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iOS 18: All the Rumors and New Features Expected So Far

Thursday February 15, 2024 8:54 am PST by
iOS 18 is still months away from being unveiled, but there are already rumors and expectations for the software update, as outlined below. iOS 18 is rumored to include new ChatGPT-like generative AI features for Siri and several built-in Apple apps. The update is expected to add RCS support to the Messages app for an improved texting experience with Android users. A sketchy rumor claimed...
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TikTok Releases Vision Pro App With 'Immersive' Viewing Experience

Thursday February 15, 2024 6:15 am PST by
TikTok today announced that it has released an app for Apple's Vision Pro headset. The app is optimized for visionOS's spatial design style, with TikTok promising a more "immersive" viewing experience for its short-form videos. "Experience your For You feed in an entirely new way through this immersive content view," said TikTok, in a post on social media platform X, formerly known as...
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iPhone 16 Rumored to Feature 'Significantly' Upgraded Neural Engine for iOS 18's Generative AI Features

Wednesday February 14, 2024 12:22 pm PST by
Apple's next-generation A18 and M4 chips for future iPhone and Mac models will feature an upgraded Neural Engine with "significantly" more cores, according to a report today from the Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News. An upgraded Neural Engine would improve performance for AI/machine learning tasks. iOS 18 is rumored to have new generative AI features for Siri, Shortcuts, Messages,...
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When to Expect New AirPods Max to Launch

Wednesday February 14, 2024 7:52 am PST by
It has been more than three years since Apple released the AirPods Max, leading some to wonder when the over-ear headphones will be updated. Below, we outline when to expect new AirPods Max, and rumored features. Timing In an October 2023 edition of his newsletter, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said Apple planned to release new AirPods Max in "late 2024," so the headphones are likely around...
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iOS 17's AirPlay Feature for Hotel Room TVs Rolling Out 'This Spring'

Tuesday February 13, 2024 12:50 pm PST by
Starting with iOS 17.3 and iPadOS 17.3, you can wirelessly stream content from your iPhone or iPad to a compatible hotel room TV via AirPlay, and we have now learned that the feature should begin rolling out at hotels over the coming months. A spokesperson for LG today informed MacRumors that the company expects the first hotels to install AirPlay-enabled smart TVs "later this spring,"...
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Apple Shares Overview of Vision Pro's Privacy and Security Features

Tuesday February 13, 2024 7:48 am PST by
Following the launch of the Vision Pro, Apple has shared a new document outlining various privacy and security measures for the headset. An overview of some of the Vision Pro's privacy policies, according to Apple:Where you look before you interact with content is not shared with Apple or the apps you are using, and does not leave the device. Apps you use cannot access information about...
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New MacBook Airs and iPads, iOS 17.4, and More Expected Next Month

Monday February 12, 2024 9:08 am PST by
Now that Apple has launched its Vision Pro headset, we can shift our attention towards what is next on the company's agenda for the year. As usual, March should be a busy time for Apple, as it is expected to release new MacBook Air, iPad Pro, and iPad Air models during the month. In a recent press release, Apple also confirmed that iOS 17.4 will be released in March. Below, we recap what...
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Apple Investigating 'Ghost Touches' Issue Affecting Some Series 9 and Ultra 2 Watches

Saturday February 10, 2024 10:54 am PST by
In an internal memo shared with Apple Authorized Service Providers this week, Apple said it is "aware of" and "investigating" a touch-related issue affecting some Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 displays. "Some customers may report their Apple Watch Series 9 or Apple Watch Ultra 2 is experiencing false touches on their display," reads Apple's memo, obtained by MacRumors. Apple...
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iOS 17.4 Allows Video Calling Apps to Turn Off Hand Gesture Reactions to Prevent Awkward Moments

Wednesday February 7, 2024 12:22 pm PST by
Starting with iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma, you can make hand gestures during video calls in the FaceTime app and other video conferencing apps to fill the screen with 3D effects. For example, you can hold two thumbs up to show fireworks on the screen, or make two peace signs with your hands to show confetti. Unfortunately, many users are unaware that this new feature is turned on by...
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Vision Pro Gets iMessage Contact Key Verification on visionOS 1.1 Beta

Wednesday February 7, 2024 6:16 am PST by
Apple on Tuesday released the first visionOS 1.1 beta. Along with improved Personas, the update adds iMessage Contact Key Verification to the Vision Pro. iMessage Contact Key Verification is an optional security feature that allows you to manually verify who you are messaging with by comparing verification codes in person or on a phone call. The feature launched on the iPhone, iPad, Apple...
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Apple Starts Improving Vision Pro Personas in visionOS 1.1 Beta

Tuesday February 6, 2024 8:15 pm PST by
Apple today released the first developer beta of visionOS 1.1 for the Vision Pro, and the update improves the look of Personas. visionOS 1.1 prompt to recapture your Persona via Dylan McDonald After installing visionOS 1.1, Vision Pro users are immediately prompted to recapture their Personas to get the "latest appearance updates" included in the update. Some users shared screenshots of their ...