Joe Rossignol

Joe joined MacRumors as an Editor in January 2015, based out of Toronto, Canada. He has been writing about Apple since 2008, with bylines at 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, and many other tech-focused publications.

Joe has been cited by major media outlets, including Bloomberg News, CBS, CNBC, CNN, NBC, Reuters, TechCrunch, and The Washington Post. Many of his headlines have been featured by tech news aggregator Techmeme.

Joe Rossignol's Articles

Hong Kong's Octopus Card Now Supports Apple Pay

Monday June 1, 2020 12:10 pm PDT by
Hong Kong's popular Octopus card for transit and retail purchases now supports Apple Pay, allowing the card to be added to the Wallet app for contactless payments with an iPhone or Apple Watch. As noted by the blog Ata Distance, Apple Pay support for the Octopus card was introduced today and is still rolling out to all users in Hong Kong. Express Transit mode is supported, allowing for...

Apple's First MacBook Pro With a Retina Display Will Become 'Obsolete' in 30 Days

Monday June 1, 2020 7:50 am PDT by
If you are still hanging on to a Mid 2012 model of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display, and require a new battery or other repairs, be sure to book an appointment with a service provider as soon as possible. In an internal memo today, obtained by MacRumors, Apple has indicated that this particular MacBook Pro model will be marked as "obsolete" worldwide on June 30, 2020, just over...

Apple Card Deferred Payment Program Extended to June

Monday June 1, 2020 7:00 am PDT by
Apple Card's COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program has been extended by another month, allowing cardholders who enroll in the program to defer their June payment without incurring any interest charges, as noted by 9to5Mac. 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...

Gmail Users Bring Renewed Attention to Issue With Apple's Mail App Popping Open Sporadically on Mac

Monday June 1, 2020 6:56 am PDT by
In a blog post shared on Reddit, software engineer Philipp Defner has brought renewed attention to a years-old issue that results in Apple's Mail app randomly popping open as the frontmost application on the Mac. "If you are in full screen mode — like when you are giving a talk or watching a movie — it opens itself up in split view mode where it takes up half the screen while your other...

'Central Park' Debuts on Apple TV+: Animated Musical Comedy From Creators of 'Bob's Burgers'

Friday May 29, 2020 8:30 am PDT by
Animated musical comedy series "Central Park" was released on Apple TV+ today, with the first two episodes now available to stream. "Central Park" revolves around the Tillermans, a family that lives in New York City's famous Central Park while attempting to fend off a wealthy hotel heiress who wants to turn the park into condos. The series is created, written, and executive produced by Emmy...

16-Inch MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, and iMac Pro With Mini-LED Displays Again Rumored to Launch in 2021

Tuesday May 26, 2020 5:30 am PDT by
Apple plans to release several higher-end devices with Mini-LED displays in 2021, including a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro in the first quarter, a new 16-inch MacBook Pro in the second quarter, and a new 27-inch iMac in the second half of the year, according to Jeff Pu, an analyst at Chinese research firm GF Securities. This timeframe lines up with one shared by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who recently...

Apple Assisting Authorized Repair Shops With COVID-Related Expenses

Monday May 25, 2020 5:22 am PDT by
In an internal memo last week, obtained by MacRumors, Apple has indicated that it will assist its third-party repair partners around the world with COVID-19-related expenses, such as cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment. All eligible Apple Authorized Service Providers will receive a subsidy from Apple by way of increased payouts for each completed repair. The subsidy is...

Apple and Google Launch COVID-19 Exposure Notification API, Over 20 Countries Have Requested and Received Access

Wednesday May 20, 2020 10:00 am PDT by
Apple and Google today launched their Exposure Notification API to assist public health authorities around the world with slowing the spread of COVID-19. On the Apple side, the API is available in the iOS 13.5 software update released today. Apple said that several U.S. states and 22 countries around the world have requested and received access to the API to date, with more expected to join...

AT&T Might Finally Ditch '5GE' Marketing Following National Advertising Board Recommendation [Updated]

Wednesday May 20, 2020 8:38 am PDT by
Following a challenge from T-Mobile, the National Advertising Review Board today announced that it has recommended that AT&T discontinue its "5G Evolution" or "5GE" marketing claims, noting that they may be misleading to consumers. "5G Evolution" is the branding that AT&T has been using in areas where the latest 4G LTE technologies like three-way carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO, and 256-QAM...

Powerbeats Pro Leaked in Four New Colors, Release Expected in Early June

Wednesday May 20, 2020 7:23 am PDT by
Last week, it was rumored that Apple plans to make its Powerbeats Pro available in four new colors, including Glacier Blue, Cloud Pink, Spring Yellow, and Lava Red. Now, official marketing images have surfaced on German website WinFuture, which notes that the new colors should be released in early June with the same $249.95 pricing. No other changes are expected, beyond the possibility of some...

When to Expect New AirPods, Including Rumored 'Studio' and 'X' Models

Wednesday May 20, 2020 6:57 am PDT by
Rumors suggest that Apple plans to expand its AirPods lineup with two new models later this year, including high-end, over-ear "AirPods Studio" and in-ear "AirPods X" with a BeatsX-like design for running and exercising. This would be followed by refreshes to both the regular AirPods and the AirPods Pro in 2021. Here is where rumors stand:AirPods Studio — Summer or Fall 2020: Apple plans to...

Apple Stores Start Reopening in Canada Today, Ontario and Quebec Locations Remain Closed

Wednesday May 20, 2020 5:27 am PDT by
Apple Stores in Canada will begin reopening their doors to the public today, starting with six locations in the Vancouver area, one in Winnipeg, and one in Halifax. Enhanced health and safety measures will be in place, such as social distancing and reduced operating hours. Apple is also requiring that all employees and customers wear a face covering while inside the store and will provide one to...

iPhone 12 Logic Board Appears to Have Leaked

Tuesday May 19, 2020 8:37 am PDT by
An alleged photo of an iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro logic board is circulating on social media, as noted by the Twitter account L0vetodream. It is unclear exactly which model the board corresponds with at this time or if it is legitimate. The board does not provide us with many visual clues, but one notable aspect is that it has a more elongated design as opposed to the more compact boards...

Over-Ear 'AirPods Studio' Will Reportedly Be Assembled in Vietnam in Mid 2020

Tuesday May 19, 2020 7:16 am PDT by
Last month, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that Apple's rumored over-ear headphones will enter mass production in mid 2020. A report from The Information today corroborates this timeframe, noting that suppliers Goertek and Luxshare will assemble at least a portion of the headphones in Vietnam and begin shipments to Apple in June or July. As previously rumored, the report claims that the...

'Apple Glass' Rumored to Start at $499, Support Prescription Lenses, and More

Tuesday May 19, 2020 6:30 am PDT by
Front Page Tech host and leaker Jon Prosser today shared several alleged details about Apple's rumored augmented reality glasses, including an "Apple Glass" marketing name, $499 starting price, prescription lens option, and more. The marketing name will be "Apple Glass" The glasses will start at $499 with the option for prescription lenses at an extra cost There will be displays in both...

Smaller, Lower-Priced HomePod Appears Increasingly Closer to Launching

Monday May 18, 2020 8:56 am PDT by
Apple is rumored to have a smaller, lower-priced HomePod on deck for later this year, and there are increasing signs that the new model could be on the horizon. In addition to Best Buy offering the HomePod on sale for $199.99 this week, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman notes that Apple employees are now able to purchase up to 10 HomePods at a 50 percent discount, up from a limit of two. The larger...

FBI Reportedly Gained Access to iPhone Used by Mass Shooter in Florida After Apple Refused to Help

Monday May 18, 2020 8:04 am PDT by
FBI officials have somehow managed to unlock at least one of two passcode-protected iPhones owned by Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, the perpetrator of a mass shooting at a Naval Air Station in Florida last December, according to CNN. Apple provided the FBI with iCloud data belonging to Alshamrani, but it refused to assist investigators with gaining access to the iPhones. In a statement earlier...

Apple Ranks Fourth in Annual Fortune 500 List of America's Largest Companies

Monday May 18, 2020 6:35 am PDT by
Apple has ranked fourth in the annual Fortune 500 list of the largest companies in the United States by revenue, with $260.1 billion revenue in the 2019 fiscal year, trailing Walmart, Amazon, and ExxonMobil.Mighty Apple dipped a smidge in 2019, both in terms of sales, down 2% to $260 billion, and in its ranking, from No. 3 to No. 4. The computer and phone maker’s ability to make money cushioned ...

Apple Watch Gets Two New Pride Sport Bands, Including Nike Edition

Monday May 18, 2020 5:21 am PDT by
Apple today announced it has released two new Pride-themed Sport Bands for the Apple Watch, including a Sport Band and Nike Sport Band in 40mm and 44mm sizes. Both of the bands are available starting today on Apple.com and at select Apple Store locations. The bands can be paired with new matching Pride watch faces coming in watchOS 6.2.5, which remains in beta testing. Through this...

Apple Promotes 'Everyone Can Create' Campaign With Series of Inspiring Videos

Friday May 15, 2020 8:02 am PDT by
Apple this week shared a series of inspiring videos tied to its "Everyone Can Create" and "Everyone Can Code" initiatives on its YouTube channel in Brazil. The titles and captions are in Portuguese, but some of the videos have English narration. The first video interviews students on what creativity means to them, while the other videos highlight students using Apple's free Swift Playgrounds...