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.

Joe Rossignol's Articles

iOS 18 AirPods Like Accessory Pairing

iOS 18 Expands Convenient AirPods-Like Pairing to More Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Accessories

Friday June 21, 2024 7:24 am PDT by
During its WWDC 2024 keynote last week, Apple announced that iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 will let apps offer AirPods-like pairing for more Bluetooth or Wi-Fi accessories. In apps that implement this new pairing process, users would be able to connect accessories to their devices directly in the app, without having to open the Settings app. In addition, Apple said this pairing process increases...
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iPhone Apps Can Integrate With Apple's Translate App on iOS 17.4 and Later

Thursday June 20, 2024 11:15 am PDT by
In a WWDC 2024 coding video last week, Apple highlighted a recently-introduced API that allows developers to offer built-in Translate app capabilities in their own apps on iOS 17.4, iPadOS 17.4, macOS Sonoma, and later. While the iPhone, iPad, and Mac already offer a system-level translation function for highlighted text, websites viewed in Safari, and more, the API provides a convenient...
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iPadOS 18 Allows Apps to Offer Custom Drawing Tools for Apple Pencil

Thursday June 20, 2024 8:27 am PDT by
Starting with iPadOS 18, which will be widely released later this year, iPad apps can offer custom drawing tools for the Apple Pencil. For example, in a WWDC 2024 coding video last week, Apple demonstrated how an app could implement a tool that allows for cat paw prints and other animal-related symbols to be added to a drawing. The custom tools support features on the new Apple Pencil Pro,...
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Beats Solo Buds Available at Select Apple Stores Starting Today

Thursday June 20, 2024 6:21 am PDT by
The new Beats Solo Buds wireless earbuds are available to purchase at select Apple retail stores and authorized resellers around the world starting today. Beats Solo Buds feature a more affordable $79.99 price in the U.S., up to 18 hours of battery life, and a compact USB-C carrying case. However, they lack active noise cancellation, and the carrying case does not have a built-in battery....
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iOS 18 Allows Third-Party Apps to Offer Spatial Video Recording on iPhone 15 Pro

Wednesday June 19, 2024 6:40 am PDT by
iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models running iOS 17.2 or later can record spatial video with 3D depth for playback on Apple's Vision Pro headset. While spatial video recording has been limited to Apple's built-in Camera app until this point, third-party camera apps on the App Store can also offer this functionality starting on iOS 18. In a WWDC 2024 coding session last week, Apple...
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Habbo Launches Classic Version of Game on Mac in Throwback to 2005

Tuesday June 18, 2024 11:23 am PDT by
If you were a kid who grew up using the internet in the early 2000s, there is a good chance that you heard of Habbo Hotel. Once a massively popular virtual world with millions of players, the game slowly died out over the years as the young teenagers who played it eventually became adults and moved on with life. With the modern version of Habbo no longer offering the experience that older...
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iOS 18 Beta Notes Reveal More Changes for FaceTime, Siri, and Wallet

Monday June 17, 2024 2:01 pm PDT by
Apple shared iOS 18 beta release notes on its developer website last week, and they reveal some smaller changes related to FaceTime, Siri, and the Wallet app. iOS 18 is currently in beta for Apple Developer Program members, with a public beta to follow in July. The update should be widely released in September. FaceTime Apple says FaceTime will use more data in Low Power Mode on iOS 18...
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These iOS 18 Features Aren't Coming to iPhones Until iOS 18.1 or Later

Monday June 17, 2024 11:27 am PDT by
iOS 18 includes many new features for the iPhone, but not all of them will be available when the update is initially released in September. Below, we have listed all of the features that will not be available until a later version of iOS 18, according to Apple's website. The features should begin rolling out with iOS 18.1 in October and iOS 18.2 in December, with more to follow next year. ...
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Here's Everything New in the Messages App on iOS 18

Monday June 17, 2024 8:25 am PDT by
iOS 18 adds many new features to the Messages app, including the ability to schedule messages to be sent later, the ability to use any emoji or sticker as a Tapback, text formatting options like bold and italics, and much more. iOS 18 is currently available in beta for members of the Apple Developer Program, with a public beta to follow in July. The software update should be widely released...
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Beats Solo Buds Unboxed, Available to Order Starting Next Week

Friday June 14, 2024 1:03 pm PDT by
Apple today shared a Beats Solo Buds unboxing video on YouTube, providing a closer look at the wireless earbuds before they launch next week. Priced at $79.99, the Beats Solo Buds feature up to 18 hours of battery life, a USB-C carrying case, and Find My support on both iOS and Android. However, they lack active noise cancellation, and the carrying case does not have a built-in battery and...
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iOS 18 and tvOS 18 Reintroduce SharePlay for Apple Music on HomePods and Apple TV

Friday June 14, 2024 11:38 am PDT by
iOS 18 and tvOS 18 reintroduce SharePlay for Apple Music on the HomePod, HomePod mini, and Apple TV. The feature first appeared in the iOS 17.4 and tvOS 17.4 betas earlier this year, but it was removed before those updates were released. This feature allows others to control Apple Music playback on your HomePod or Apple TV with permission, regardless of whether they subscribe to the service. ...
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EU Reportedly Planning to Charge Apple for Violating Digital Markets Act

Friday June 14, 2024 9:06 am PDT by
The European Commission plans to charge Apple for violating the Digital Markets Act after determining that the iPhone maker is not complying with obligations to allow app developers to "steer" users to offers outside of the App Store without fees, according to the Financial Times, which cites three people familiar with the matter. It appears that the EU is taking issue with Apple's Core...
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The Talk Show Live From WWDC 2024 Now Available on YouTube

Friday June 14, 2024 8:21 am PDT by
The Talk Show Live From WWDC 2024 is now available to watch on YouTube. Daring Fireball's John Gruber discussed Apple Intelligence and other WWDC announcements with Apple's software engineering chief Craig Federighi, marketing chief Greg Joswiak, and AI/machine learning head John Giannandrea in front of a live audience. The on-stage interview took place on Tuesday evening at the California ...
iOS 18 Wallet Feature

Here's What's New in Apple Wallet on iOS 18 for Event Tickets and More

Friday June 14, 2024 7:32 am PDT by
iOS 18 includes a handful of enhancements to the Wallet app on the iPhone, with new features for Apple Pay, Apple Cash, event tickets, and more. Below, we outline everything new for the Wallet app on iOS 18, based on information from Apple's press release and a WWDC 2024 coding session. Redesigned Event Tickets Event tickets have an all-new design in the Wallet app on iOS 18, complete...
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iOS 18 Enables You to Use Apple Pay With Chrome and More on Desktop

Thursday June 13, 2024 10:06 am PDT by
Apple this week previewed a new system that will allow iPhone users who update to iOS 18 to use Apple Pay in any desktop web browser, such as Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and others. The computer running the browser can even be a Windows PC. Any website that implements the latest version of Apple Pay will support this new system. When a customer checks out with Apple Pay in a desktop browser other ...
iOS 18 CarPlay Feature

iOS 18 Adds These 5 New Features to CarPlay

Thursday June 13, 2024 7:44 am PDT by
Apple did not mention CarPlay during its WWDC keynote this week, but iOS 18 includes a handful of new features for the in-car software. Overall, there is not a whole lot new for CarPlay on iOS 18, with changes seemingly limited to the Messages and Settings apps so far. Below, we recap everything new for CarPlay on iOS 18. New for CarPlay on iOS 18 1. Contact Photos in Messages App...
iOS 18 Hiking Trails Feature

Apple Maps Rivals AllTrails on iOS 18 With New Hiking Features in U.S.

Wednesday June 12, 2024 2:08 pm PDT by
Just months after naming AllTrails the iPhone App of the Year in 2023, Apple has added new hiking features of its own to the Maps app on iOS 18. Apple Maps users in the U.S. can browse thousands of hikes across all 63 national parks in the country, filtered by length, elevation, and route type. Users can also create and save their own custom walking and hiking routes, with one-way,...
iOS 18 Control Center Toggles for Action Button Feature

iOS 18 Adds Control Center Options to Action Button on iPhone 15 Pro

Wednesday June 12, 2024 11:17 am PDT by
iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models have an Action button in place of the Ring/Silent switch on older iPhones, and iOS 18 makes it even more useful. Screenshot Credit: Aaron Perris iOS 18 allows the Action button to be assigned to one of the dozens of controls available in the new Control Center gallery, allowing the Action button to invoke Dark Mode, Airplane Mode, Personal Hotspot,...
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Tim Cook Discusses Apple Intelligence and More in Videos With iJustine, MKBHD, and Others

Wednesday June 12, 2024 9:23 am PDT by
Following the WWDC keynote on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook discussed Apple Intelligence and more with popular tech content creators Justine Ezarik (iJustine), Marques Brownlee (MKBHD), and Safwan AhmedMia (SuperSaf). The videos are now on YouTube. Cook touched on how Apple Intelligence features are designed to improve the lives of customers, with strong privacy safeguards in place. Apple...
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Vision Pro Demos at Apple Stores in UK, Canada, and More Begin July 12

Wednesday June 12, 2024 8:31 am PDT by
Apple Vision Pro launches in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and the U.K. on Friday, July 12, and you will be able to try out the spatial computer at your local Apple Store in those countries starting on the same day next month. Starting on Friday, July 12 at 8 a.m. local time, until the end of the day on Sunday, July 14, Apple Stores in the five aforementioned countries will allow...