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

Lower-Cost Apple Watch SE Unveiled With Series 6 Design, Lacks Features Like ECG and Blood Oxygen Tracking

Tuesday September 15, 2020 10:26 am PDT by
Apple today unveiled a lower-cost Apple Watch SE that features the same external design as the Apple Watch Series 6, but with some features missing, including an always-on display, blood oxygen tracking, and the ECG app. Apple Watch SE is also powered by the previous-generation S5 chip from the Apple Watch Series 5. Other features that the Apple Watch SE shares with the Series 6 include fall ...

Apple Watch Series 6 Features New Watch Faces With Memoji, Stripes, and More

Tuesday September 15, 2020 10:20 am PDT by
Apple Watch Series 6 features several new watch faces, including a GMT face that shows multiple time zones at once, a Count Up face that lets you track elapsed time, an interactive Memoji face, a customizable Stripes face, and more. Apple Watch Series 6 is the new high-end model with blood oxygen tracking, a faster S6 chip, a next-generation always-on altimeter, and new casing options like...

Best Buy Lists 'iPhone SE Plus' Screen Protector With iPhone 8 Plus Dimensions

Tuesday September 15, 2020 9:01 am PDT by
As spotted by an eagle-eyed Reddit user, Best Buy has listed a screen protector for an unreleased "iPhone SE Plus 2020" on its website. The screen protector is also listed as compatible with the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 8 Plus. The screen protector comes from the Insignia brand, which is owned by Best Buy itself. While there actually have been rumors of an iPhone SE Plus...

Apple and Barclays Stop Issuing 'Apple Rewards Visa' as Product Financing Shifts to Apple Card

Tuesday September 15, 2020 8:20 am PDT by
Apple has ended its credit card partnership with British bank Barclays, according to Bloomberg, on the same day as the company's virtual "Time Flies" event. For many years, Barclays issued an "Apple Rewards Visa" with special financing rates for qualifying Apple purchases, but this offer has now been discontinued. Apple has advised its retail employees that existing cardholders can continue...

Kuo: iPhone 12 Lineup Won't Support 120Hz, 5.4-Inch Model Will Have Slightly Narrower Notch

Monday September 14, 2020 8:31 am PDT by
iPhone 12 models will not support a 120Hz refresh rate due to battery life considerations, reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said today. Kuo expects the feature to debut on 2021 iPhones with lower-power LTPO display technology. In a research note obtained by MacRumors, Kuo added that the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 will feature a slightly narrower notch to adequately display information in the top-left...

Bloomberg: Apple Watch Series 6 With SpO2 Tracking and All-Screen iPad Air Coming at 'Time Flies' Event, Apple Silicon Macs by November

Monday September 14, 2020 5:20 am PDT by
Apple is set to host a virtual event on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, and ahead of time, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has outlined his expectations for new product announcements both tomorrow and in the months to follow. Gurman, who has a very strong track record, reiterated that this Tuesday's event will be focused on the introduction of new Apple Watch Series 6 and iPad Air models, adding...

Prosser: Lower-Priced Apple Watch With Series 4 Design Coming Next Week

Friday September 11, 2020 7:42 am PDT by
Earlier this month, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and Debby Wu reported that Apple plans to introduce a replacement for the Apple Watch Series 3 that competes with lower-cost fitness trackers like those from Fitbit. This rumor has now been backed by hit-or-miss leaker Jon Prosser, who claims that Apple plans to announce a lower-priced Apple Watch model at its virtual event on September 15. In a...

Former Apple Engineer Introduces Native Gmail Client for Mac With Multi-Account Support, System Notifications, and More

Thursday September 10, 2020 8:04 am PDT by
Neil Jhaveri, a former Apple engineer who worked on the company's default Mail app, has introduced a new Gmail client for macOS. Available in beta, Mimestream is a native app written in Swift and designed with AppKit and SwiftUI for a clean, stock appearance. Jhaveri says the app is designed to be fast, lightweight, and use a minimal amount of disk space. Mimestream uses the Gmail API...

Carriers Preparing for Launch of iPhone 12 Models With 5G Support

Wednesday September 9, 2020 6:53 am PDT by
With the launch of so-called iPhone 12 models inching closer, mobile carriers are in the process of preparing marketing materials for the devices, as evidenced by a placeholder email shared by reputable leaker Evan Blass today. As widely rumored, the email indicates that iPhone 12 models will support faster 5G cellular networks. The email also suggests that pre-orders will end on Tuesday,...

Apple TV App Now Available on VIZIO SmartCast TVs in U.S. and Canada With Free Three-Month Apple TV+ Offer

Tuesday September 8, 2020 9:32 am PDT by
VIZIO today announced that the Apple TV app is now available on its 2016 and newer SmartCast TVs in the United States and Canada. The Apple TV app allows users to stream TV shows and movies from Apple TV+, à-la-carte Apple TV Channels, and their iTunes libraries, as well as buy or rent more than 100,000 shows and movies from the iTunes Store. From today until October 16, eligible VIZIO...

Apple Event Hashtag on Twitter Gets Custom Apple Logo Through September 28 [Updated]

Tuesday September 8, 2020 6:30 am PDT by
With rumors suggesting that Apple may announce the date of its fall product event at some point this week, the #AppleEvent hashtag on Twitter has now been customized with a blue Apple logo, fueling even more speculation. According to Jane Manchun Wong's Hashflag Browser, the Apple logo was added to the hashtag earlier today and will be active through Monday, September 28. While nothing is...

Supply Chain Prepares for New Apple Watch Models and Third-Generation AirPods

Friday September 4, 2020 9:09 am PDT by
Apple supplier ASE Technology is packaging core chips for at least two new Apple Watch models based on its system-in-package technology, and it will also incorporate the technology into third-generation AirPods, according to DigiTimes. Earlier this week, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and Debby Wu reported that the new Apple Watch lineup will include a successor to the Apple Watch Series 5 and a...

Apple Loses $2 Trillion Status Following Largest One-Day Loss in Market Value of Any Company Ever

Friday September 4, 2020 8:05 am PDT by
Following several months of explosive growth, Apple's stock came crashing down on Thursday, dropping around eight percent in a single day. It was the worst day of trading for technology stocks as a whole since March. Apple's market capitalization slid over $180 billion as a result of the sell-off, marking the largest one-day loss in value for any company ever, according to Barron's. The...

'World's End Club' Debuts on Apple Arcade, Three More Games Coming Soon

Friday September 4, 2020 7:02 am PDT by
This week's addition to Apple Arcade is World's End Club, described as a new type of action-adventure game that fuses a thrilling story with 2D side-scrolling action. The game is available on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. World's End Club revolves around a group of "oddball kids" from Japan who get into an accident while on a bus for a class trip. When they wake up, they find they are ...

LA Metro's TAP Card Now Supports Apple Pay With Express Transit Mode

Thursday September 3, 2020 8:08 am PDT by
As promised, Los Angeles Metro's TAP card now supports Apple Pay with Express Transit mode, allowing the card to be added to the Wallet app on a compatible iPhone or Apple Watch for tap-and-go payment at rail stations and on buses. Express Transit mode allows users to pay for rides without having to wake or unlock their iPhone or Apple Watch, or open an app. The mode also bypasses the need...

Rogers Introduces Six-Months-Free Apple Music Perk With Select Infinite Data Plans in Canada

Thursday September 3, 2020 7:14 am PDT by
Canadian carrier Rogers this week announced that customers can receive six months of free access to Apple Music when signing up for select Infinite data plans, including its 20GB plan for $80 per month or 50GB plan for $125 per month. The offer is available to new and existing Apple Music subscribers on iOS or Android, and can be redeemed through the MyRogers app. After the six-month free...

Apple Shares Humorous Privacy-Focused iPhone Ad Where People Overshare Personal Info With Strangers

Thursday September 3, 2020 6:13 am PDT by
Apple today shared a humorous new privacy-focused iPhone ad in which people awkwardly overshare their personal information with strangers, such as their credit card number, login details, and web browsing history. On a bus, for example, a man loudly proclaims that he has browsed eight websites for divorce attorneys that day. And during dinner at a restaurant, a woman tells the other two...

Proven Leaker Suggests Apple Watch Series 6 Models Won't Be Announced in September

Wednesday September 2, 2020 7:47 am PDT by
While new iPhone and Apple Watch models are typically unveiled on stage at a September event, 2020 has been anything but an ordinary year, so there is a good chance that Apple's fall product announcements will deviate from the norm at least slightly. At the very least, it is unlikely that Apple will hold an in-person iPhone event this year, unless it were limited to a small group of...

Apple Says iOS App Economy Created Nearly 300K New U.S. Jobs Since April 2019

Wednesday September 2, 2020 5:34 am PDT by
Apple today announced that the iOS app economy has created nearly 300,000 new jobs in the United States since April 2019, citing research shared by Dr. Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist at the non-profit Progressive Policy Institute. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Apple said the App Store continues to provide economic opportunities, with apps supporting essential needs like remote...

Apple's Ill-Fated Social Network 'Ping' Launched 10 Years Ago Today

Tuesday September 1, 2020 11:39 am PDT by
Today marks the 10th anniversary of Apple launching its ill-fated social network Ping, which allowed users to follow their favorite music artists and friends within iTunes and discover what songs and albums they were listening to. Here is how Apple described Ping in a September 2010 press release:Ping lets you follow your favorite artists such as Lady Gaga, Coldplay, U2, Jack Johnson, Yo-Yo...