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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MacRumors Turns 24 Today: Reflecting on Apple's Major Announcements

Saturday February 24, 2024 9:00 am PST by
Happy 24th Birthday to MacRumors! 🥳 MacRumors was founded by doctor-turned-blogger Arnold Kim on February 24, 2000, while he was earning his medical degree, and it has since become the world's most popular Apple-focused news website. Fittingly, we share our birthday with Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs, who would have turned 69 years old today. MacRumors has been around for many major Apple ...
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Apple Explored These Notch and Dynamic Island Designs for iPhones

Friday February 23, 2024 2:05 pm PST by
With the iPhone 14 Pro models in 2022, Apple introduced the Dynamic Island, which can morph and expand to display system alerts, sports scores, and a variety of other information. The feature makes the space surrounding the front camera and Face ID sensors useful compared to the notch on older iPhone models. Apple explored a variety of ideas for the iPhone's notch area over the years before...
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Apple Begins Selling Refurbished 14-Inch MacBook Pro With M3 Chip in Canada and Europe

Friday February 23, 2024 12:48 pm PST by
Apple today added the 14-inch MacBook Pro with the M3 chip to its certified refurbished store in Canada and select European countries, including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK, for the first time since the laptop debuted in October. Availability in the U.S. began earlier this month. As usual for Apple's refurbished products, ...
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When Will Apple Release iOS 17.4 for iPhones?

Friday February 23, 2024 11:56 am PST by
Apple has been beta testing iOS 17.4 for nearly a month now. Below, we explain when the update is likely to be released to all users. In its press release announcing major App Store changes in the EU, which were implemented in response to new regulations under the EU's Digital Markets Act, Apple confirmed that iOS 17.4 will be released at some point in March:Developers can learn about these...
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What to Expect at Potential Apple Event in March: iPads, Macs, and More

Friday February 23, 2024 8:35 am PST by
Apple often holds its first media event of the year in March, so the company could be just weeks away from announcing new products. Below, we have outlined what to expect from a potential Apple Event this March. Past Apple Events in March Apple has held five events in March since 2015:Monday, March 9, 2015 Monday, March 21, 2016 Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Monday, March 25, 2019 Tuesday,...
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iOS 17.4 Beta Adds New App Verification Screen to App Store in EU [Updated]

Friday February 23, 2024 6:15 am PST by
Update — 10:09 a.m. Pacific Time: Apple says the App Store showing an app verification screen in the EU is a bug and will be fixed before iOS 17.4 is released to all users. Original story follows. Starting with the latest iOS 17.4 beta, Apple asks iPhone users in the EU to verify an app's information before installing it from the App Store. The prompt was spotted by Dimitris Sartzetakis of...
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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,"...