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Top Stories: 'iPhone 11 Pro' Rumors, iOS 13 Beta 7, Apple Card Hands-On

We're just a few weeks away from the unveiling of this year's iPhone lineup as well as the official release of iOS 13 and Apple's other new operating system versions, and we're continuing to hear hardware rumors as Apple tidies up its software. Apple Card continues to roll out to more users in the U.S., while there's a new controversy over Apple preventing users of its latest iPhones with batteries replaced outside of authorized sales channels from seeing battery health information. As always, read on for a full recap of the biggest stories from this week. 'iPhone 11 Pro' Rumored to Be Name of High-End 2019 iPhone Apple is widely expected to unveil a trio of new iPhones next month, and ahead of time, an anonymous Twitter account with a proven track record has suggested that at least one of the models will have "Pro" within its name, such as "iPhone Pro" or "iPhone 11 Pro." This year's iPhone lineup is expected to include two higher-end 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED models and one lower-end 6.1-inch LCD model. Rumored features include triple-lens rear cameras on the higher-end models, larger batteries, two-way charging of AirPods, and more. Read our 2019 iPhones roundup for a recap of all rumors to date. Apple Releases iOS 13 Beta 7 Apple has seeded the seventh betas of iOS 13 and iPadOS to developers for testing. As usual, we are highlighting any new features and changes that we discover in the latest betas. Apple has also seeded the seventh developer betas of watchOS 6 and tvOS 13. Corresponding public betas, excluding watchOS, have also been

Top Stories: iOS 13 Beta 5, Apple Card Release Date, iPad and MacBook Pro Rumors

We're undoubtedly only a little over a month away from Apple's big September event, and the company is continuing to make headway on polishing up its next major operating system versions. This week saw a fresh round of betas with some more tweaks and improvements, and we expect things should begin firming up soon as Apple finalizes things and focuses on squashing any final bugs. This week also saw official word that Apple Card will launch this month as well as rumors about a 16-inch MacBook Pro, a 10.2-inch iPad, and the 2020 iPhone lineup, while Apple began selling an updated version of LG's 27-inch 5K display. Read on for all of the details on those stories and more. iOS 13 Beta 5 is Out: Here's What's New! Another week, another iOS 13 beta release! The latest beta for developers and public testers includes a handful of new features, changes, and bug fixes. We've rounded up everything new, including a customizable iPad home screen, more precise volume control, and more. Apple also seeded the fifth betas of macOS Catalina, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13 to developers for testing, and there's a macOS Mojave Supplemental Update out that addresses a wake-from-sleep bug. Tim Cook Confirms Apple Card Will Launch in August Speaking on Apple's earnings call this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that the Apple Card will launch in the United States at some point in August. iPhone users will be able to sign up for Apple's credit card in the Wallet app within minutes and take advantage of features such as up to 3% in daily cash back, color-coded spending summaries,

Apple Reports Q3 2019 Results: $10B Profit on $53.8B Revenue, Highest June Quarter Revenue Ever

Apple today announced financial results for the third fiscal quarter of 2019, which corresponds to the second calendar quarter of the year. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $53.8 billion and net quarterly profit of $10.0 billion, or $2.18 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $53.3 billion and net quarterly profit of $11.5 billion, or $2.34 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. The revenue figure was Apple's highest ever for the June quarter, just beating out the year-ago quarter, although profits dipped on lower margins. Gross margin for the quarter was 37.6 percent compared to 38.3 percent in the year-ago quarter, with international sales accounting for 59 percent of revenue. Apple also declared a quarterly dividend payment of $0.77 per share, payable on August 15 to shareholders of record as of August 12. This is the third quarter since Apple changed the way it reports its results, with the company no longer providing unit sales data for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. As a result, Apple is only providing revenue figures for its various segments, leaving analysts to estimate unit sales based on their own calculations.“This was our biggest June quarter ever — driven by all-time record revenue from Services, accelerating growth from Wearables, strong performance from iPad and Mac and significant improvement in iPhone trends,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “These results are promising across all our geographic segments, and we’re confident about what’s ahead. The balance of calendar 2019 will be an exciting period, with major launches on all

Top Stories: iOS 12.4 Released With Wireless Data Migration, 16" MacBook Pro Rumors, Apple-Intel Deal

This week saw some big news stories including the release of iOS 12.4 with a neat new wireless data migration functionality to easily and securely set up a new iPhone, rumors about a 16-inch MacBook Pro and upcoming iPhones, the 20th anniversary of the iBook, Apple's acquisition of Intel's modem business, and more. Read on below for a recap of all of this week's most significant news. Apple Releases iOS 12.4 With New Wireless iPhone-to-iPhone Data Migration Feature and More Apple publicly released iOS 12.4 this week with a handful of new features, including an iPhone-to-iPhone wireless data transfer option and Apple News+ improvements. Notably absent from the release notes was the Apple Card, which is slated to launch this summer. watchOS 5.3 is also out, fixing a Walkie-Talkie security bug and expanding the ECG app to Canada and Singapore, as are macOS 10.14.6 and tvOS 12.4. Last, minor new versions of iOS 9 and iOS 10 were pushed out to older devices to address an upcoming GPS time rollover issue. 16-Inch MacBook Pro With Scissor Keyboard Expected to Launch Later This Year Rumors point to Apple releasing a 16-inch MacBook Pro with an all-new design in October, and according to reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the notebook will include a scissor mechanism keyboard. Apple has been using butterfly mechanism keyboards since the original 12-inch MacBook launched in 2015, but they have garnered a very bad reputation due to issues with sticky, unresponsive, and repeating keys. Kuo expects the scissor keyboards to expand to the entire MacBook Pro and

Top Stories: 2019 iPhone Dummy Models, iOS 13 Beta 4, Return of Apple's Rainbow Logo?

After a busy few weeks of news and rumors, things slowed down a little bit this week, but there were still some major stories worth highlighting. Those include our first hands-on look at dummy models of all three upcoming iPhone models, a new iOS 13 beta with some interesting changes and tweaks, a possibility of Apple's old six-color rainbow logo returning to some products, and of course some emoji news! Read on for details on all of those stories and more from the past week. What to Expect From the 2019 iPhones: Hands-On With Dummy Models We're almost certainly less than two months away from the unveiling of the 2019 iPhone lineup, which means leaks are heating up. We got our hands on some dummy models for all three devices we're expecting to see in September. Rumors suggest we'll be seeing a very similar lineup to the current trio of models, including the same 5.8-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.5-inch display sizes. The most obvious change looks to be enhanced rear cameras, with the iPhone XS and XS Max successors moving to a triple-lens system while the iPhone XR successor bumps up to a double-lens camera. All three phones are expected to feature a much larger square camera bump on the rear. Make sure to check out our video for our best look yet at what we should expect when it comes to the design of the next iPhones, and read through the entire article outlining our overall expectations for the devices. iOS 13 Beta 4 is Out: Here's What's New! iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 beta testing continues this week with the release of the fourth developer betas and

Top Stories: New MacBook Air and Base 13" MacBook Pro, MacBook Discontinued, iPad and AirPods Rumors

It was another big week for Apple news this week, with Apple launching its annual Back to School promotion and taking the opportunity to update some of its lower-end Mac notebook lineup. The refresh saw a lower price and a minor update for the MacBook Air, an updated entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the discontinuation of the 12-inch MacBook. The moves help streamline Apple's notebook lineup while also providing a bit more differentiation for customers. Other news included rumors about new iPhones, iPads, and AirPods, the release of a new iOS 13 public beta, and a significant issue with the Walkie-Talkie app for Apple Watch. Read on for all of the details on the week's top stories. Apple Launches 2019 MacBook Air and New Entry-Level 13" MacBook Pro With Touch Bar and Touch ID Apple this week launched its annual Back to School promotion, offering free Beats headphones with the purchase of select new Mac or iPad models to qualifying students and educators for a limited time. As part of its back-to-school announcement, Apple also introduced a new MacBook Air with a True Tone display and a lower $1,099 starting price, as well as a new $1,299 entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with faster 8th-generation Intel Core processors, a Touch Bar, Touch ID, and more. Both the new MacBook Air and base 13-inch MacBook Pro have the same butterfly keyboards as higher-end 2019 MacBook Pro models, including an "updated material" for improved reliability. Early benchmarks show some nice speed gains for the new MacBook Pro, while iFixit performed one of its traditional teardowns

Top Stories: Unreleased MacBook Pro, Improved Keyboard Design for Future Notebooks, FaceTime Attention Correction

Following last week's big news that Jony Ive will be departing Apple, this week saw a slew of Mac-related rumors including evidence of an upcoming MacBook Pro model, word that Apple is abandoning the troublesome butterfly keyboard used on its notebooks for the past several years, and logic board problems with a "very small number" of MacBook Air units. Read on for all of the biggest news of the week, including a clever new iOS 13 feature to make your FaceTime video calls feel more natural and another controversy surrounding Xiaomi copying Apple. Apple Receives FCC Approval for Unreleased MacBook Pro The Federal Communications Commission this week briefly published documents related to an unreleased MacBook Pro, generating significant discussion about what the machine might be and when it could be released. The A2159 model number was one of seven recently registered with the Eurasian Economic Commission, but this was the only one to appear at the FCC. Based on the machine's power requirements, it appears to be a 13-inch MacBook Pro, which could be a new version of the non-Touch Bar model that wasn't updated alongside the other MacBook Pro models in May. New machines typically appear in the FCC's database just about at the moment of launch, which could mean a debut is imminent, although it appears to have been a premature publication by the FCC as Apple has yet to release the new model and the documents were quickly pulled from the FCC's website. Kuo: Apple to Use New Scissor Switch Keyboard in Future MacBooks, Starting With 2019 MacBook Air Refresh

Top Stories: Jony Ive Leaving Apple, iOS 13 and macOS Catalina Public Betas, 16" MacBook Pro

The big news of this week was obviously the announcement that Jony Ive will be leaving Apple to start his own design firm, but there was plenty of other news including a surprise early launch of public betas of iOS 13, macOS Catalina, and tvOS 13. Read on below for a summary of all our top stories from this week. Apple's Longtime Design Chief Jony Ive Leaving to Start New Design Company With Apple as a Primary Client It feels like it's been a long time coming, but it was still a bit of a surprise this week when Apple announced that design chief Jony Ive will be departing the company to start his own design firm. It sounds like it won't be a clean break, as Apple says it will be a "primary client" of Ive's new firm, but we'll have to see how much influence he ends up having on Apple's future products. In the wake of the announcement, Bloomberg took a look back at the last few years of Ive's tenure at Apple, noting that his involvement in Apple's product design began tapering off as long as four years ago following the introduction of the original Apple Watch. Ive turned his attention to the company's Apple Park campus, and even limited the time he spent at Apple's headquarters, preferring to work out of a location close to his home in San Francisco. Public Betas of iOS 13 and More Released! Apple surprised us this week with the first public betas of iOS 13 and iPadOS, macOS Catalina, and tvOS 13, which weren't expected until July. This allows anyone who signs up to Apple's free beta software program to test the updates before they are officially released

Top Stories: MacBook Pro Recall, Kuo on 2020 iPhones, What's New in iOS 13 Beta 2

This week saw quite a bit of important news, including a battery-related recall for 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro models that could "pose a safety risk," a second round of developer betas of all of the operating system updates introduced at WWDC, new details on the 2020 iPhones from noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and more, so check out our recap of the biggest stories from the past week below. Apple Launches Recall Program for Batteries in 2015 15-Inch MacBook Pros Due to 'Safety Risk' Apple this week launched a voluntary recall and replacement program for some 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro units which "contain a battery that may overheat and pose a safety risk." Affected notebooks were sold "primarily between September 2015 and February 2017." Apple is asking customers to stop using affected MacBook Pro units, citing customer safety as a "top priority." 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro owners should review the recall program for details on eligibility and instructions on getting a battery replacement, free of charge. Smaller 5.4-Inch and Larger 6.7-Inch iPhones With 5G Support and OLED Displays Expected in 2020 Apple plans to release three new iPhones in the second half of 2020, including high-end 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch models and a lower-end 6.1-inch model, according to oft-accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo said the 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch models will support 5G, but not the 6.1-inch model. All three models are expected to have OLED displays. In other words, an even smaller iPhone XS and an even larger iPhone XS Max are coming next year. In the nearer term, here's everythin

Top Stories: Hidden iOS 13 Features, New MacBooks, Next iPhone XR Battery, Mac Pro Launch Date

While things have calmed down from the frenzy of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, there was still lots of news over the past week, so read on for all of the top stories. Apple Registers 7 Unreleased MacBooks in Eurasian Database Less than a month after refreshing its MacBook Pro lineup with faster processors and a revamped keyboard design, Apple has registered seven unreleased Mac notebooks in a Eurasian database. MacRumors mockup of rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro The listings don't reveal exactly which models these will be or when they will launch, but the 12-inch MacBook is certainly long overdue for an update and the MacBook Air could be in line for a spec bump soon enough. Rumors also suggest that Apple plans to release a 16-inch MacBook Pro with an all-new design as early as this year. Over 20 New iOS 13 Features You Should Know! Over on our YouTube channel this week, we've taken a look at more than 20 lesser-known or hidden features coming to the iPhone in iOS 13. The first public beta of iOS 13 will be available in July, allowing anyone who signs up for Apple's free beta testing program to try out these features before they are released to all users in September. We also have a hands-on video of iPadOS, which has iPad-specific features such as a redesigned home screen and overhauled multitasking. Subscribe to MacRumors on YouTube for new Apple videos every week! The Next iPhone XR is Rumored to Have a Larger Battery While the iPhone XR already has the longest battery life of any iPhone ever, the 2019 version of the device is rumored to

Live From WWDC 2019: Coverage of Apple's Keynote with iOS 13, macOS 10.15, and More

Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) starts today at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, with the traditional keynote kicking things off at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. It’s a great day for an Apple keynote! See you in a few hours, developers! #WWDC19 pic.twitter.com/uoRhslrjH5— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 3, 2019 We're expecting to see a number of announcements, including iOS 13, macOS 10.15, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13. Many are also hoping for a preview of Apple's redesigned Mac Pro. Apple is providing a live video stream on its website and via Apple TV. We will also be updating this article with live blog coverage and issuing Twitter updates through our @MacRumorsLive account as the keynote unfolds. Highlights from the event and separate news stories regarding today's announcements will go out through our @MacRumors account. Sign up for our newsletter to keep up with Apple news and rumors. Live blog transcript ahead…

Watch an Apple Watch Get Dipped in 24-Karat Pure Gold

Apple may have discontinued its solid gold Apple Watch Edition back in 2016, but that hasn't stopped some keen do-it-yourselfers from filling the void. YouTube stars Casey Neistat and JerryRigEverything's Zack Nelson have teamed up to dip an Apple Watch Series 4 in 24-karat pure gold -- the Apple Watch Edition used 18-karat gold for comparison, but it was solid, not just plated. Bonus: unlike the $10,000-and-up Apple Watch Edition, this one can even run watchOS 5. The process involved placing the Apple Watch in an electro-cleaner solution to make it hydrophilic, dipping it in an acid solution to etch the chrome out of it, priming it with some gold filament, and then placing it in the gold-plating solution. For the rest of us, gold-tinted aluminum or stainless steel options will have to

Apple Employees Starting to Receive Apple Cards (Photos)

Mobile leaker Ben Geskin shared images on Twitter of the consumer packaging of the new Apple credit card coming from Apple. Geskin reports some Apple employees are already starting to get the card which was announced in March. Some Apple employees are getting Apple Card, so I received this photos, edited the name to protect the source and this also works as a watermark 😊👌🏻 https://t.co/UcSzcEDY3v— Ben Geskin (@BenGeskin) May 12, 2019 In the images, the actual Apple employee's name was replaced by Geskin's to protect their identify. The packaging shows a similar pairing process as the AirPods, with instructions to "Wake iPhone and hold here." The Apple Card resides both digitally in your iPhone for Apple Pay payments but also comes in a physical form made entirely of titanium. The card is laser etched with your name and does not have the card number or expiration date printed on it. Instead, those numbers will be available on your iPhone's Wallet App. There's still a traditional magstripe on the back, along with a built-in chip for chip and pin purchases. The Apple Card is expected to launch this summer.

Questionable Rumor Says iOS 13 Will Drop Support for iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and iPhone SE

iOS 13 will not be compatible with the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or iPhone SE, and support for the original iPad Air and iPad mini 2 will also be dropped, according to a questionable rumor tipped to us by French blog iPhoneSoft.fr. This is at least the second time we've heard this rumor this year, but it remains questionable for a few reasons. For one, the iPhone SE uses the same A9 chip as the iPhone 6s and the fifth-generation iPad, so it would seem inconsistent if the iPhone SE was dropped but the latter two devices remained supported. It could be theorized that Apple wants to drop support for iOS devices with 4-inch displays, including the iPhone 5s and iPhone SE, but there is again some inconsistency there, as the sixth-generation iPod touch will allegedly run iOS 13. This rumor would be significant if accurate, however, as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in particular were tremendously popular devices that are likely still in the hands of many millions of customers. Meanwhile, the fan-favorite iPhone SE was only released just over three years ago, in March 2016. iOS 13 is expected to be unveiled at Apple's annual WWDC keynote on June 3, so we'll find out for sure in less than a

Apple Reports 2Q 2019 Results: $11.56B Profit on $58B Revenue as Services Revenue Hits All-Time High

Apple today announced financial results for the second fiscal quarter of 2019, which corresponds to the first calendar quarter of the year. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $58.0 billion and net quarterly profit of $11.6 billion, or $2.46 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $61.1 billion and net quarterly profit of $13.8 billion, or $2.73 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin for the quarter was 37.6 percent, compared to 38.3 percent in the year-ago quarter, with international sales accounting for 61 percent of revenue. Apple also declared an increased quarterly dividend payment of $0.77 per share, up from $0.73. The dividend is payable on May 16 to shareholders of record as of May 13. In addition to the increase in the dividend payment, Apple says it has authorized another $75 billion for share repurchases. This is the second quarter since Apple changed the way it reports its results, with the company no longer providing unit sales data for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. As a result, Apple is only providing revenue figures for its various segments, leaving analysts to estimate unit sales based on their own calculations.“Our March quarter results show the continued strength of our installed base of over 1.4 billion active devices, as we set an all-time record for Services, and the strong momentum of our Wearables, Home and Accessories category, which set a new March quarter record,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We delivered our strongest iPad growth in six years, and we are as excited as ever about our pipeline of innovative

Alleged iPhone XI and XI Max Molds Show Triple Camera Layout

SlashLeaks posts an image that is alleged to be iPhone XI and XI Max molds for 3rd party case production. These physical molds are presumably produced by case manufacturers based on leaked schematics to test early cases for the upcoming 2019 iPhones. The front design is also shown on a Weibo post which may have been the original source for the images: The square grouping of the triple-camera is consistent with other rumors and images that have leaked from the supply chain regarding Apple's upcoming iPhones.

Live Apple Event Coverage: 'It's Show Time' [Keynote Ended]

Apple's "It's show time" event at the Steve Jobs Theater on the company's Apple Park campus begins at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (1 p.m. Eastern Time), and following several hardware announcements last week, we're expecting Apple to focus on services today. Photo via Carolina Milanesi The two key services we're expecting to see unveiled today are a news and magazine subscription service and a new streaming television service that will ultimately include not only Apple's own original content but also allow users to easily subscribe to other services such as Starz, Showtime, and perhaps HBO. Apple may also be planning to unveil several new Apple Pay features, including a rumored Apple-branded credit card issued in partnership with Goldman Sachs. Last-minute rumors have also suggested we could see something about a gaming-related subscription service. Following the event, we should see the release of iOS 12.2, perhaps adding support for Apple's magazine and news service, as well as bringing Apple News to Canada, new Animoji characters, HomeKit TV support for third-party TVs, and more. Additional updates in the form of macOS 10.14.4, watchOS 5.2, and tvOS 12.2 are likely also coming today. Apple is providing a live video stream on its website and via the Apple Events app on Apple TV. In addition to Apple's video stream, we will be updating this article with live blog coverage—no need to refresh—and issuing Twitter updates through our @MacRumorsLive account as the keynote unfolds. Highlights from the event and separate news stories regarding today's

Apple 'Netflix for Games' Subscription Service May Be Shown Monday

A previously reported "Netflix for Games" subscription service that Apple has been working on may be shown at the Apple Event scheduled for Monday, March 25. Bloomberg reports that beyond Apple's news and video services which are expected to debut on Monday, Apple may be ready to unveil a similar gaming service. Apple is also working on a premium games subscription for its App Store and discussing it with potential partners, according to people with knowledge of the plans. This service won’t take on new cloud-based streaming offerings like Google Stadia. Instead, it will focus on iPhones and iPads and bundle together paid games from different developers that consumers can access for a monthly fee.The monthly service fee would be divided amongst the games in the service based on how much time is spent in each game. The service would likely focus on paid games rather than the popular free-to-play genre. Bloomberg isn't certain the service will debut Monday, but Apple has certainly cleared the way for a focus on new services for the event. Earlier this week, Apple quietly debuted new AirPods, iMacs, and iPads

2019 iPhones May Include 18W Fast Charger and USB-C to Lightning Cable

Japanese blog Mac Otakara posted a new report tonight which indicates that Apple will maintain the Lightning connector on the 2019 iPhones but may finally be including an 18W Fast Charger and USB-C to Lightning cable. In addition, the next iPhone seems to continue to adopt the Lightning connector, but the charging cable has been changed to the USB-C to Lightning cable, and it seems that the attached power adapter may also be changed to the Apple 18W USB-C power adapter is. The inclusion would represent an upgrade to the currently shipping 5W USB adapter. The 18W adapter allows fast charging with iPhone X charging from 1 percent to 79 percent in one hour. This rumor actually contradicts a previous report by the same site which expected Apple to retain the 5W adapter. Mac Otakara also reiterates Ming-Chi Kuo's claim that this year's iPhones will have the ability to wirelessly charge other devices.

Phil Schiller Discusses WWDC 2019 on Accidental Tech Podcast

Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, participated in the 317th episode of Accidental Tech Podcast hosted by Marco Arment, Casey Liss, and John Siracusa. The podcast was recorded just a day after the announcement of the official dates of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference which takes place from June 3rd to June 7th, 2019 in San Jose, California. The podcast covers a range of topics regarding Apple's attempt to service both large developers as well as small independents. Schiller confirms that the reason WWDC remains limited at approximately 5,000 developers is the inability to offer a quality experience given the limitations in the number of Apple engineers that would be available for one on one sessions at the event. Notably, Schiller notes that both he and others at Apple follow blogs, emails, podcasts, forums, and social media after events and monitor and listen to that feedback. Schiller participates in the full podcast at the very start of the episode.