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iPhone 12 Cases Buyer's Guide

Saturday October 17, 2020 6:34 pm PDT by
Apple announced the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro this week, and pre-orders opened on Friday, October 16, with shipping dates due to begin on Friday, October 23. The launch of a new iPhone is always a mad dash with case manufacturers trying to launch their products in time for the first customers. We've collected this list of early ‌iPhone 12‌ and ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ cases presently...

November Event Coming? Everything Apple Didn't Announce at the October Event

Friday October 16, 2020 2:43 pm PDT by
Apple has held events in September and October so far, first focusing on the Apple Watch Series 6 and iPad Air and then new iPhone 12 models and the HomePod mini. There are still a handful of products that Apple is expected to launch before the end of the year, so will we see a November event? Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. From AirPods Studio to an Arm-based...

iPhone 12 Pro vs. iPhone 12 Pro Max Buyer's Guide

Friday October 16, 2020 1:43 pm PDT by
This month, Apple unveiled the iPhone 12 Pro and ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ Max as the successors to the popular iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, with a new squared-off industrial design, the A14 Bionic chip, a LiDAR Scanner, and MagSafe. As Apple's premium flagship offerings, the ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ and ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ Max are the most fully-featured iPhones available. The ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ starts at $999 and...

iPad Air 4 vs. iPad Air 3 Buyer's Guide

Friday October 16, 2020 12:05 pm PDT by
In September 2020, Apple updated its popular iPad Air, introducing a faster A14 Bionic processor, a larger display, USB-C, Magic Keyboard compatibility, a range of colors, and a complete redesign. Although the previous 3rd generation ‌iPad Air‌ from 2019 is no longer sold by Apple, it tends to be readily available at third-party retailers. As the 2019 model is markedly different to the new...

iPhone 12 Mini vs. iPhone 12 Buyer's Guide

Thursday October 15, 2020 3:09 pm PDT by
This month, Apple unveiled the iPhone 12 as the successor to the popular iPhone 11, with a new squared-off industrial design, the A14 Bionic chip, an OLED display, and MagSafe. However, for the first time, Apple also unveiled a smaller version of the iPhone in the form of the ‌iPhone 12‌ mini. After years in which phone sizes have grown and after the popularity of the small-form iPhone SE,...

Twelve iPhone 12 Details You Might Have Missed

Thursday October 15, 2020 2:06 pm PDT by
Apple on Tuesday unveiled the long-awaited iPhone 12 lineup, which includes the ‌iPhone 12‌, ‌iPhone 12‌ mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ Max. The 2020 iPhones feature all-new designs with flat edges, edge-to-edge OLED displays, upgraded camera technology, and 5G connectivity. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Apple highlighted many of the features of the new...

iPhone 12, Mini, and Max Size Comparison: All iPhone Models Side by Side

Friday October 16, 2020 3:55 pm PDT by
With the launch of the iPhone 12 lineup, Apple now offers more size options than ever when buying an iPhone. We've previously posted size comparisons between leaked iPhone 12 dummy models vs a variety of other iPhone models. Now that the iPhone 12 has been officially released, we have revisited these size comparison graphics and found that the dummy models were right on the mark. iPhone SE vs ...

iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 12 Pro Buyer's Guide

Thursday October 15, 2020 7:59 am PDT by
This month, Apple unveiled the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro as the successors to the iPhone 11 and ‌iPhone 11‌ Pro, with a new squared-off industrial design, the A14 Bionic chip, OLED displays, and MagSafe across the lineup. The ‌iPhone 12‌ starts at $799 ($829 for some carriers), while the ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ starts at $999. As Apple's latest iPhones share a large number of features, should you...

iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 11 Buyer's Guide

Wednesday October 14, 2020 12:48 pm PDT by
This month, Apple unveiled the iPhone 12 as the successor to the popular iPhone 11, with a new squared-off industrial design, the A14 Bionic chip, an OLED display, and MagSafe. As devices that are more affordable than the Pro models, but more fully-featured than the low-cost iPhone SE or iPhone XR, the ‌iPhone 12‌ and ‌iPhone 12‌ mini will likely be the most popular options for consumers. The...

What to Expect at October's Apple Event: New iPhone 12 Lineup, Smaller HomePod Mini, Wireless Chargers and More

Sunday October 11, 2020 4:18 pm PDT by
Last-Minute Leaks Noted leaker Evan Blass has shared full sets of images of what he says as the actual iPhone 12 and ‌iPhone 12‌ mini lineups in five colors. Blass has also shared the iPhone 12 Pro and ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ Max lineups in four colors. Finally, Blass has shared images of the HomePod mini in black and white with a more spherical design than its larger sibling. Our...

watchOS 7: Family Setup Features, Requirements, and Activation Steps

Thursday October 8, 2020 4:28 pm PDT by
Alongside the launch of the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, and the new watchOS 7 software update, Apple introduced a Family Setup feature that's designed to allow parents to set up Apple Watches for their children, letting an Apple Watch be used without an iPhone. While Family Setup is primarily aimed at families with children, it's also useful for setting up an Apple Watch for an...

watchOS 7: 14 Tips and Tricks for Apple Watch

Friday October 2, 2020 2:56 pm PDT by
With the arrival of watchOS 7, Apple introduced headline features for Apple Watch like Sleep Tracking and Handwashing Detection, but it also snuck in a bunch of lesser changes and improvements to the interface that are more likely to have gone under the radar, so we've collected some of our favorites here. To make the most of them, you'll need to make sure your Apple Watch is up to date with ...

Accountsd: How to Fix High CPU Usage on Mac

Thursday October 1, 2020 8:32 am PDT by
Following the release of macOS Catalina version 10.15.7, an increasing number of users have experienced an issue with a system process named "accountsd" showing very high CPU usage in Activity Monitor, causing their Mac to slow down. One user in the Apple Support Communities shared a screenshot of "accountsd" with CPU usage above 400%, rendering their 2018 MacBook Pro "useless." While...

How to Use and Troubleshoot Blood Oxygen Monitoring on Apple Watch Series 6

Wednesday September 30, 2020 9:51 am PDT by
Apple with the Apple Watch Series 6 introduced a new feature for monitoring blood oxygen level, using the LEDs at the back of the Apple Watch to determine the amount of oxygen in the blood. A low blood oxygen level can be indicative of a serious health issue that needs immediate attention. Taking a blood oxygen reading is rather straightforward, but there are automatic measurement settings...

Apple Fitness+: Everything You Need to Know About Apple's Upcoming Workout Service

Friday September 25, 2020 10:00 am PDT by
Apple alongside the Apple Watch Series 6 unveiled Apple Fitness+, a new Apple service that's designed to help Apple Watch owners keep fit through a series of guided workouts across multiple workout categories. Our Apple Fitness+ guide covers everything that we know about the new Fitness+ service, which is set to launch later this year. Apple Fitness+ Explained Apple Fitness+ is an Apple...

Widgetsmith Guide: How To, Tutorial, and Ideas

Wednesday September 23, 2020 5:50 pm PDT by
Although other methods are available for making the most out of iOS 14's widgets feature, Widgetsmith is among the most popular apps to make custom widgets. The app offers a large number of different widgets with numerous options for customization, helping you to fine-tune the appearance of your home screen. Currently, the app offers these customizable widgets for:Time Date Photos Photos...

Apple One: What You Need to Know About Apple's Services Bundles

Wednesday September 23, 2020 2:19 pm PDT by
Apple in September announced Apple One, a new services bundle that allows Apple device customers to purchase several services together in one package instead of separately, saving money for those who use multiple Apple service products. Our dedicated Apple One guide covers everything that you need to know about the Apple One bundles, which are launching this fall. Bundle Options There...

Apple Watch SE vs. Apple Watch Series 3 Buyer's Guide

Wednesday September 23, 2020 9:53 am PDT by
In September 2020, Apple updated its popular Apple Watch lineup, introducing an entirely new model of Apple Watch: Apple Watch SE. This new model offers many of the Apple Watch features that have made the device so popular over the years, but at a much more competitive price starting at $279. As an even lower-cost option, Apple continues to sell the Apple Watch Series 3, which first arrived in...

AppleCare Guide: Is it Worth Paying For?

Monday September 21, 2020 1:00 pm PDT by
Most Apple products come with a one-year limited warranty that covers hardware failures and manufacturing defects, and up to 90 days of complimentary technical support. To extend your coverage further, Apple offers AppleCare+ or the AppleCare Protection Plan. With added initial cost, deductibles, and varying prices across the Apple product lineup, is AppleCare+ worth it? Customers have...

Apple Watch Series 5 vs. Series 6 Buyer's Guide

Saturday September 19, 2020 8:04 am PDT by
In September 2020, Apple updated its popular Apple Watch lineup, introducing the new Apple Watch Series 6. The ‌Apple Watch Series 6‌ replaced the Apple Watch Series 5 as the company's flagship wearable, which was announced in September in 2019. The ‌Apple Watch Series 6‌ offers a number of compelling updates on last year's Series 5, offering a new S6 processor, a U1 ultra-wideband chip, and blood ...