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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 ...

iOS 14: A Quick Tour of All the New Features

Friday September 18, 2020 3:21 pm PDT by
Over the course of the iOS 14 beta test, we here at MacRumors have been putting together in-depth feature guides, tutorial videos, and how tos on the new features in the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates. Many of our MacRumors readers have likely been running the betas for a couple of months now, but those who are new to the update will want to check out all of the content we have available...

watchOS 7 Removes Force Touch Support From Your Apple Watch, Here's Everything That's Changed

Thursday September 17, 2020 2:20 pm PDT by
With the release of watchOS 7, Apple has added several new features to compatible Apple Watch models, such as new watch faces and sleep tracking, but it also drops support for the Force Touch gesture that some users may have come to think of as a second nature interaction on their wrist. When users firmly pressed their Apple Watch screen, Force Touch technology would sense the extra...

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

Thursday September 17, 2020 9:15 am PDT by
In September 2020, Apple updated its popular Apple Watch lineup, introducing two new models; the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE. 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 oxygen monitoring, for a price starting at $399. At the same time, Apple introduced an entirely new...

What to Expect at the Apple Event: New Apple Watch Series 6, iPad Air, No iPhone 12

Monday September 14, 2020 6:31 pm PDT by
Last Minute Updates Some last minute leaks have come in ahead of Tuesday's event, confirming which devices we can expect to see Apple unveil, and which features those devices might offer. AirPods and iOS 14 Apple introduced a new version of the AirPods Pro firmware that supports spatial audio for the first time. Spatial audio is an ‌iOS 14‌ feature that enables a stereo surround-style...

mmWave vs. Sub-6GHz 5G iPhones: What's the Difference?

Saturday September 5, 2020 9:01 am PDT by
All of the iPhones in Apple's iPhone 12 lineup will have Qualcomm modems that support 5G, but potential buyers need to know that not all 5G networks are equal. There's the super fast mmWave (millimeter wave) 5G and the slower but more widespread Sub-6GHz 5G. There have been mixed rumors about which ‌iPhone 12‌ models will support which 5G spectrums, but it appears that the fastest 5G...

iOS 14 Photos and Camera: QuickTake Shortcut, Photo Captions, Mirrored Selfies, and More

Monday September 14, 2020 4:56 pm PDT by
iOS 14's biggest changes focus on the Home Screen, the App Library, redesigned compact interface for phone calls and Siri, Picture in Picture, the Translate app, and updated privacy protections, but Apple also improved many of its existing apps to add new features and functionality. The Photos and Camera apps didn't get new designs, but received some notable changes like captions, navigation ...

Your Apple ID and Phone Number Are Being Used on Another Device - What To Do

Tuesday September 1, 2020 3:50 pm PDT by
Have you received an unexpected notification on your Apple device saying that your Apple ID and phone number are now being used for iMessage and FaceTime on a new Mac, iPhone or iPad? If the answer is yes, there's no need to panic. The message doesn't necessarily mean anything malicious has happened to your Apple account. In fact, in the vast majority cases, there's a simple explanation for ...

2018 vs. 2020 iPad Pro Buyer's Guide

Tuesday September 1, 2020 1:54 pm PDT by
In March 2020, Apple updated its popular iPad Pro lineup, introducing a faster A12Z Bionic processor, dual rear cameras, a new LiDAR scanner for improved augmented reality capabilities, improved audio, and an optional Magic Keyboard accessory that adds a trackpad to the iPad for the first time. Although the previous 2018 models are no longer sold by Apple, they tend to be readily available ...

iOS 14 Hidden Features You Need to Know About

Wednesday August 26, 2020 2:31 pm PDT by
There are hundreds of new features in iOS 14, many of which are immediately obvious like the new Home Screen widgets, the App Library, pinned conversations and mentions in Messages, a compact UI for Siri and Phone calls, and more, but there are also tons of features that are less immediately obvious. In this guide and accompanying video, we've rounded up some of the most useful hidden features ...

iOS 14 Privacy Features: Approximate Location, Clipboard Access Warnings, Limited Photos Access and More

Tuesday September 8, 2020 6:30 pm PDT by
With every iteration of iOS, Apple adds new privacy features to better protect iPhone and iPad users, and iOS 14 is no exception. This year's update is worth downloading for the privacy protections alone, which include Privacy Reports in Safari, recording indicators, an option to share approximate location with apps instead of precise locations, and more. In this guide, we've highlighted all ...

MacBook Air i3 vs. i5 Buyer's Guide (2020)

Wednesday August 19, 2020 3:01 am PDT by
Apple offers two different 2020 MacBook Air base configurations; one with a dual-core Intel Core i3 processor and one with a quad-core Intel Core i5 processor. Our guide answers the question of how to decide which of these two configurations is best for you. You can customize the internal specifications of either of these two ‌MacBook Air‌ base configurations at the time of purchase, so it's ...

iOS 14 and watchOS 7 Sleep Features: Sleep Mode, Wind Down, Sleep Tracking and More

Tuesday September 1, 2020 3:53 pm PDT by
Apple in iOS 14 and watchOS 7 introduced a new Sleep Tracking feature that's designed to help you monitor how much sleep you're getting each night with Apple Watch and improve your sleep habits through bedtime reminders and a winding down process. This guide walks through all of the Sleep Tracking functionality available on the iPhone and the Apple Watch in Apple's 2020 software updates. S...

Epic Games vs. Apple: Timeline of Events Surrounding Fortnite's Removal From App Store

Thursday September 10, 2020 4:22 pm PDT by
Apple has faced increasing scrutiny over its App Store practices from both developers and regulators in recent months. One particularly vocal critic has been Fortnite creator Epic Games, which has repeatedly referred to the App Store as a monopoly. In August 2020, Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store after Epic Games introduced a direct payment option in the app for its in-game currency ...

Safari iOS 14 Guide: Privacy Report, Built-In Translation, Compromised Password Alerts and More

Friday August 7, 2020 2:06 pm PDT by
Apple introduces improvements for almost all of the built-in apps with each new iteration of iOS, and iOS 14 is no exception. For Safari, Apple has added some useful new features like built-in translation and a Privacy Report that provides a rundown on all of the trackers that Safari is blocking. This guide includes all of the new features and tweaks you'll find in Safari 14 for iPhone and...

What's New in iOS 14 Maps: Cycling Directions, Guides, Refine Location and More

Friday July 31, 2020 2:00 pm PDT by
Apple often adds new features to its built-in apps with each iOS update, and iOS 14 is no exception. Many apps have important new features, including Apple Maps, which gains cycling directions, EV routes, guides, and more. This guide highlights all of the new features that Apple has added to the Maps app in the iOS and iPadOS 14 updates. Cycling Directions Maps in ‌iOS 14‌ offers cycling...

iPadOS 14 Features You Need to Know

Thursday July 30, 2020 3:52 pm PDT by
Apple's iPadOS 14 update includes many of the same features that are found in iOS 14 (minus some of the Home Screen changes), but there are also quite a few notable iPad-only features. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. In our most recent video, we highlight some of the best new features in iPadOS 14, some of which are also available on iPhone and some of which are...

iOS 14's New AirPods Features: Spatial Audio, Better Automatic Device Switching, Battery Notifications and More

Monday September 14, 2020 3:27 pm PDT by
Apple designed iOS 14 with several new features that improve how the AirPods and the AirPods Pro work with iPhones and iPads, including spatial audio, better device switching, battery notifications, and Headphone Accommodations for those who need help with sounds and frequencies. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. This guide covers all of the new features that Apple...

iOS 14: Apple's Built-In Translate App That Works With 11 Languages

Wednesday July 22, 2020 2:35 pm PDT by
Apple in iOS 14 added a new Translate app, which, as the name suggests, is designed to offer translations from one language to another. The Translate app has some useful features that are handy both when learning a new language and when attempting to talk to someone who speaks a different language. This guide walks through all of the features in the Translate app and how to use them. Desig...