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A12Z vs. A12X: What's Changed?

Tuesday March 31, 2020 1:22 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple in March 2020 introduced new 11- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models with A12Z processors, LiDAR scanners, dual-lens camera setups, upgraded storage tiers, and more RAM for lower storage models. In this guide, we'll cover the A12Z processor and how it compares to the A12X processor that Apple used in the 2018 ‌iPad Pro‌ models. A12Z Instead of A13X? Prior to now, most iPad updates,...

Best iMac Deals for April 2020

Wednesday April 1, 2020 5:38 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
When it comes to the iMac, Apple offers two distinct versions of its desktop computer: the classic iMac and the iMac Pro. The iMac was last updated in March of 2019 and sports two Retina display sizes, faster memory, Radeon Vega Pro graphics options on the high end, and 8th and 9th-generation Intel processors. At the higher end, the iMac Pro has Xeon processors with up to 18 cores, up to 4TB ...

Best iPad Deals for April 2020

Wednesday April 1, 2020 5:45 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Apple's iPad family spans across four different models: the 7.9-inch iPad mini, the 10.2-inch iPad, the 10.5-inch iPad Air, and the iPad Pro (11-inch and 12.9-inch models). With this collection of multiple display sizes, Apple provides each of its users with whatever they desire when it comes to using a tablet to work, read, surf the internet, and more. Below are the best prices for each...

Best Apple TV 4K Deals for April 2020

Wednesday April 1, 2020 5:40 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Apple launched the fifth-generation Apple TV 4K in September 2017 with two models for customers to choose from: 32GB ($179.00) and 64GB ($199.00). With its tvOS App Store, ‌Apple TV‌ 4K allows you to download video apps including Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and HBO GO, which funnel into the centralized TV app to organize every show and movie that you watch. These models of the ‌Apple TV‌ 4K have...

FaceTime: Everything You Need to Know

Friday March 27, 2020 4:38 pm PDT by Juli Clover
FaceTime is Apple's video and audio chatting platform that lets iPhone users communicate with one another through the standard FaceTime video protocol or using the FaceTime audio feature. As a key ‌iPhone‌, iPad, and Mac feature, FaceTime is widely known, but if you're new to FaceTime, this guide will walk you through everything you need to know. Even established FaceTime users may learn a...

An iPhone With a Periscope Lens Could Significantly Boost Optical Zoom

Monday March 23, 2020 2:23 pm PDT by Juli Clover
One of the iPhone models that's coming two years from now in 2022 will feature a "periscope" lens, according to information shared today by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who often provides accurate insight into Apple's plans. 2022 is a long way off, but periscope lens technology is already built into some smartphones on the market, giving us an idea of what we can expect from the ‌iPhone‌...

Best MacBook Pro and MacBook Air Deals for April 2020

Wednesday April 1, 2020 5:44 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Apple offers a wide selection of options when it comes to the MacBook line. As of 2020, this includes the 13-inch MacBook Pro, 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌, and 13-inch MacBook Air. As a general rule of thumb, this guide is mainly focused on the 2019 ‌MacBook Air‌ models, although we have included a few early deals on the new 2020 versions of the ‌MacBook Air‌. ‌MacBook Pro‌ is the company's mainline...

Best HomePod Deals for April 2020

Wednesday April 1, 2020 5:40 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Apple launched the HomePod in February 2018 with a premium $349.00 price tag that matched the company's marketing angle, which presented the smart speaker as a music-first device with excellent sound quality. In 2020, the ‌HomePod‌ now costs $299.00 from Apple, and various discounts have seen the speaker priced as low as $199. With ‌HomePod‌, Apple Music subscribers can easily stream their...

COVID-19 Coronavirus: Impact on Apple's iPhone, Mac and WWDC

Monday March 30, 2020 5:25 pm PDT by Juli Clover
The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has been spreading around the world since January, and so far, it has had a major impact on Apple's device production and device sales in affected countries like China, Italy, South Korea, and now, the United States. As the virus continues to move through the United States and other countries, it could lead to production and supply problems for several...

Apple's Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro: Everything You Need to Know

Thursday March 19, 2020 5:09 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple in March 2020 unveiled the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro, which is similar to a Smart Keyboard for iPad but with a built-in trackpad for better navigation with a cursor. In the guide below, we cover everything we know about Apple's new Magic Keyboard, including compatible devices, feature set, and more. Design The Magic Keyboard is similar in design to Apple's prior ‌Smart Keyboard‌...

Apple ID: Everything You Need to Know

Thursday February 27, 2020 12:35 pm PST by Juli Clover
When using Apple devices or Apple services, Apple requires an "Apple ID" to make everything work. An Apple ID is basically your Apple account that's used for everything from logging in to iCloud to making purchases to getting support to tracking your lost devices with Find My. An Apple ID authenticates your identity and is required whenever you log into an Apple device to keep everything...

Five of the Best To-Do Apps for iOS

Monday February 24, 2020 1:48 pm PST by Juli Clover
People lead busy lives, and keeping track of everything that needs to be done in a day can be tough, which is why there are an endless number of to-do and productivity apps on the App Store. Apple offers a built-in Reminders app and a built-in Notes app, both of which can be useful, but most people who need a robust task tracking solution will want to look to a third-party app. In our latest...

The EU Wants All Phones to Work With Interoperable Chargers, Here’s What That Means for Apple's Lightning Port

Friday February 21, 2020 8:29 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Despite pushback from Apple, the European Parliament in January voted overwhelmingly for new rules to establish a common charging standard for mobile device makers across the European Union. This article explores what form the EU laws might ultimately take and how they could affect Apple device users in Europe and elsewhere. What Exactly is the EU Calling For? To reduce cost, electronic...

Apple's $149 Powerbeats Earbuds: Everything You Need to Know

Wednesday March 18, 2020 9:53 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple's Beats brand in March 2020 unveiled the Powerbeats, a lower-cost wired version of the Powerbeats Pro and an upgrade to the Powerbeats 3. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. The new Powerbeats, which are technically the Powerbeats 4 but don't have the number at the end, are pretty much identical to the ‌Powerbeats Pro‌ in functionality but without the wire-free...

iOS 13 Battery Drain: 15+ Tips to Make Your Battery Last Longer

Sunday February 16, 2020 7:23 am PST by Juli Clover
With every new operating system update, there are complaints about battery life and rapid battery drain, and iOS 13 is no exception. Since iOS 13 was released, we've seen reports of issues with battery life, which have waxed and waned with various iOS 13 updates. iOS 13 battery life problems caused by bugs can't be helped until Apple provides updates to address the issues, but there are steps...

Everything You Need to Know About the Apple Pencil

Wednesday March 4, 2020 3:48 pm PST by Juli Clover
Apple in 2015 unveiled the first iPad Pro, which came with an optional stylus called the Apple Pencil. Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was famously against styluses, but the Apple Pencil has proven to be a useful tool for note taking, sketching, and more. The Apple Pencil has stuck around since 2015, and as of today, it is compatible with Apple's entire current iPad lineup. In the guide below, we...

25 Must-Know macOS Tips for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Mac Users

Wednesday January 29, 2020 1:18 pm PST by Juli Clover
There are dozens if not hundreds of macOS shortcuts and tricks to streamline your workflows and make it easier to use your Mac, but many of these shortcuts are easily overlooked or forgotten. For this guide and accompanying YouTube video, we asked MacRumors readers on Twitter and YouTube for their favorite, most useful macOS tips, which we've compiled below. Some of these are more basic and...

10 Long Press Tips to Reveal Hidden Functions in Safari on iPhone and iPad

Tuesday January 14, 2020 12:54 pm PST by Tim Hardwick
On iPhone and iPad, a long press (also known as a press-and-hold) gesture will often initiate a different action in an app that isn't immediately obvious, such as revealing an icon's contextual menu. On recent iPhones, a long press will sometimes also offer haptic feedback in the form of a vibration, which Apple calls Haptic Touch. Apple has made extensive use of the long press gesture and...

What Do You Want to See From Apple in 2020?

Wednesday January 1, 2020 10:27 am PST by Juli Clover
In our What to Expect article that we shared yesterday, we covered everything that we're expecting to see from Apple based on current product rumors and historical release data. New iPhones with 5G, OLED displays, and upgraded 3D triple-lens camera system with significant augmented reality improvements are in the works, Apple is working on updated Macs and iPads, and AirTags, an innovative new ...

What to Expect From Apple in 2020: New iPhones, Refreshed iPads, Apple Watch Series 6 and More

Tuesday December 31, 2019 9:04 am PST by Juli Clover
We're expecting to see some major changes from Apple this year, with several exciting new products on the horizon. Significant iPhone changes are expected in 2020, with 3D sensing rear cameras, 5G technology, and an all-OLED lineup. Apple is also working on updated iPad Pro models, new Macs, Apple Tags, and could have a few other surprises in store like an augmented reality headset, a...