Guides

10 Tips and Tricks for the iPad Pro Magic Keyboard

Saturday May 2, 2020 8:00 am PDT by
If you've just picked up Apple's new Magic Keyboard for your 2018 or 2020 iPad Pro, here's a list of our favorite tips and tricks that you need to know. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. 1. Use Your Free USB-C Port Apple made a neat design decision to integrate a USB-C port into the side of the Magic Keyboard. This lets you power your connected ‌iPad Pro‌ via...

Apple's Exposure Notification System: Everything You Need to Know

Monday July 6, 2020 5:50 pm PDT by
Apple in iOS 13.5 introduced an exposure notification API, which lets apps from public health authorities and governments worldwide help people figure out if they've been exposed to COVID-19, and if so, what steps to take next to minimize the spread of the virus. Exposure Notification Explained Exposure notification started out as contact tracing, an Apple-Google initiative that was...

iPhone 6, 6s, & 7 vs. iPhone SE: Should You Upgrade?

Friday April 24, 2020 4:28 pm PDT by
Apple in April 2020 unveiled the iPhone SE, a new low-cost iPhone that marries the design of the iPhone 8 with the super fast A13 chip in the iPhone 11, all for a super low $399 price tag. If you have an older iPhone, like an iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, or an even earlier iPhone, you may be wondering whether it's worth the upgrade to a newer device. In a nutshell, the answer is yes, but we'll walk...

iPhone SE vs. iPhone XR: Features Compared

Saturday April 18, 2020 6:13 pm PDT by
After nearly a year of rumors, Apple has finally introduced the 2020 edition of the iPhone SE. The device shares the same design as the iPhone 8, including a 4.7-inch display and a Touch ID home button, but it has a faster A13 Bionic chip and an extra GB of RAM. Most importantly, the new iPhone SE starts at just $399 in the United States. With the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus now discontinued, ...

A List of All Streaming Services Offering Free Content and Extended Trials

Monday April 13, 2020 5:31 pm PDT by
Multiple streaming services are offering free content options right now, providing a wealth of free-to-watch TV shows and movies on a temporary basis. Below, we've rounded up all of the watch-free deals that we've found so far, and this is a great list to check out if you need something to do this weekend. Apple TV+ Many people who have purchased a new Apple product lately already have a...

AirPods Hurt Your Ears? Here Are Some Fit Tips and Alternative Earbud Options

Friday April 10, 2020 12:05 pm PDT by
Though Apple has designed the AirPods and the AirPods Pro to be as comfortable as possible for most people, there are still some ‌AirPods‌ and ‌AirPods Pro‌ owners who find the earbuds to be uncomfortable and even painful. In this guide, we've gathered up some helpful tips and tricks for fit, along with some alternatives for when adjusting fit just isn't an option. ‌AirPods‌ Fit Problems...

A12Z vs. A12X: What's Changed?

Monday April 13, 2020 4:49 pm PDT by
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 July 2020

Wednesday July 1, 2020 6:40 am PDT by
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 July 2020

Thursday July 9, 2020 7:07 am PDT by
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 July 2020

Wednesday July 1, 2020 6:21 am PDT by
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 May 29, 2020 3:26 pm PDT by
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
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 July 2020

Monday July 6, 2020 5:42 am PDT by
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 July 2020

Wednesday July 1, 2020 6:19 am PDT by
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

Wednesday July 1, 2020 5:08 pm PDT by
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, the United States, and almost every other country. As the virus has continued to move through the United States and other countries, has led to some production and supply...

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

Friday June 12, 2020 4:57 pm PDT by
Apple in the spring of 2020 unveiled and released 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. ‌iPad Pro‌ Magic Keyboard Reviews Reviews of the new Magic...

Apple ID: Everything You Need to Know

Thursday February 27, 2020 12:35 pm PST by
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
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
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
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...