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Year in Review: Everything Apple Introduced in 2019

Monday December 23, 2019 7:19 am PST by Juli Clover
2019 was a significant year for Apple, bringing new an updated three iPhone lineup, AirPods Pro with noise cancellation, the long-awaited 16-inch MacBook Pro, and the modular high-end Mac Pro for Apple's professional user base. There were also a ton of new services, including Apple TV+, Apple News+, Apple Arcade, and the Apple Card. In the article below, we've created an overview of everything ...

Guides, How Tos, and Tips for New Mac Owners

Thursday December 26, 2019 1:25 pm PST by Juli Clover
MacRumors readers who were lucky enough to receive a new Mac for the holidays will want to check out our collection of Mac how tos and guides to learn the ins and outs of your new machine. Whether you're new to the Mac or are upgrading from an older model, there's likely to be a useful tip or two here for you. These how tos apply to Apple's latest Macs, from desktops to notebooks, and it...

Tutorials, Tips and Tricks for New iPad Owners

Thursday December 26, 2019 8:33 am PST by Juli Clover
Get a new iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air or iPad Pro for the holidays? If so, you may want to check out our extensive collection of iPad how tos and guides to learn the ins and outs of your new tablet. Even if you've had an iPad before, if you're upgrading to a new model, there are new features to get acquainted with, such as the addition of Face ID and the lack of a Home button in the iPad Pro,...

How Tos, Guides, and Tips for New AirPods Owners

Thursday December 26, 2019 1:26 pm PST by Juli Clover
Since their launch in 2016, Apple's AirPods have become wildly popular and are an oft-gifted item. This year, Apple debuted both the AirPods 2 and the AirPods Pro, offering more choice for consumers this holiday season. If you received AirPods as a gift, make sure to take a look through all of the how tos in this guide, because there are plenty of AirPods and AirPods Pro tips and tricks worth...

Useful Tips, Tricks, and Walkthroughs for New Apple Watch Owners

Monday December 23, 2019 7:12 am PST by Juli Clover
If you got a new Apple Watch for the holidays, this is the article for you. We've collected all of our Apple Watch-related how tos and guides to help you learn the ins and outs of your new wrist-worn device. Even if you've had an Apple Watch before, the newest Series 4 and Series 5 models have updated features like ECG functionality that lets you take a quick electrocardiogram right from the...

Helpful Tips, Tricks, and How Tos for New iPhone Owners

Thursday December 26, 2019 1:26 pm PST by Juli Clover
Did you get a new iPhone 11, 11 Pro, or 11 Pro Max for the holidays? If so, make sure to take some time to browse through this article, which is packed with helpful tips, tricks, and guides for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, and earlier iPhone models. Whether you're new to iPhone or have upgraded to a new model, there's likely to be something in here for you. There are hundreds of features ...

True Wireless Earbuds Comparison: AirPods, Powerbeats, Sony, Jabra, and More

Monday December 16, 2019 3:06 pm PST by Juli Clover
After Apple came out with the AirPods, wire-free earbuds flooded the market, and there are now a ton of options from companies ranging from Sony to Razer. In our latest YouTube video, we took a look at several popular wire-free earbud options, comparing the features and giving each one an overall score to figure out which ones are the best. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for ...

Using Voice Control in iOS 13 to Operate an iPhone Hands-Free

Thursday December 12, 2019 1:27 pm PST by Juli Clover
Apple in iOS 13 added a Voice Control feature as an Accessibility option designed for those who need to use their iPhones and iPads without their hands. It allows for complete control of the operating system using voice commands. Voice Control is designed for people who need an alternative to physical control, but it has the potential to be useful even for those can use their devices with...

Black Friday 2019: Best Deals on Apple Products Including iPhone, HomePod, AirPods, and More

Thursday November 28, 2019 7:21 am PST by Mitchel Broussard
Although Thanksgiving festivities are just getting underway across the United States, many Black Friday deals are about to kick off (or already have kicked off) at retailers around the country. The big retail chains are all starting Black Friday early today, including Target, Best Buy, Walmart, and Kohl's, and many online-only deals are already available. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate...

iPhone: 2020 Buyer's Guide

Wednesday November 27, 2019 10:14 am PST by Juli Clover
In 2007, Apple launched the original iPhone, kickstarting the modern smartphone era which is now dominated by the Apple iPhone and Google Android platforms. We've had 12 years of iPhones so far, with the latest models, the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, having launched in October of 2019. Apple follows an annual update cycle, introducing new high-end flagship models while often discounting...

Apple Student Discount Guide: Savings for Students and Teachers

Tuesday November 19, 2019 12:51 pm PST by Juli Clover
If you're a student or a teacher, you should know that Apple offers educational discounts on a variety of Apple products, along with cheaper Apple Music subscriptions and more. This guide provides details on the educational benefits that you can get from Apple as a student or a teacher along with eligibility requirements. Apple's Educational Site Apple has an entire separate site that's...

Top 14 AirPods Pro Tips and Tricks

Friday November 8, 2019 12:54 pm PST by Tim Hardwick
Apple in October 2019 debuted the AirPods Pro, a new higher-end version of its existing AirPods with an updated design, noise cancellation technology, a customizable fit with silicone ear tips, and a more expensive $249 price tag. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. We've collected 14 of our favorite ‌AirPods Pro‌ tips to help you get the most out of Apple's latest and...

When Might Apple Release an Arm-Based Mac?

Friday March 27, 2020 3:31 pm PDT by Juli Clover
There have been rumors suggesting Apple has an interest in Arm-based Macs for years now, but speculation about an Arm-based Mac has picked up over the course of the last year following rumors about Apple's work on its own chips designed for the Mac. Apple is currently reliant on Intel for the processors used across its Mac lineup, but that is perhaps set to change in the future as Apple works...

AirPods Pro vs Powerbeats Pro

Monday November 4, 2019 12:27 pm PST by Juli Clover
Apple in late October 2019 surprised us with an upgraded version of the AirPods called the AirPods Pro, which feature Active Noise Cancellation, superior sound quality, and an all-new design. Apple's ‌AirPods Pro‌ are its second set of headphones to feature the "Pro" moniker, following the Beats-branded Powerbeats Pro earbuds that Apple released back in April 2019. In this guide, we'll go over...

How Long Do AirPods and AirPods Pro Last?

Thursday October 31, 2019 11:01 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Are you hearing the low battery warning on your AirPods more frequently than you used to? It's quite possible that your wireless Apple headphones reaching their end of life. This article explains why – and what you can do about it. What is the Battery Life of AirPods and AirPods Pro? Officially, Apple says its first-generation AirPods offer up to five hours of listening time and up to two...

AirPods vs. AirPods Pro: Features Compared

Wednesday October 30, 2019 10:49 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Apple has unveiled higher-end AirPods Pro with several improvements over the regular AirPods, including active noise cancellation, improved sound quality, and water and sweat resistance. To help decide between the AirPods and AirPods Pro, read our side-by-side comparison of the earphones below. AirPods vs AirPods Pro Differences AirPods Pro features in bold: $249 vs $199 Three Ear Tip...

AirTags: Everything We Know So Far

Thursday April 2, 2020 4:34 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple is working on a Tile-like Bluetooth tracking device that's designed to be attached to items like keys and wallets for tracking purposes, letting you find them right in the Find My app. Based on assets found in iOS 13.2 and trademarking details dug up by MacRumors, Apple seems to be planning to call its tracking accessory the "AirTag." A mockup of what AirTags could look like AirTags ...

iPhone 11 and 11 Pro: Camera Features and Tips

Monday November 4, 2019 3:54 pm PST by Juli Clover
With the new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, Apple introduced updated dual and triple-lens camera systems, respectively, and added quite a few new camera features that are worth knowing about. In our latest YouTube video, we've highlighted all of the most useful camera features and functions included in the ‌iPhone 11‌ and 11 Pro for those who are coming from an older iPhone and want to know what's ...

Relocated Items in macOS Catalina Explained

Monday October 14, 2019 1:06 pm PDT by Tim Hardwick
After upgrading to macOS Catalina, you may be surprised to discover a shortcut on your Mac's desktop to a Relocated Items folder that wasn't there previously. The generation of this folder is actually normal behavior when upgrading an older version of macOS to Catalina, but we're highlighting it in this article because a lot of users are confused about why the folder exists and what to do with...

Haptic Touch vs 3D Touch: What's the Difference?

Tuesday October 1, 2019 2:26 pm PDT by Juli Clover
With the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max, Apple did away with 3D Touch across its entire iPhone lineup, replacing the former ‌3D Touch‌ feature with Haptic Touch. In this guide, we'll go over everything you need to know about Haptic Touch and how it differs from the ‌3D Touch‌ feature that's been available since the ‌iPhone‌ 6s. What is Haptic Touch? Haptic Touch is a 3D Touch-like feature...