iPhone news

  • Editor's Desk: Fall is coming — next stop, iPhone 13! 25/07/2021 at 18:00h
    The end of July is almost here, bringing us even closer to the iPhone 13. And yes, I'm excited. I can't believe it — the end of July is fast approaching, and we're about to enter August in a few days. Crazy how fast time flies by, isn't it? Anyways, we're inching ever closer to fall, and you know what that means…Apple's fall event with new iPhone, better Apple Watches, and more. So let's get right down to the rumor mill this week (and boy, it was packed!) First off, if you're worried that Apple may push back the release date for the next iPhone because of the rising cases in COVID-19 again, fret not. It appears that the 2020 schedule was a one-off, and we're on track for iPhones in September once again. I'm not sure about you guys, but I'm fairly excited for the iPhone 13, especially if the rumor of an always-on display is true. This feature can be found on many Android phones, and I especially love it on my Apple Watch Series 5. When I'm working at my desk every day, I pretty...
  • Someone won a photography award with an iPhone 5s in 2021 and it's amazing 24/07/2021 at 19:22h
    Every year we get to see the best photos taken with an iPhone thanks to the iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA) and 2021 is no different. The IPPA released its winners for this year yesterday, and they're all stunning photos. But what's most noticeable is the fact that few of the winners were taken on the latest hardware. In fact, one was taken on an iPhone 5s. Yes, an iPhone 5s. From 2013. And the resulting image is stunning. You'd definitely have believed me if I'd told you it was taken on an iPhone 12 Pro, that's for sure. See what I mean? I find that pretty amazing, really. In fact, very few of the winners were using anything even close to the best iPhone for photography — iPhone 12 Pro Max. What might surprise you is that of 54 winning shots, only seven were taking on the iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro Max, which proves you don't need the best iPhone available to take stunning photos, one was even taken on an iPhone 5s! Flicking through the winners we see a few iPhone X de...
  • Poll: What are your thoughts on Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack? 24/07/2021 at 18:00h
    I remain unconvinced. Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack for iPhone 12 is here, and whilst early impressions of the accessory seem to be good, I for one remain unconvinced of the device's value. This week in our poll, we want to find out what you make of it. Have you bought one, and if so what do you think? Is it one of the best MagSafe portable batteries available, or a worthless gimmick? Maybe you haven't bought one, we want to know why! Before you sound off, here are some things to consider, from our review: Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack will help extend your iPhone's battery for a few more hours, but don't expect it to quickly charge your iPhone unless it's plugged in. The size is pretty compact, and the hard plastic has a soft-touch finish that feels nice. The Magsafe Battery pack comes with full iOS 14.7 integration, is compact and has strong magnets, and can be used in reverse whilst you charge your iPhone. However, it's very expensive at $99, has a very small capacity compare...
  • Steam Deck stole Nintendo's thunder, but Pokémon Unite stole it back 24/07/2021 at 18:00h
    Can the Steam Deck take the Switch's handheld crown? Nintendo has been in the spotlight quite a bit over the last couple of weeks thanks to two big game releases and the new Nintendo Switch OLED model. This attention has been positive for Nintendo overall as the gaming company has released some very popular products. However, some people have been disappointed with the new hardware and in the wake of that, Valve stole some of Nintendo's thunder with a new device that could take some of Nintendo's gaming market. Steam Deck vs Switch OLED model The Steam Deck is more like the fabled "Switch Pro" than what Nintendo is actually making. After weeks of Switch Pro hype, the new Nintendo Switch OLED model finally got officially announced as a mild upgrade to the Switch line rather than the powerful upgrade many had hoped for. Then, as OLED model preorders were just a couple hours away from going live last Thursday, Valve announced a brand new handheld gaming system, the Steam Deck,...
  • Deutsche Telekom launches Apple AR innovation program 24/07/2021 at 15:32h
    "Apple hardware and software are designed from the ground up for AR, there is no better way to experience the tangible tomorrow." What you need to know Hubraum, a tech incubator of Deutsche Telekom, has a new Apple AR innovation program. The company is looking for AR apps that could benefit from 5G and low latency edge computing. It is taking global entries in August. Deutsche Telekom's tech incubator, Hubraum, has launched an Apple AR Innovation Program to help find new best-in-class AR applications. 🚨 Amazing opportunity for Apple AR Devs / CompaniesDeutsche Telekom / T-Mobile is launching an Apple AR Innovation program at their accelerator @hubraum *in partnership with Apple*🌍 This is a *worldwide* program!👉 Apply before the 4th August → https://t.co/5FoNSY15zJ pic.twitter.com/pJkKYeu6EI— Oscar Falmer (@OscarFalmer) July 23, 2021 Hubraum states: We are inviting iOS developers from around the globe to show us their best-in-class Augmented Reality applica...
  • Mini-LED MacBook Air (2022): Rumors, release date, price, features, more 24/07/2021 at 15:05h
    mini-LED? Apple silicon? What a time to be alive... Multiple reports indicate Apple has big plans for the MacBook Air next year, including a new dose of Apple silicon and a mini-LED display, as well as a potential redesign and even colors! Here's everything we think we can expect in 2022. Design The MacBook Air's design has been iconic ever since the day Steve Jobs pulled one out of an envelope on stage back in January 2008. Apple has kept the thin form factor ever since but reportedly plans to tweak the design this year. From a May report: Leaker Jon Prosser today shared a new video detailing what he believes to be the next generation of MacBook Air. The renders shared by Prosser are said to be based on images of MacBook Air components that he has seen. The most obvious change in the new MacBook Air design is the removal of the wedge shape design, making this appear to be an impossibly thin computer. But there's more going on here, too. According to Prosser, the ref...
  • Review: JUUK Ovollo Apple Watch Band is gorgeous and feminine 24/07/2021 at 15:00h
    The Ovollo combines sturdy stainless steel and rounded edges for a softer look. I love the elegance and attitude of stainless steel Apple Watch bands, but often find them to be too chunky or masculine for my tastes. The JUUK Ovollo Apple Watch Band is a solid stainless steel band that lends some gravity and formality to the Apple Watch while still feeling light and fun. It's dressy enough to take your Apple Watch Series 6 (or any Apple Watch) on more formal occasions and yet, it's also casual enough for every day. You might even say that this is a feminine take on the Apple Link Bracelet. While it has a totally different look, it is also made of stainless steel and it has the same butterfly clasp. While this isn't a cheap band, it's quite a bit cheaper than Apple's Link Bracelet. It also comes in a variety of colors and finishes. JUUK Ovollo Apple Watch Band review: Price and availability What's good What's not good The competition Should you buy? JUUK Ovollo Apple Watc...
  • Flight evacuated after teenager AirDrops photo of airsoft gun to passengers 24/07/2021 at 13:16h
    The teenager was not allowed back on the flight... What you need to know A teenager who AirDropped a photo of a toy gun to passengers on a flight caused the whole plane to be evacuated. All passengers were removed and rescreened whilst the aircraft was checked following the stunt. The teenager was not allowed back on board. A teenager who Airdropped photos of a toy airsoft gun to passengers on their United Airlines flight caused the whole plan to be evacuated, according to a report from San Francisco this week. From NBC Bay Area: A teenager sent a photo of an airsoft gun to other passengers on a plane at San Francisco International Airport Thursday, prompting officials to remove every passenger from the plane, rescreen them and inspect the aircraft, an airport spokesman said. The flight, United Airlines Flight 2167, was held on the tarmac as it was getting ready to leave the gate after "several" passengers reportedly received an image of a toy airsoft gun from a teenage ...
  • iPad mini 6 (2021): Rumors, release date, price, features, and more 24/07/2021 at 12:22h
    According to a multitude of reports, Apple is finally planning to replace the aging iPad mini 5 with a new model later this year. Admittedly the old iPad mini isn't that old, but side by side with the sleek new designs of the M1 iPad Pro (2021) and iPad Air, it's clear the iPad mini is in desperate need of a redesign. Thankfully, it looks like one is on the way pretty soon, here's everything we know. Design As mentioned, the iPad mini 6 will feature a new design according to multiple reports. As early as January we heard about a new iPad mini with thinner bezels, and there have been multiple reports since then that Apple plans to bring the iPad mini up to speed with a design reminiscent of the iPad Air and iPad Pro. That means squared edges and narrower bezels, as well as the end of the forehead and chin and the Home Button. Designs from leaker Jon Prosser (above) seem to confirm this. Size The iPad mini, thanks in part to its redesign, could herald a larger display. We've hear...
  • Spanish Prime Minister meets Tim Cook at Apple Park 24/07/2021 at 10:44h
    "There is no better time for tech giants like Apple to invest in our country." What you need to know Spain's Prime Minister has met Tim Cook at Apple Park. Pedro Sánchez visited Cupertino as part of his ongoing travels in the U.S. The PM said there has never been a better time for tech giants like Apple to invest in our country. The Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has met with Tim Cook at Apple Park as part of his ongoing tour of the U.S. Sánchez met with Cook on Friday, taking to Twitter to share his appreciation for Cook and inviting Apple to further invest in the country: Today, I met with Tim Cook in Cupertino. Spain knows that the digital transformation is a priority and our #RecoveryPlan offers us a unique opportunity to take on this challenge. There is no better time for tech giants like Apple to invest in our country. Today, I met with @tim_cook in Cupertino. Spain knows that the digital transformation is a priority and our #RecoveryPlan offers us a uniqu...
  • Apple formally adds Stella Low to the Apple Leadership website 24/07/2021 at 02:16h
    What you need to know Apple has added Stella Low to its leadership website. Low is the company's new Vice President of Communications. Low replaced Schiller who served an interim role after Steve Dowling left. Stella Low gets her rightful place on the Apple leadership website. Apple has formally added Stella Low to the Apple Leadership website. Low, the company's new Vice President of Communications, has been with the company since May of 2021. Stella Low is Apple's vice president of Communications, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. She is responsible for Apple's worldwide communications strategy, leading the public relations team as well as employee communications. Stella has over 30 years of experience in marketing and communications. Prior to joining Apple in 2021, she was Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at Cisco. She has also held leadership roles at Dell Technologies and EMC. Originally from the UK, Stella holds a bachelor's degree in Business...
  • Read the email that Ted Lasso sent to fans about the series' second season 24/07/2021 at 01:15h
    What you need to know Ted Lasso sent fans an email asking them to believe in AFC Richmond. The first episode of the second season of the comedy series has premiered on Apple TV+. Ted Lasso wants everyone to believe. Ted Lasso wants everyone to believe in AFC Richmond as they get back on the pitch. The coach (well, Apple) sent fans of the series (well, anyone who is signed up for promotional emails from Apple) an email asking them to believe in the second series of Ted Lasso. Lasso also included a link to a PDF of his now-iconic "Believe" sign so you can rock one yourself. You can check out the full email from Lasso below: Hey there Joe, My second season with AFC Richmond starts today, July 23rd, and I'd love it if you could watch our journey. More importantly, I want you to believe. See, believing is kinda like when a crowd does the wave. It starts with one person just throwing their hands up, but then someone else joins them and, before you know it, that wave is...
  • Here are the best ways to level up in Pokémon Unite 23/07/2021 at 23:36h
    Here are the best ways to level up your Pokémon in Pokémon Unite. Pokémon Unite is the latest Pokémon game for the Nintendo Switch, combining the high energy competitive matches of MOBA games with the world of Pokémon. While the rules of a MOBA and a traditional Pokemon game are totally different, both games share two things: experience points and leveling up. The more experience points you earn, the higher your level grows and the stronger you get. You can even evolve depending on the Pokémon you choose. It's no surprise that Pokemon Unite has already become one of the best multiplayer games on the Switch, and players have started looking for the best and fastest ways to level up their Pokémon to get the edge on the competition. Well, we've got some answers for the curious. Here's how to level up your Pokémon fast in Pokémon Unite. How to level up in Pokémon Unite Defeating wild Pokémon Berries Defeating other players Scoring points Defeating wild Pokémon S...
  • Is Pokémon Unite free? We have the answer. 23/07/2021 at 21:17h
    Best answer: Yes, Pokémon Unite is free-to-play. However, it does have in-app purchases and does not require a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. The Pokémon MOBA is here Welcome to the world of Pokémon Unite, a new MOBA set in the Pokémon world. Developed by TiMi Studios, the same development team responsible for Arena of Valor, Pokémon Unite has all the trappings of popular MOBA games like League of Legends and SMITE, with a skill ceiling that's welcoming to newcomers. This means that Pokémon fans and those who've never even heard of a MOBA can join in on the fun and start pulling off big plays in no time. So you might be wondering how you can jump in on the fun? Well, you won't find Pokémon Unite at your local store, or even Amazon or Best Buy, and that's because Pokémon Unite is free to play and only available on the Nintendo eShop. You don't even need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription! Freemium Pokémon Unite is a free-to-play Nintendo Switch game, which...
  • Apple stops suggesting 'woozy face' emoji when typing the word 'stammering' 23/07/2021 at 21:12h
    What you need to know Apple has removed the link between the 'woozy face' emoji and the word 'stammering.' STAMMA, the UK's national charity for stammering or stuttering, announced the change. The latest update to iOS includes a change in suggested emojis. STAMMA, the United Kingdom's national charity for stammering or stuttering, has announced a win for accessibility when it comes to the linkage between words and emojis. The organization has announced that Apple has removed the link between the 'Woozy Face' emoji and the word 'stammering' in the latest update to iOS. WE DID IT! Our statement on 'woozy face' emoji below: @Apple unacceptably prompted this Woozy faceemoji when typing in stammering, in all languages. We invite @Apple and companies who a working to create an inclusive space to do better.' Thank you all who helped stop this. WE DID IT!Our statement on 'woozy face' emoji below: @Apple unacceptably prompted this 🥴emoji when typing in stammerin...
  • Deals: Apple Pencil 2 Drops to $103.99 on Verizon ($25 Off) 23/07/2021 at 20:47h
    Verizon today is discounting the Apple Pencil 2 to $103.99, down from $129.00. Although the Verizon website displays the accessory at a price of $109.99, once you head to checkout you'll see the $103.99 sale price applied automatically in your cart. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Verizon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. This sale is offering a second-best price for the Apple Pencil 2, and it's a match of the previous best price seen on the accessory earlier in 2021. We very rarely see the Apple Pencil 2 dip below this sale price, so if you've been on the hunt for one at a discount, now's a great time to buy. $25 OFFApple Pencil 2 for $103.99 Keep up with all of this week's best discounts on Apple products and related accessories in our dedicated Apple Deals roundup.Related Roundup: Apple DealsThis article, "Deals: Apple Pencil 2 Drops to $103.99 on Verizon ($25 Off)" first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
  • Apple commissions 'Mirage' public sculpture for Apple Park 23/07/2021 at 20:24h
    What you need to know Apple has commissioned a new installation for Apple Park. 'Mirage' will be created by Katie Paterson and Zeller & Moye. The installation features sand from deserts around the world. The Visitors Center at Apple Park is about to get even more interesting. Apple Park, the company's gigantic mothership of a main campus in Cupertino, California, is getting ready to install a permanent public sculpture. Katie Paterson and Zeller & Moye have announced that Apple has commissioned 'Mirage,' a new public sculpture that will be installed as a permanent piece at the olive grove, a location that is next to the Visitor's Center at Apple Park. The sculpture, according to Patterson, will consist of cylinders of pure cast glass made out of sand from deserts around the world. This public sculpture, by Katie Paterson and Zeller & Moye for the olive grove adjacent to the Visitor's Center at Apple Park, will be created from cylinders of pure cast glass, made o...
  • Is the Pokémon Unite battle pass worth buying? 23/07/2021 at 19:22h
    Is the Pokémon Unite battle pass right for you? The new free-to-play MOBA, Pokémon Unite, is quickly becoming one of the most popular multiplayer games on the Nintendo Switch. Players choose from their favorite Pokémon and compete for the highest score, battling wild and Legendary Pokemon, and just about anything that gets in their way. While Pokémon Unite is a free game, it does have microtransactions in the same way other popular free-to-play games do. That also includes its very own battle pass — a purchase you make with real money that'll unlock tons of cosmetics and items for your character and Pokemon, but is it worth it? Well, let's break it down. Is the Pokémon Unite battle pass worth it? Nothing's more important than showing up to an event decked out in the finest Pokémon fashion. If you care at all about you or your Pokémon's looks, the battle pass might be right for you. For the price of about $8, you'll get 100 cosmetics that can be unlocking by leveling u...
  • How to control your Apple TV with Shortcuts 23/07/2021 at 19:00h
    Among the default actions that come with the Shortcuts app, users with an Apple TV can find the set for the Apple TV Remote app, the built-in tool mainly used in Control Center to use the iPhone as a remote for the Apple TV. With Shortcuts, Apple has enabled further access to the Apple TV through a set of actions that let people control the following features: Device state Playback Settings Apps & Games Bonus: AirPlay This article will cover each action, explaining how to set these Apple TV control up and how to utilize them for particular use cases. (Author's note: iPhone screenshots in the piece show the iOS 15 interface for Shortcuts, which displays the name of each shortcut differently as well as a "Next Action Suggestions" category underneath the actions). But first, it's important to note that all of the Apple TV actions require you to both be on the same network as the Apple TV, as well as specify which TV if you have more than one. Device state Wake Apple TV ...
  • Apple buried the lede by not telling us its battery pack turns into a dock 23/07/2021 at 19:00h
    Apple's fancy new MagSafe Battery Pack is now here and people can walk into an Apple Store and buy one. But the battery pack's has received some hate for a few reasons — and all of that could have been avoided if Apple hadn't buried the lede when it announced this thing. For example, did you know that the MagSafe Battery Pack can turn into an iPhone dock? Neither did I. And then this happened and I kind of wish I'd bought one now. See, there's one thing that the current MagSage Wireless Charger does that drives me up the wall. Every time I pick my iPhone 12 Pro up, the charger comes with it. I'm far too busy and important — obviously! — to have to then use another hand to remove said charger, and I've even considered buying accessories to stop this madness from happening. But the MagSafe Battery Pack can already do that, and Apple hasn't told anyone! As we covered yesterday, putting the MagSafe Battery Pack onto an iPhone and then connecting the whole thing to a Lightning do...