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2019

What to expect at the 2019 WWDC from iOS 13 and watchOS 6

Thursday May 23, 2019

It's going to be a big year for iOS and that's not just wishful thinking, that's based entirely on what we know is coming. Here's what the evidence says Apple is bringing to our iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches.

US Senate greenlights anti-robocalling bill to combat 'daily deluge'

Thursday May 23, 2019

The U.S. Senate voted 97 to 1 on Thursday to move forward with the TRACED Act, intended to fight a surge of robocalls, in some cases harassing people multiple times per day.

Eight-core 2019 15-inch MacBook Pro crushes mid-2018 model in benchmarks

Thursday May 23, 2019

An initial benchmark of Apple's updated 15-inch MacBook Pro with an eight-core processor indicates the 2019 revision of the highest-specification model offers considerable improvements on the 2018 equivalent, especially in multi-core performance.

Samsung reportedly being tapped for 16-inch MacBook Pro, iPad Pro OLED screens

Thursday May 23, 2019

Apple is considering the possibility of adding flexible OLED displays to its MacBook Pro and iPad Pro lines, a report claims, a component that could be supplied by Samsung using a slightly modified production technique for the display technology.

Revived bill proposes safeguards against warrantless data searches at US borders

Thursday May 23, 2019

U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have reintroduced a bill that would block the government from searching iPhones, MacBooks, and other devices at the border without a warrant.

QNAP ships Mac-compatible USB-C to 5-gig Ethernet adapter

Thursday May 23, 2019

QNAP on Thursday introduced the QNA-UC5G1T, an adapter bridging USB-C Macs with Ethernet connections running up to 5 gigabits per second.

Amazon knocks $470 off Renewed 2018 13-inch MacBook Pros today only

Thursday May 23, 2019

Back by popular demand, Woot on Amazon is delivering the lowest prices anywhere on Mid 2018 13-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bar through the Amazon Renewed program.

Pegatron could start making iPads & MacBooks in Indonesia as early as June

Thursday May 23, 2019

One of Apple's major assembly partners, Pegatron, will start Indonesian manufacturing of iPads and MacBooks in June, regional reports claim.

Jamf data claims most students would use a Mac - if they could afford it [u]

Thursday May 23, 2019

Most college and university students would choose to use a Mac, but price is a considerable barrier, according to a survey commissioned by Apple-oriented device management firm Jamf. [Updated with revised Jamf data on percent of PC buyers motivated by price]

Proposed US Senate bill would hand $700M to rural telecoms to avoid Huawei & ZTE

Thursday May 23, 2019

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators have proposed a bill that would hand $700 million in grants to rural telecom providers to cover the cost of stripping Huawei and ZTE gear from their networks.

Speech enhancements to clean up iPhone audio could kick in after unclear call complaints

Thursday May 23, 2019

Calls between iPhone users could benefit from automatic audio filtering to improve the quality of the sound heard by each user, a system that would only come into effect once it knows one user is having trouble hearing what is being said by the other.

Apple's 2019 iPhone models listed in Eurasian regulatory filings

Thursday May 23, 2019

Eleven model numbers relating to new iPhones, and their variations such as geographical or storage capacity, have now appeared in the Eurasian Economic Commission's listings, far ahead of their expected September launch.

Instagram website source code exposed private information of thousands

Wednesday May 22, 2019

A security researcher discovered a flaw in Instagram's website that left user contact information exposed for months, potentially allowing nefarious actors to create databases containing the phone numbers and email addresses of thousands.

App developer Panic reveals 'Playdate' handheld gaming system

Wednesday May 22, 2019

Panic, a developer known for macOS and iOS apps like Transmit and Coda, on Wednesday announced plans for its first hardware offering in Playdate, a small handheld gaming device set to launch in 2020.

Man pleads guilty to trafficking counterfeit iPhones in Oregon return scam

Wednesday May 22, 2019

A Chinese student pleaded guilty in Oregon on Wednesday to one count of trafficking counterfeit iPhones, which he used to dupe Apple into giving him real units for sale in China.

WWDC 2019 schedule teases ReplayKit for macOS, hearing tech in HealthKit

Wednesday May 22, 2019

Apple's WWDC 2019 schedule has quietly revealed that ReplayKit will be coming to macOS later this year, and that the company's HealthKit ambitions include hearing.

Hands on: WaterField's Tech Rolltop Backpack for MacBooks & iPads

Wednesday May 22, 2019

San Francisco-based WaterField recently launched the Tech Rolltop Backpack, an option for Mac and iPad toters who occasionally need to cram in a lot extra.

WWDC app updates with neon stickers and logo, account profile changes

Wednesday May 22, 2019

Apple has updated the official WWDC app for iOS, refreshing it with new features for attendees relating to notification management and virtual queuing, as well as visual updates including a selectable neon app logo and stickers.

Amazon, Best Buy issue steeper price cuts on MacBook Pros

Wednesday May 22, 2019

After discounting 2017 non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pros last week, Amazon and Best Buy are expanding their respective Apple sales to include 2018 MacBook Pros with fresh price drops of up to $300 off.

Apple issues supplemental update for macOS Mojave 10.14.5 fixing T2 issues in MacBook Pro

Wednesday May 22, 2019

Apple has issued a supplemental update for macOS Mojave 10.14.5 for users of the 15-inch MacBook Pro, a recommended download that fixes a problem associated with the built-in T2 Security Chip.