Rumor: Apple could release (PRODUCT)RED Apple Watch Series 5 in 2020

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Date: Tuesday, December 31st, 2019, 03:33
Category: Apple, Apple Watch, Rumor, Wearables

If you’re looking to snag a new Apple Watch and do some good in the process, Apple may have a (PRODUCT)RED Apple Watch Series 5 headed your way in 2020.

The report hails from French web site WatchGeneration, which stated that an unreleased Apple Watch fitting this description appeared in an unspecified Apple database, adding that it would likely be an aluminum model with a similar red finish as the iPod touch. The new color would be offered alongside existing silver, space gray, and gold aluminum casing options. 

It’s unknown as to exactly when such an Apple Watch model would be released, although it’s thought that spring could be a possibility. Apple introduced (PRODUCT)RED versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 in March 2017 and April 2018, respectively. 

Apple donates a portion of proceeds from every (PRODUCT)RED product sold across its product line to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and has raised more than $220 million since 2006.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via MacRumors and WatchGeneration

Version 1.2 firmware update offers better compatibility between Blackmagic eGPU and Apple Pro Display XDR units

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Date: Tuesday, December 31st, 2019, 03:45
Category: Apple, Hardware, Mac, News, Software, Thunderbolt

If you’re a Blackmagic user, you’ll like this.

Blackmagic Design has released a firmware update that now offers full compatibility between the Blackmagic eGPU and Apple’s Pro Display XDR monitor.

While the setup had previously been working, it’s been noted that the update makes interoperability that much smoother.

The 1.2 version release works with both the Blackmagic and Blackmagic Pro units. The Blackmagic units are compatible with any Mac connected to a Pro Display XDR over a Thunderbolt 3 connection and the update seems to improve compatibility.

The 1.2 firmware update can be found via the Blackmagic Design website, which is linked below.

If you’ve had a chance to try the update between the Blackmagic eGPU and the Pro Display XDR, please let us know about your experience in the comments.

Via The Mac Observer, Cult of Mac, and Blackmagic Design

Apple Maps data updated, includes full coverage of the United States, improvements in Central and Southeastern U.S. data

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Date: Monday, December 30th, 2019, 03:36
Category: Apple, Apps, Google, iOS, iPhone, Mac, News, Software

Apple has followed through on a promise the company made at WWDC, and has now rolled out improved Apple Maps data for the entirety of the United States.

The upgrade was spotted by Nate Thompson on Twitter, and Apple Maps has begun rolling out updated coverage data to the U.S. Central and Southeast. The upgraded data includes greater detail to roads, bike paths, footpaths, parking lots, buildings, parks, pools, and bodies of water.

Apple Maps underwent a midwest update that took place in October, with the southeast update appearing to roll out at different times across different platforms.

This concludes Apple’s rollout of the enhanced Maps data. Apple had promised the entirety of the US would get the data by the end of 2019.

Apple was recently noted to have spent “billions” on revamping Apple Maps following its lackluster launch in 2012. The information was released as part of Apple’s ongoing antitrust probe, though an exact amount of money spent was never stated.

Other new changes for Apple Maps, along with the advent of iOS 13, include the additional of “Look Around,” which serves as Apple’s version of Google’s Street View, to iOS devices.

If you’ve had a chance to try the updated Apple Maps data, please let us know about your experience in the comments.

Via AppleInsider and @NateThompson

Apple component suppliers Goertek and Luxshare looking to expand AirPods, AirPods Pro production into Vietnam

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Date: Friday, December 27th, 2019, 03:47
Category: AirPods, AirPods Pro, Apple, Hardware, Lightning, News

This could help improve the number of AirPods and AirPods Pro in the wild.

Component suppliers Goertek and Luxshare are reportedly seeking financial financial support to expand AirPods assembly in Vietnam, thereby allowing for more Apple products to be sourced from outside China.

Per sources close to the story, Goertek and Luxshare are reportedly seeking hundreds of millions of dollars to grow AirPods and AirPods Pro production in Vietnam. The move is being made in part to diversify Apple’s supply chain, but also to continue to shift manufacturing outside of China, in case the “phase one” trade deal collapses and tariffs are reinstated.

Following years of assembly and manufacture of wired EarPods and Lightning cables and Vietnam, Goertek began manufacturing of Apple’s AirPods on a trial basis in July. Sources close to the story claimed that Apple asked components suppliers to support Goertek’s efforts, even though initial production runs were small.

The report suggested that assembly of the AirPods would be boosted following a successful trial run. The report also notes that components sourced in China are easy to ship to Vietnam, and Vietnam’s labor costs are about one-third of China’s.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via AppleInsider and The Information

Amazon year-end sale begins, discounts offered for Apple products

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Date: Thursday, December 26th, 2019, 03:17
Category: AirPods, Amazon, Apple, Apple Pencil, Apple Watch, Deals, Desktop Mac, iMac, iPad, MacBook, MacBook Air, News, retail, Wearables

With one week left until the new year, Amazon has knocked up to $310 off assorted AirPods, MacBook Air notebooks, iMacs, Apple Watch bands, and more.

The savings are as follows:

Apple AirPods savings:

Apple AirPods with Charging Case: $139 ($20 off)

Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $169 ($30 off)

Apple Wireless Charging Case for AirPods: $64.99 ($15 off)

Apple AirPods Pro with Wireless Charging Case: $249 (Free shipping) – On backorder

Powerbeats deals:

Powerbeats3 Wireless In-ear Headphones: $79.99 ($120 off)

Powerbeats Pro: $199.95 ($50 off)

Up to $300 off MacBook Airs:

2017 MacBook Air (1.8GHz, 8GB, 128GB): $699.95 ($300 off)

2019 MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 8GB, 128GB): $979 ($120 off)

Up to $310 off iMacs

2019 iMac 5K (3.0GHz 8GB 1TB FUS Radeon 570X): $1,724 ($75 off)

2019 iMac 5K (3.1GHz 8GB 1TB FUS Radeon 575X): $1,874 ($125 off)

iMac Pro (3.2GHz, 32GB, 1TB, Vega 56): $4,689 ($310 off)

Apple Pencil on sale

Apple Pencil: $94.08 ($5 off)

Apple Pencil 2: $114* ($15 off)

Magic accessories:

Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (White): $99 ($30 off)

Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (Space Gray): $139 ($10 off)

Apple Watch bands:

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via AppleInsider and Amazon

TRACED bill raises robocall fines up to $10,000 per call

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Date: Thursday, December 26th, 2019, 03:17
Category: Legal, News, wireless

If you’re looking for some measure of vengeance against robocalls, it’s en route.

Congress approved a bill on Thursday that raises the fine for robocalls up to $10,000 per call. The bill has been going the “Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (TRACED)”.

Per the Verge:

Once TRACED is enacted, the Federal Communications Commission could fine robocallers up to $10,000 per call. It also would require major carriers like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile to deploy a new technology called STIR/SHAKEN into their networks, which will make it easier for consumers to know if they’re receiving a call from a spoofed number.

Spoofing occurs when robocallers make it appear as if a call is coming from your area. The numbers appear differently each time, making them more difficult to trade.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via The Mac Observer and The Verge

Merry Christmas from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

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Date: Wednesday, December 25th, 2019, 03:37
Category: Announcement, Apple, Holiday, iOS, iPhone, News

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s December 25th, and the staff of O’Grady’s PowerPage will be taking the day to spend time with friends, family, cool gifts, and incredible food.

We recommend you do the same.

That being said, have a safe and happy holiday, and we’ll be back tomorrow with all the Mac, mobile, and iOS news, rumors, features, and information we can get our hands on.

Excelsior!

Apple currently offering free two-hour delivery for qualifying customers until December 25th

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Date: Tuesday, December 24th, 2019, 03:39
Category: AirPods, AirPods Pro, Apple, Deals, iPad, iPhone, News, retail

From now until December 24th at 4PM local time, customers living in a metro region where courier delivery is available can receive their iPad, iPhone, and some Mac orders delivered with their homes in two hours for free.

Apple has stated that customers need to live in a participating metro, which Apple has stated includes “most major metros.”
AirPods and AirPods Pro aren’t available for standalone purchase, but can be shipped alongside an item as part of the promotion. Accessories, like phone cases, Smart Keyboards, and Apple Pencils can also be shipped within two hours provided they ship with an eligible item.

Apple’s standard two-hour delivery service generally arrives with a $9 delivery fee, which will be waived via this offer.

The cutoff for two-hour delivery in participating areas is December 24th, with Apple’s promotional email stating that certain places in New York City, Las Vegas, and Hawaii will have delivery on December 25th.

Customers not living in an area where two-hour delivery is offered qualify for free next-day shipping on in-stock items had been ordered by 3 PM on December 23rd.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via AppleInsider

Apple hints at surprises via App Store between December 24th and December 29th

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Date: Tuesday, December 24th, 2019, 03:34
Category: App Store, Apple, iOS, iPhone, News, Promotion, retail, Software

This is sort of nifty.

Over in Australia, which is roughly a day ahead of American time zones, Apple has begun posting an App Store story that mentions a “surprise” for Tuesday and explains that users can expect a treat every day from December 24 to December 29. 

Per the app:

“Tuesday’s surprise isn’t live yet, but it will be shortly! Make sure you come back soon to check it out.

Have you seen today’s goodies? Look for the unwrapped presents on the ‌App Store‌’s Today, Games, and Apps tabs. 

From December 24 to 29, you’ll find a new surprise every day on the ‌App Store‌. Come back daily to discover which treat we have waiting for you!:

The wording suggests that Apple will be giving away free apps and games in a promotion similar to the “12 Days of Christmas” promotion the company ran several years ago.

It’s unknown as to exactly what app or game Apple plans to give away on December 24, though the mystery should end today.

In a recent update, it was reported that a special in-app purchase bundle was available in the Looney Tunes World of Mayhem app while a three-month subscription was available at the price of one month’s prescription for the Canva design app.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via MacRumors

Rumor: iPhone 12 could feature sensor-shift feature to help stabilize images in event of excessive movement

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Date: Monday, December 23rd, 2019, 03:38
Category: Uncategorized

From the depths of Rumorville and comes the rumor that Apple’s next-gen iPhone, or the “iPhone 12,” will feature sensor-shift stabilization, would you allow the actual camera sensor – and not just the lens – to move within the phone case to keep an image steady. The next-gen iPhone is thought to be on track for release in September 2020.

The unconfirmed rumor has detailed a system in which the sensor-shift stabilization system would be capable of detecting excessive motion, and then move the camera sensor to compensate for the movement.

Sensor stabilization has the benefit that it can work with any of the lenses on the iPhone, including any external ones that you add.

Another rumored alternative to this is lens stabilization, wherein a similar motion-section makes the lens adjust to match. This is generally more effective than sensor stabilization, but it can require special lenses. Since the iPhone X and iPhone 8, iPhones have included a form of optical image stabilization that does move the lens in response to movement.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via AppleInsider and DigiTimes