Recent news, rumors, and notes of interest about Apple, Macs, iPhones, iPads and technology in general.
Apple released a new 13-Inch MacBook Pro, completing its departure from the troubled butterfly keyboard. The new model is otherwise a minor update of the previous version, with better base storage and a new 10th-generation Intel processor on the higher-end versions.
Apple’s services revenue, driven by App Store sales, subscriptions, Apple Pay and AppleCare set a quarterly revenue record of $13.3 billion. Wearables revenue, including AirPods and the Apple Watch, brought in $6.3 billion.
Apple released new software updates to its major operating systems with new features this week. The main new feature are across all was the ability to share a folder using iCloud Drive. iPhones got new Memoji stickers and the iPad now has upgraded ability to use a trackpad or mouse as a cursor.
Apple announced several new pieces of hardware today. A new MacBook Air improves most product specs and brings the new keyboard to the Air. The new low-end price of $999 includes a 256GB drive. The Mac mini gets a minor update to also have a 256GB drive on the base model.
Apple announced that it is temporarily closing all retail stores outside of greater China due to the Coronavirus Pandemic until March 27. Apple is joining other retails who are doing the same to slow the spread of the virus. Employees will continue to receive pay.
Apple has announced that this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference will be online-only, complete with a keynote presentation and live sessions. Brought on by “the current health situation” this isn’t unexpected, as events like SXSW, the Game Developers Conference, Google I/O and Facebook F8 have been cancelled. Apple has also not been shy about taking precautions and cancelling Apple Store events.
Apple released the first beta of iOS 13.4 today and with it an important change to the Apple ecosystem. Starting with that version of iOS and probably the equivalent version of macOS, tvOS and watchOS, developers will be able to offer universal app purchases.
Apple beat Wall Street expectations with a $91.8 billion revenue quarter and $4.99 earnings per share. This was the best quarter in Apple’s history, which is typical for most holiday quarters, though 2018 missed that mark.
Apple has two new features right now that are of note to those looking to buy new Apple products. From now until the end of the year they are offering 6% cash back on specific Apple products. This is double the usual 3% back you get when using and Apple Card plus Apple Pay to buy hardware directly from Apple.
Apple released new battery cases for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max this week. Similar to previous battery cases, these fit around the iPhone and connect through the Lightning port to add a second battery to the iPhone, tightly integrated with iOS so that the user can see the battery levels for both. Connecting the unit then charges both batteries.
As part of yesterday’s announcement of a new MacBook Pro 16-Inch model, Apple added more information about the upcoming Mac Pro desktop tower, giving us an update on the release date: December.
Apple released a new top-end model of MacBook Pro today, with an increased screen size and new keyboard. A base price of only $2,399 includes 16GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD.
While iPhone numbers were down 9 percent from last year, services such as iCloud, Apple Music and the App Store showed continued double-digit growth contributing more than $10 billion.
Apple released the first major update to macOS Catalina today. It is available in System Preferences, Software Update. New features include support for the AirPods Pro that go on sale tomorrow, updates to the Home app and Siri, and a host of bug fixes including several for the Photos app.
The new version of iOS and iPadOS is available today through Settings, Software Update on all compatible devices. The new update will be needed for anyone getting the new AirPods Pro, also announced today.
Apple announced the new AirPods Pro, a significant update to the AirPods with a new shape and active noise cancellation. This advance model is priced at $249 and available on Wednesday.
Apple released minor updates to macOS Catalina, iOS 13 for iPhone and iPadOS for iPad today. These updates include a variety of small bug fixes, but no new features.