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Apple to Expand Seattle Presence With 2,000 New Hires Over Next 5 Years

Apple is planning to expand in Seattle with an additional 2,000 new hires over the course of the next five years, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced in a statement today. 333 Dexter, where Apple is rumored to be expanding in Seattle Apple has several offices in Seattle with teams working on iCloud, artificial intelligence, and Siri, and recent rumors suggested Apple was planning a major expansion, which has now been confirmed. From Durkan:"

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Apple Providing watchOS 6 Beta to Select AppleSeed Members

Apple today started offering the watchOS 6 beta to select AppleSeed members, allowing some non-developers to test the software for the first time. AppleSeed is a version of the public beta testing program that‘s invite only, making it more selective and limited than the open betas that are provided to all public beta testers. As AppleInsider notes, some AppleSeed members are now receiving invites for watchOS 6. We are extending you an

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Apple Seeds First Beta of tvOS 13 to Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming tvOS 13 software update to its public beta testing group, giving non-developers a chance to try out the new software ahead of its fall public release. The first beta of tvOS 13 corresponds to the second tvOS 13 update made available to developers last week. Public beta testers can download the new update by going to the Settings app on the Apple TV and navigating to the Software Updates section

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Apple Releases First Public Betas of iOS 13 and iPadOS

Apple today released the first public betas of iOS 13 and iPadOS to its public beta testing group, giving non-developers a chance to test out the software ahead of its upcoming fall release. The first public beta of iOS 13 corresponds to the second developer beta released last week. Apple originally said that the public beta would be coming in July, but has apparently decided to release it a few days early. Apple‘s public beta testing we

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Apple Releases First Public Beta of macOS Catalina to Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming macOS Catalina update to its public beta testing group, giving non-developers a chance to try out the software ahead of its fall public release. Beta testers who have signed up for Apple‘s beta testing program will be able to download the macOS Catalina beta through the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after installing the proper profile. Those who want to be a part of Apple

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Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of watchOS 5.3 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming watchOS 5.3 update to developers, two weeks after releasing the third watchOS 5.3 beta and a month after the launch of watchOS 5.2.1, an update that expanded ECG availability and introduced new pride watch faces. Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by

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Apple Seeds Third Beta of macOS Mojave 10.14.6 to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming macOS Mojave 10.14.6 update to developers, two weeks after seeding the second macOS Mojave 10.14.6 beta and more than a month after the release of macOS Mojave 10.14.5, which brought AirPlay 2 support for third-party TVs. The new macOS Mojave 10.14.6 beta can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after the proper profile has been installed from Apple‘s D

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Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of iOS 12.4 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming iOS 12.4 update to developers, two weeks after seeding the fourth iOS 12.4 beta, and over a month after releasing iOS 12.3, a major update that introduced a revamped TV app. Registered developers can download the new iOS 12.4 beta from Apple‘s Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center. There were no new features

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Apple Says Spotify Only Pays 15% Fee on About 0.5% of Subscribers in Response to App Store Complaint

Apple has filed a response to Spotify‘s anticompetitive complaint about the App Store in Europe, noting that Spotify pays Apple a 15 percent commission for only about 0.5 percent of its paying subscribers, according to CNET. That figure equates to around 680,000 users who subscribed to Spotify through its iOS app, via Apple‘s in-app purchase system, between 2014 and 2016. This is because Apple only collects a 30 percent commissio

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Bill Gates Regrets Microsoft Losing to Android as Dominant Platform Beyond iPhone

At a recent event hosted by venture capital firm Village Global, highlighted by TechCrunch, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates lamented on losing to Android, calling it "one of the greatest mistakes of all time." Skip to the 11:40 mark: Transcript:In the software world, it‘s very predictable for platforms. These are winner-take-all markets. The greatest mistake ever is whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be

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Deals Spotlight: B&H Photo Discounting 2017 iMacs by as Much as 600

B&H Photo is further discounting a set of previous generation iMacs, providing the lowest ever price for the 21.5-inch model with 8GB RAM and a 1TB Fusion Drive. You can get this model for 1,049, which is 450 off its original price of 1,499 and the lowest it‘s ever been among the major Apple resellers online. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with B&H Photo. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment,

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Microsoft Prepping Foldable Dual-Screen Surface Tablet That Runs Android Apps

Microsoft plans to launch a small foldable Surface tablet in the first half of 2020, according to Jeff Lin, an analyst at research firm IHS Markit. Microsoft Surface Go In an email shared with Forbes citing supply chain information, Lin said he expects Microsoft to debut a Surface with dual 9-inch screens featuring a 4:3 aspect ratio. Perhaps more interestingly, Lin also claims Microsoft‘s forthcoming next-gen Windows operating syst

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Augmented Reality Game ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite‘ Rolls Out to Over 130 Additional Countries

Augmented reality game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite got a surprise early release last week in the U.S. and the U.K., and Niantic has now rolled the game out to a global audience. Early Sunday the Pokmon GO creator announced that the game was available in 25 additional countries including Canada, Germany, India, and Mexico. Since then, it has added over 130 more countries to the list as part of a staggered rollout, likely in an effort to a

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MacBook Air and Possibly 13-Inch MacBook Pro Without Touch Bar Said to Receive Processor Refresh in the Fall

Apple plans to refresh its MacBook Air lineup with faster processors in September, according to IHS Markit analyst Jeff Lin‘s latest Emerging PC Market Tracker report, published Thursday and shared by Forbes:Apple is also expected to update the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro and Retina MacBook Air with the new MacOS Catalina and new processors in September, according to Lin.Forbes also cites Lin as saying the 13-inch MacBook Pro receiving a processo

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16-Inch MacBook Pro Said to Launch in September With LCD and 3072x1920 Resolution

Apple plans to release a 16-inch MacBook Pro in September, according to Jeff Lin, an analyst at research firm IHS Markit. MacRumors concept of 16-inch MacBook Pro display Lin believes the 16-inch display will be an LCD supplied by LG Display, with a resolution of 3,0721,920 pixels, as outlined in IHS‘s latest Emerging PC Market Tracker report, published Thursday and obtained by Forbes. IHS Markit via Forbes For comparison, the 15-in

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Apple Highlights iMessage Encryption, App Store Privacy, and iPhone Recycling in Trio of New Ads

Apple today shared three new ads on its YouTube channel in Australia, highlighting iMessage encryption, App Store Privacy, and iPhone recycling, as part of its ongoing "That‘s iPhone" marketing campaign around the world. Apple also shared a new Shot on iPhone XS video and a companion behind-the-scenes video on its main YouTube channel on Saturday: The video was shot on the iPhone by Donghoon Jun and James Thornton of Incite,

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Apple‘s Difficult App Store Decisions Determined by Executive Review Board Run by Phil Schiller

When Apple has to make a difficult decision regarding an app in the App Store, its fate is determined in a meeting of a group called the Executive Review Board or ERB, led by Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller. The detail was shared in a CNBC report on how the App Store works, which gives an inside look at Apple‘s App Store review team. The Executive Review Board meets once per week and discusses controversial apps or iPhone apps t

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Leaked Images Show Apple Card‘s Design in the Wild

Apple‘s upcoming Apple Card credit card is now being tested by both its corporate and retail employees ahead of a planned summer launch, and unsurprisingly, some images of the card have leaked out. We already know what the Apple Card looks like thanks to Apple‘s promotional materials, but it‘s still interesting to see the design in person, with iMore sharing some photos provided by an Apple employee. In person, the titan

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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Futuristic, Gesture-Based ‘Tap‘ Wearable Keyboard

For this week‘s giveaway, we‘ve teamed up with Tap to give MacRumors readers a chance to win one of the company‘s wearable keyboards, which Tap believes is the keyboard of the future. Available for 199, the Tap is a keyboard that‘s unlike anything else that you‘ve used because it turns your fingers into the keys, letting you type letters, numbers, and symbols with simple taps. The Tap uses a series of finger

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Deals Spotlight: 64GB 12.9-Inch iPad Pro Hits New Low Price at 824 (175 Off)

Amazon is discounting the 64GB Wi-Fi version of the latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro, now priced at 824. At 175 off the original price of 999, this is the lowest price ever seen among the major Apple resellers for this configuration of the 2018 iPad Pro. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Amazon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. There are also a few high-end

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Netflix Tests Pop-Out Picture-in-Picture Player on Desktop

Netflix is testing a new pop-out picture-in-picture feature that‘s designed to let Netflix users watch videos in a small floating box that hovers above other applications, reports Engadget. The pop-out player allows users to click a small icon at the bottom of the screen. Once the pop-out window appears, it can be resized and positioned anywhere on a computer‘s display. Image via Engadget The pop-out player is designed to stay

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Third-Party Devs Will Be Able to Access iPadOS Apple Pencil Latency Improvements for Art Apps

Apple in iPadOS introduced some performance improvements between the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil, cutting latency from 20ms to 9ms with the new software. Third-party developers who make apps that use the Apple Pencil will also be able to take advantage of some of these latency improvements, Apple software development chief Craig Federighi confirmed last week. Federighi shared the information in a response to an email sent by developer C

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Mozilla Patches Two Zero-Day Vulnerabilities in Firefox Used to Install Backdoors on Macs, Update Now

Mozilla has patched two zero-day security vulnerabilities in Firefox that allowed backdoors to be installed on Macs, bypassing Apple‘s usual XProtect and Gatekeeper protections. Firefox users should update the browser immediately. Ars Technica‘s Dan Goodin:Mozilla released an update on Tuesday that fixed a code-execution vulnerability in a JavaScript programming method known as Array.pop. On Thursday, Mozilla issued a second patc

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Apple Reportedly in Talks With Samsung About OLED Displays for Future iPads and MacBooks

Samsung is the exclusive supplier of OLED displays for the iPhone X and newer, as part of a supply agreement with Apple. Due to fewer iPhone sales than anticipated in recent quarters, however, Apple has reportedly ordered fewer OLED displays from Samsung than both companies initially expected. Due to the shortfall, Korea‘s ETNews reports that Apple now owes Samsung a penalty in the amount of hundreds of millions of dollars. Instead of

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