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iOS 14 and watchOS 7 Sleep Features: Sleep Mode, Wind Down, Sleep Tracking and More

Apple in iOS 14 and watchOS 7 introduced a new Sleep Tracking feature that‘s designed to help you monitor how much sleep you‘re getting each night with Apple Watch and improve your sleep habits through bedtime reminders and a winding down process. This guide walks through all of the Sleep Tracking functionality available on the iPhone and the Apple Watch in Apple‘s 2020 software updates. Sleep Schedule In the Health app

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Review: Logitech‘s Folio Touch With Trackpad for iPad Pro is an Affordable Alternative to Apple‘s Magic Keyboard

When Apple introduced updated iPad Pro models earlier this year they came with a new accessory, the Magic Keyboard. Priced starting at 299, the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro is Apple‘s most advanced keyboard yet, offering backlit full-size keys and, more importantly, a trackpad. At launch, there was no third-party equivalent to the Magic Keyboard because trackpad support for the iPad Pro was new, but last month, Logitech unveiled the Fol

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Facebook Claims Apple is Damaging Small Businesses by Collecting Fees From Paid Facebook Events

As Apple battles with Epic Games over its App Store fees, Facebook is joining the fight over its new Paid Online Events feature, which allows small businesses in 20 countries to charge Facebook users to attend online classes and events. Facebook wants Apple to waive its 30 percent fee taken from in-app purchases or let Facebook process event payments with Facebook Pay, both of which Apple has refused.We asked Apple to reduce its 30% App Stor

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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a USB-C Wireless Charging Dock for AirPods From Satechi

For this week‘s giveaway, we‘ve teamed up with Satechi to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a USB-C Wireless Charging Dock for AirPods. Satechi‘s Wireless Charging Dock for AirPods is a simple AirPods charging platform that‘s able to connect to the USB-C port on a MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, or any other device that supports USB-C. The Charging Dock, priced at 30, adds a small platform to t

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Apple Inks Deal for Spy Romance Film Starring Idris Elba

Apple won an auction for an as-of-yet untitled spy romance film set in Africa that will star Idris Elba, reports Variety. There was an "intense bidding war" for the title, which is being produced by Elba and Simon Kinberg. The script for the film was written by Travon Free, known for "Black Monday" and "The Daily Show." Aside from being known as a spy film with romance, there are no other details known on the title at this time. Idris

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Epic Games vs. Apple: Timeline of Events Surrounding Fortnite‘s Removal From App Store

Apple has faced increasing scrutiny over its App Store practices from both developers and regulators in recent months. One particularly vocal critic has been Fortnite creator Epic Games, which has repeatedly referred to the App Store as a monopoly. In August 2020, Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store after Epic Games introduced a direct payment option in the app for its in-game currency V-Bucks, defying the App Store rules. In what appe

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‘Next Stop Nowhere‘ Out Now on Apple Arcade

"Next Stop Nowhere," the latest exclusive to hit Apple Arcade, has been released today. Next Stop Nowhere is a road trip adventure story set in a colorful, cutthroat vision of outer space. The game follows the character of "Beckett," a courier living a simple life until a chance encounter with a former bounty hunter throws him into an unexpected adventure. The game features an "intelligent conversation system" with branching dialogue that

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Apple Registers AppleOriginalProductions.com Domain Name

Apple recently registered the domain name Apple.com, according to a WHOIS record discovered by MacRumors. The new record indicates that Apple obtained the domain name on Thursday. The record‘s domain information lists Apple Inc. as the registrant organization. The registrar is CSC Corporate Domains, a firm that protects domain names for large corporations, and is used by Apple for its domain name registrations. While the domain does

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Apple Begins Selling Refurbished 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro Models

Apple has begun selling discounted refurbished 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro models through its online store in the United States for the first time, with up to 200 savings available on some base configurations compared to brand new models. Currently, Apple‘s refurbished options for the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro lineup are limited to models with the 8th-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors (not the faster 10th-generation CPUs),

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Comedy Series ‘Ted Lasso‘ and Documentary ‘Boys State‘ Debut on Apple TV+

Apple today released "Boys State" and "Ted Lasso," two new shows on its TV+ streaming platform. "Boys State" is a political documentary that covers a week-long annual program where 1,100 17-year-old teenage boys in Texas participate in a mock exercise to build their own state government. Filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine closely track the escalating tensions that arise within a particularly riveting gubernatorial race, training thei

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Instagram Retained Deleted Photos and Messages on Its Servers for Over a Year

Instagram has awarded a security researcher a 6,000 bug bounty payout after he found photos and private direct messages on the platform‘s servers that he had deleted more than a year ago (via TechCrunch). Saugat Pokharel discovered that his content hadn‘t been removed in October after downloading a copy of his data from the photo-sharing app. Instagram introduced the download option two years ago to comply with the European Union&

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Google Pulls Fortnite From Play Store, But Game Remains Available Through Other Android Sources [Update: Epic Games Sues Google]

Just hours after Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store, Google has also pulled the Fortnite app from its Google Play Store. Epic made the same in-app changes in the Google version of the app that it made in the App Store version, allowing players to bypass Google‘s in-app purchase system. Subverting the Play Store in-app purchase system is against Google‘s rules. From Google‘s guidelines: Developers offering products w

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Google Pulls Fortnite From Play Store, But Game Remains Available Through Other Android Sources

Just hours after Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store, Google has also pulled the Fortnite app from its Google Play Store. Epic made the same in-app changes in the Google version of the app that it made in the App Store version, allowing players to bypass Google‘s in-app purchase system. Subverting the Play Store in-app purchase system is against Google‘s rules. From Google‘s guidelines: Developers offering products w

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North Dakota, Wyoming and Alabama Launching Exposure Notification Apps Soon

North Dakota, Wyoming, and Alabama are all launching contact tracing apps that take advantage of Apple and Google‘s Exposure Notification API to cut down on the spread of the coronavirus, reports Reuters. North Dakota‘s app, Care19 Alert, is launching today, while Wyoming plans to launch an app on Friday. Alabama‘s app, which has been in testing with university students and staff, will market its app statewide starting on M

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Spotify Sides With Epic Games in Battle Against Apple‘s App Store Fees

Spotify, which has also faced off with Apple over Apple‘s App Store policies and fees, today weighed in on Epic Games‘ fight with Apple over Fortnite‘s removal from the App Store. Unsurprisingly, Spotify has sided with Epic Games, applauding Epic‘s decision to "take a stand against Apple." From a statement provided to Recode‘s Peter Kafka:We applaud Epic Games‘ decision to take a stand against Apple and sh

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Samsung‘s Galaxy Buds Live vs. Apple‘s AirPods Pro

Samsung last week unveiled new flagship smartphones and the new bean-shaped Galaxy Buds Live, a set of wireless earbuds with Active Noise Cancellation that are designed to rival Apple‘s AirPods Pro. We got a set of the new Galaxy Buds Live and compared them to the AirPods Pro in our latest YouTube video. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Priced at 179, the Galaxy Buds Live have a unique look with a jelly bean-l

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Apple Removes Fortnite From App Store [Update: Epic Files Lawsuit Against Apple]

Just hours after Epic Games introduced a new direct payment option for Fortnite that skirts Apple‘s in-app purchase rules, Apple has pulled the Fortnite app from the App Store. Fortnite is no longer available for download on the iPhone or the iPad, and Apple provided a statement to MacRumors on Fortnite‘s removal:Today, Epic Games took the unfortunate step of violating the App Store guidelines that are applied equally to every de

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Apple Launching Discounted 9.99 Per Month CBS All Access and Showtime Bundle for Apple TV+ Subscribers

Apple is planning to launch an Apple TV Channels bundle that features CBS All Access and Showtime at a discounted price, reports Bloomberg. The bundle, which aims to spur usage of Apple TV+ and the Apple TV Channels feature, will be priced at 9.99 per month. It is set to roll out as early as Monday, and will be available to those who have an Apple TV+ subscription. Apple already offers access to both CBS All Access and Showtime through Ap

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Apple Removes Fortnite From App Store

Just hours after Epic Games introduced a new direct payment option for Fortnite that skirts Apple‘s in-app purchase rules, Apple has pulled the Fortnite app from the App Store. At this time, Fortnite is no longer available for download on the iPhone or the iPad. This morning, Epic Games began letting players purchase 1,000 V-Bucks in the Fortnite app for 7.99, with the purchases going directly to Epic Games rather than using Apple&l

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Fortnite Introduces Direct Payment Option on iOS Despite Apple‘s App Store Review Guidelines [Updated]

Epic Games today announced that it has introduced a new direct payment option in the Fortnite app for iPhone and iPad, allowing players to purchase 1000 V-Bucks for 7.99 rather than 9.99 through Apple‘s in-app purchase mechanism. It is unclear how Epic Games is managing to offer this option, as Apple‘s App Store Review Guidelines indicate that apps offering in-game currencies must use Apple‘s in-app purchase mechanism. Apps

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95% of Chinese Users Surveyed Would Rather Give Up Their iPhones Than Lose WeChat

As a ban on WeChat and other apps originating in China looms, companies who do business in China and iPhone users in the country are concerned about how the ban could impact device sales and daily device usage. It‘s still unclear whether the ban applies to the WeChat app only in the United States or if it will result in the removal of the WeChat app from iPhones across the globe. Tencent, which owns WeChat, said it believes the ban app

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Apple Still Pursuing VR-Based Vehicle Motion Sickness Solution With Contributions From Mark Rober

Back in 2018, it was revealed that noted YouTuber and former NASA engineer Mark Rober had been quietly working in Apple‘s special projects group on several projects related to virtual reality. While Rober has since left his position at Apple, the company has continued to pursue patent applications based on his team‘s work, and a newly published application today relates to the team‘s efforts to create VR-based solutions for m

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Deals: Nomad Kicks Off Week-Long Sitewide Sale With 30% Off iPhone Cases, Wireless Chargers, and More

Accessory company Nomad recently kicked off a new sale in celebration of its eighth birthday, with 30 percent off sitewide through Wednesday, August 19. In addition to this sitewide discount, every day of the sale Nomad will offer a select group of items at a steeper 40 percent discount. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Nomad. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site ru

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Some Publishers Concerned About Apple News+ Intercepting Traffic From Websites in iOS 14

Apple did not inform three large publishers about a change in iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur that directs users who tap on an Apple News+ story in Safari to the Apple News app instead of the publisher‘s website, according to Ad Age. The report claims that two of the publishers are evaluating whether to terminate their relationship with Apple News+ as a result of the change, but for now are taking a "wait-and-see approach." From the report:Tw

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