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App Store, iTunes Store, Apple Music and More Experiencing Downtime [Update: Outage is Over]

The App Store, iTunes, Apple Music, and other Apple services appear to be experiencing downtime right now, with multiple MacRumors readers reporting outages across multiple systems. When attempting to access the App Store, users are receiving a message that it can‘t be reached, while Apple Music says "We‘ve run into a problem" when attempting to access the For You or Browse features. As for iTunes, streaming iTunes content was inte

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Apple Purchases AI Device Startup Silk Labs

Apple has acquired Silk Labs, an AI startup that focuses on making AI software "lightweight enough" for consumer hardware like cameras and speakers, reports The Information. Apple purchased Silk Labs, a small startup with approximately a dozen employees, earlier this year. Silk‘s website says that it aims to "bring next-generation visual and audio intelligence to connected products" with "state-of-the-art image and audio recognition."

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App Store, iTunes Store, Apple Music and More Experiencing Downtime

The App Store, iTunes, Apple Music, and other Apple services appear to be experiencing downtime right now, with multiple MacRumors readers reporting outages across multiple systems. When attempting to access the App Store, users are receiving a message that it can‘t be reached, while Apple Music says "We‘ve run into a problem" when attempting to access the For You or Browse features. As for iTunes, streaming iTunes content was inte

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Apple in Talks to Offer Veterans Access to Electronic Medical Records on iPhone

Apple is holding talks with the Department of Veterans Affairs about offering electronic health records to military veterans, reports The Wall Street Journal. Apple already provides access to electronic medical records through the Health app on iOS devices for patients of participating hospitals and medical groups. Under the terms of the discussions, Apple would expand the feature to veterans, creating special software tools that would al

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Video: We Turned an iPad Pro Into a Mac Mini Display With the Luna Display Adapter

Last week, the team behind the Luna Display adapter that‘s designed to turn the iPad into a second display for any Mac published an article outlining how the adapter was used to morph a current iPad Pro into a display for Apple‘s newest Mac mini. The Mac mini ships sans display, which means if you have an iPad, it can be used as the Mac mini‘s sole display. We thought the idea was interesting, so we decided to try it out in o

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First Benchmarks for MacBook Pro With New Radeon Pro Vega Graphics Surface

Apple last week introduced new upgrade options for the high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro, allowing customers to add Radeon Pro Vega 16 and 20 graphics cards to the device for superior graphics performance. Benchmarks for the 15-inch MacBook Pro models equipped with the Radeon Pro Vega 20 option have been shared by a MacRumors reader, giving us an idea of the performance improvements over 15-inch MacBook Pro models with the standard Radeon Pro 560X

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Apple Debuts New ‘Share Your Gifts‘ Holiday Ad

Apple this afternoon shared one of its iconic holiday ads, many of which have won awards and accolades in the past. This year‘s video, entitled "Share Your Gifts," is a three minute animated spot featuring music by 16-year-old songwriter Billie Eilish. The ad features music written by a girl who keeps her creations secret, until they‘re let out into the world by her dog and enjoyed by everyone around her. The "Share Your Gifts" t

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Review: WaterField Designs‘ Time Travel Apple Watch Case Organizes Your Apple Watch Accessories

WaterField Designs is a San Francisco-based company that makes a range of different cases and bags for Apple‘s product lineup, from the iPhone and iPad to Macs, Apple TV, and Apple Watch. For Apple Watch, WaterField Designs has the Time Travel Case, which is designed to organize your Apple Watch accessories into one easy place for commuting and traveling so nothing gets misplaced or lost. Made from either black leather or "cowboy" b

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AirPlay 2 and Dolby Atmos Help Apple Make Inroads as a Hub of Your Home Entertainment Ecosystem

With the release of AirPlay 2 earlier this year and the follow-up addition of Dolby Atmos support for Apple TV with tvOS 12, there have been significant improvements in the home entertainment experience for Apple users. While AirPlay 2 support initially launched for HomePod with other speaker and receiver brands to come, the rollout has taken a bit of a time, and in fact there are still only a few brands that support the standard. Sound United

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Jony Ive Remains ‘Eager to Create‘ and ‘Completely in Awe‘ About Creative Process

Apple design chief Jony Ive, who was awarded the 2018 Stephen Hawking Fellowship in September, delivered the Stephen Hawking Fellowship Lecture at The Cambridge Union, the University of Cambridge‘s debate society, on Monday. Jony Ive speaking at The Cambridge Union via Apple/The Independent Ive spoke about a wide range of topics, reflecting on his career at Apple, technology, and design as a whole, according to The Independent. We&lsquo

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How to Use Your Mac‘s Media Keys to Adjust Speaker Volume on a DisplayPort, HDMI, or Thunderbolt Monitor

If you connect your Mac to an external display, you may find that the Mac‘s on-screen and keyboard volume controls are disabled. That‘s because HDMI, DisplayPort, and Thunderbolt connections carry a fixed volume digital audio signal, so the external device (in this case, a monitor) controls the sound level. This can be frustrating if the volume controls on your external display are concealed in the bezel or buried in a fiddly on

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‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider‘ Coming to macOS in 2019

Feral Interactive today announced that the third game in the rebooted Tomb Raider series, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, will be coming to macOS and Linux computers in 2019. As usual with Feral‘s early announcements, no specific date was given for the game‘s release on macOS. The game originally launched on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC in September 2018, published by Square Enix and developed by Eidos-Montral. Shadow of th

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Tumblr Removed From App Store Over Failure to Filter Out Child Pornography

Apple removed Tumblr from the iOS App Store late last week because the Yahoo-owned social network failed to filter prohibited content, it emerged today. The Tumblr app for iPhone and iPad went missing from the App Store on Friday, November 16. Shortly afterwards, Tumblr announced that it was "working to resolve an issue" with the app, but stopped short of explaining the problem. It wasn‘t until Download.com approached Tumblr with so

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Apple to Hold Four Day Shopping Event Starting on Black Friday

Apple in 2018 is planning to hold a four day "shopping" event that will presumably see Apple products available at a discount or with some kind of gift with purchase. On Apple‘s website, there is a blank shopping event page that will presumably be populated with deals when Black Friday rolls around, and Apple today sent out teaser emails to customers letting them know about the upcoming sale. Apple‘s shopping event will kick o

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Apple Highlights Five Reasons the iPad Pro Can Be Your Next Computer

Apple today shared a new short video focused on the recently released 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, listing five reasons why the tablets can be your next computer. Apple‘s list of reasons why the iPad Pro can replace a computer are as follows: It‘s more powerful than most computers. It‘s versatile. It‘s a scanner, camera, editing suite, notepad, cinema, music studio, book, and a computer. It goes anywhe

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Review: Nimble‘s Wireless and Portable Chargers are Reliable and Beautifully Designed

In late August, a new accessory brand called Nimble emerged from a trio of former Mophie employees, offering customers various charging devices that are all built and shipped with a focus on the environment and sustainability. Led by Ross Howe (Nimble CEO), Jon Bradley (creative director), and Kevin Malinowski (brand marketing), Nimble‘s lineup of accessories remains modest two months in, focusing specifically on a collection of eight

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Satechi Launches New USB-C Wireless Charger for Qi-Based iPhones

Satechi today announced the launch of a new Aluminum Type-C PD & QC Wireless Charger that‘s designed to charge iPhone and Android devices at their maximum wireless charging speeds. For iPhones, that means the wireless charger will offer 7.5W charging speeds, while Android devices will charge at up to 10W. Satechi‘s new wireless charger is a flat charger that‘s made from silver or space gray aluminum with a black mat at t

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Apple Maps Collecting Pedestrian Data Starting in California, Likely to Improve Walking Directions

Last month, a person wearing an Apple Maps backpack with LiDAR equipment was spotted at the intersection of Stockton and Sutter streets in San Francisco, suggesting Apple now has employees collecting street-level data on foot. Apple Maps employee with a LiDAR-equipped backpack via Dante Cesa Apple has since confirmed that its Maps team will be collecting pedestrian data in California over the next month, starting with the counties of Alamed

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Apple Reportedly Cuts iPhone XS and iPhone XR Production Orders Amid Lower-Than-Expected Demand

In recent weeks, Apple slashed production orders for its latest iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR models due to "lower-than-expected demand," among other reasons, according to unnamed sources cited by The Wall Street Journal. The report claims the production cuts have hit the iPhone XR hardest, with Apple said to have slashed its production plan for the device by "up to a third of the approximately 70 million units" it had asked some s

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PayPal on eBay Discounts 100 App Store and iTunes Gift Cards to 85

PayPal on eBay today is offering 100 App Store and iTunes gift cards for 85, marking the latest 15 percent discount on the cards and a good chance for those who have been waiting on a deal to get free iTunes credit. While the sale lasts, anyone with a PayPal account can take advantage of the deal, and you‘ll receive the code for the iTunes credit via email within a few hours after the purchase. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner wi

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Tim Cook Discusses Apple‘s Google Search Engine Deal, User Privacy, and ‘Inevitable‘ Tech Regulation

Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared on HBO on Sunday in a pre-recorded interview with Axios, in which he discussed several issues including Apple‘s relationship with Google and the need for privacy regulations in the technology sector. During the interview, which was conducted at Apple Park, Cook emphasized user privacy as a "core value" of Apple‘s that reaches way back to before smartphones had become a feature of people‘s daily liv

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Walmart Overtakes Apple to Become Third Largest Online Retailer in U.S.

Apple has ceded its position to Walmart as the third largest online retailer in the U.S., according to a new report out this week (via TechCrunch). Research provider eMarketer Retail calculates that Walmart is set to capture 4 percent of all online retail spending in 2018, up from 3.3 percent the previous year, while Apple will claim a 3.9 percent share, up from 3.8 percent in 2017. Walmart, which includes Sam‘s Club and Jet.com, wi

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How to Rebuild the Spotlight Index on Your Mac

Apple has enhanced Spotlight search in macOS in recent years, with the addition of Spotlight Suggestions allowing it to tap into a variety of online data sources like weather and sports. Nevertheless, helping you find apps, documents and other files stored on your Mac is still what Spotlight does best. That‘s not to say its core function is infallible, however. If Spotlight can‘t find files that you know exist on your Mac, or if i

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Adobe Updates Lightroom for iOS With Support for New iPad Pro, Apple Pencil 2, iPhone XS, and iPhone XR

Adobe today updated its Lightroom app for iOS devices with support for Apple‘s latest iPhones and iPads. Lightroom CC for iOS will now display properly on Apple‘s fall devices, including the 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, the iPhone XR, the iPhone XS, and the iPhone XS Max. Today‘s update also introduces support for the second-generation Apple Pencil, allowing you to double tap on the Pencil to switch between paint and

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