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Top Stories: Apple Leaks iPhone SE and AirTags, Apple Buys Dark Sky, and More

With the calendar rolling over to April this week, we yet again saw several leaks and rumors, most notably including Apple itself leaking some references to a pair of long-rumored products: a new budget iPhone SE and AirTags item trackers. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Apple also acquired popular weather app Dark Sky, while Amazon‘s Prime Video app now allows users to bypass Apple‘s in-app purchase sy

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Apple Music Was Second Biggest Global Music Streaming Service in 2019

Global online music streaming subscriptions were up 32 percent year-over-year in 2019, hitting 358 million subscribers, according to new estimates shared today by Counterpoint Research. Spotify was the market leader with a 31 percent share of total revenue and a 35 percent share of total paid subscriptions, while Apple Music earned the second place slot with a 24 percent share of total revenues in the industry and a 19 percent share of the t

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Apple CEO Tim Cook to Deliver Virtual Commencement Address for Ohio State University Students

Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver the commencement address at Ohio State University‘s virtual commencement event that‘s set to take place on May 3, Ohio State President Michael Drake announced today. The event, which will be live streamed, will kick off at noon local time, with 12,000 diplomas to be awarded virtually to students. The broadcast will include Cook‘s commencement speech, musical performances, and with Drake and u

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Apple Offers Employees Deep Discounts on HomePod, Beats Headphones and More

Apple is offering employees significant discounts on products that include the HomePod and Beats headphones, according to details on the deals shared by MacGeneration and 9to5Mac. Apple is said to be clearing stock of Beats headphones and HomePods, providing them to employees through an internal deals program. The HomePod is available at a 50 percent discount, dropping the price to 149.50, while Beats are also available at a reduced price.

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Apple Acquires AI Startup Voysis to Improve Siri

Apple has purchased artificial intelligence startup Voysis with the aim of improving Siri, reports Bloomberg. Voysis offers a platform that allows digital voice assistants to better understand natural language. The company worked to improve voice assistants in online shopping apps, allowing software to better interpret requests from users. The website, which is now defunct, said that the technology used client databases with AI tools that de

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U.S. Senators Question Apple CEO Tim Cook About COVID-19 App Privacy

Four U.S. senators, Bob Menendez, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Richard Blumenthal, on Friday sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook expressing concern over "the safety and security of Americans‘ private health data" in regard to the recently released COVID-10 website and app, reports Bloomberg. The senators questioned Cook about Apple‘s data-sharing practices and safeguards, and whether the COVID-19 app complies with the Health In

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Apple Offers Employees Deep Discounts on HomePod and Beats Headphones

Apple is offering employees significant discounts on products that include the HomePod and Beats headphones, according to details on the deals shared by MacGeneration and 9to5Mac. Apple is said to be clearing stock of Beats headphones and HomePods, providing them to employees through an internal deals program. The HomePod is available at a 50 percent discount, dropping the price to 149.50, while Beats are also available at a reduced price.

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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Luna Display Adapter for Converting an iPad or Mac Into a Second Screen

For this week‘s giveaway, we‘ve once again teamed up with Astro to give MacRumors readers a chance to win a Luna Display adapter that‘s able to transform an iPad or an extra Mac into a secondary display for a main machine. The tiny Luna Display adapter plugs into your Mac through a USB-C port (newer Macs) or a Mini DisplayPort (older Macs) and then when paired with the Luna Display software, it connects an iPad or another M

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iPad Launched 10 Years Ago Today, App Developer Reflects on Getting Access to a Top-Secret Prototype

On the 10th anniversary of the iPad launching in stores, Agile Partners co-founder Jack Ivers has shared an interesting story about how his company managed to get in Apple‘s good graces and ultimately gain access to prototype iPads. The story begins in 2008, when Agile Partners released GuitarToolkit as one of the first iPhone apps on the App Store. The app used the iPhone‘s microphone to detect musical notes in an incoming audio

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Deals: AirPods Pro Are Available to Ship Today at 234.98 on Amazon

Apple‘s AirPods Pro have returned to their low price of 234.98 on Amazon, down from 249.00. At about 14 off, this remains the lowest price we‘ve ever tracked for a brand new model of the AirPods Pro among the major Apple resellers online. 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. This sale on the AirPods Pr

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Apple News Currently Down for Some Users [Updated]

Apple News appears to be running into problems this morning, with social media chatter indicating the service is down for many users. Apple‘s System Status page isn‘t reporting issues with its News service, but launching the iOS app and tapping the Today tab is throwing up a "Feed Unavailable" message for many users. However, other sections of the app do appear to be functioning. MacRumors was able to replicate the behavior on i

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Apple Card‘s Base APR Lowered to 10.99% for Some Cardholders

Following two interest rate cuts by the U.S. Federal Reserve in March, the Apple Card‘s base APR has now decreased from 12.49 percent to 10.99 percent for some cardholders, including MacRumors reader Zed and others on Reddit. This is at least the third time that the Apple Card‘s APR range has been lowered since the credit card launched in August 2019. Due to current affairs, Apple recently launched a customer assistance progr

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Deals: Refurbished Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi Routers Discounted by Up to 50% at Woot Today Only, Starting at 175

Woot today began a new flash sale on Netgear Orbi Mesh Routers, offering up to 50 percent discounts on two Orbi systems in refurbished condition. Both routers come with a 90 day warranty from Netgear. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Woot. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. To start, there‘s the Netgear RBK43 Orbi Wi-Fi Router with one router and

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Roleplaying Game ‘Legend of the Skyfish 2‘ Launches on Apple Arcade

"Legend of the Skyfish 2" is this week‘s addition to Apple Arcade on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV:A hundred years have passed since the hero known as Little Red Hook ended the reign of terror of Skyfish, the Lord of the Deep Seas and now the peace that civilization struggled so much to build is in danger again. As the last Red Hook guardians, you and your master must use the atypical tool of your clan the Combat Fishing Pole as both

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Deals: Powerbeats Pro Return to 200 at Multiple Retailers (50 Off, Lowest Price)

New sales on a variety of Beats headphones have appeared this morning, headlined by a return of the lowest-ever price on the Powerbeats Pro at 199.95, down from 249.99. This sale has popped up at numerous retailers today, including Amazon, B&H Photo, Target, and more. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. Ev

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Apple Paid Hacker 75,000 for Uncovering Zero-Day Camera Exploits in Safari

Apple paid out 75,000 to a hacker for identifying multiple zero-day vulnerabilities in its software, some of which could be used to hijack the camera on a MacBook or an iPhone, according to Forbes. A zero-day vulnerability refers to a security hole in software that is unknown to the software developer and the public, although it may already be known by attackers who are quietly exploiting it. Security researcher Ryan Pickren reportedly di

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Apple News Currently Down for Some Users

Apple News appears to be running into problems this morning, with social media chatter indicating the service is down for many users. Apple‘s System Status page isn‘t reporting issues with its News service, but launching the iOS app and tapping the Today tab is throwing up a "Feed Unavailable" message for many users. However, other sections of the app do appear to be functioning. MacRumors was able to replicate the behavior on i

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2020 iPad Pro Includes Microphone Hardware Disconnect Security Feature

Apple has added an anti-eavesdropping feature to the 2020 iPad Pro that ensures the microphone hardware is disabled when a case is attached to the iPad and closed. The security feature was first introduced in 2018 in MacBook models using Apple‘s T2 security chip, which includes a hardware microphone disconnect feature that disables the mics when the notebook‘s lid is closed. As spotted by 9to5Mac, an updated version of Apple&

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U.S. Apple Stores to Remain Closed Until Early May

Apple today informed employees that its Apple retail stores in the United States will remain closed until early May, and Apple employees will continue to work from home until then. In a memo to employees, excerpts of which were shared by Bloomberg, Apple‘s retail chief Deirdre O‘Brien said that Apple is "continuing to monitor local conditions for every Apple facility on a daily basis" and that reopening decisions will be made on

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iPhone 8 Screen Protector Updated With ‘iPhone SE‘ Compatibility on Apple‘s Online Store

Another clue has surfaced to suggest that Apple‘s rumored lower-cost iPhone SE successor will likely be released soon. Earlier today, a product listing for a Belkin screen protector on Apple‘s online store was updated to reflect compatibility with not only the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, but also the iPhone SE. Given the original iPhone SE was a 4-inch device, and the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 are 4.7-inch devices, this is likely a refere

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New Low-Cost ‘iPhone SE‘ Could Launch as Soon as Tomorrow

Apple‘s new low-cost iPhone is set to launch as early as Friday, April 3, according to a new report from 9to5Mac that cites a tip from a "highly trusted reader." The site says that while it can‘t be certain about the launch date, "Apple could reveal and begin taking orders for the new iPhone as soon as tomorrow." Apple is said to be planning to call the new iPhone, which is expected to be priced somewhere around 399, the "iPhone

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Apple Highlights Useful Apps, Accessibility Tips and More for Autism Acceptance Day

Today is Autism Acceptance Day, and as it has done in the past, Apple is recognizing the occasion by highlighting top apps, accessibility tips, and education resources, while also sharing art created by individuals on the spectrum. In the Today section of the App Store, Apple is offering a collection of apps that are designed to support neurodiversity and people with autism spectrum disorder. These apps include Proloquo2Go for those who c

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AirTags Referenced in New Apple Support Video

Apple has accidentally referenced its widely rumored AirTags item tracking tags in a support video it uploaded to YouTube today. The discovery was first reported by the blog Appleosophy. Watch around the 1:45 mark: More details to followTag: AirTagsThis article, AirTags Referenced in New Apple Support Video first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums

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Deals: B&H Photo Discounts 2019 iMac, MacBook Pro, and iPad Air by Up to 200

B&H Photo has a trio of new deals today, offering discounts on an iMac, MacBook Pro, and iPad Air from 2019. All of the deals are among the best prices online for each of these devices. 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, which helps us keep the site running. To start, you can get the 21.5-inch iMac from early 2019 for 1,099.00, down from 1,299.00

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