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Windows Migration Assistant Updated for macOS Big Sur

Apple overnight updated its Windows Migration Assistant software to include compatibility with macOS Big Sur. As spotted by iMore, version 2.3.0.0 of the utility provides support for users looking to migrate their data from a Windows PC to Apple‘s latest Mac operating system. The assistant transfers users‘ contacts, calendars, email accounts, and more from a Windows machine and migrates the data to the appropriate places in ma

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Astropad and Luna Display Updated With M1 Mac Support

Astropad today announced that its Luna Display and Astropad software have been updated with support for Apple‘s new M1 Macs. Luna Display is an adapter that allows a Mac or an iPad to be used as a secondary display for a main Mac, while Astropad is software that lets an iPad be used as a secondary display or drawing tablet for a Mac. The software updates allow Astropad and Luna Display to run faster on M1 Macs with lower encoding ti

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Leather Sleeve for iPhone 12 Models Now Available From Apple

Apple today began selling the Leather Sleeve for the new iPhone 12 models, with the accessory having first been announced alongside the updated iPhones in October. Priced at 129, the Leather Sleeve is not a case and is designed to be removed when the iPhone is in use. It features a cutout at the front that displays the time, and it comes with a matching leather strap. According to Apple, it is made from "specially tanned and finished Europea

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Deals: Nomad‘s Early Black Friday Sale Takes 30% Off Sitewide Through December 2

Nomad today kicked off its Black Friday sale, which will run through Tuesday, December 2. During this time, the entire Nomad site will be 30 percent off and no code will be needed to take advantage of the 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 running. Additionally, there will be timed 48-hour collection sales that

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Craig Federighi: Native Windows on M1 Macs is ‘Really up to Microsoft‘

Following the release of the M1 Macs Apple executives have been doing interviews with a range of publications, and today, Ars Technica published another interview with software engineering chief Craig Federighi, hardware technologies lead Johny Srouji, and marketing VP Greg Joswiak. Much of the interview focuses on topics that the three have already covered in prior discussions, but there is an interesting tidbit from Federighi on Microsoft

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Chrome for M1 Macs Runs Up to 80% Faster Than Rosetta 2 Version

Google earlier this week released a version of Chrome designed specifically for Apple‘s M1 Macs, and those with a new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or Mac mini will want to download the Apple Silicon specific version of Chrome because it‘s going to run faster than the x86 version working through Rosetta 2. Following the release of the M1 version of Chrome, Ars Technica did a series of benchmarks using Speedometer 2.0, JetStream2, and

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MacRumors Giveaway: Win 30W and 65W USB-C Power Adapters From RAVPower

For this week‘s giveaway, we‘ve teamed up with RAVPower to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a set of power adapters that are perfect for Apple‘s newest iPhones that don‘t come with chargers and Apple‘s latest M1 Macs. RAVPower makes a whole range of charger and power bank options, and this giveaway includes the 30W USB-C charger and the 65W 4-port USB-C charging station. Priced at 28.99, RAVPower&lsquo

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Anker‘s eufyCam 2 Pro Camera With HomeKit Secure Video Now Available From Apple

Apple retail locations and Apple‘s online store now offer Anker‘s eufyCam 2 Pro, a home security camera that supports Apple‘s HomeKit Secure Video feature. Priced at 349.95, the eufyCam 2 Pro features a 2K resolution and a 140 degree field of view for sharp wide-angle video. The setup comes with a home base required for operation along with two cameras to use in the home. With HomeKit Secure Video, video footage is encry

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Apple Lists M1-Based Mac Mini Logic Boards With 10 Gigabit Ethernet in Internal Parts Ordering System

While the new Mac mini with the M1 chip is only available with Gigabit Ethernet, Apple has listed multiple M1-based Mac mini logic boards with 10 Gigabit Ethernet in an internal parts list for Apple Authorized Service Providers. For every Mac mini logic board with Gigabit Ethernet in the parts list, obtained by MacRumors, there is a corresponding logic board with 10 Gigabit Ethernet: While the boards are available to order in limited qu

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Apple Software Chief Craig Federighi Defends App Tracking Transparency Feature

Following Apple‘s confirmation that it still plans to introduce a new App Tracking Transparency feature that will let users know when companies want to track them across apps and websites, which has attracted criticism from companies such as Facebook, Craig Federighi has explained more about the rationale behind the change to The Independent. The App Tracking Transparency feature allows users to opt-out of data collection and choose

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OWC‘s Upcoming Thunderbolt Hub Adds More Thunderbolt 3 Ports to Your Mac

OWC has announced that its upcoming Thunderbolt Hub will be compatible with all Apple M1 and Intel Macs equipped with Thunderbolt 3 ports and running macOS Big Sur, offering users the ability to expand the number of available Thunderbolt ports. The OWC Thunderbolt Hub connects to a host computer over a Thunderbolt 3/4 port and provides three additional Thunderbolt ports (which are also compatible with USB-C) and one USB-A port. Each of the t

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Xbox Series X Controller Support Coming to Apple Devices

Apple and Microsoft are working on adding support for the Xbox Series X controller to Apple devices, according to an Apple Support page spotted by a Reddit user. The support page states that Apple devices only support the Xbox Wireless Controller with Bluetooth, Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, Xbox Adaptive Controller, PlayStation DualShock 4 Wireless Controller, and various other MFi Bluetooth controllers. However, small print on

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Apple Reiterates ‘Enormous Potential‘ of AR, Hints at ‘Devices That May Exist Tomorrow‘

In a recent interview with CNET‘s Scott Stein, Apple‘s head of augmented reality and virtual reality initiatives Mike Rockwell said AR has "enormous potential" across both "devices that exist today" and "devices that may exist tomorrow." "AR has enormous potential to be helpful to folks in their lives across devices that exist today, and devices that may exist tomorrow, but we‘ve got to make sure that it is successful," Roc

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799 M1 MacBook Air With 128GB Storage for Education Institutions Spotted Online

A new configuration of the M1 MacBook Air with 128GB of storage and a lower 799 price has today been spotted on Apple‘s U.S. Education Institution Hardware and Software Price List. The M1 MacBook Air is only available with 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB of storage. There is currently no 128GB configuration on the Apple Store. However, Reddit user "u/dduci97" noticed that Apple has listed "13-inch MacBook Air: Apple M1 chip w/8-core CPU

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Deals: Get Up to 100 Off Apple‘s 2020 iPad Pro Lineup

There are a number of solid discounts happening this week for Apple‘s latest iPad Pro models, as well as for the 2020 iPad Air. Amazon has the most sales for these tablets, with prices starting at 749.99 for the 128GB Wi-Fi 11-inch iPad Pro. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. You can save as

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799 M1 MacBook Air With 128GB Storage for Education Spotted Online

A new configuration of the M1 MacBook Air with 128GB of storage and a lower 799 price has today been spotted on Apple‘s U.S. Education Institution Hardware and Software Price List. The M1 MacBook Air is only available with 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB of storage. There is currently no 128GB configuration on the Apple Store. However, Reddit user "u/dduci97" noticed that Apple has listed "13-inch MacBook Air: Apple M1 chip w/8-core CPU

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128GB M1 MacBook Air Configuration for Education Spotted Online

A new configuration of the M1 MacBook Air with 128GB of storage and a lower 799 price has today been spotted on Apple‘s U.S. Education Institution Hardware and Software Price List. The M1 MacBook Air is only available with 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB of storage. There is currently no 128GB configuration on the Apple Store. However, Reddit user "u/dduci97" noticed that Apple has listed "13-inch MacBook Air: Apple M1 chip w/8-core CPU

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First HomePod Jailbreak Stokes Speculation About Smart Speaker‘s Hacking Potential

The team behind the "Checkra1n" jailbreaking tool for iOS claims to have used it to successfully jailbreak Apple‘s HomePod, although it‘s unclear what that could mean for the smart speaker in terms of hacking potential. The news was announced by Twitter user L1ngL1ng, who shared a screenshot of a macOS Terminal window that appears to show command line root access to the HomePod over a secure shell (SSH) connection. The comman

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Today at Apple Launches ‘Make Your Holiday‘ Project Book and Virtual Creative Sessions

Apple has launched a new Today at Apple program called "Make Your Holiday," aimed at getting users of all ages to create unique festive gifts using their Apple devices. At the center of the program is a free downloadable 74-page project book that gives families and friends "easy-to-do projects and ideas for sharing gratitude, giving thoughtfully, and celebrating festively." Add a bit of fun and creativity to the holidays this year. In this

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Apps for Customizing iOS 14 Home Screens Installed on 15% of US iPhones

With the launch of iOS 14 in September, Apple introduced Home Screen widgets for the first time, ushering in an unprecedented wave of customization for the iPhone. Several apps quickly emerged allowing users to personalize their Home Screen with custom widgets and icons, and new research by Sensor Tower reveals that almost 15% of iPhone users in the U.S. have installed at least one app to do just that. The Sensor Tower report tracked the

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Apple Offers Instructions on What to Do if macOS Big Sur Causes Installation Errors on 2013 and 2014 MacBook Pro

Following the release of macOS Big Sur last week, a number of 2013 and 2014 MacBook Pro owners found that the update bricked their machines. Affected users saw their Macs get stuck displaying a black screen after attempting to install the new software. Apple has now addressed this issue in a new support document that provides instructions on what to do if macOS Big Sur can‘t be installed on a 2013 or 2014 MacBook Pro machine. Apple sug

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Apple Confirms Commitment to App Tracking Transparency in Letter Condemning Facebook‘s Data Collection [Updated]

Apple in iOS 14 is planning to introduce a new App Tracking Transparency feature that will let users know when companies want to track them across apps and website. Following outcry from developers like Facebook and ad networks unprepared for the change, Apple delayed the implementation of the anti-tracking functionality until early 2021. Eight civil society organizations recently sent a letter [PDF] to Apple expressing disappointment over t

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Watch Apple‘s M1 MacBook Pro Obliterate 2020 Intel MacBook Pro in Speed Tests

Apple‘s first M1 Macs have defied expectations and are more powerful than anyone expected, handily beating out many other Intel Macs that Apple is continuing to sell. We‘ve seen endless speed tests, but we thought we‘d pit the M1 13-inch MacBook Pro against the model that it‘s replacing, the 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro with 1.4GHz quad-core Core i5 processor, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645, and 8GB RAM. Subscribe to the MacR

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iFixit Teardown: M1 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air Internals Nearly Identical to Intel Models

iFixit today shared a teardown overview of the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, giving us a peek at what‘s under the hood. For the most part, these machines look the same as older Intel MacBooks inside, but there are a few highlights. The removal of the fan is the biggest change to the MacBook Air, with the fan having been replaced by an aluminum spreader located to the left of the logic board.A thick cold plate over the M1 processor d

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