2019 Apple Watch: New Ceramic Casing, ECG Support for More Countries

In his wide-ranging research note today touching on Apple’s product releases for 2019, Ming-Kuo provided a glimpse at upcoming AirPods, iPads, iPhones, displays and MacBook Pros. Regarding the Apple Watch, however, he had only a brief mention:ECG supports developed for additional countries. New ceramic casing design added.Expanding Apple Watch ECG support to other countries is not particularly revealing. Apple has been working to expand access since its launch but regulations may hold up its acceptance in many countries.

A new “ceramic casing design” is the more intriguing rumor. With the Apple Watch Series 2, Apple introduced “Edition” models that were…

2019 Apple Watch: New Ceramic Casing, ECG Support for More Countries

Apple Music Users Able to Gift a Month Subscription to a Friend

Apple is today sending out notifications to Apple Music subscribers that, when tapped, allows them to send a referral to friend to sign up for a free one-month subscription to Apple Music.

According to Apple, the referrals for a free month of service can only be sent to people who do not already subscribe to Apple Music.

The person who signs up for the free trial will see their subscription renew after a month, or one month after the standard free trial.

That means people who have not used Apple Music before can get a total of four months of service…

Apple Music Users Able to Gift a Month Subscription to a Friend

Apple’s Beats by Dre Brand Unveils New NBA Collection

Apple’s Beats by Dre brand today unveiled a new NBA collection, with Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones available in six colorways representing the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors, and Boston Celtics.

Each pair of headphones is a different color with subtle same-color logo branding for each NBA team.

Get closer to your music and show love for the team you rep with the Beats NBA Collection. These Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones, worn by some of your favorite players, feature your team’s authentic colors and iconic logos. The final result is a collection designed just…

Apple’s Beats by Dre Brand Unveils New NBA Collection

Apple’s Self-Driving Car Performance May Not Be So Bad After All

Apple’s preliminary disengagement data for its self-driving car project surfaced yesterday pointing towards a high number of disengagements, and today, the DMV has shared the full disengagement reports from the company, providing more insight into Apple’s autonomous car testing.

A disengagement report tracks the number of times an autonomous vehicle disengages and gives control back to a safety driver or the number of times the safety driver in the vehicle interferes.

Yesterday’s information suggested Apple had the worst rank when it came to disengagements, but Apple has now provided details [PDF] explaining its disengagement reporting procedures and some changes that were…

Apple’s Self-Driving Car Performance May Not Be So Bad After All

Report: Apple Is Trying to Get Newspapers to Fork Over Half of Revenue From Planned Subscription Service

Tech giant Apple, which is trying to pivot to services as sales of some of its electronics slow, is reportedly working to launch a subscription-based news service that would get readers past paywalls at a discounted rate and share the revenue with publishers. But according to a Tuesday report in the Wall Street JournalRead more……

Report: Apple Is Trying to Get Newspapers to Fork Over Half of Revenue From Planned Subscription Service

Sub-brands are the new weapon in China’s smartphone war

One of China’s top smartphone brands Vivo appears to have joined its fellows Oppo, Huawei and Xiaomi in setting up a new sub-brand as a softening market and heightened competition at home drive players to venture upon their original reach. A new smartphone brand called iQoo made its debut on Weibo, China’s answer to Twitter, on […] …

Longtime iPhone Executive Named New Head of Augmented Reality Marketing

Apple has named longtime Apple employee and iPhone executive Frank Casanova as its first head of marketing for augmented reality, reports Bloomberg.

Casanova, who has been at Apple since 1988, is responsible for all aspects of product marketing for Apple’s “augmented reality initiative,” according to his LinkedIn profile.

Prior to being named head of Apple’s AR marketing effort, Casanova worked as Apple’s senior director of iPhone partner marketing. He started at Apple as a product manager in May 1988, spent a short stint at another company for a year in 1997, and has been working at Apple since then. He was…

Apple Sued Over Not Letting Customers Disable Two-Factor Authentication After Two Weeks

New York resident Jay Brodsky has filed a frivolous class action lawsuit against Apple, alleging that the company’s so-called “coercive” policy of not letting customers disable two-factor authentication beyond a two-week grace period is both inconvenient and violates a variety of California laws.

The complaint alleges that Brodsky “and millions of similarly situated consumers across the nation have been and continue to suffer harm” and “economic losses” as a result of Apple’s “interference with the use of their personal devices and waste of their personal time in using additional time for simple logging in.”

In a support document, Apple says it…

Apple Sued Over Not Letting Customers Disable Two-Factor Authentication After Two Weeks

Apple Reportedly Advised Technicians to Push iPhone Upgrades to Customers With Out-of-Warranty Devices

Last month, Apple lowered its revenue guidance for the first quarter of its 2019 fiscal year by up to $9 billion due to fewer iPhone upgrades than it anticipated, primarily due to economic weakness in the Greater China region.

A few months prior to the announcement, Apple began heavily promoting iPhone XR and iPhone XS trade-ins with a limited time promotion, prominent banner on its website, emails to older iPhone users, store signage, App Store editorials, and other uncharacteristically aggressive tactics aimed at boosting sales.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman previously reported that Apple reassigned some of its marketing staff to focus on…

Apple Reportedly Advised Technicians to Push iPhone Upgrades to Customers With Out-of-Warranty Devices

Deals: Save on Charging Accessories With the Latest Discounts From Anker and Aukey

Reliable accessory brands Anker and Aukey have a new suite of discount codes this week, offering customers the chance to save on portable battery packs, Lightning cables, wall chargers, car chargers, USB-C accessories, and much more.

Below you can find the full list of Anker and Aukey discount codes available this week. Note that all of Aukey’s codes will expire on February 13, and as always both companies are offering their discounts on Amazon.

Anker Codes

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…

Apple Stops Signing iOS 12.1.1 and 12.1.2 Following Release of iOS 12.1.3

Following the release of iOS 12.1.3 on January 22, Apple has stopped signing iOS 12.1.1 and iOS 12.1.2 the previous versions of iOS that were available to consumers.

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners who have upgraded to iOS 12.1.3 will no longer be able to downgrade to iOS 12.1.1 or iOS 12.1.2.
iOS 12.1.3, available for all iOS devices able to run iOS 12, was a minor bug fix update that addressed issues with the HomePod, iPad Pro, CarPlay, Messages, and more.

Apple routinely stops signing older versions of software updates after new releases come out in order to…

Apple Stops Signing iOS 12.1.1 and 12.1.2 Following Release of iOS 12.1.3

Target Begins Apple Pay Rollout at Select Locations

Target last month announced that it would begin accepting Apple Pay at all of its stores in the coming weeks. That rollout has now begun.

MacRumors readers have shared photos of NFC-enabled payment terminals at select Target stores in the Northeast and Midwest, including the White Plains, New York location below. The updated interface indicates that Apple Pay is accepted along with Google Pay, Samsung Pay, and contactless credit cards.

The blog Appleosophy also ran a story about the rollout that was picked up on Reddit, where some commenters said that Apple Pay was not yet available at their local Target…

Target Begins Apple Pay Rollout at Select Locations

Gruber: Apple TV is Sold at Cost, HomePod at Slight Loss

On the latest episode of The Talk Show, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber discusses Apple TV and HomePod pricing and whether Apple is charging too much for some of its products.

According to Gruber, Apple is actually selling the 2017 Apple TV 4K at cost, suggesting the device costs Apple $180 to make. As for the HomePod, Gruber said he believes Apple sells it at a loss.

One thing I’ve heard from reliable little birdie is Apple effectively sells [the Apple TV] at cost. Like they really are like a $180 box. And you think wow this is amazing, it has an…

Gruber: Apple TV is Sold at Cost, HomePod at Slight Loss

Apple Promotes Heart Health With Activity Challenge and Apple Store Events Throughout February

In recognition of Heart Month, Apple today announced it will offer an Activity Challenge on Apple Watch and heart health events at Apple Stores in San Francisco, Chicago, and New York throughout February.

Apple Watch users who close their exercise ring in the Activity app for seven days in a row between February 8 and February 14 will earn a special badge and iMessage stickers on Valentine’s Day.

The special Today at Apple sessions will include:San Francisco: Apple Union Square on February 11 at 6 p.m. with Dr. Sumbul Desai, Jeanette Jenkins, and Julz Arney

New York: Apple Williamsburg on February 21…

Apple Promotes Heart Health With Activity Challenge and Apple Store Events Throughout February

Apple kills Google’s internal iOS apps for violating App Store rules

Yesterday Apple pulled Facebook’s ability to distribute internal apps for employees on iOS in the wake of an investigation performed by TechCrunch, which alleged that Facebook was not only paying teenagers to use an app to record their activity, but that the app was also abusing Apple’s Enterprise Developer Program to be distributed in the first place. In follow-up coverage, it was noted that Google was also using the same method to distribute a consumer-facing app called “Screenwise Meter,” which Google subsequently pulled. Read MoreApple kills Google’s internal iOS apps for violating App Store rules was written by the awesome team…

Apple kills Google’s internal iOS apps for violating App Store rules

Apple Trailed Samsung in Holiday Quarter With an Estimated 68.4M iPhones Shipped

Apple was the number two smartphone vendor in the world during the 2018 holiday quarter with an estimated 68.4 million iPhones shipped, according to new data shared today by IDC.

IDC’s new iPhone shipment estimates come one day after Apple’s Q1 2019 earnings call, which corresponds to the fourth calendar quarter of 2018. Apple no longer provides unit sales of iPhone, iPad, and Mac, leaving it to analysts to guess just how many devices were sold.

Samsung was the number one smartphone vendor during the quarter, according to IDC, with 70.4 million smartphones shipped for 18.7 percent market share.

Apple, as…

Apple Trailed Samsung in Holiday Quarter With an Estimated 68.4M iPhones Shipped

‘F*ck ethics. Money is everything’: Facebook employees react to scandal on gossip app

It’s been a wild 24 hours at Facebook HQ, and employees are not handling it well. 
Following a blockbuster Jan. 29 report from TechCrunch detailing how Facebook paid teens to spy on their smartphones, and the subsequent backlash from Apple, employees of the social media giant have taken to the anonymous workplace discussion app Blind to vent. And oh boy, is it ugly. 
For those unfamiliar with Blind, the app is designed to allow employees of major companies to semi-anonymously discuss the ins and outs of their workplaces. An employee of, say, Facebook, uses their corporate email address to confirm that they do…

‘F*ck ethics. Money is everything’: Facebook employees react to scandal on gossip app

Aetna Debuts New ‘Attain’ Health Coach App in Collaboration With Apple, Available Spring 2019

Aetna, the third-largest health insurance provider in the United States, today announced the upcoming launch of Attain, a personalized well-being app for iPhone and Apple Watch created in collaboration with Apple.

Through the use of an Apple Watch, the Attain app will provide Aetna members with personalized goals, track their daily activity levels, and recommend healthy lifestyle choices. For completing these actions, participants will earn points, which can be put towards the cost of an Apple Watch or gift cards.

Attain will motivate participants to complete personalized daily and weekly activity challenges based on their age, gender, and weight. Attain’s definition…

Aetna Debuts New ‘Attain’ Health Coach App in Collaboration With Apple, Available Spring 2019

Apple may be working on a game subscription service

Apple could be joining the likes of Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and EA in launching its own games subscription service. It opened talks with developers over the last few months about such an option, according to Cheddar. …

Apple may be working on a game subscription service

Ming-Chi Kuo Says ‘Worst Soon Over’ in Regards to Slowing iPhone Sales

Earlier this month, Apple lowered its revenue guidance for the first quarter of the 2019 fiscal year by up to $9 billion due to fewer iPhone upgrades than it anticipated, particularly in the Greater China region.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, however, believes the “worst” will be “soon over” in regards to the slowdown. In his latest research note with TF International Securities, obtained by MacRumors, Kuo opined that the “share prices of Apple and most iPhone suppliers are generally priced in the negative.”Our report published on December 14, 2018, was the first to cut the estimation of 2019 iPhone shipments to…

Ming-Chi Kuo Says ‘Worst Soon Over’ in Regards to Slowing iPhone Sales