MacRumors Giveaway: Win an iPhone Case Bundle From Speck

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with Speck to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a bundle of iPhone cases that includes a Presidio Stay Clear case, a Presidio Pro case, and a Presidio Grip case, which are available in multiple sizes to fit any of Apple’s iPhones.


Speck’s Presidio Stay Clear case, priced at $40, is a clear plastic case that’s ideal if you want to let the design of the iPhone shine through, making it perfect for colorful iPhones like the iPhone 11 and the iPhone XR.

All of Speck’s cases offer protection from drops and bumps, and the Presidio Stay Clear is no exception. It protects your ‌iPhone‌ from drops up to 13 feet and there’s also Microban antimicrobial protection to cut down on germs. Ports remain accessible, and a lip around the case protects the display.


The Presidio Pro, also priced at $40, offers 13-foot drop protection and the same Microban antimicrobial protection as the Presidio Stay Clear, but with a soft-touch matte exterior that adds grip and is available in a range of colors, from black and gray to blue and pink.

Reinforced corners protect against serious drops, and a display lip makes sure the display doesn’t get scratched when the ‌iPhone‌ is placed facedown. The Presidio Pro is slim, but features two layers of protection to add cushioning.


Available for $40, the Presidio Grip is Speck’s grippiest case. It has a design that’s similar to the Presidio Pro, but with raised rubber ridges along each sides that make it easier to hold.

The Presidio Grip is available in black, gray, pink, and shades of blue, and it offers the same 13-foot drop protection and antimicrobial properties as other Speck cases. It has the same dual-layer construction that protects against drops and bumps, and a raised lip to protect the display. All Speck cases, Presidio Grip included, allow Qi-based wireless charging to work.


We have five ‌iPhone‌ case bundles to give away to MacRumors readers, with winners able to get cases that fit the ‌iPhone‌ 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS, XS Max, 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max. All of Speck’s cases are available for 25 percent off through the holidays, so those who don’t win can still get a lower price on a case.


To enter to win our ‌giveaway‌, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the ‌giveaway‌ restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

Speck Giveaway

The contest will run from today (December 6) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on December 13. The winners will be chosen randomly on December 13 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.

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For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Speck to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a bundle of iPhone cases that includes a Presidio Stay Clear case, a Presidio Pro case, and a Presidio Grip case, which are available in multiple sizes to fit any of Apple's iPhones.


Speck's Presidio Stay Clear case, priced at $40, is a clear plastic case that's ideal if you want to let the design of the iPhone shine through, making it perfect for colorful iPhones like the iPhone 11 and the iPhone XR.

All of Speck's cases offer protection from drops and bumps, and the Presidio Stay Clear is no exception. It protects your ‌iPhone‌ from drops up to 13 feet and there's also Microban antimicrobial protection to cut down on germs. Ports remain accessible, and a lip around the case protects the display.


The Presidio Pro, also priced at $40, offers 13-foot drop protection and the same Microban antimicrobial protection as the Presidio Stay Clear, but with a soft-touch matte exterior that adds grip and is available in a range of colors, from black and gray to blue and pink.

Reinforced corners protect against serious drops, and a display lip makes sure the display doesn't get scratched when the ‌iPhone‌ is placed facedown. The Presidio Pro is slim, but features two layers of protection to add cushioning.


Available for $40, the Presidio Grip is Speck's grippiest case. It has a design that's similar to the Presidio Pro, but with raised rubber ridges along each sides that make it easier to hold.

The Presidio Grip is available in black, gray, pink, and shades of blue, and it offers the same 13-foot drop protection and antimicrobial properties as other Speck cases. It has the same dual-layer construction that protects against drops and bumps, and a raised lip to protect the display. All Speck cases, Presidio Grip included, allow Qi-based wireless charging to work.


We have five ‌iPhone‌ case bundles to give away to MacRumors readers, with winners able to get cases that fit the ‌iPhone‌ 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS, XS Max, 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max. All of Speck's cases are available for 25 percent off through the holidays, so those who don't win can still get a lower price on a case.


To enter to win our ‌giveaway‌, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the ‌giveaway‌ restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

Speck Giveaway
The contest will run from today (December 6) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on December 13. The winners will be chosen randomly on December 13 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.


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Law Firm Sues Apple and Samsung, Claiming Phones Exceed Radiofrequency Radiation Safety Levels

Chicago-based law firm Fegan Scott has levied a lawsuit against both Apple and Samsung, claiming that independent testing suggests the radiofrequency radiation levels in recent smartphones “far exceeded the federal limits” when used “as marketed by the manufacturers.”

The basis for this lawsuit dates back to August, when The Chicago Tribune launched an investigation into the radiofrequency radiation levels output by popular smartphones.

RF Radiation Testing Results from a Chicago Times Investigation in August

The paper hired an accredited lab to test several smartphones according to federal guidelines, and found that some of Apple’s iPhones are allegedly emitting radiofrequency radiation that exceeds safety limits.

Apple disputed the results and in a statement, said that the testing was inaccurate “due to the test setup not being in accordance with procedures necessary to properly assess the ‌iPhone‌ models.”

“All ‌‌iPhone‌‌ models, including ‌‌iPhone‌‌ 7, are fully certified by the FCC and in every other country where ‌‌iPhone‌‌ is sold,” the statement said. “After careful review and subsequent validation of all ‌‌iPhone‌‌ models tested in the (Tribune) report, we confirmed we are in compliance and meet all applicable … exposure guidelines and limits.”

At the time, the FCC said that it would launch its own investigation into the results, and a day after The Chicago Tribune published its findings, the Fegan Scott law firm pledged to launch its own investigation into the claims.

Fegan Scott enlisted an FCC-accredited laboratory to do its own testing of six smartphone models at distances ranging from zero to 10 millimeters to measure the radiofrequency radiation emitted when touching or in close proximity to the body.

The lab that did the testing claims that at two millimeters, the iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 were “more than twice the federal exposure limit” and at zero millimeters, the ‌iPhone 8‌ was “five times more than the federal exposure limit.”

After receiving the results, Fegan Scott has decided to launch an official lawsuit against both Apple and Samsung covering the ‌iPhone‌ 7 Plus, the ‌iPhone 8‌, the iPhone XR, the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy S9, and the Galaxy S10. From attorney Beth Fegan:

“Apple and Samsung smartphones have changed the way we live. Adults, teenagers and children wake up to check their email or play games and do work or school exercises on their smartphones. They carry these devices in their pockets throughout the day and literally fall asleep with them in their beds.”

“The manufacturers told consumers this was safe, so we knew it was important to test the RF radiation exposure and see if this was true. It is not true. The independent results confirm that RF radiation levels are well over the federal exposure limit, sometimes exceeding it by 500 percent, when phones are used in the way Apple and Samsung encourage us to. Consumers deserve to know the truth.”

According to Fegan Scott, the testing conducted by the lab reflects “actual use conditions” rather than the “conditions set by manufacturers,” which means the testing was likely not done in the same way that Apple does its own internal testing. Apple, for example, tests at 5mm, not 0mm and 2mm.

The Chicago Tribune‘s original testing was done in a manner to simulate the worst possible scenario, with the phone operating in low signal and full power to create the maximum radiofrequency radiation level. It’s not clear how the law firm’s testing was carried out.

There is no evidence that radiofrequency radiation levels above the federal limits have the potential to cause harm, so consumers should not be alarmed at this time. The FCC is doing its own independent testing and those results should provide more insight into the safety of smartphones.

Apple tells its customers worried about radiofrequency radiation exposure to use a hands-free option, and some past ‌iPhone‌ models have included recommended carrying distances. With the ‌iPhone‌ 4 and 4s, for example, Apple said the smartphones should be held at least 10mm away from the body, and there was a similar suggestion made for the ‌iPhone‌ 7.

The lawsuit is seeking damages from Apple as well as funds to pay for medical monitoring.

Tag: lawsuit

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Chicago-based law firm Fegan Scott has levied a lawsuit against both Apple and Samsung, claiming that independent testing suggests the radiofrequency radiation levels in recent smartphones "far exceeded the federal limits" when used "as marketed by the manufacturers."

The basis for this lawsuit dates back to August, when The Chicago Tribune launched an investigation into the radiofrequency radiation levels output by popular smartphones.

RF Radiation Testing Results from a Chicago Times Investigation in August

The paper hired an accredited lab to test several smartphones according to federal guidelines, and found that some of Apple's iPhones are allegedly emitting radiofrequency radiation that exceeds safety limits.

Apple disputed the results and in a statement, said that the testing was inaccurate "due to the test setup not being in accordance with procedures necessary to properly assess the ‌iPhone‌ models."
"All ‌‌iPhone‌‌ models, including ‌‌iPhone‌‌ 7, are fully certified by the FCC and in every other country where ‌‌iPhone‌‌ is sold," the statement said. "After careful review and subsequent validation of all ‌‌iPhone‌‌ models tested in the (Tribune) report, we confirmed we are in compliance and meet all applicable ... exposure guidelines and limits."
At the time, the FCC said that it would launch its own investigation into the results, and a day after The Chicago Tribune published its findings, the Fegan Scott law firm pledged to launch its own investigation into the claims.

Fegan Scott enlisted an FCC-accredited laboratory to do its own testing of six smartphone models at distances ranging from zero to 10 millimeters to measure the radiofrequency radiation emitted when touching or in close proximity to the body.

The lab that did the testing claims that at two millimeters, the iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 were "more than twice the federal exposure limit" and at zero millimeters, the ‌iPhone 8‌ was "five times more than the federal exposure limit."

After receiving the results, Fegan Scott has decided to launch an official lawsuit against both Apple and Samsung covering the ‌iPhone‌ 7 Plus, the ‌iPhone 8‌, the iPhone XR, the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy S9, and the Galaxy S10. From attorney Beth Fegan:
"Apple and Samsung smartphones have changed the way we live. Adults, teenagers and children wake up to check their email or play games and do work or school exercises on their smartphones. They carry these devices in their pockets throughout the day and literally fall asleep with them in their beds."

"The manufacturers told consumers this was safe, so we knew it was important to test the RF radiation exposure and see if this was true. It is not true. The independent results confirm that RF radiation levels are well over the federal exposure limit, sometimes exceeding it by 500 percent, when phones are used in the way Apple and Samsung encourage us to. Consumers deserve to know the truth."
According to Fegan Scott, the testing conducted by the lab reflects "actual use conditions" rather than the "conditions set by manufacturers," which means the testing was likely not done in the same way that Apple does its own internal testing. Apple, for example, tests at 5mm, not 0mm and 2mm.

The Chicago Tribune's original testing was done in a manner to simulate the worst possible scenario, with the phone operating in low signal and full power to create the maximum radiofrequency radiation level. It's not clear how the law firm's testing was carried out.

There is no evidence that radiofrequency radiation levels above the federal limits have the potential to cause harm, so consumers should not be alarmed at this time. The FCC is doing its own independent testing and those results should provide more insight into the safety of smartphones.

Apple tells its customers worried about radiofrequency radiation exposure to use a hands-free option, and some past ‌iPhone‌ models have included recommended carrying distances. With the ‌iPhone‌ 4 and 4s, for example, Apple said the smartphones should be held at least 10mm away from the body, and there was a similar suggestion made for the ‌iPhone‌ 7.

The lawsuit is seeking damages from Apple as well as funds to pay for medical monitoring.

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Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of Upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.2 Update to Developers

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.2 update to developers, two weeks after releasing the third beta and over a month after the launch of ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.1.

The new ‌macOS Catalina‌ beta can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the System Preferences app after installing the appropriate profile from the Developer Center.


We don’t yet know what improvements the second update to ‌macOS Catalina‌ will bring, but it most likely focuses on performance improvements, security updates, and fixes for bugs that weren’t able to be addressed in the ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.1 update.

We didn’t find any major new changes worth noting in the first three betas, but we’ll update this article should anything notable be found in the fourth beta.

‌macOS Catalina‌ is a major update that does away with iTunes in favor of new Music, Podcasts, and TV apps. It also nixes support for 32-bit apps, adds a new Find My app, brings a new Photos interface, and includes multiple privacy enhancements and other app refinements.

For more on everything that’s new in ‌macOS Catalina‌, make sure to check out our dedicated macOS Catalina roundup.

Related Roundup: macOS Catalina

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Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.2 update to developers, two weeks after releasing the third beta and over a month after the launch of ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.1.

The new ‌macOS Catalina‌ beta can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the System Preferences app after installing the appropriate profile from the Developer Center.


We don't yet know what improvements the second update to ‌macOS Catalina‌ will bring, but it most likely focuses on performance improvements, security updates, and fixes for bugs that weren't able to be addressed in the ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.1 update.

We didn't find any major new changes worth noting in the first three betas, but we'll update this article should anything notable be found in the fourth beta.

‌macOS Catalina‌ is a major update that does away with iTunes in favor of new Music, Podcasts, and TV apps. It also nixes support for 32-bit apps, adds a new Find My app, brings a new Photos interface, and includes multiple privacy enhancements and other app refinements.

For more on everything that's new in ‌macOS Catalina‌, make sure to check out our dedicated macOS Catalina roundup.

Related Roundup: macOS Catalina

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Apple Holding Apple Park Open House for Cupertino Residents, Collecting Toys for Kids

Apple on December 14 is holding an open house event at Apple Park for Cupertino residents who live near the campus, and has been sending out invites via email to those who are eligible to attend.

The open house takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and requires attendees to RSVP by December 11. Apple says that it is supporting Toys for Tots, and asks those interested in participating to bring along a toy.

Image via Eddie Kuo

Potential attendees need to fill out a registration form and attendance is confirmed on a first come, first serve basis until capacity is reached.

Each household that receives an invitation can register up to four people in total, and households will be assigned a specific arrival time. Apple says that light snacks and beverages will be served, and the company recommends comfortable outdoor shoes.

Attendees will be able to take photos of exterior spaces at ‌Apple Park‌, but not interior spaces or inside buildings.

Apple has previously invited nearby Cupertino residents to visit its ‌Apple Park‌ campus when the ‌Apple Park‌ Visitor Center opened up in November 2017.

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Apple on December 14 is holding an open house event at Apple Park for Cupertino residents who live near the campus, and has been sending out invites via email to those who are eligible to attend.

The open house takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and requires attendees to RSVP by December 11. Apple says that it is supporting Toys for Tots, and asks those interested in participating to bring along a toy.

Image via Eddie Kuo

Potential attendees need to fill out a registration form and attendance is confirmed on a first come, first serve basis until capacity is reached.

Each household that receives an invitation can register up to four people in total, and households will be assigned a specific arrival time. Apple says that light snacks and beverages will be served, and the company recommends comfortable outdoor shoes.

Attendees will be able to take photos of exterior spaces at ‌Apple Park‌, but not interior spaces or inside buildings.

Apple has previously invited nearby Cupertino residents to visit its ‌Apple Park‌ campus when the ‌Apple Park‌ Visitor Center opened up in November 2017.


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Latest Apple Pay Promo Offers Holiday Discounts and Bonuses From Multiple Retailers

Apple today sent out an email detailing its latest Apple Pay promo, which is offering discounts from multiple apps ahead of the holidays.

The benefits listed below are available through December 18 when checking out either in app or on the web and using ‌Apple Pay‌.

  • 1-800-Flowers – $15 off exclusive holiday gift collection.
  • 1stdibs – $150 off purchases of $500 or more with the code PAYFASTER.
  • BJ’s – $10 off your next purchase when spending $150 or more at BJ’s online.
  • Club Monaco – $25 off your next purchase of $100 or more with the code PAYFASTER.
  • Crocs – 25% off purchases at Crocs.com through December 13.
  • Hayneedle – Extra 10% off holiday decor, furniture, gifts, and more.
  • HBX – Free shipping when you spend $50 or more.
  • NY&C – Get an extra 10% off in the New York & Company app with promo code PAYFASTER.
  • Outdoor Voices – $25 off your next purchase when spending $125 or more.
  • Snapfish – 50% off all orders in the app with code PAYFASTER.
  • StockX – $20 off next Buy Now purchase when spending $200 or more with promo code PAYFASTER.
  • Warby Parker – Free set of four illustrated 2020 party frames.

Apple also reminds Apple Card holders that they can get two percent cash back when using ‌Apple Pay‌ for purchases or three percent cash back when purchasing gifts from Apple.

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Apple today sent out an email detailing its latest Apple Pay promo, which is offering discounts from multiple apps ahead of the holidays.

The benefits listed below are available through December 18 when checking out either in app or on the web and using ‌Apple Pay‌.


  • 1-800-Flowers - $15 off exclusive holiday gift collection.

  • 1stdibs - $150 off purchases of $500 or more with the code PAYFASTER.

  • BJ's - $10 off your next purchase when spending $150 or more at BJ's online.

  • Club Monaco - $25 off your next purchase of $100 or more with the code PAYFASTER.

  • Crocs - 25% off purchases at Crocs.com through December 13.

  • Hayneedle - Extra 10% off holiday decor, furniture, gifts, and more.

  • HBX - Free shipping when you spend $50 or more.

  • NY&C - Get an extra 10% off in the New York & Company app with promo code PAYFASTER.

  • Outdoor Voices - $25 off your next purchase when spending $125 or more.

  • Snapfish - 50% off all orders in the app with code PAYFASTER.

  • StockX - $20 off next Buy Now purchase when spending $200 or more with promo code PAYFASTER.

  • Warby Parker - Free set of four illustrated 2020 party frames.
Apple also reminds Apple Card holders that they can get two percent cash back when using ‌Apple Pay‌ for purchases or three percent cash back when purchasing gifts from Apple.


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Five iOS Apps Worth Checking Out – December 2019

On our YouTube channel, we have an ongoing video series that’s designed to highlight new, interesting, and useful iOS apps that we think are worth downloading and checking out.

There are so many apps in the iOS App Store that it can be difficult to find new apps to download, plus it’s easy to overlook great apps that are a bit older. Our app lists include both new and old apps that we recommend and have tested out.

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  • What the Golf? (Free, but requires Apple Arcade) – ‌Apple Arcade‌, which offers tons of games for $4.99 per month, is a great deal, and we’ve come across quite a few games that make the subscription price worth it. One such game is What the Golf, a fun action game that takes golf to new places. What the Golf is described as the game for people who hate golf, so don’t let the name fool you – this is a fun little game where the goal is to get an object (not always a golf ball) to a hole. There are fun puns, silly levels, ragdoll mechanics, and genuinely difficult content to contend with. It’s the perfect game to pick up for a few minutes when waiting in line.
  • 1.1.1.1 (Free) – Created by Cloudflare, 1.1.1.1 is a free app that uses WARP, which is technically a type of VPN, but it’s simpler than other VPN apps. 1.1.1.1 doesn’t hide your IP like a traditional VPN, but it does encrypt all of your traffic and employ Cloudflare’s DNS service to make your internet usage more private and secure. Once you toggle it on, 1.1.1.1 works in the background to replace the connection between your phone and your internet, preventing anyone from seeing what you’re doing on the internet. It’s free and collects no data, but there is a WARP+ option that promises faster internet speeds for $4.99 per month.
  • Noto (Free) – Noto is simple note taking app that makes it easy to create and organize your notes, plus it has a Mac app counterpart so you can use it cross device. Noto has a slick, straightforward design, but it also features powerful editing tools, a dark mode, a checklist for to-do items, a useful search tool, and more. Noto is free to use, but there is a paid option to unlock features like attachments and exports.
  • Enlight Pixaloop (Free) – Enlight Pixaloop is a fun little app that lets you add movement to your photos, bringing them to life. You can select parts of your photos to animate, and doing so takes just a few taps and swipes. You can, for example, animate water or the sky for neat effects, or add movement to objects like towers, umbrellas, and more. Pixaloop is free to download, but unlocking all of the app’s features requires a $3.99 per month subscription fee or a $60 one time purchase.
  • Microsoft Math Solver (Free) – For our readers still in school, we wanted to highlight Microsoft Math Solver, which is a super handy app that can help you with math problems. Microsoft Math Solver lets you write a math problem on screen or use the camera to snap a photo of a problem and it provides you with a step-by-step explanation on how to solve it. The app can also generate similar math problems so you can practice. It works with elementary math, pre-algebra, algebra, word problems, basic calculus, and statistics.

Have a favorite iOS app? Let us know in the comments. We’re always looking for new iOS app ideas for this series, and we’ll check out suggestions from MacRumors readers. You can see our recommendations from previous months here, and don’t miss our Mac app series featuring great Mac apps worth downloading.

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On our YouTube channel, we have an ongoing video series that's designed to highlight new, interesting, and useful iOS apps that we think are worth downloading and checking out.

There are so many apps in the iOS App Store that it can be difficult to find new apps to download, plus it's easy to overlook great apps that are a bit older. Our app lists include both new and old apps that we recommend and have tested out.


Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

  • What the Golf? (Free, but requires Apple Arcade) - ‌Apple Arcade‌, which offers tons of games for $4.99 per month, is a great deal, and we've come across quite a few games that make the subscription price worth it. One such game is What the Golf, a fun action game that takes golf to new places. What the Golf is described as the game for people who hate golf, so don't let the name fool you - this is a fun little game where the goal is to get an object (not always a golf ball) to a hole. There are fun puns, silly levels, ragdoll mechanics, and genuinely difficult content to contend with. It's the perfect game to pick up for a few minutes when waiting in line.

  • 1.1.1.1 (Free) - Created by Cloudflare, 1.1.1.1 is a free app that uses WARP, which is technically a type of VPN, but it's simpler than other VPN apps. 1.1.1.1 doesn't hide your IP like a traditional VPN, but it does encrypt all of your traffic and employ Cloudflare's DNS service to make your internet usage more private and secure. Once you toggle it on, 1.1.1.1 works in the background to replace the connection between your phone and your internet, preventing anyone from seeing what you're doing on the internet. It's free and collects no data, but there is a WARP+ option that promises faster internet speeds for $4.99 per month.

  • Noto (Free) - Noto is simple note taking app that makes it easy to create and organize your notes, plus it has a Mac app counterpart so you can use it cross device. Noto has a slick, straightforward design, but it also features powerful editing tools, a dark mode, a checklist for to-do items, a useful search tool, and more. Noto is free to use, but there is a paid option to unlock features like attachments and exports.

  • Enlight Pixaloop (Free) - Enlight Pixaloop is a fun little app that lets you add movement to your photos, bringing them to life. You can select parts of your photos to animate, and doing so takes just a few taps and swipes. You can, for example, animate water or the sky for neat effects, or add movement to objects like towers, umbrellas, and more. Pixaloop is free to download, but unlocking all of the app's features requires a $3.99 per month subscription fee or a $60 one time purchase.

  • Microsoft Math Solver (Free) - For our readers still in school, we wanted to highlight Microsoft Math Solver, which is a super handy app that can help you with math problems. Microsoft Math Solver lets you write a math problem on screen or use the camera to snap a photo of a problem and it provides you with a step-by-step explanation on how to solve it. The app can also generate similar math problems so you can practice. It works with elementary math, pre-algebra, algebra, word problems, basic calculus, and statistics.
Have a favorite iOS app? Let us know in the comments. We're always looking for new iOS app ideas for this series, and we'll check out suggestions from MacRumors readers. You can see our recommendations from previous months here, and don't miss our Mac app series featuring great Mac apps worth downloading.


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Apple Seeds Fourth Betas of iOS 13.3 and iPadOS 13.3 to Developers and Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the fourth betas of upcoming iOS and iPadOS 13.3 updates to developers and public beta testers, two weeks after seeding third betas and over a month after the release of iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 with new emoji, Siri privacy controls, Deep Fusion for iPhone 11, and more.

iOS and ‌‌‌iPadOS‌‌‌ 13.3 can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or over the air after the proper developer profile has been installed.


iOS 13.3 introduces Communication Limits for Screen Time, a feature that Apple promised would be coming in an iOS 13 update. Communication Limits allow parents to control who their children are able to contact both during downtime and during Screen Time.

Communication Limits include FaceTime, Phone, and Messages, along with iCloud contacts. Calls to emergency numbers are always allowed and will turn off communication limits for 24 hours when placed.

The update features support for NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in Safari. That means physical security keys like the Lightning-equipped YubiKey can be used for more secure two-factor authentication in place of a software-based two-factor authentication option.

In the Keyboards section of the Settings app (under General), there’s a new toggle that prevents Animoji and Memoji stickers from being displayed as an option on the Emoji Keyboard, and when editing a video, there’s an option to save the edited version as a new clip rather than saving over the original. Apple has also tweaked the Apple Watch app icon, changing the color of the Digital Crown from black to gray.

Related Roundups: iOS 13, iPadOS

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Apple today seeded the fourth betas of upcoming iOS and iPadOS 13.3 updates to developers and public beta testers, two weeks after seeding third betas and over a month after the release of iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 with new emoji, Siri privacy controls, Deep Fusion for iPhone 11, and more.

iOS and ‌‌‌iPadOS‌‌‌ 13.3 can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or over the air after the proper developer profile has been installed.


iOS 13.3 introduces Communication Limits for Screen Time, a feature that Apple promised would be coming in an iOS 13 update. Communication Limits allow parents to control who their children are able to contact both during downtime and during Screen Time.

Communication Limits include FaceTime, Phone, and Messages, along with iCloud contacts. Calls to emergency numbers are always allowed and will turn off communication limits for 24 hours when placed.

The update features support for NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in Safari. That means physical security keys like the Lightning-equipped YubiKey can be used for more secure two-factor authentication in place of a software-based two-factor authentication option.

In the Keyboards section of the Settings app (under General), there's a new toggle that prevents Animoji and Memoji stickers from being displayed as an option on the Emoji Keyboard, and when editing a video, there's an option to save the edited version as a new clip rather than saving over the original. Apple has also tweaked the Apple Watch app icon, changing the color of the Digital Crown from black to gray.

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Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of watchOS 6.1.1 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming watchOS 6.1.1 update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the third beta and more than a month after releasing the watchOS 6.1 update.

Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS beta can be downloaded through the dedicated ‌‌Apple Watch‌‌ app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update.


To install the update, the ‌‌‌Apple Watch‌‌‌ needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it has to be in range of the ‌iPhone‌.

watchOS 6.1.1 appears to be a minor update focusing on performance improvements and bug fixes that weren’t able to be addressed in watchOS 6.1.

No new features were found in the first three betas of watchOS 6.1.1, but we’ll update this article should new features be found in the fourth beta.

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Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming watchOS 6.1.1 update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the third beta and more than a month after releasing the watchOS 6.1 update.

Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS beta can be downloaded through the dedicated ‌‌Apple Watch‌‌ app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update.


To install the update, the ‌‌‌Apple Watch‌‌‌ needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it has to be in range of the ‌iPhone‌.

watchOS 6.1.1 appears to be a minor update focusing on performance improvements and bug fixes that weren't able to be addressed in watchOS 6.1.

No new features were found in the first three betas of watchOS 6.1.1, but we'll update this article should new features be found in the fourth beta.


Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 6
Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Buy Now)

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Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of tvOS 13.3 Update to Developers and Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming tvOS 13.3 update to developers and public beta testers, two weeks after seeding the third beta and over a month after releasing the tvOS 13.2 update.

Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the new tvOS 13.3 developer beta can be downloaded onto the ‌‌Apple TV‌‌ via a profile that’s installed using Xcode.


tvOS updates have historically been minor in scale, focusing on under-the-hood bug fixes and improvements rather than major outward-facing changes. Apple provides little to no information on what’s included in tvOS beta updates, so we may not discover any major changes after installing the software.

The update does, however, include a useful new setting that’s designed to let you change the main banner interface in the TV+ app from What to Watch to Up Next, which shows content from shows that you’re already watching instead of show suggestions.

The option can be accessed by going to the Settings app, choosing Apps, and selecting the TV app. From there, select Home Screen and choose “Up Next” in the “Top Shelf” section.

While we don’t often know full details about what’s new in tvOS during the beta testing process, we let MacRumors readers know when new updates are available so those who are developers can download it upon release.

Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 13
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Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming tvOS 13.3 update to developers and public beta testers, two weeks after seeding the third beta and over a month after releasing the tvOS 13.2 update.

Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the new tvOS 13.3 developer beta can be downloaded onto the ‌‌Apple TV‌‌ via a profile that's installed using Xcode.


tvOS updates have historically been minor in scale, focusing on under-the-hood bug fixes and improvements rather than major outward-facing changes. Apple provides little to no information on what's included in tvOS beta updates, so we may not discover any major changes after installing the software.

The update does, however, include a useful new setting that's designed to let you change the main banner interface in the TV+ app from What to Watch to Up Next, which shows content from shows that you're already watching instead of show suggestions.

The option can be accessed by going to the Settings app, choosing Apps, and selecting the TV app. From there, select Home Screen and choose "Up Next" in the "Top Shelf" section.

While we don't often know full details about what's new in tvOS during the beta testing process, we let MacRumors readers know when new updates are available so those who are developers can download it upon release.

Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 13
Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Don't Buy)

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Apple’s Clips App Gains Support for Memoji and Animoji, Plus New Stickers

Apple today updated its Clips app designed for the iPhone and the iPad, introducing Animoji and Memoji support for the first time. With the Animoji and Memoji addition, video recordings can be made with the Animoji and Memoji characters.

Users can share personal video messages, slideshows, school projects and more, with Animoji and Memoji able to follow the movement of a user’s face for “fun selfie videos” using the front-facing camera. Prior to now, Animoji and Memoji were limited to FaceTime and Messages.


Memoji created and customized in the Messages app will be integrated automatically into clips, and Animoji and Memoji video clips can be layered with existing Clips features like filters, animated text, and music.

For those unfamiliar with the Clips app, it’s a video editing app that lets users combine video clips, images, and photos with voice-based titles, stickers, music, filters, and graphics to create unique videos that can be shared on social media.

Today’s update also introduces new stickers featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse, along with a new winter-themed poster. Using Animoji and Memoji in Clips requires a device with a TrueDepth camera.

Clips was last updated in April 2019 before today’s major Animoji and Memoji addition. The app can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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Apple today updated its Clips app designed for the iPhone and the iPad, introducing Animoji and Memoji support for the first time. With the Animoji and Memoji addition, video recordings can be made with the Animoji and Memoji characters.

Users can share personal video messages, slideshows, school projects and more, with Animoji and Memoji able to follow the movement of a user's face for "fun selfie videos" using the front-facing camera. Prior to now, Animoji and Memoji were limited to FaceTime and Messages.


Memoji created and customized in the Messages app will be integrated automatically into clips, and Animoji and Memoji video clips can be layered with existing Clips features like filters, animated text, and music.

For those unfamiliar with the Clips app, it's a video editing app that lets users combine video clips, images, and photos with voice-based titles, stickers, music, filters, and graphics to create unique videos that can be shared on social media.

Today's update also introduces new stickers featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse, along with a new winter-themed poster. Using Animoji and Memoji in Clips requires a device with a TrueDepth camera.

Clips was last updated in April 2019 before today's major Animoji and Memoji addition. The app can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Tag: Clips

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