Apple Card Deferred Payment Program Extended Through August

Apple has again extended its Apple Card COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program by a month, which will allow cardholders who apply for aid to defer their August payments without incurring interest charges.


Enrolling in the program can be done by opening up the Wallet app on the iPhone or iPad, tapping on ‌Apple Card‌, tapping on the black circle with three dots, tapping on the message bubble, and then sending a message that states “I want to enroll in the Customer Assistance Program.”

Confirmation of enrollment is sent to the email address associated with an Apple ID. ‌Apple Card‌ purchases will need to be paid off in the future, but the balance does not accrue interest when participating in the program.

Apple has been offering the ‌Apple Card‌ COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program since March, and has extended it each month as the coronavirus continues to impact ‌Apple Card‌ customers.

Apple sends emails about the Customer Assistance Program when sending monthly statement balances. There’s a support document with details, but it has not yet been updated with the August extension.

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Apple has again extended its Apple Card COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program by a month, which will allow cardholders who apply for aid to defer their August payments without incurring interest charges.


Enrolling in the program can be done by opening up the Wallet app on the iPhone or iPad, tapping on ‌Apple Card‌, tapping on the black circle with three dots, tapping on the message bubble, and then sending a message that states "I want to enroll in the Customer Assistance Program."

Confirmation of enrollment is sent to the email address associated with an Apple ID. ‌Apple Card‌ purchases will need to be paid off in the future, but the balance does not accrue interest when participating in the program.

Apple has been offering the ‌Apple Card‌ COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program since March, and has extended it each month as the coronavirus continues to impact ‌Apple Card‌ customers.

Apple sends emails about the Customer Assistance Program when sending monthly statement balances. There's a support document with details, but it has not yet been updated with the August extension.
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Apple Acquired Mobeewave, a Startup That Lets Smartphones Accept Payments Using NFC

Apple has purchased payments startup Mobeewave, which created a system that lets shoppers tap a credit card or smartphone on another phone to process a payment. The functionality could allow iPhones to be used as payment terminals with no additional hardware required.


According to Bloomberg, Apple purchased the startup for approximately $100 million. Mobeewave’s technology works with NFC, which is built into all modern iPhones. Mobeewave’s website says sending payments with the Mobeewave app is as simple as inputting a transaction amount and tapping an NFC-enabled card on the back of a smartphone.

Apple hired the whole Mobeewave team, which includes dozens of employees, and the company is continuing to work from Montreal where it is based. Apple confirmed the acquisition with its typical statement: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

As Bloomberg points out, the acquisition has the potential to allow Apple to compete with companies like Square, which makes hardware that allows iPhone users to accept credit and debit card payments.

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Apple has purchased payments startup Mobeewave, which created a system that lets shoppers tap a credit card or smartphone on another phone to process a payment. The functionality could allow iPhones to be used as payment terminals with no additional hardware required.


According to Bloomberg, Apple purchased the startup for approximately $100 million. Mobeewave's technology works with NFC, which is built into all modern iPhones. Mobeewave's website says sending payments with the Mobeewave app is as simple as inputting a transaction amount and tapping an NFC-enabled card on the back of a smartphone.

Apple hired the whole Mobeewave team, which includes dozens of employees, and the company is continuing to work from Montreal where it is based. Apple confirmed the acquisition with its typical statement: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

As Bloomberg points out, the acquisition has the potential to allow Apple to compete with companies like Square, which makes hardware that allows iPhone users to accept credit and debit card payments.
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What’s New in iOS 14 Maps: Cycling Directions, Guides, Refine Location and More

Apple often adds new features to its built-in apps with each iOS update, and iOS 14 is no exception. Many apps have important new features, including Apple Maps, which gains cycling directions, EV routes, guides, and more.


This guide highlights all of the new features that Apple has added to the Maps app in the iOS and iPadOS 14 updates.

Cycling Directions

Maps in ‌iOS 14‌ offers cycling directions for bike riders for the first time, putting it on par with Google Maps. Cycling directions take into account bike lanes, bike paths, and bike-friendly roads to get you where you need to go.


You can preview the elevation for your route so you know just how difficult it will be, and see how busy the streets are with traffic. There are options to avoid steep inclines or stairs where you would have to carry your bike.


Cycling directions expand to the Apple Watch in watchOS 7 with Maps offering voice guidance and directions that make it easy to navigate with just a glance.

Cycling directions are limited to a handful of cities that include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Beijing, and Shanghai.

Routes With EV Stops

If you have an electric vehicle that’s compatible with the iPhone, Maps will automatically add charging stops along your route when you plan out a trip.


The EV route option will also account for time spent charging when creating an estimated time of arrival, and the Maps app is able to keep track of current charge and charger type to provide customized routes for electric vehicle owners.

To use this feature, an electric vehicle needs to be synced to the ‌iPhone‌, and it is not an option that’s available without an EV so it won’t work when planning a trip with a friend that uses an electric vehicle, for example.

Right now, routes with EV stops work with vehicles from BMW and Ford.

Guides

Apple in iOS 13 added “Collections,” a feature that lets you make lists of places to visit either for yourself or for friends and family. In ‌iOS 14‌, “Collections” has been renamed to “Guides.”


You can continue to make your own Guides on a device running iOS/‌iPadOS 14‌ (or macOS Big Sur), but Apple is also now providing a curated selection of guide options created by trusted brands.

Guides provide recommendations for the best places to visit in a city, offering up suggestions on places to eat, shop, and explore. Guides can be saved to Maps, and automatically update as new places are added.

Some of Apple’s partners for Guides include Lonely Planet, the Washington Post, AllTrails, The Infatuation, and more.

Redesign Expansion

Apple last year started rolling out an updated Maps design with more detail for elements like roads, buildings, parks, beaches, marinas, forests, and more, and in ‌iOS 14‌, those updated Map designs are expanding to new locations.


The updated Maps have rolled out across the United States as of 2019 and are now expanding to Canada, Ireland, and the UK.

Speed Cameras

If there are speed cameras and red-light cameras along your route, Apple will now let you know as you approach them. There’s also an option to see where cameras are located on the map.

Refine Location

If you’re in an urban area where GPS isn’t working great and Maps isn’t quite registering you in the right location, you can use the new refine location feature to get a highly accurate location reading to better orient yourself.

Refine location will ask you to use your ‌iPhone‌ to scan buildings that are nearby to narrow down where you’re at, taking advantage of the Look Around feature added in ‌iOS 13‌.

Because it uses Look Around, refine location is limited to cities that include San Francisco, New York, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Oahu, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. Location matching done with the refine location feature is done on device.

Congestion Zones

Some big cities like Paris and London use congestion zones to reduce traffic in areas where traffic can be bad. Maps in ‌iOS 14‌ shows congestion zone tolls and provides options for routing around them if desired.


There are also cities that limit access to certain high traffic roads by license plate, and ‌Apple Maps‌ also now supports license plate info so you can determine whether you’re allowed to use a road on a given day.
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Apple often adds new features to its built-in apps with each iOS update, and iOS 14 is no exception. Many apps have important new features, including Apple Maps, which gains cycling directions, EV routes, guides, and more.


This guide highlights all of the new features that Apple has added to the Maps app in the iOS and iPadOS 14 updates.

Cycling Directions


Maps in ‌iOS 14‌ offers cycling directions for bike riders for the first time, putting it on par with Google Maps. Cycling directions take into account bike lanes, bike paths, and bike-friendly roads to get you where you need to go.


You can preview the elevation for your route so you know just how difficult it will be, and see how busy the streets are with traffic. There are options to avoid steep inclines or stairs where you would have to carry your bike.


Cycling directions expand to the Apple Watch in watchOS 7 with Maps offering voice guidance and directions that make it easy to navigate with just a glance.

Cycling directions are limited to a handful of cities that include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Beijing, and Shanghai.

Routes With EV Stops


If you have an electric vehicle that's compatible with the iPhone, Maps will automatically add charging stops along your route when you plan out a trip.


The EV route option will also account for time spent charging when creating an estimated time of arrival, and the Maps app is able to keep track of current charge and charger type to provide customized routes for electric vehicle owners.

To use this feature, an electric vehicle needs to be synced to the ‌iPhone‌, and it is not an option that's available without an EV so it won't work when planning a trip with a friend that uses an electric vehicle, for example.

Right now, routes with EV stops work with vehicles from BMW and Ford.

Guides


Apple in iOS 13 added "Collections," a feature that lets you make lists of places to visit either for yourself or for friends and family. In ‌iOS 14‌, "Collections" has been renamed to "Guides."


You can continue to make your own Guides on a device running iOS/‌iPadOS 14‌ (or macOS Big Sur), but Apple is also now providing a curated selection of guide options created by trusted brands.

Guides provide recommendations for the best places to visit in a city, offering up suggestions on places to eat, shop, and explore. Guides can be saved to Maps, and automatically update as new places are added.

Some of Apple's partners for Guides include Lonely Planet, the Washington Post, AllTrails, The Infatuation, and more.

Redesign Expansion


Apple last year started rolling out an updated Maps design with more detail for elements like roads, buildings, parks, beaches, marinas, forests, and more, and in ‌iOS 14‌, those updated Map designs are expanding to new locations.


The updated Maps have rolled out across the United States as of 2019 and are now expanding to Canada, Ireland, and the UK.

Speed Cameras


If there are speed cameras and red-light cameras along your route, Apple will now let you know as you approach them. There's also an option to see where cameras are located on the map.

Refine Location


If you're in an urban area where GPS isn't working great and Maps isn't quite registering you in the right location, you can use the new refine location feature to get a highly accurate location reading to better orient yourself.

Refine location will ask you to use your ‌iPhone‌ to scan buildings that are nearby to narrow down where you're at, taking advantage of the Look Around feature added in ‌iOS 13‌.

Because it uses Look Around, refine location is limited to cities that include San Francisco, New York, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Oahu, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. Location matching done with the refine location feature is done on device.

Congestion Zones


Some big cities like Paris and London use congestion zones to reduce traffic in areas where traffic can be bad. Maps in ‌iOS 14‌ shows congestion zone tolls and provides options for routing around them if desired.


There are also cities that limit access to certain high traffic roads by license plate, and ‌Apple Maps‌ also now supports license plate info so you can determine whether you're allowed to use a road on a given day.
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Three People Charged in Twitter Bitcoin Hack [Updated]

A Florida teenager, who is accused of being the “mastermind” behind the July hacking of social media site Twitter, has been arrested, according to Tampa’s WFLA Channel 8 News site.


17-year-old Graham Clark is facing 30 felony charges for “scamming people across America” with the Twitter hack. He’s been accused of organized fraud, 17 counts of communication fraud, one count of fraudulent use of personal information with over $100,000 or 30 or more victims, 10 counts of fraudulent use of personal information, and one count of access to a computer or electronic device without authority.

The July 15 Twitter hack saw the accounts of multiple prominent companies and individuals taken over, with hackers sharing bitcoin scam images in an attempt to collect money. Apple’s Twitter account was included in the attack.

According to Twitter’s internal investigations, Twitter employees were targeted in a “phone spear phishing attack,” which suggests hackers called some of its staff and tricked them into thinking they were speaking with fellow Twitter employees.

The targeted employees provided access to Twitter’s internal systems, which is how the hackers were able to breach the accounts. Twitter’s internal tools were used to target 130 accounts, and for 45 of those accounts, the hackers used a password reset and had full access to send tweets.

Of the 130 accounts breached, which included the accounts Tesla CEO Elon Musk, former U.S. President Barack Obama, former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and presidential candidate Joe Biden, hackers had access to information like email addresses and phone numbers, plus for some accounts, Direct Messages were accessed.

Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said that Clark’s scheme earned him more than $100,000 in bitcoin.

“These crimes were perpetrated using the names of famous people and celebrities, but they’re not the primary victims here. This ‘Bit-Con’ was designed to steal money from regular Americans from all over the country, including here in Florida,” Warren said in a statement. “This massive fraud was orchestrated right here in our backyard, and we will not stand for that.”

In a statement, Twitter said that it appreciated the swift actions of law enforcement agents in Florida.

We appreciate the swift actions of law enforcement in this investigation and will continue to cooperate as the case progresses. For our part, we are focused on being transparent and providing updates regularly.

For the latest, see here 👇 https://t.co/kHty8TXaly

— Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) July 31, 2020

Twitter earlier today said that it is taking a “hard look” at how to improve its internal tools and systems and has limited access until better security protocols are in place.

Update: Along with Graham Clark, the United States Department of Justice announced that a 22-year-old man from Florida and a 19-year-old from the United Kingdom have also been accused of breaching Twitter’s site.

Mason Sheppard, aka “Chaewon,” 19, of Bognor Regis, in the United Kingdom, was charged in a criminal complaint in the Northern District of California with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and the intentional access of a protected computer.

Nima Fazeli, aka “Rolex,” 22, of Orlando, Florida, was charged in a criminal complaint in the Northern District of California with aiding and abetting the intentional access of a protected computer.

The DoJ declined to name Graham Clark because he is under 18, but his identity was already revealed by Florida news sites.

“There is a false belief within the criminal hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be perpetrated anonymously and without consequence,” said U.S. Attorney Anderson. “Today’s charging announcement demonstrates that the elation of nefarious hacking into a secure environment for fun or profit will be short-lived. Criminal conduct over the Internet may feel stealthy to the people who perpetrate it, but there is nothing stealthy about it. In particular, I want to say to would-be offenders, break the law, and we will find you.”

Sheppard is facing up to 45 years in prison, while Fazeli is facing up to five years in prison.

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A Florida teenager, who is accused of being the "mastermind" behind the July hacking of social media site Twitter, has been arrested, according to Tampa's WFLA Channel 8 News site.


17-year-old Graham Clark is facing 30 felony charges for "scamming people across America" with the Twitter hack. He's been accused of organized fraud, 17 counts of communication fraud, one count of fraudulent use of personal information with over $100,000 or 30 or more victims, 10 counts of fraudulent use of personal information, and one count of access to a computer or electronic device without authority.

The July 15 Twitter hack saw the accounts of multiple prominent companies and individuals taken over, with hackers sharing bitcoin scam images in an attempt to collect money. Apple's Twitter account was included in the attack.

According to Twitter's internal investigations, Twitter employees were targeted in a "phone spear phishing attack," which suggests hackers called some of its staff and tricked them into thinking they were speaking with fellow Twitter employees.

The targeted employees provided access to Twitter's internal systems, which is how the hackers were able to breach the accounts. Twitter's internal tools were used to target 130 accounts, and for 45 of those accounts, the hackers used a password reset and had full access to send tweets.

Of the 130 accounts breached, which included the accounts Tesla CEO Elon Musk, former U.S. President Barack Obama, former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and presidential candidate Joe Biden, hackers had access to information like email addresses and phone numbers, plus for some accounts, Direct Messages were accessed.

Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said that Clark's scheme earned him more than $100,000 in bitcoin.
"These crimes were perpetrated using the names of famous people and celebrities, but they're not the primary victims here. This 'Bit-Con' was designed to steal money from regular Americans from all over the country, including here in Florida," Warren said in a statement. "This massive fraud was orchestrated right here in our backyard, and we will not stand for that."

In a statement, Twitter said that it appreciated the swift actions of law enforcement agents in Florida.



Twitter earlier today said that it is taking a "hard look" at how to improve its internal tools and systems and has limited access until better security protocols are in place.

Update: Along with Graham Clark, the United States Department of Justice announced that a 22-year-old man from Florida and a 19-year-old from the United Kingdom have also been accused of breaching Twitter's site.
Mason Sheppard, aka "Chaewon," 19, of Bognor Regis, in the United Kingdom, was charged in a criminal complaint in the Northern District of California with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and the intentional access of a protected computer.

Nima Fazeli, aka "Rolex," 22, of Orlando, Florida, was charged in a criminal complaint in the Northern District of California with aiding and abetting the intentional access of a protected computer.
The DoJ declined to name Graham Clark because he is under 18, but his identity was already revealed by Florida news sites.

"There is a false belief within the criminal hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be perpetrated anonymously and without consequence," said U.S. Attorney Anderson. "Today's charging announcement demonstrates that the elation of nefarious hacking into a secure environment for fun or profit will be short-lived. Criminal conduct over the Internet may feel stealthy to the people who perpetrate it, but there is nothing stealthy about it. In particular, I want to say to would-be offenders, break the law, and we will find you."
Sheppard is facing up to 45 years in prison, while Fazeli is facing up to five years in prison.
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Original iPad Mini From 2012 Now Considered ‘Vintage’ by Apple

Apple today updated its list of Vintage and Obsolete products to add the original 7.9-inch iPad mini, which was first released in 2012.


Apple’s vintage products list includes devices that have not been sold for more than five and less than seven years ago, while the obsolete list includes products whose sales were discontinued more than seven years ago.

Devices on the vintage list are able to continue to receive hardware service from Apple and Apple service providers, subject to the availability of repair components and where required by law. Obsolete products, meanwhile, have no hardware service available with no exceptions.

The first ‌iPad‌ mini, Apple’s smallest tablet released to date, was replaced in 2013 when the second-generation ‌iPad‌ mini was released, but Apple continued to sell it until 2015. Since then, there have been third, fourth, and fifth-generation ‌iPad‌ mini models made available, with a sixth-generation version with a mini-LED display said to be coming in the not too distant future.

Apple’s original ‌iPad‌ mini featured an A5 chip, 512GB RAM, up to 64GB of storage, and a 1024 x 768 display, which was not considered Retina. The ‌iPad‌ mini has not seen many design changes since it was launched, and the current release version continues to feature thick bezels and a Touch ID Home button.

In addition to adding the original ‌iPad‌ mini to the vintage list, Apple today also added the late 2011 21.5-inch iMac to its obsolete list.

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Apple today updated its list of Vintage and Obsolete products to add the original 7.9-inch iPad mini, which was first released in 2012.


Apple's vintage products list includes devices that have not been sold for more than five and less than seven years ago, while the obsolete list includes products whose sales were discontinued more than seven years ago.

Devices on the vintage list are able to continue to receive hardware service from Apple and Apple service providers, subject to the availability of repair components and where required by law. Obsolete products, meanwhile, have no hardware service available with no exceptions.

The first ‌iPad‌ mini, Apple's smallest tablet released to date, was replaced in 2013 when the second-generation ‌iPad‌ mini was released, but Apple continued to sell it until 2015. Since then, there have been third, fourth, and fifth-generation ‌iPad‌ mini models made available, with a sixth-generation version with a mini-LED display said to be coming in the not too distant future.

Apple's original ‌iPad‌ mini featured an A5 chip, 512GB RAM, up to 64GB of storage, and a 1024 x 768 display, which was not considered Retina. The ‌iPad‌ mini has not seen many design changes since it was launched, and the current release version continues to feature thick bezels and a Touch ID Home button.

In addition to adding the original ‌iPad‌ mini to the vintage list, Apple today also added the late 2011 21.5-inch iMac to its obsolete list.
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Microsoft Shutting Down Cortana App for iOS and Android

Microsoft today announced plans to “shift toward a transformational AI-powered assistant experience” in its Microsoft 365 apps, which will involve refocusing its “areas of innovation and development.”


As a result, Microsoft is ending all support for third-party Cortana skills and eliminating the Cortana apps for iOS and Android devices. Third-party Cortana skills will be deprecated on September 7, while the iOS and Android apps will stop being supported in early 2021.

Microsoft says that the Cortana Windows 10 experience, Cortana integration in Outlook mobile, and upcoming Cortana voice assistance in the Teams mobile app can be used to do things like manage calendar and email and join meetings.

Microsoft also plans to end support for the Cortana integration in the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker in January 2021. Speaker owners who used Cortana are eligible for a $50 Microsoft gift card as compensation.

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Microsoft today announced plans to "shift toward a transformational AI-powered assistant experience" in its Microsoft 365 apps, which will involve refocusing its "areas of innovation and development."


As a result, Microsoft is ending all support for third-party Cortana skills and eliminating the Cortana apps for iOS and Android devices. Third-party Cortana skills will be deprecated on September 7, while the iOS and Android apps will stop being supported in early 2021.

Microsoft says that the Cortana Windows 10 experience, Cortana integration in Outlook mobile, and upcoming Cortana voice assistance in the Teams mobile app can be used to do things like manage calendar and email and join meetings.

Microsoft also plans to end support for the Cortana integration in the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker in January 2021. Speaker owners who used Cortana are eligible for a $50 Microsoft gift card as compensation.
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MacRumors Giveaway: Win an iPad Pro Case From Pad & Quill

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with Pad & Quill to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a high-quality case for the 11 or 12.9-inch iPad Pro models from 2018 and 2020. Pad & Quill makes some of the best leather and linen cases that you’ll find on the market.


Pad & Quill makes a variety of cases for Apple’s modern ‌iPad Pro‌ models, most of which have folio designs that keep the front and the back of the iPad protected and provide helpful viewing angles that also work with Apple’s Magic Keyboard.


The Oxford Leather Case for the ‌iPad Pro‌, for example, is a folio-style case that is compatible with the Magic Keyboard, allowing it to be used right alongside the Magic Keyboard for protection, though it also works without the keyboard.


There’s enough space to charge the Apple Pencil 2 while the case is attached, and there’s an interior pocket for document storage purposes. When not in use, the case can be closed with an elastic strap, and it features a slim design enabled through the use of 3M adhesive.


We’ve tested various Pad & Quill cases for iPads over the years, and the adhesive technology that’s used to keep the ‌iPad‌ in place while cutting down on bulk works well. There is a built-in horizontal viewing stand that’s great for watching videos, and there is smart cover functionality that turns the ‌iPad‌’s display on and off as it’s opened and closed.

Available in Chestnut, Whiskey, or Black, the Oxford Leather Cases are each made from a single piece of American Full-Grain Bridle Leather that develops a unique patina with use over time, while the interior is outfitted with a soft leather that keeps the ‌iPad‌ safe from scratches. The 11-inch version of the Oxford is priced at $110, and the 12.9-inch version is priced at $130.


For those who prefer fabric-style cases, Pad & Quill makes the Copertina Magic Case, another option that’s compatible with the Magic Keyboard. It fits right over the keyboard’s exterior, providing an extra layer of protection.

The Copertina Magic Case for the 11-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ is priced at $100, while the 12.9-inch version is priced at $110. Both models are available in linen gray or charcoal colors, and feature an archival quality cover made from thick buckram linen.


There’s a multi-angle self-propping stand that can be engaged for watching movies and other activities, and there’s space for charging the second-generation ‌Apple Pencil‌. Like the Contega, the Copertina has a slim-fit design and an interior pocket option. For those who don’t have a Magic Keyboard, Pad & Quill also makes the Contega Thin, which is the same style keyboard but in a slimmer profile that works with the ‌iPad‌ alone.


Pad & Quill also has a few other ‌iPad‌ case options worth checking out for those who like a different aesthetic, including the Aria (with Magic Keyboard support) and the Cafe, along with cases like the Oxford that fit older ‌iPad‌ models.

We have four ‌iPad Pro‌ cases to give away to MacRumors readers, with each winner to choose their favorite case in the size needed for their ‌iPad Pro‌. 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.

P&Q Giveaway

The contest will run from today (July 31) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on August 7. The winners will be chosen randomly on August 7 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 Pad & Quill to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a high-quality case for the 11 or 12.9-inch iPad Pro models from 2018 and 2020. Pad & Quill makes some of the best leather and linen cases that you'll find on the market.


Pad & Quill makes a variety of cases for Apple's modern ‌iPad Pro‌ models, most of which have folio designs that keep the front and the back of the iPad protected and provide helpful viewing angles that also work with Apple's Magic Keyboard.


The Oxford Leather Case for the ‌iPad Pro‌, for example, is a folio-style case that is compatible with the Magic Keyboard, allowing it to be used right alongside the Magic Keyboard for protection, though it also works without the keyboard.


There's enough space to charge the Apple Pencil 2 while the case is attached, and there's an interior pocket for document storage purposes. When not in use, the case can be closed with an elastic strap, and it features a slim design enabled through the use of 3M adhesive.


We've tested various Pad & Quill cases for iPads over the years, and the adhesive technology that's used to keep the ‌iPad‌ in place while cutting down on bulk works well. There is a built-in horizontal viewing stand that's great for watching videos, and there is smart cover functionality that turns the ‌iPad‌'s display on and off as it's opened and closed.

Available in Chestnut, Whiskey, or Black, the Oxford Leather Cases are each made from a single piece of American Full-Grain Bridle Leather that develops a unique patina with use over time, while the interior is outfitted with a soft leather that keeps the ‌iPad‌ safe from scratches. The 11-inch version of the Oxford is priced at $110, and the 12.9-inch version is priced at $130.


For those who prefer fabric-style cases, Pad & Quill makes the Copertina Magic Case, another option that's compatible with the Magic Keyboard. It fits right over the keyboard's exterior, providing an extra layer of protection.

The Copertina Magic Case for the 11-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ is priced at $100, while the 12.9-inch version is priced at $110. Both models are available in linen gray or charcoal colors, and feature an archival quality cover made from thick buckram linen.


There's a multi-angle self-propping stand that can be engaged for watching movies and other activities, and there's space for charging the second-generation ‌Apple Pencil‌. Like the Contega, the Copertina has a slim-fit design and an interior pocket option. For those who don't have a Magic Keyboard, Pad & Quill also makes the Contega Thin, which is the same style keyboard but in a slimmer profile that works with the ‌iPad‌ alone.


Pad & Quill also has a few other ‌iPad‌ case options worth checking out for those who like a different aesthetic, including the Aria (with Magic Keyboard support) and the Cafe, along with cases like the Oxford that fit older ‌iPad‌ models.

We have four ‌iPad Pro‌ cases to give away to MacRumors readers, with each winner to choose their favorite case in the size needed for their ‌iPad Pro‌. 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.

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Apple and Google Update Exposure Notification API

Google today announced that the Exposure Notification API that it designed in partnership with Apple has received some improvements to make it more useful to public health authorities.

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Most notably, the API supports interoperability between countries, and Bluetooth calibration has been improved. The full list of updates is below:

  • When an exposure is detected, public health authorities now have more flexibility in determining the level of risk associated with that exposure based on technical information from the API.
  • Bluetooth calibration values for hundreds of devices have been updated to improve the detection of nearby devices.
  • The API now supports interoperability between countries, following feedback from governments that have launched ‌Exposure Notification‌ apps.
  • To help public health authorities build apps more efficiently, we’ve added reliability improvements for apps and developer debug tools.
  • We’ve improved clarity, transparency and control for users. For example, the Exposure Notifications settings on Android now include a simple on/off toggle at the top of the page. In addition, users will also see a periodic reminder if ENS is turned on.

Google says it has also launched more technical guidance on how the ‌Exposure Notification‌ API works over the course of the last few weeks, and is providing more information on its Exposure Notifications website.

According to Google, 16 countries and regions across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America are using apps built with the ‌Exposure Notification‌ API, and 20 U.S. states are “exploring” apps with the first set to roll out “over the coming weeks.”

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Google today announced that the Exposure Notification API that it designed in partnership with Apple has received some improvements to make it more useful to public health authorities.

exposure notification cartoon
Most notably, the API supports interoperability between countries, and Bluetooth calibration has been improved. The full list of updates is below:

  • When an exposure is detected, public health authorities now have more flexibility in determining the level of risk associated with that exposure based on technical information from the API.

  • Bluetooth calibration values for hundreds of devices have been updated to improve the detection of nearby devices.

  • The API now supports interoperability between countries, following feedback from governments that have launched ‌Exposure Notification‌ apps.

  • To help public health authorities build apps more efficiently, we've added reliability improvements for apps and developer debug tools.

  • We've improved clarity, transparency and control for users. For example, the Exposure Notifications settings on Android now include a simple on/off toggle at the top of the page. In addition, users will also see a periodic reminder if ENS is turned on.


Google says it has also launched more technical guidance on how the ‌Exposure Notification‌ API works over the course of the last few weeks, and is providing more information on its Exposure Notifications website.

According to Google, 16 countries and regions across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America are using apps built with the ‌Exposure Notification‌ API, and 20 U.S. states are "exploring" apps with the first set to roll out "over the coming weeks."
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Canada’s ‘COVID Alert’ App Using Apple’s Exposure Notification API Now Available

Canada today released a new COVID-19 contact tracing app called COVID Alert, as noted by iPhone in Canada. COVID Alert takes advantage of Apple and Google’s privacy-focused Exposure Notification API to alert people when they’ve come into contact with someone who has the coronavirus.

As with all COVID-19 contact tracing apps, COVID Alert uses Bluetooth to exchange random, anonymized codes with nearby phones, determining how close someone is by the strength of the Bluetooth signal.


If someone with COVID Alert tests positive for the virus, they can opt to enter that information into the app, and each person they’ve been in contact with will then receive an alert. COVID Alert collects no location information or personally identifiable data, and was built by Health Canada with the Canadian Digital Service.

COVID Alert has no way of knowing:

– your location – COVID Alert does not use GPS or location services

– your name or address

– the place or time you were near someone

– if you’re currently near someone who was previously diagnosed

According to the app’s description, provincial and territorial governments are working to support COVID Alert across Canada, and in some places, people can’t yet report a COVID-19 diagnosis. At the current time, health authorities in Ontario are distributing one-time keys to people who are diagnosed with the coronavirus, and other territories and provinces will be “coming on board soon.”

Even though the system is still rolling out in some areas, Canada recommends all Canadians install the app, which can be downloaded from the iOS App Store. iOS 13 is required for ‌Exposure Notification‌ apps, as iOS 14 does not support the API. [Direct Link]

Multiple countries have built apps using the ‌Exposure Notification‌ API so far, including Switzerland, Latvia, Italy, Germany, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Ireland, Croatia, and Denmark.

Several U.S. states are working on apps that use the API, including Alabama, North Dakota, and South Carolina, but no contact tracing apps that take advantage of the tool have been released in the United States to date.

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Canada today released a new COVID-19 contact tracing app called COVID Alert, as noted by iPhone in Canada. COVID Alert takes advantage of Apple and Google's privacy-focused Exposure Notification API to alert people when they've come into contact with someone who has the coronavirus.


As with all COVID-19 contact tracing apps, COVID Alert uses Bluetooth to exchange random, anonymized codes with nearby phones, determining how close someone is by the strength of the Bluetooth signal.


If someone with COVID Alert tests positive for the virus, they can opt to enter that information into the app, and each person they've been in contact with will then receive an alert. COVID Alert collects no location information or personally identifiable data, and was built by Health Canada with the Canadian Digital Service.
COVID Alert has no way of knowing:

- your location - COVID Alert does not use GPS or location services
- your name or address
- the place or time you were near someone
- if you're currently near someone who was previously diagnosed
According to the app's description, provincial and territorial governments are working to support COVID Alert across Canada, and in some places, people can't yet report a COVID-19 diagnosis. At the current time, health authorities in Ontario are distributing one-time keys to people who are diagnosed with the coronavirus, and other territories and provinces will be "coming on board soon."

Even though the system is still rolling out in some areas, Canada recommends all Canadians install the app, which can be downloaded from the iOS App Store. iOS 13 is required for ‌Exposure Notification‌ apps, as iOS 14 does not support the API. [Direct Link]

Multiple countries have built apps using the ‌Exposure Notification‌ API so far, including Switzerland, Latvia, Italy, Germany, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Ireland, Croatia, and Denmark.

Several U.S. states are working on apps that use the API, including Alabama, North Dakota, and South Carolina, but no contact tracing apps that take advantage of the tool have been released in the United States to date.
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iPadOS 14 Features You Need to Know

Apple’s iPadOS 14 update includes many of the same features that are found in iOS 14 (minus some of the Home Screen changes), but there are also quite a few notable iPad-only features.

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In our most recent video, we highlight some of the best new features in iPadOS 14, some of which are also available on iPhone and some of which are unique to the larger tablet form factor.

  • App Sidebars and Toolbars – iPadOS didn’t get quite the same design overhaul that iOS did, but there are some tweaks worth noting. Apps like Music, Photos, Calendar, Notes, Files and more have been redesigned with sidebars that offer a more consistent and streamlined navigation experience, providing direct access to more information and tools. Apple has also introduced new toolbars that consolidate buttons into a single bar at the top of the app.
  • Updated Pull-down Menus – Along with redesigned app sidebars and toolbars, pull-down menus in built-in apps have been streamlined, providing access to app tools from a single button.
  • Search – The search interface is more compact and takes up less space on the iPad, plus there have been some refinements that let users see instant search suggestions, launch apps and websites, start in-app searches, and more. It’s similar to search in iOS 13, but more powerful and better organized.
  • Scribble – Scribble, which is perhaps the best new iPadOS feature, lets Apple Pencil users handwrite in any text field, with the handwritten text converted to typed text. There are all kinds of useful tools included like scratch to delete and circling a word to select it.
  • Notes – Scribble brings new features to the Notes app. You can use Smart Selection to select and copy handwritten notes, plus you can copy handwritten notes and paste them as standard typed text. Shape recognition lets you draw an imperfect shape and have it converted to a perfect one, and data detectors, like those that make an address tappable, work with handwritten text.
  • Compact FaceTime/Phone UI – Just like on the iPhone, incoming FaceTime and Phone calls (from the iPhone) on the iPad are shown in a small banner that’s easily dismissed so getting a FaceTime call no longer interrupts what you’re doing on your tablet.
  • Compact Siri – Like FaceTime calls, the Siri interface is smaller too. Siri doesn’t take over the entire iPad display when you use it, and instead shows up as a small animated icon at the bottom of the screen with results provided in a banner style. Siri can be swiped away, but when the Siri interface is up, you can’t use the display behind it.
  • Safari – There are major improvements to Safari in iOS and iPadOS 14. Privacy tracking lets you know which websites have cross-site trackers running, there’s a built-in translator so you don’t need to use an extension, you can see tab previews, and Favicons are shown in tabs by default so you can see what’s what at a glance.
  • Apple Music Lyrics – When you listen to Apple Music with iPadOS 14 and activate the feature that lets you follow along with the lyrics, the lyrics are now displayed full screen.
  • Emoji Popover Menu – With the new emoji popover option on iPadOS 14 you can quickly enter an emoji when using a hardware keyboard with your iPad. The nifty iOS 14 feature that lets you search for an emoji is, unfortunately, not available on the iPad.

Make sure to watch our video up above to see all of these features in action, and for more on what’s new in iPadOS 14, check out our iPadOS 14 and iOS 14 roundups, along with our Guides and How Tos.

Like iOS 14, iPadOS 14 is available to developers and public beta testers at this time, so anyone can download it and try it out. The update will see an official public release this fall.

Related Roundups: iOS 14, iPadOS 14

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Apple's iPadOS 14 update includes many of the same features that are found in iOS 14 (minus some of the Home Screen changes), but there are also quite a few notable iPad-only features.


Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

In our most recent video, we highlight some of the best new features in iPadOS 14, some of which are also available on iPhone and some of which are unique to the larger tablet form factor.

  • App Sidebars and Toolbars - iPadOS didn't get quite the same design overhaul that iOS did, but there are some tweaks worth noting. Apps like Music, Photos, Calendar, Notes, Files and more have been redesigned with sidebars that offer a more consistent and streamlined navigation experience, providing direct access to more information and tools. Apple has also introduced new toolbars that consolidate buttons into a single bar at the top of the app.

  • Updated Pull-down Menus - Along with redesigned app sidebars and toolbars, pull-down menus in built-in apps have been streamlined, providing access to app tools from a single button.

  • Search - The search interface is more compact and takes up less space on the iPad, plus there have been some refinements that let users see instant search suggestions, launch apps and websites, start in-app searches, and more. It's similar to search in iOS 13, but more powerful and better organized.

  • Scribble - Scribble, which is perhaps the best new iPadOS feature, lets Apple Pencil users handwrite in any text field, with the handwritten text converted to typed text. There are all kinds of useful tools included like scratch to delete and circling a word to select it.

  • Notes - Scribble brings new features to the Notes app. You can use Smart Selection to select and copy handwritten notes, plus you can copy handwritten notes and paste them as standard typed text. Shape recognition lets you draw an imperfect shape and have it converted to a perfect one, and data detectors, like those that make an address tappable, work with handwritten text.

  • Compact FaceTime/Phone UI - Just like on the iPhone, incoming FaceTime and Phone calls (from the iPhone) on the iPad are shown in a small banner that's easily dismissed so getting a FaceTime call no longer interrupts what you're doing on your tablet.

  • Compact Siri - Like FaceTime calls, the Siri interface is smaller too. Siri doesn't take over the entire iPad display when you use it, and instead shows up as a small animated icon at the bottom of the screen with results provided in a banner style. Siri can be swiped away, but when the Siri interface is up, you can't use the display behind it.

  • Safari - There are major improvements to Safari in iOS and iPadOS 14. Privacy tracking lets you know which websites have cross-site trackers running, there's a built-in translator so you don't need to use an extension, you can see tab previews, and Favicons are shown in tabs by default so you can see what's what at a glance.

  • Apple Music Lyrics - When you listen to Apple Music with iPadOS 14 and activate the feature that lets you follow along with the lyrics, the lyrics are now displayed full screen.

  • Emoji Popover Menu - With the new emoji popover option on iPadOS 14 you can quickly enter an emoji when using a hardware keyboard with your iPad. The nifty iOS 14 feature that lets you search for an emoji is, unfortunately, not available on the iPad.


Make sure to watch our video up above to see all of these features in action, and for more on what's new in iPadOS 14, check out our iPadOS 14 and iOS 14 roundups, along with our Guides and How Tos.

Like iOS 14, iPadOS 14 is available to developers and public beta testers at this time, so anyone can download it and try it out. The update will see an official public release this fall.
Related Roundups: iOS 14, iPadOS 14

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