Fraggle Rock is Coming to Apple TV+ After Apple Purchases Streaming Rights for Old Episodes and Orders Reboot

Apple has acquired exclusive streaming rights to all 96 episodes of “Fraggle Rock,” and has ordered a reboot of the series, reports Vulture.

Apple in April unveiled “Fraggle Rock: Rock On,” a shortform show from the Jim Henson Company that featured characters from the “Fraggle Rock” series. Apple has now inked a more extensive deal that will include a formal reboot of “Fraggle Rock” with full-length episodes.

The new series will feature original puppet stars like Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley, and Uncle “Traveling” Matt, and it will be produced by the Jim Henson Company. Existing “Fraggle Rock” episodes, produced between 1983 and 1987, will be coming to Apple TV+ on Wednesday, May 27, and will mark the first time that Apple has offered older content on its platform.

A report from Bloomberg last week suggested that Apple is planning to purchase older movies and shows for the ‌Apple TV‌+ streaming service in an attempt to build a back catalog of content that will allow it to better compete with Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+.

Vulture claims that an ‌Apple TV‌+ source said the company “remains uninterested” in using ‌Apple TV‌+ as a repository for old shows and movies from other suppliers, but it made sense to offer older “Fraggle Rock” episodes alongside new content rather than having original episodes available from another platform and the new episodes on ‌Apple TV‌+.

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Apple has acquired exclusive streaming rights to all 96 episodes of "Fraggle Rock," and has ordered a reboot of the series, reports Vulture.


Apple in April unveiled "Fraggle Rock: Rock On," a shortform show from the Jim Henson Company that featured characters from the "Fraggle Rock" series. Apple has now inked a more extensive deal that will include a formal reboot of "Fraggle Rock" with full-length episodes.

The new series will feature original puppet stars like Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley, and Uncle "Traveling" Matt, and it will be produced by the Jim Henson Company. Existing "Fraggle Rock" episodes, produced between 1983 and 1987, will be coming to Apple TV+ on Wednesday, May 27, and will mark the first time that Apple has offered older content on its platform.

A report from Bloomberg last week suggested that Apple is planning to purchase older movies and shows for the ‌Apple TV‌+ streaming service in an attempt to build a back catalog of content that will allow it to better compete with Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+.

Vulture claims that an ‌Apple TV‌+ source said the company "remains uninterested" in using ‌Apple TV‌+ as a repository for old shows and movies from other suppliers, but it made sense to offer older "Fraggle Rock" episodes alongside new content rather than having original episodes available from another platform and the new episodes on ‌Apple TV‌+.
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First App Using Apple and Google’s Exposure Notification API Launches in Switzerland

The first app that takes advantage of the Exposure Notification API developed by Apple and Google has launched in Switzerland, according to a report from the BBC.

exposure notification cartoon
A team of app developers working on contact tracing app called SwissCovid have rolled out the app in a beta capacity for members of the Swiss army, hospital workers, and civil servants. After the app is tested and approved by MPs, it will see a wider public rollout, which could happen by mid-June.

Latvia also soon plans to introduce an app that uses the API, but other European countries are hesitant. The digital affairs ministers for Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal recently published a joint letter that criticizes the Apple/Google API for the restrictions put in place, mainly the decentralized device-to-device notification approach and the lack of location data collection.

“The use of digital technologies must be designed in such a way that we, as democratically elected governments, evaluate it and judge it acceptable to our citizens and in accordance with our European values,” read the letter. “We believe that challenging this right by imposing technical standards represents a misstep and a missed opportunity for open collaboration between governments and the private sector.”

Apple released the Exposure Notification API as part of iOS 13.5 last week. At the time, Apple said that several U.S. states and 22 countries had requested and received access to the API, with more expected to join.

In the United States, there are no apps available that take advantage of ‌Exposure Notification‌ as of yet, but Alabama, South Carolina, and North Dakota all plan to use the API. The UK, Australia, multiple European states, and several U.S. states, such as Utah, have opted out of using the API.

The ‌Exposure Notification‌ feature in iOS 13.5 is deactivated by default and cannot be used without an app created by a public health authority. It is also privacy focused and collects no personally identifiable data or location information, with more details available in our Exposure Notification guide.

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The first app that takes advantage of the Exposure Notification API developed by Apple and Google has launched in Switzerland, according to a report from the BBC.

exposure notification cartoon
A team of app developers working on contact tracing app called SwissCovid have rolled out the app in a beta capacity for members of the Swiss army, hospital workers, and civil servants. After the app is tested and approved by MPs, it will see a wider public rollout, which could happen by mid-June.

Latvia also soon plans to introduce an app that uses the API, but other European countries are hesitant. The digital affairs ministers for Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal recently published a joint letter that criticizes the Apple/Google API for the restrictions put in place, mainly the decentralized device-to-device notification approach and the lack of location data collection.

"The use of digital technologies must be designed in such a way that we, as democratically elected governments, evaluate it and judge it acceptable to our citizens and in accordance with our European values," read the letter. "We believe that challenging this right by imposing technical standards represents a misstep and a missed opportunity for open collaboration between governments and the private sector."

Apple released the Exposure Notification API as part of iOS 13.5 last week. At the time, Apple said that several U.S. states and 22 countries had requested and received access to the API, with more expected to join.

In the United States, there are no apps available that take advantage of ‌Exposure Notification‌ as of yet, but Alabama, South Carolina, and North Dakota all plan to use the API. The UK, Australia, multiple European states, and several U.S. states, such as Utah, have opted out of using the API.

The ‌Exposure Notification‌ feature in iOS 13.5 is deactivated by default and cannot be used without an app created by a public health authority. It is also privacy focused and collects no personally identifiable data or location information, with more details available in our Exposure Notification guide.
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Apple Releases macOS Catalina 10.15.5 With Battery Health Management Features, Fix for Finder Freezing

Apple today released macOS Catalina 10.15.5, the fifth update to the ‌macOS Catalina‌ operating system that was released in October 2019. ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.5 comes two months after the launch of ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.4, which introduced Screen Time Communication Limits.


‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.5 is a free update that can be downloaded from the Mac App Store using the Update feature in the System Preferences app.

The ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.5 update introduces a new Battery Health Management feature for Mac notebooks. Battery Health Management is meant to extend the overall lifespan of a Mac’s battery by reducing the rate of chemical aging.

Battery Health Management analyzes the battery health of a laptop and its charging pattern, and in some cases, it will preserve battery longevity and health by not charging a MacBook to its full capacity. Keeping a MacBook charged at its full capacity at all times can reduce battery health.


When a Mac is used plugged in and the battery is kept full all the time, the Battery Health Management feature will kick in and stop short of a full charge.

Battery Health Management is an optional feature that can be disabled through the System Preferences app, with instructions available in our how to.

The ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.5 update also addresses an issue that caused large data transfers to RAID volumes to freeze up the Finder app. With the update, large data transfers will no longer cause Finder to become unresponsive.

After installing ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.4, some Mac users began experiencing occasional system crashes, primarily caused by large file transfers. The new update should successfully fix the problem. Apple’s full release notes for ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.5 are below.

‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.5 introduces battery health management in the Energy Saver settings for notebooks, an option to control automatic prominence of video tiles on Group FaceTime calls, and controls to fine-tune the built-in calibration of your Pro Display XDR. The update also improves the stability, reliability, and security of your Mac.

Battery Health Management

– Battery health management to help maximize battery lifespan for Mac notebooks

– Energy Saver preference pane now displays battery condition and recommends if the battery needs to be serviced

– Option to disable battery health management

– For more information, please visit https://support.apple.com/kb/HT211094

‌FaceTime‌ Prominence Preference

– Option to control automatic prominence on Group ‌FaceTime‌ calls so video tiles do not change size when a participant speaks

Calibration Fine-Tuning for Pro Display XDR

– Controls to fine-tune the built-in calibration of your Pro Display XDR by adjusting the white point and luminance for a precise match to your own display calibration target

This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements.

– Fixes an issue that may prevent Reminders from sending notifications for recurring reminders

– Addresses an issue that may prevent password entry on the login screen

– Fixes an issue where System Preferences would continue to show a notification badge even after installing an update

– Resolves an issue where the built-in camera may not be detected when trying to use it after using a video conferencing app

– Addresses an issue for Mac computers with the Apple T2 Security Chip where internal speakers may not appear as a sound output device in Sound preferences

– Fixes a stability issue with uploading and downloading media files from iCloud Photo Library while your Mac is asleep

– Resolves a stability issue when transferring large amounts of data to RAID volumes

– Fixes an issue where the Reduce Motion Accessibility preference did not reduce the speed of animations in a ‌FaceTime‌ group call

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Apple today released macOS Catalina 10.15.5, the fifth update to the ‌macOS Catalina‌ operating system that was released in October 2019. ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.5 comes two months after the launch of ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.4, which introduced Screen Time Communication Limits.


‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.5 is a free update that can be downloaded from the Mac App Store using the Update feature in the System Preferences app.

The ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.5 update introduces a new Battery Health Management feature for Mac notebooks. Battery Health Management is meant to extend the overall lifespan of a Mac's battery by reducing the rate of chemical aging.

Battery Health Management analyzes the battery health of a laptop and its charging pattern, and in some cases, it will preserve battery longevity and health by not charging a MacBook to its full capacity. Keeping a MacBook charged at its full capacity at all times can reduce battery health.


When a Mac is used plugged in and the battery is kept full all the time, the Battery Health Management feature will kick in and stop short of a full charge.

Battery Health Management is an optional feature that can be disabled through the System Preferences app, with instructions available in our how to.

The ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.5 update also addresses an issue that caused large data transfers to RAID volumes to freeze up the Finder app. With the update, large data transfers will no longer cause Finder to become unresponsive.

After installing ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.4, some Mac users began experiencing occasional system crashes, primarily caused by large file transfers. The new update should successfully fix the problem. Apple's full release notes for ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.5 are below.
‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.5 introduces battery health management in the Energy Saver settings for notebooks, an option to control automatic prominence of video tiles on Group FaceTime calls, and controls to fine-tune the built-in calibration of your Pro Display XDR. The update also improves the stability, reliability, and security of your Mac.

Battery Health Management
- Battery health management to help maximize battery lifespan for Mac notebooks
- Energy Saver preference pane now displays battery condition and recommends if the battery needs to be serviced
- Option to disable battery health management
- For more information, please visit https://support.apple.com/kb/HT211094

‌FaceTime‌ Prominence Preference
- Option to control automatic prominence on Group ‌FaceTime‌ calls so video tiles do not change size when a participant speaks

Calibration Fine-Tuning for Pro Display XDR
- Controls to fine-tune the built-in calibration of your Pro Display XDR by adjusting the white point and luminance for a precise match to your own display calibration target

This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements.
- Fixes an issue that may prevent Reminders from sending notifications for recurring reminders
- Addresses an issue that may prevent password entry on the login screen
- Fixes an issue where System Preferences would continue to show a notification badge even after installing an update
- Resolves an issue where the built-in camera may not be detected when trying to use it after using a video conferencing app
- Addresses an issue for Mac computers with the Apple T2 Security Chip where internal speakers may not appear as a sound output device in Sound preferences
- Fixes a stability issue with uploading and downloading media files from iCloud Photo Library while your Mac is asleep
- Resolves a stability issue when transferring large amounts of data to RAID volumes
- Fixes an issue where the Reduce Motion Accessibility preference did not reduce the speed of animations in a ‌FaceTime‌ group call
Related Roundup: macOS Catalina

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Belkin’s Speaker + Wireless Charger and 3-in-1 Charging Dock Now Available for Purchase

Belkin today announced that several of its new wireless charging accessories that first debuted at CES are now available for purchase on Amazon and from other third-party retailers.


The Soundform Elite Smart Speaker + Wireless Charger, priced at $300, combines wireless charging capabilities with speaker technology from Devialet. It looks a bit like a HomePod with the top cut off to provide a wireless charging spot for an iPhone, and it works with Google Assistant.

Belkin’s Boost Charge 3-in-1 Wireless Charger, priced at $120, can charge an ‌iPhone‌, AirPods, and an Apple Watch all at once. It has a sleek, compact design with an upright charging platform for an ‌iPhone‌, a charging puck for the ‌Apple Watch‌, and a space between the ‌Apple Watch‌’s band to charge the ‌AirPods‌.

Belkin Wireless Charger
Available for $50, Belkin’s Dual Wireless Charging Pads offer fast 7.5W charging for two iPhones at once through a single charging pad that has a dual-device design.


All of the wireless chargers listed above are available for purchase from Belkin and from Amazon as of today.

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Belkin today announced that several of its new wireless charging accessories that first debuted at CES are now available for purchase on Amazon and from other third-party retailers.


The Soundform Elite Smart Speaker + Wireless Charger, priced at $300, combines wireless charging capabilities with speaker technology from Devialet. It looks a bit like a HomePod with the top cut off to provide a wireless charging spot for an iPhone, and it works with Google Assistant.

Belkin's Boost Charge 3-in-1 Wireless Charger, priced at $120, can charge an ‌iPhone‌, AirPods, and an Apple Watch all at once. It has a sleek, compact design with an upright charging platform for an ‌iPhone‌, a charging puck for the ‌Apple Watch‌, and a space between the ‌Apple Watch‌'s band to charge the ‌AirPods‌.

Belkin Wireless Charger
Available for $50, Belkin's Dual Wireless Charging Pads offer fast 7.5W charging for two iPhones at once through a single charging pad that has a dual-device design.


All of the wireless chargers listed above are available for purchase from Belkin and from Amazon as of today.
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Apple’s iPhone 11 Was the Most Popular Smartphone in Q1 2020

Apple’s iPhone 11 was the most in-demand smartphone during the first quarter of 2020, even as the world weathered a global pandemic, according to new research shared today by research firm Omdia.


Apple shipped an estimated 19.5 million ‌iPhone 11‌ models during the quarter, thanks to the more affordable price tag of the device along with its robust feature set.

“For more than five years–even amid shifting conditions in the wireless market and the global economy–one thing has remained consistent in the smartphone business: Apple has taken either the first or second rank in Omdia’s global model shipment ranking,” said Jusy Hong, director of smartphone research at Omdia. “Apple’s success is the result of its strategy to offer relatively few models. This has allowed the company to focus its efforts on a small number of products that appeal to a broad selection of consumers and sell in extremely high volumes.”

Samsung’s Galaxy A51 was the second most popular smartphone with 6.8 million units shipped, followed by the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro, with 6.6 and 6.1 million units shipped, respectively.

Apple’s iPhone XR, which was the best-selling smartphone in the year-ago quarter, took the fourth spot with 4.7 million units shipped. The ‌iPhone XR‌ was more popular than the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, though it’s worth noting that those two smartphones were counted individually rather than together.


Apple shipped an estimated 4.2 million iPhone 11 Pro Max models and an estimated 3.8 million ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌ models, for a combined total of 8 million smartphones shipped. Had those been counted as a combined total, the two models would have placed second in the shipment rankings.

Omdia is a research firm that was established following the merger of the research division of Informa Tech and the IHS Markit technology research portfolio.

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Apple's iPhone 11 was the most in-demand smartphone during the first quarter of 2020, even as the world weathered a global pandemic, according to new research shared today by research firm Omdia.


Apple shipped an estimated 19.5 million ‌iPhone 11‌ models during the quarter, thanks to the more affordable price tag of the device along with its robust feature set.
"For more than five years--even amid shifting conditions in the wireless market and the global economy--one thing has remained consistent in the smartphone business: Apple has taken either the first or second rank in Omdia's global model shipment ranking," said Jusy Hong, director of smartphone research at Omdia. "Apple's success is the result of its strategy to offer relatively few models. This has allowed the company to focus its efforts on a small number of products that appeal to a broad selection of consumers and sell in extremely high volumes."
Samsung's Galaxy A51 was the second most popular smartphone with 6.8 million units shipped, followed by the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro, with 6.6 and 6.1 million units shipped, respectively.

Apple's iPhone XR, which was the best-selling smartphone in the year-ago quarter, took the fourth spot with 4.7 million units shipped. The ‌iPhone XR‌ was more popular than the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, though it's worth noting that those two smartphones were counted individually rather than together.


Apple shipped an estimated 4.2 million iPhone 11 Pro Max models and an estimated 3.8 million ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌ models, for a combined total of 8 million smartphones shipped. Had those been counted as a combined total, the two models would have placed second in the shipment rankings.

Omdia is a research firm that was established following the merger of the research division of Informa Tech and the IHS Markit technology research portfolio.
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Buyer's Guide: iPhone 11 (Caution)

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Apple Reopening ~100 More Retail Stores in the U.S. This Week With Focus on Curbside Pickup and Storefront Service

Apple is planning to approximately 100 more retail stores in the United States this week in states that include California, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Texas, and more.


Apple first began reopening stores in the United States on May 11, and right around 25 stores have opened up at the current time. Many of the Apple Stores that will be reopening starting tomorrow will be limited to store pickups and repairs.

In the Bay Area where Apple is located, for example, stores that include Apple Burlingame, Apple Corte Madera, Apple Hillsdale, and Apple Union Square, the flagship San Francisco location, are reopening, but only for pickups and repairs.

Customers will not be allowed in the store, as local guidelines state that non-essential stores with a sidewalk storefront are only able to provide curbside pickup of orders at this time. Stores located in malls are not able to open up as of yet, so retail locations like Valley Fair will remain closed. In other areas, though, stores will be able to reopen for customers.

Apple in a statement to 9to5Mac said that it is committed to reopening its stores “in a very thoughtful manner.”

This week we’ll return to serving customers in many US locations. For customer safety and convenience, most stores will offer curbside or storefront service only, where we provide online order pick-up and Genius Bar appointments. Others will be open for walk-in customers and we encourage everyone to check their local store webpage for more information about hours at their preferred location. Customers can also visit apple.com for support by phone or chat.

We are committed to reopening our stores in a very thoughtful manner with the health and safety of our customers and teams as our top priority, and we look forward to seeing our customers again soon.

Apple Store employees across the United States have been preparing for the store openings over the course of the last week, and were trained on new procedures for handling products and interacting with customers over the weekend.

9to5Mac has a full list of the stores that are set to reopen this week, and details on whether customers are able to enter the store or if the location is limited to pickups.

Arizona (In-store Service & Sales):

– Arrowhead (Glendale)

– Chandler Fashion Center (Chandler)

– La Encantada (Tucson)

– SanTan Village (Gilbert)

– Scottsdale Fashion Square (Scottsdale)

– Scottsdale Quarter (Scottsdale)

California (In-store Service & Sales):

– Carlsbad (Carlsbad)

– Fashion Valley (San Diego)

– North County (Escondido)

– Otay Ranch (Chula Vista)

– State Street (Santa Barbara)

– UTC (San Diego)

California (Storefront Service & Sales):

– 4th Street (Berkeley)

– Apple Park Visitor Center (Cupertino)

– Bay Street (Emeryville)

– Broadway Plaza (Walnut Creek)

– Burlingame (Burlingame)

– Chestnut Street (San Francisco)

– Corte Madera (Corte Madera)

– El Paseo Village (Palm Desert)

– Fashion Island (Newport Beach)

– Infinite Loop (Cupertino)

– Irvine Spectrum Center (Irvine)

– Los Gatos (Los Gatos)

– Palo Alto (Palo Alto)

– Promenade Temecula (Temecula)

– Stanford (Palo Alto)

– Union Square (San Francisco)

– Victoria Gardens (Rancho Cucamonga)

California (Curbside Service & Sales):

– Brea Mall (Brea)

– Hillsdale (San Mateo)

– Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo)

– Santa Rosa Plaza (Santa Rosa)

– South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa)

– The Oaks (Thousand Oaks)

Florida (In-store Service & Sales):

– Aventura (Aventura)

– Boca Raton (Boca Raton)

– Brickell City Centre (Miami)

– Coconut Point (Estero)

– Dadeland (Miami)

– Lincoln Road (Miami Beach)

– The Falls (Miami)

– The Galleria (Fort Lauderdale)

– The Gardens Mall (Palm Beach Gardens)

– Waterside Shops (Naples)

– Wellington Green (Wellington)

Georgia (In-store Service & Sales):

– Augusta (Augusta)

Georgia (Storefront Service & Sales):

– Avalon (Alpharetta)

– Cumberland Mall (Atlanta)

– Lenox Square (Atlanta)

– Mall of Georgia (Buford)

– Perimeter (Atlanta)

Indiana (Storefront Service & Sales):

– University Park Mall (Mishawaka)

Kansas (Storefront Service & Sales):

– Leawood (Leawood)

Kentucky (Storefront Service & Sales):

– FayetteMall (Lexington)

– Oxmoor (Louisville)

Michigan (Curbside Service & Sales):

– Briarwood (Ann Arbor)

– Eastwood Towne Center (Lansing)

– Partridge Creek (Clinton Township)

– Somerset (Troy)

– Twelve Oaks (Novi)

Missouri (Storefront Service & Sales):

– Country Club Plaza (Kansas City)

– Saint Louis Galleria (St. Louis)

– West County (St. Louis)

Nevada (In-store Service & Sales):

– Summerlin (Las Vegas)

– Summit Sierra (Reno)

– Town Square (Las Vegas)

New Mexico (Storefront Service & Sales):

– ABQ Uptown (Albuquerque)

New York (Curbside Service & Sales):

– Eastview (Victor)

Ohio (Storefront Service & Sales):

– Crocker Park (Westlake)

– Easton Town Center (Columbus)

– Eton (Woodmere)

– Kenwood Towne Centre (Cincinnati)

– Polaris Fashion Place (Columbus)

– Summit Mall (Akron)

– The Greene (Beavercreek)

Oregon (Storefront Service & Sales):

– Pioneer Place (Portland)

Pennsylvania (Storefront Service & Sales):

– Shadyside (Pittsburgh)

South Carolina (In-store Service & Sales):

– Haywood Mall (Greenville)

Tennessee (Storefront Service & Sales):

– Cool Springs Galleria (Franklin)

– West Town Mall (Knoxville)

Texas (In-store Service & Sales):

– Barton Creek (Austin)

– Baybrook (Friendswood)

– Domain Northside (Austin)

– First Colony Mall (Sugar Land)

– Highland Village (Houston)

– Houston Galleria (Houston)

– La Cantera (San Antonio)

– Memorial City (Houston)

– North Star (San Antonio)

– The Woodlands (The Woodlands)

– Willowbrook Mall (Houston)

Texas (Storefront Service & Sales):

– Cielo Vista Mall (El Paso)

– Knox Street (Dallas)

– NorthPark Center (Dallas)

– Galleria Dallas (Dallas)

– Southlake Town Square (Southlake)

– University Park Village (Fort Worth)

Utah (Storefront Service & Sales):

– City Creek Center (Salt Lake City)

– Fashion Place (Murray)

– Station Park (Farmington)

Virginia (In-store Service & Sales):

– Lynnhaven Mall (Virginia Beach)

– MacArthur Center (Norfolk)

Wisconsin (Storefront Service & Sales):

– Hilldale (Madison)

These store openings are in addition to the stores that reopened earlier this month. Apple has also opened 12 of its locations in Canada, and has reopened stores in South Korea, Australia, Austria, and Italy. Apple also plans to reopen stores in Japan and Sweden this week.

Once the new U.S. store openings are complete, Apple will have right around 130 stores operational in the country.

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Apple is planning to approximately 100 more retail stores in the United States this week in states that include California, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Texas, and more.


Apple first began reopening stores in the United States on May 11, and right around 25 stores have opened up at the current time. Many of the Apple Stores that will be reopening starting tomorrow will be limited to store pickups and repairs.

In the Bay Area where Apple is located, for example, stores that include Apple Burlingame, Apple Corte Madera, Apple Hillsdale, and Apple Union Square, the flagship San Francisco location, are reopening, but only for pickups and repairs.

Customers will not be allowed in the store, as local guidelines state that non-essential stores with a sidewalk storefront are only able to provide curbside pickup of orders at this time. Stores located in malls are not able to open up as of yet, so retail locations like Valley Fair will remain closed. In other areas, though, stores will be able to reopen for customers.

Apple in a statement to 9to5Mac said that it is committed to reopening its stores "in a very thoughtful manner."
This week we'll return to serving customers in many US locations. For customer safety and convenience, most stores will offer curbside or storefront service only, where we provide online order pick-up and Genius Bar appointments. Others will be open for walk-in customers and we encourage everyone to check their local store webpage for more information about hours at their preferred location. Customers can also visit apple.com for support by phone or chat.

We are committed to reopening our stores in a very thoughtful manner with the health and safety of our customers and teams as our top priority, and we look forward to seeing our customers again soon.

Apple Store employees across the United States have been preparing for the store openings over the course of the last week, and were trained on new procedures for handling products and interacting with customers over the weekend.

9to5Mac has a full list of the stores that are set to reopen this week, and details on whether customers are able to enter the store or if the location is limited to pickups.

Arizona (In-store Service & Sales):

- Arrowhead (Glendale)
- Chandler Fashion Center (Chandler)
- La Encantada (Tucson)
- SanTan Village (Gilbert)
- Scottsdale Fashion Square (Scottsdale)
- Scottsdale Quarter (Scottsdale)

California (In-store Service & Sales):

- Carlsbad (Carlsbad)
- Fashion Valley (San Diego)
- North County (Escondido)
- Otay Ranch (Chula Vista)
- State Street (Santa Barbara)
- UTC (San Diego)

California (Storefront Service & Sales):

- 4th Street (Berkeley)
- Apple Park Visitor Center (Cupertino)
- Bay Street (Emeryville)
- Broadway Plaza (Walnut Creek)
- Burlingame (Burlingame)
- Chestnut Street (San Francisco)
- Corte Madera (Corte Madera)
- El Paseo Village (Palm Desert)
- Fashion Island (Newport Beach)
- Infinite Loop (Cupertino)
- Irvine Spectrum Center (Irvine)
- Los Gatos (Los Gatos)
- Palo Alto (Palo Alto)
- Promenade Temecula (Temecula)
- Stanford (Palo Alto)
- Union Square (San Francisco)
- Victoria Gardens (Rancho Cucamonga)

California (Curbside Service & Sales):

- Brea Mall (Brea)
- Hillsdale (San Mateo)
- Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo)
- Santa Rosa Plaza (Santa Rosa)
- South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa)
- The Oaks (Thousand Oaks)

Florida (In-store Service & Sales):

- Aventura (Aventura)
- Boca Raton (Boca Raton)
- Brickell City Centre (Miami)
- Coconut Point (Estero)
- Dadeland (Miami)
- Lincoln Road (Miami Beach)
- The Falls (Miami)
- The Galleria (Fort Lauderdale)
- The Gardens Mall (Palm Beach Gardens)
- Waterside Shops (Naples)
- Wellington Green (Wellington)

Georgia (In-store Service & Sales):

- Augusta (Augusta)

Georgia (Storefront Service & Sales):

- Avalon (Alpharetta)
- Cumberland Mall (Atlanta)
- Lenox Square (Atlanta)
- Mall of Georgia (Buford)
- Perimeter (Atlanta)

Indiana (Storefront Service & Sales):

- University Park Mall (Mishawaka)

Kansas (Storefront Service & Sales):

- Leawood (Leawood)

Kentucky (Storefront Service & Sales):

- FayetteMall (Lexington)
- Oxmoor (Louisville)

Michigan (Curbside Service & Sales):

- Briarwood (Ann Arbor)
- Eastwood Towne Center (Lansing)
- Partridge Creek (Clinton Township)
- Somerset (Troy)
- Twelve Oaks (Novi)

Missouri (Storefront Service & Sales):

- Country Club Plaza (Kansas City)
- Saint Louis Galleria (St. Louis)
- West County (St. Louis)

Nevada (In-store Service & Sales):

- Summerlin (Las Vegas)
- Summit Sierra (Reno)
- Town Square (Las Vegas)

New Mexico (Storefront Service & Sales):

- ABQ Uptown (Albuquerque)

New York (Curbside Service & Sales):

- Eastview (Victor)

Ohio (Storefront Service & Sales):

- Crocker Park (Westlake)
- Easton Town Center (Columbus)
- Eton (Woodmere)
- Kenwood Towne Centre (Cincinnati)
- Polaris Fashion Place (Columbus)
- Summit Mall (Akron)
- The Greene (Beavercreek)

Oregon (Storefront Service & Sales):

- Pioneer Place (Portland)

Pennsylvania (Storefront Service & Sales):

- Shadyside (Pittsburgh)

South Carolina (In-store Service & Sales):

- Haywood Mall (Greenville)

Tennessee (Storefront Service & Sales):

- Cool Springs Galleria (Franklin)
- West Town Mall (Knoxville)

Texas (In-store Service & Sales):

- Barton Creek (Austin)
- Baybrook (Friendswood)
- Domain Northside (Austin)
- First Colony Mall (Sugar Land)
- Highland Village (Houston)
- Houston Galleria (Houston)
- La Cantera (San Antonio)
- Memorial City (Houston)
- North Star (San Antonio)
- The Woodlands (The Woodlands)
- Willowbrook Mall (Houston)

Texas (Storefront Service & Sales):

- Cielo Vista Mall (El Paso)
- Knox Street (Dallas)
- NorthPark Center (Dallas)
- Galleria Dallas (Dallas)
- Southlake Town Square (Southlake)
- University Park Village (Fort Worth)

Utah (Storefront Service & Sales):

- City Creek Center (Salt Lake City)
- Fashion Place (Murray)
- Station Park (Farmington)

Virginia (In-store Service & Sales):

- Lynnhaven Mall (Virginia Beach)
- MacArthur Center (Norfolk)

Wisconsin (Storefront Service & Sales):

- Hilldale (Madison)

These store openings are in addition to the stores that reopened earlier this month. Apple has also opened 12 of its locations in Canada, and has reopened stores in South Korea, Australia, Austria, and Italy. Apple also plans to reopen stores in Japan and Sweden this week.

Once the new U.S. store openings are complete, Apple will have right around 130 stores operational in the country.
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Apple Confirms ‘No Longer Shared’ App Bug Has Been Fixed

On Friday, an App Store bug surfaced that caused newly updated apps to fail to open when tapped, with users receiving a message stating “This app is no longer shared with you.”


The problem affected dozens of apps that had received updates, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp, TikTok, and others. There was no fix at the time except for offloading an affected app and then re-downloading it, which was a hassle to do for every impacted app.

On Sunday morning, iPhone and iPad owners began noticing dozens of pending app updates in the App Store, including for many apps that had already been updated. The updates extended back as far as 10 days and appeared to have been released to address the bug causing apps to fail to open.

Apple today confirmed to TechCrunch that the “No Longer Shared” bug has been addressed and fixed for all affected customers, but did not provide details on what the problem was.

Customers who had apps that would not open should be able to use them again after downloading the relevant updates from the ‌App Store‌. Apps can be updated by opening the ‌App Store‌, tapping on your profile picture, swiping down to refresh, and then tapping the “Update All” option.

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On Friday, an App Store bug surfaced that caused newly updated apps to fail to open when tapped, with users receiving a message stating "This app is no longer shared with you."


The problem affected dozens of apps that had received updates, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp, TikTok, and others. There was no fix at the time except for offloading an affected app and then re-downloading it, which was a hassle to do for every impacted app.

On Sunday morning, iPhone and iPad owners began noticing dozens of pending app updates in the App Store, including for many apps that had already been updated. The updates extended back as far as 10 days and appeared to have been released to address the bug causing apps to fail to open.

Apple today confirmed to TechCrunch that the "No Longer Shared" bug has been addressed and fixed for all affected customers, but did not provide details on what the problem was.

Customers who had apps that would not open should be able to use them again after downloading the relevant updates from the ‌App Store‌. Apps can be updated by opening the ‌App Store‌, tapping on your profile picture, swiping down to refresh, and then tapping the "Update All" option.
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iOS Bug Preventing Some Apps From Opening With ‘This App is No Longer Shared’ Message

An app bug is causing some iOS users to be unable to open their apps, with affected iPhone and iPad users seeing the message “This app is no longer shared with you” when attempting to access an app.


There are multiple complaints about the issue on the MacRumors forums and on Twitter from users who are running into problems. A MacRumors reader describes the issue:

Is anyone else experiencing widespread app crashes? I am suddenly being informed that “this app is no longer shared with you” from several iOS apps. When I follow the prompt to the app’s App Store page, the only option is to “open” which then just puts me back into the same loop.

Dozens of Twitter complaints suggest the issue is affecting people running both iOS 13.4.1 and iOS 13.5, and it’s not clear what’s causing the problem as not everyone appears to be affected. Some users have had the problem occur after updating apps in the last day.

There have been complaints about many apps including YouTube, Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook, TikTok, LastPass, and more. We updated the WhatsApp app an ‌iPhone‌ on iOS 13.5 prior to writing this article and immediately got the error message.

People impacted by the issue have been able to fix their apps by deleting the app that’s not working and reinstalling it. Offloading the app rather than deleting it may also work to fix the problem.

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An app bug is causing some iOS users to be unable to open their apps, with affected iPhone and iPad users seeing the message "This app is no longer shared with you" when attempting to access an app.


There are multiple complaints about the issue on the MacRumors forums and on Twitter from users who are running into problems. A MacRumors reader describes the issue:
Is anyone else experiencing widespread app crashes? I am suddenly being informed that "this app is no longer shared with you" from several iOS apps. When I follow the prompt to the app's App Store page, the only option is to "open" which then just puts me back into the same loop.
Dozens of Twitter complaints suggest the issue is affecting people running both iOS 13.4.1 and iOS 13.5, and it's not clear what's causing the problem as not everyone appears to be affected. Some users have had the problem occur after updating apps in the last day.

There have been complaints about many apps including YouTube, Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook, TikTok, LastPass, and more. We updated the WhatsApp app an ‌iPhone‌ on iOS 13.5 prior to writing this article and immediately got the error message.

People impacted by the issue have been able to fix their apps by deleting the app that's not working and reinstalling it. Offloading the app rather than deleting it may also work to fix the problem.
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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a MacBook Pro-Compatible Signature Backpack and Luggage From Vessel

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with Vessel to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Signature 2.0 Backpack and matching Signature 2.0 Luggage.


Vessel offers a range of backpacks, briefcases, bags, luggage, and other items, and the Signature 2.0 Backpack is one of its most popular items.


Priced at $235, the Signature 2.0 Backpack is designed to be an everyday bag that can carry all of your essentials with its myriad pockets, but it’s also sleek, compact, and attractive.


The backpack features a dual zipper main compartment for holding larger items, an exterior zip up pocket at the front with space for a smartphone and headphones, and a padded compartment that fits up to a 16-inch MacBook Pro.

The laptop compartment features a slip pocket and internal mesh compartments, along with a velour-lined zippered pocket. A vertical side pocket provides easy access to something like a smartphone, and another zippered compartment at the bottom can hold even more.


The Signature 2.0 Backpack has padded shoulder straps and a mesh back panel, which works well with a suitcase, such as Vessel’s Signature 2.0 Luggage, which matches the backpack.


The Signature 2.0 Luggage measures in at 14.5 inches by 10 inches by 21 inches and it features 360-degree wheels that make it easy to push or pull along when traveling.


There’s a main suitcase compartment for transporting clothes and other necessities, and there’s a front pocket with a padded laptop sleeve and multiple pockets to house all of your accessories. Both the Signature 2.0 Backpack and the Signature 2.0 Luggage are made from a micro-suede synthetic leather available in a range of colors like tan, stone, gray, and rose gold.

Vessel’s animal friendly synthetic leather is a solid alternative to natural leather with a soft, smooth touch and water resistance, which is useful in bad weather. Vessel says that its leather holds up well over time because the structure is similar to genuine leather.


We have a Signature 2.0 Backpack and Signature 2.0 Suitcase to give away to a MacRumors reader, with the winner able to pick the color of their choice. 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.

Vessel

The contest will run from today (May 22) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on May 29. The winner will be chosen randomly on May 29 and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before a new winner is chosen.

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For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Vessel to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Signature 2.0 Backpack and matching Signature 2.0 Luggage.


Vessel offers a range of backpacks, briefcases, bags, luggage, and other items, and the Signature 2.0 Backpack is one of its most popular items.


Priced at $235, the Signature 2.0 Backpack is designed to be an everyday bag that can carry all of your essentials with its myriad pockets, but it's also sleek, compact, and attractive.


The backpack features a dual zipper main compartment for holding larger items, an exterior zip up pocket at the front with space for a smartphone and headphones, and a padded compartment that fits up to a 16-inch MacBook Pro.

The laptop compartment features a slip pocket and internal mesh compartments, along with a velour-lined zippered pocket. A vertical side pocket provides easy access to something like a smartphone, and another zippered compartment at the bottom can hold even more.


The Signature 2.0 Backpack has padded shoulder straps and a mesh back panel, which works well with a suitcase, such as Vessel's Signature 2.0 Luggage, which matches the backpack.


The Signature 2.0 Luggage measures in at 14.5 inches by 10 inches by 21 inches and it features 360-degree wheels that make it easy to push or pull along when traveling.


There's a main suitcase compartment for transporting clothes and other necessities, and there's a front pocket with a padded laptop sleeve and multiple pockets to house all of your accessories. Both the Signature 2.0 Backpack and the Signature 2.0 Luggage are made from a micro-suede synthetic leather available in a range of colors like tan, stone, gray, and rose gold.

Vessel's animal friendly synthetic leather is a solid alternative to natural leather with a soft, smooth touch and water resistance, which is useful in bad weather. Vessel says that its leather holds up well over time because the structure is similar to genuine leather.


We have a Signature 2.0 Backpack and Signature 2.0 Suitcase to give away to a MacRumors reader, with the winner able to pick the color of their choice. 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.

Vessel

The contest will run from today (May 22) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on May 29. The winner will be chosen randomly on May 29 and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before a new winner is chosen.
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Apple’s ‘Bounce’ AirPods Ad Wins ‘Best of Advertising’ Award

Apple’s creative “Bounce” ad designed to highlight the AirPods took top honors in the 99th annual ADC (Art Director’s Club) awards for advertising, earning the “Best of Discipline” award along with two Gold Cube awards in the craft in video and branded content categories.

Released in June 2019, the ad features a bored man who pulls his ‌AirPods‌ off of their wireless charging pad and then pops outside to bounce over street items that are bouncy like a trampoline. The song “I Learnt Some Jazz Today” plays in the background while he bounces throughout town.

The ad was created by Apple’s longtime advertising partner TBWA\Media Arts Lab, and the One Club website where awards are announced has a behind the scenes video that gives some insight into how it was filmed. All of the physical bouncing was done in camera with various props, with a city set built in an airport hangar.


Apple content won other awards too. Apple’s AirPods Pro ads on Apple Stores worldwide earned a Silver Cube award, the opening theme for “The Morning Show” won a Bronze Cube award, and the “Snowbrawl” video won a Bronze Cube award.

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Apple's creative "Bounce" ad designed to highlight the AirPods

Released
in June 2019, the ad features a bored man who pulls his ‌AirPods‌ off of their wireless charging pad and then pops outside to bounce over street items that are bouncy like a trampoline. The song "I Learnt Some Jazz Today" plays in the background while he bounces throughout town.

The ad was created by Apple's longtime advertising partner TBWA\Media Arts Lab, and the One Club website where awards are announced has
Apple content won other awards too. Apple's
AirPods Pro ads on Apple Stores worldwide earned a Silver Cube award, the opening theme for "The Morning Show" won a Bronze Cube award, and the "Snowbrawl" video won a Bronze Cube award.
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