New iPhones Access Location Info When Settings are Disabled Due to Ultra Wideband, Toggle Coming in Future Update

Earlier this week, security researcher Brian Krebs found that the new iPhone 11 Pro models access user location data even when all apps and system services on the iPhone are set to not request the data.

Krebs told Apple that he had found a possible privacy bug as this presumably should not happen, but Apple told him that there were no concerns and the ‌iPhone‌ was operating as designed. “It is expected behavior that the Location Services icon appears in the status bar when Location Services is enabled. The icon appears for system services that do not have a switch in Settings,” Apple said.


Krebs came to the conclusion that Apple has certain system services that check for location regardless of whether the setting has been disabled individually for apps and system services, which, as it turns out, is accurate.

Apple today provided more context in a statement to TechCrunch, explaining that the new ‌iPhone‌ models that have a U1 ultra wideband chip are using location data to make sure they’re not in restricted areas.

As Apple explains, there are some areas where ultra wideband technology is not allowed because of international regulations, so the ‌iPhone‌ must make sure it is not in these locations.

Ultra wideband technology is an industry standard technology and is subject to international regulatory requirements that require it to be turned off in certain locations. iOS uses Location Services to help determine if ‌iPhone‌ is in these prohibited locations in order to disable ultra wideband and comply with regulations.

The management of ultra wideband compliance and its use of location data is done entirely on the device and Apple is not collecting user location data.

Apple says that the location checks are done on device and no data about location is being sent to Apple’s servers.

In the future, Apple plans to provide a dedicated toggle that will turn off the ultra wideband technology and thus disallow the background location tracking that’s currently going on.

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Earlier this week, security researcher Brian Krebs found that the new iPhone 11 Pro models access user location data even when all apps and system services on the iPhone are set to not request the data.

Krebs told Apple that he had found a possible privacy bug as this presumably should not happen, but Apple told him that there were no concerns and the ‌iPhone‌ was operating as designed. "It is expected behavior that the Location Services icon appears in the status bar when Location Services is enabled. The icon appears for system services that do not have a switch in Settings," Apple said.


Krebs came to the conclusion that Apple has certain system services that check for location regardless of whether the setting has been disabled individually for apps and system services, which, as it turns out, is accurate.

Apple today provided more context in a statement to TechCrunch, explaining that the new ‌iPhone‌ models that have a U1 ultra wideband chip are using location data to make sure they're not in restricted areas.

As Apple explains, there are some areas where ultra wideband technology is not allowed because of international regulations, so the ‌iPhone‌ must make sure it is not in these locations.
Ultra wideband technology is an industry standard technology and is subject to international regulatory requirements that require it to be turned off in certain locations. iOS uses Location Services to help determine if ‌iPhone‌ is in these prohibited locations in order to disable ultra wideband and comply with regulations.

The management of ultra wideband compliance and its use of location data is done entirely on the device and Apple is not collecting user location data.
Apple says that the location checks are done on device and no data about location is being sent to Apple's servers.

In the future, Apple plans to provide a dedicated toggle that will turn off the ultra wideband technology and thus disallow the background location tracking that's currently going on.


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Apple Shares the ‘Best of 2019’ Highlighting Top Apps and Games, Plus First Apple Music Awards

Apple today hosted an event in New York City where the company announced its annual “best of” lists, highlighting the best apps and games of the year, along with sharing details on the musical artist of the year and the top song through the new Apple Music Awards.


After sharing details with members of the media, Apple released all of its top picks in a new article available on its Apple Newsroom site.

This year, Apple is recognizing its favorite apps and games for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac, and there’s a new Apple Arcade category.

‌Apple Arcade‌ Game of the Year – Sayonara Wild Hearts by Simogo (Apple Arcade)

‌iPhone‌ App of the Year – Spectre Camera by Lux Optics ($2.99)

‌iPhone‌ Game of the Year – Sky: Children of the Light by thatgamecompany (Free)

‌iPad‌ App of the Year – Flow by Moleskine (Free)

‌iPad‌ Game of the Year – Hyper Light Drifter by Abylight S.L. ($4.99)

Mac App of the Year – Affinity Publisher by Serif Labs ($49.99)

Mac Game of the Year – GRIS by Devolver / Nomada Studio ($4.99)

‌Apple TV‌ App of the Year – The Explorers by The Explorers Network ($4.99)

‌Apple TV‌ Game of the Year – Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap by DotEmu ($7.99)

Apple has also announced the first ever ‌Apple Music‌ Awards, likely meant to be similar to other music awards like the VMAs and and AMAs. Apple has named Billie Eilish its Global Artist of the Year and the Songwriter of the Year along with her brother Finneas. Lizzo is Apple’s breakthrough Artist of the Year, and the Song of the Year is “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X. All of the winning artists are receiving a special Apple-designed award.

Apple plans to hold a live awards ceremony at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park Campus on Wednesday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. The event will include a live performance by Billie Eilish, and it will be live streamed so Apple customers can watch.

‌Apple Music‌ will celebrate the inaugural ‌Apple Music‌ Awards with a bespoke performance from Billie Eilish at the Steve Jobs Theater at ‌Apple Park‌. The show will be unlike anything ever seen from this unanimously crowned Artist of the Year. This exclusive event will be streamed live around the world on December 4 at 6:30 p.m. PST.

Apple’s full article has a more complete list of details on all of the apps and games that were highlighted, along with more information on the Apple Music Awards.

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Apple today hosted an event in New York City where the company announced its annual "best of" lists, highlighting the best apps and games of the year, along with sharing details on the musical artist of the year and the top song through the new Apple Music Awards.


After sharing details with members of the media, Apple released all of its top picks in a new article available on its Apple Newsroom site.

This year, Apple is recognizing its favorite apps and games for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac, and there's a new Apple Arcade category.

- ‌Apple Arcade‌ Game of the Year - Sayonara Wild Hearts by Simogo (Apple Arcade)
- ‌iPhone‌ App of the Year - Spectre Camera by Lux Optics ($2.99)
- ‌iPhone‌ Game of the Year - Sky: Children of the Light by thatgamecompany (Free)
- ‌iPad‌ App of the Year - Flow by Moleskine (Free)
- ‌iPad‌ Game of the Year - Hyper Light Drifter by Abylight S.L. ($4.99)
- Mac App of the Year - Affinity Publisher by Serif Labs ($49.99)
- Mac Game of the Year - GRIS by Devolver / Nomada Studio ($4.99)
- ‌Apple TV‌ App of the Year - The Explorers by The Explorers Network ($4.99)
- ‌Apple TV‌ Game of the Year - Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap by DotEmu ($7.99)

Apple has also announced the first ever ‌Apple Music‌ Awards, likely meant to be similar to other music awards like the VMAs and and AMAs. Apple has named Billie Eilish its Global Artist of the Year and the Songwriter of the Year along with her brother Finneas. Lizzo is Apple's breakthrough Artist of the Year, and the Song of the Year is "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X. All of the winning artists are receiving a special Apple-designed award.

Apple plans to hold a live awards ceremony at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park Campus on Wednesday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. The event will include a live performance by Billie Eilish, and it will be live streamed so Apple customers can watch.
‌Apple Music‌ will celebrate the inaugural ‌Apple Music‌ Awards with a bespoke performance from Billie Eilish at the Steve Jobs Theater at ‌Apple Park‌. The show will be unlike anything ever seen from this unanimously crowned Artist of the Year. This exclusive event will be streamed live around the world on December 4 at 6:30 p.m. PST.
Apple's full article has a more complete list of details on all of the apps and games that were highlighted, along with more information on the Apple Music Awards.


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Apple Stops Signing iOS 13.2.2 Following Release of iOS 13.2.3

Following the release of iOS 13.2.3 on November 18, Apple has stopped signing iOS 13.2.2, which means downgrading to this version of iOS is no longer possible.

iOS 13.2.2 was a bug fix update that addressed an issue that caused some apps to quit unexpectedly in the background, which led to more frequent than normal refresh times for apps like Safari, YouTube, and more.

Apple routinely stops signing older versions of software updates after new releases come out in order to encourage customers to keep their operating systems up to date.

iOS 13.2.3 is the current publicly available version of iOS, and is another bug fix update that includes fixes for search, the Messages apps, background downloading, Mail, and more.

Developers and public beta testers can also download iOS 13.3, an upcoming update that introduces Communication Limits for Screen Time and a handful of other tweaks and changes.

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Following the release of iOS 13.2.3 on November 18, Apple has stopped signing iOS 13.2.2, which means downgrading to this version of iOS is no longer possible.

iOS 13.2.2 was a bug fix update that addressed an issue that caused some apps to quit unexpectedly in the background, which led to more frequent than normal refresh times for apps like Safari, YouTube, and more.

Apple routinely stops signing older versions of software updates after new releases come out in order to encourage customers to keep their operating systems up to date.

iOS 13.2.3 is the current publicly available version of iOS, and is another bug fix update that includes fixes for search, the Messages apps, background downloading, Mail, and more.

Developers and public beta testers can also download iOS 13.3, an upcoming update that introduces Communication Limits for Screen Time and a handful of other tweaks and changes.


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Review: Fuse Launches New Cable Organizer Lineup for Wrangling All Your Apple Device Cords

Fuse, known for its Side Winder cable organizers for keeping the MacBook’s cord and power adapter neat and tidy, is today launching a whole new lineup of cord management products.


There are cord winding options for Apple’s MacBooks, the iPhone, the iPad, and Apple headphones, which basically covers Apple’s entire lineup. Ahead of the debut of the new products, Fuse sent me a selection to test out. Below, I’ll go over each option and my thoughts.


The Snap Backs ($13.99)

Fuse’s Snap Backs are a collection of sleeve-style cable mounts that fit over various Apple chargers. There are versions for the 5W iPhone charger, the 12W iPhone/‌iPad‌ charger, the 18W ‌iPad‌ charger, and the 29W MacBook Pro charger.

Basically, you tuck a charger into the opening of the Snap Back and then wind the cord along the bottom part, securing the end of the cord in place with a little notch at the bottom.


The Snap Backs are made from a fairly malleable plastic that’s easy to put on the charger and take off when needed, and they keep charging cords from coming unwrapped in a bag. There’s minimal bulk added here, but they do increase the size of the charger a bit due to the extra material for winding the cord.

All of these leave the power adapters usable, so you can plug in a power adapter and unwind the exact amount of cord that you need while leaving the rest wound up and out of the way.


There’s enough room on each of the Snap Backs to accommodate cables that are between one and six feet in length, which is super handy for those extra long cables you might have. The 29W model for the MacBook and MacBook Air power adapters accommodates cables up to eight feet long.

The Side Winder Mini ($9.99)

The Side Winder Mini is a little donut-shaped reel that’s a little over an inch wide, and it’s designed to let you wrap up your iPhone cables, corded headphones, micro-USB cables, and more.


Basically, you can wrap up any one foot to five foot cable, winding it up so it’s neatly organized and out of the way. There are notches at several spots along the Side Winder Mini, which makes it convenient to tuck in the end of the cable so it won’t come loose.


I’ve used cable wraps like this before and while the Side Winder Mini isn’t anything revolutionary, it works well with minimal hassle and it has an affordable price tag.

The Side Winder Max ($10.99)

The Side Winder Max is identical to the Side Winder Mini but it’s bigger and able to accommodate cables that are between one foot and 10 feet in length.


The Side Winder Mini is made for thinner iPhone cables, but this larger Side Winder Max can work with an iPhone cable or a thicker USB-C to USB-C or USB-C to Lightning cable.


The Side Winder Watch ($12.99)

The Side Winder Watch is perhaps one of the most convenient of the new cable management options from Fuse, given its utility. You can tuck the Apple Watch charging puck into the center of the Side Winder Watch, and then wrap the cord around it.


It’s shaped like a little circular reel, and it lets you pull out enough cable for charging while leaving the rest of the cable out of the way. The ‌Apple Watch‌ can go right on the front of the Side Winder Watch when you need to charge it.

The Side Winder Watch is compact (about two inches across) and it’s made from a flexible plastic with several notches to make sure the ends of the ‌Apple Watch‌ cable stay in place. There’s enough space in the center to accommodate either the 1mm or 2mm ‌Apple Watch‌ cables, and it works with both the plastic and the metal cables.


Because of the reel design, you can pull out as much cable or as little cable as you need, and then wind it right back up again when you’re done charging, tucking the Side Winder Watch into a pocket or bag.

This is perhaps one of my favorite ‌Apple Watch‌ charging and cable organizing solutions that I’ve tried given its simplicity and its affordable price point. Most Apple Watches should be able to charge with this design as even the wrap bands should be able to fit over the back.

The Side Kick Pro ($19.99)

Fuse’s Side Kick Pro is designed to work with the 13, 15, and 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ models. It’s a little pop out cord wrangling socket that attaches to the side of the power adapter using adhesive.

When you need to wind up the cord, you can pop it out and wrap the cord neatly, so it tucks easily away in a bag or a drawer. When the cord is in use, you can pop the Side Kick Pro back down, and it takes up minimal space. When the cord is wound up, there are little grooves at two sides of the Side Kick Pro for tucking in the end of the cable so it stays secure.


I’ve been using the original version of the Side Kick Pro (for my 29W MacBook Charger) for quite some time now, and it still works as well as the day that I got it even though it’s been popped up and down countless times. Even though the Side Winder Pro is slim when not in use, it pops up far enough that the entire length of the ‌MacBook Pro‌ USB-C cable can be wound up.


In my experience, it’s impossible to wind up the ‌MacBook Pro‌ USB-C cable around the power adapter in a way that gets it to stay in place, which is why the Side Kick Pro is one of my favorite products in the collection. The Side Kick doesn’t accommodate the extension cable for the ‌MacBook Pro‌ power cable nor does it have the reel-like winding mechanism of the Side Winder, which is something to keep in mind.

I’ve been using the Side Winder Pro with a USB-C power adapter, but it does also work with older MagSafe power adapters.

The Side Winder ($29.99)

The Side Winder was Fuse’s first product, and while it’s not new today, it’s a useful option for managing a ‌MacBook Pro‌ cord.

The Side Winder is a solid option if you have a 13, 15, or 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ or a ‌MacBook Air‌ (either MagSafe or USB-C) and need to use the extension cable.


The ‌MacBook Pro‌’s power adapter goes in the center and the two cables wrap up around it. The design lets the cable be pulled out as needed, so you can get the length you need to reach a power outlet while keeping the rest wound up.

It takes just a few seconds to fully wind a cable using the Side Winder, and it’s a whole lot more convenient than trying to wrap up a naked cable. I don’t know about anyone else, but attempting to put a ‌MacBook Pro‌ power adapter in my backpack as is just results in a cable mess when I take it out again.


I don’t often need to use the extension cable with my ‌MacBook Pro‌ cord so the Side Kick isn’t always my first cable management choice because it can be a bit bulky, but if you need the full length of the cable, it works great.

If you’re just using the USB-C to USB-C cable portion of the ‌MacBook Pro‌ power adapter, the Side Kick Pro is a more compact choice.

Bottom Line

I absolutely hate cords and cables. I look forward to the day when all of our electronics operate wirelessly, but until then, cable organizers like the options from Fuse are the best way to keep cable mess under control.

Fuse’s Side Winder has been popular since launch, and its new smaller Side Winder cable organizers build on that convenient reel design to let you wrangle iPhone cables, USB-C cables, and more, while the Snap Backs offer cable management options that also keep the power adapter in mind. All of these cable organization options also come in either black or white, so you can go with whichever color you prefer.

I’m a fan of Fuse’s entire cable management lineup and I appreciate the affordable price points and simple, useful designs. If you’re looking for new options for keeping your cables organized, Fuses’s new products are worth checking out.

Fuse is offering a Black Friday deal right now with 30 percent off of all products site wide, which significantly drops the price of the new accessories.

How to Buy

All of the newly launched cable organizing products can be purchased from the Fuse website.

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Fuse, known for its Side Winder cable organizers for keeping the MacBook's cord and power adapter neat and tidy, is today launching a whole new lineup of cord management products.


There are cord winding options for Apple's MacBooks, the iPhone, the iPad, and Apple headphones, which basically covers Apple's entire lineup. Ahead of the debut of the new products, Fuse sent me a selection to test out. Below, I'll go over each option and my thoughts.


The Snap Backs ($13.99)


Fuse's Snap Backs are a collection of sleeve-style cable mounts that fit over various Apple chargers. There are versions for the 5W iPhone charger, the 12W iPhone/‌iPad‌ charger, the 18W ‌iPad‌ charger, and the 29W MacBook Pro charger.

Basically, you tuck a charger into the opening of the Snap Back and then wind the cord along the bottom part, securing the end of the cord in place with a little notch at the bottom.


The Snap Backs are made from a fairly malleable plastic that's easy to put on the charger and take off when needed, and they keep charging cords from coming unwrapped in a bag. There's minimal bulk added here, but they do increase the size of the charger a bit due to the extra material for winding the cord.

All of these leave the power adapters usable, so you can plug in a power adapter and unwind the exact amount of cord that you need while leaving the rest wound up and out of the way.


There's enough room on each of the Snap Backs to accommodate cables that are between one and six feet in length, which is super handy for those extra long cables you might have. The 29W model for the MacBook and MacBook Air power adapters accommodates cables up to eight feet long.

The Side Winder Mini ($9.99)


The Side Winder Mini is a little donut-shaped reel that's a little over an inch wide, and it's designed to let you wrap up your iPhone cables, corded headphones, micro-USB cables, and more.


Basically, you can wrap up any one foot to five foot cable, winding it up so it's neatly organized and out of the way. There are notches at several spots along the Side Winder Mini, which makes it convenient to tuck in the end of the cable so it won't come loose.


I've used cable wraps like this before and while the Side Winder Mini isn't anything revolutionary, it works well with minimal hassle and it has an affordable price tag.

The Side Winder Max ($10.99)


The Side Winder Max is identical to the Side Winder Mini but it's bigger and able to accommodate cables that are between one foot and 10 feet in length.


The Side Winder Mini is made for thinner iPhone cables, but this larger Side Winder Max can work with an iPhone cable or a thicker USB-C to USB-C or USB-C to Lightning cable.


The Side Winder Watch ($12.99)


The Side Winder Watch is perhaps one of the most convenient of the new cable management options from Fuse, given its utility. You can tuck the Apple Watch charging puck into the center of the Side Winder Watch, and then wrap the cord around it.


It's shaped like a little circular reel, and it lets you pull out enough cable for charging while leaving the rest of the cable out of the way. The ‌Apple Watch‌ can go right on the front of the Side Winder Watch when you need to charge it.

The Side Winder Watch is compact (about two inches across) and it's made from a flexible plastic with several notches to make sure the ends of the ‌Apple Watch‌ cable stay in place. There's enough space in the center to accommodate either the 1mm or 2mm ‌Apple Watch‌ cables, and it works with both the plastic and the metal cables.


Because of the reel design, you can pull out as much cable or as little cable as you need, and then wind it right back up again when you're done charging, tucking the Side Winder Watch into a pocket or bag.

This is perhaps one of my favorite ‌Apple Watch‌ charging and cable organizing solutions that I've tried given its simplicity and its affordable price point. Most Apple Watches should be able to charge with this design as even the wrap bands should be able to fit over the back.

The Side Kick Pro ($19.99)


Fuse's Side Kick Pro is designed to work with the 13, 15, and 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ models. It's a little pop out cord wrangling socket that attaches to the side of the power adapter using adhesive.

When you need to wind up the cord, you can pop it out and wrap the cord neatly, so it tucks easily away in a bag or a drawer. When the cord is in use, you can pop the Side Kick Pro back down, and it takes up minimal space. When the cord is wound up, there are little grooves at two sides of the Side Kick Pro for tucking in the end of the cable so it stays secure.


I've been using the original version of the Side Kick Pro (for my 29W MacBook Charger) for quite some time now, and it still works as well as the day that I got it even though it's been popped up and down countless times. Even though the Side Winder Pro is slim when not in use, it pops up far enough that the entire length of the ‌MacBook Pro‌ USB-C cable can be wound up.


In my experience, it's impossible to wind up the ‌MacBook Pro‌ USB-C cable around the power adapter in a way that gets it to stay in place, which is why the Side Kick Pro is one of my favorite products in the collection. The Side Kick doesn't accommodate the extension cable for the ‌MacBook Pro‌ power cable nor does it have the reel-like winding mechanism of the Side Winder, which is something to keep in mind.

I've been using the Side Winder Pro with a USB-C power adapter, but it does also work with older MagSafe power adapters.

The Side Winder ($29.99)


The Side Winder was Fuse's first product, and while it's not new today, it's a useful option for managing a ‌MacBook Pro‌ cord.

The Side Winder is a solid option if you have a 13, 15, or 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ or a ‌MacBook Air‌ (either MagSafe or USB-C) and need to use the extension cable.


The ‌MacBook Pro‌'s power adapter goes in the center and the two cables wrap up around it. The design lets the cable be pulled out as needed, so you can get the length you need to reach a power outlet while keeping the rest wound up.

It takes just a few seconds to fully wind a cable using the Side Winder, and it's a whole lot more convenient than trying to wrap up a naked cable. I don't know about anyone else, but attempting to put a ‌MacBook Pro‌ power adapter in my backpack as is just results in a cable mess when I take it out again.


I don't often need to use the extension cable with my ‌MacBook Pro‌ cord so the Side Kick isn't always my first cable management choice because it can be a bit bulky, but if you need the full length of the cable, it works great.

If you're just using the USB-C to USB-C cable portion of the ‌MacBook Pro‌ power adapter, the Side Kick Pro is a more compact choice.

Bottom Line


I absolutely hate cords and cables. I look forward to the day when all of our electronics operate wirelessly, but until then, cable organizers like the options from Fuse are the best way to keep cable mess under control.

Fuse's Side Winder has been popular since launch, and its new smaller Side Winder cable organizers build on that convenient reel design to let you wrangle iPhone cables, USB-C cables, and more, while the Snap Backs offer cable management options that also keep the power adapter in mind. All of these cable organization options also come in either black or white, so you can go with whichever color you prefer.

I'm a fan of Fuse's entire cable management lineup and I appreciate the affordable price points and simple, useful designs. If you're looking for new options for keeping your cables organized, Fuses's new products are worth checking out.

Fuse is offering a Black Friday deal right now with 30 percent off of all products site wide, which significantly drops the price of the new accessories.

How to Buy


All of the newly launched cable organizing products can be purchased from the Fuse website.


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Deals Spotlight: Apple’s iPhone XS Max Smart Battery Case Drops to Just $59 at Amazon

Apple may have just released Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone 11 lineup, but there are plenty of people still using last year’s devices. If you’re an iPhone XS Max owner looking to boost your battery life, Amazon has just dropped the price of Apple’s Smart Battery Case in black to $59, more than 50 percent off of Apple’s $129 list price.


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The case is currently listed as in stock, but supplies may run out quickly so be sure to take advantage of the deal while it’s available.

For more deals, check out Amazon’s discount on the new AirPods Pro and stay on top of our Deals Roundup and Black Friday Roundup as we hit the holiday shopping season.

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Apple may have just released Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone 11 lineup, but there are plenty of people still using last year's devices. If you're an iPhone XS Max owner looking to boost your battery life, Amazon has just dropped the price of Apple's Smart Battery Case in black to $59, more than 50 percent off of Apple's $129 list price.


Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Amazon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

The case is currently listed as in stock, but supplies may run out quickly so be sure to take advantage of the deal while it's available.

For more deals, check out Amazon's discount on the new AirPods Pro and stay on top of our Deals Roundup and Black Friday Roundup as we hit the holiday shopping season.


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Duet Air Gains New Feature That Lets You Use a Mac or PC as a Secondary Display

Apple in macOS Catalina introduced a new Sidecar feature that lets the iPad be used as a secondary display for a Mac, something that third-party companies have been doing for some time with products like Duet Display and Luna Display.

With ‌Sidecar‌ now available for the ‌iPad‌, Duet has adapted and introduced new functionality that’s not available with ‌Sidecar‌ – namely using an additional Mac or PC as a secondary display.


As of today, Duet Air, the software that turns the ‌iPad‌ into a secondary display for a Mac, also works with a second Mac or PC.

That means if you have an extra MacBook or PC, you can use Duet Air to turn it into a wireless second display or a mirrored display for your main Mac. This is functionality that’s not available with Apple’s ‌Sidecar‌ implementation.

Duet Air also allows iOS devices, Macs, or PCs to remote desktop into other devices from anywhere in the world, and Duet says that the update works with “minimal latency.”

Over the course of the next year, Duet has pledged to continue improving its algorithms and customizability, and there are a long list of new features in the works that will make Duet Air more compelling in 2020.

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Apple in macOS Catalina introduced a new Sidecar feature that lets the iPad be used as a secondary display for a Mac, something that third-party companies have been doing for some time with products like Duet Display and Luna Display.

With ‌Sidecar‌ now available for the ‌iPad‌, Duet has adapted and introduced new functionality that's not available with ‌Sidecar‌ - namely using an additional Mac or PC as a secondary display.


As of today, Duet Air, the software that turns the ‌iPad‌ into a secondary display for a Mac, also works with a second Mac or PC.

That means if you have an extra MacBook or PC, you can use Duet Air to turn it into a wireless second display or a mirrored display for your main Mac. This is functionality that's not available with Apple's ‌Sidecar‌ implementation.

Duet Air also allows iOS devices, Macs, or PCs to remote desktop into other devices from anywhere in the world, and Duet says that the update works with "minimal latency."

Over the course of the next year, Duet has pledged to continue improving its algorithms and customizability, and there are a long list of new features in the works that will make Duet Air more compelling in 2020.


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Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 96 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements

safaripreviewiconApple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced three years ago in March 2016. Apple designed the Safari Technology Preview to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari.

Safari Technology Preview release 96 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for Web Animations, WebAuthN, SVG, Web API, CSS, Clipboard API, CSS Shadow Parts, JavaScript, Picture-in-Picture API, Media, Service Worker, Back-Forward Cache, Web Inspector, ad WebDriver.

The new Safari Technology Preview update is available for both macOS Mojave and MacOS Catalina, the newest version of the Mac operating system that was released in October.

The Safari Technology Preview update is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store to anyone who has downloaded the browser. Full release notes for the update are available on the Safari Technology Preview website.

Apple’s aim with Safari Technology Preview is to gather feedback from developers and users on its browser development process. Safari Technology Preview can run side-by-side with the existing Safari browser and while designed for developers, it does not require a developer account to download.

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safaripreviewiconApple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced three years ago in March 2016. Apple designed the Safari Technology Preview to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari.

Safari Technology Preview release 96 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for Web Animations, WebAuthN, SVG, Web API, CSS, Clipboard API, CSS Shadow Parts, JavaScript, Picture-in-Picture API, Media, Service Worker, Back-Forward Cache, Web Inspector, ad WebDriver.

The new Safari Technology Preview update is available for both macOS Mojave and MacOS Catalina, the newest version of the Mac operating system that was released in October.

The Safari Technology Preview update is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store to anyone who has downloaded the browser. Full release notes for the update are available on the Safari Technology Preview website.

Apple's aim with Safari Technology Preview is to gather feedback from developers and users on its browser development process. Safari Technology Preview can run side-by-side with the existing Safari browser and while designed for developers, it does not require a developer account to download.


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Apple Launches New Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max

Apple today launched new battery cases for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, with the new cases available for $129.

This year’s Smart Battery Cases are similar in style to the Battery Cases that were made available for the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max, but with a square-shaped camera cutout to accommodate the dual and triple-lens camera setups.


The cases are made from silicone with a soft microfiber lining to protect the iPhone and a soft elastomer hinge design to make it easy to get the case on and to take it off. Apple is offering the cases in black, white, and pink sand, though the iPhone 11 version comes only in black or white.

New this year is a dedicated camera button on the case that is designed to launch the Camera app whether the iPhone is locked or unlocked. A press of the button takes a photo and a longer press captures QuickTake video. Apple says it also works with selfies.

As with last year’s cases, the new Smart Battery Cases are compatible with Qi-based chargers so the case and the iPhone can be charged simultaneously. According to Apple, the cases are designed to provide up to 50 percent longer battery life to each iPhone when fully charged for longer talk time, internet use, and audio and video playback.

The Smart Battery Case is deeply integrated into iOS so you can see your battery status on the iPhone Lock screen and in the Notification Center, making it clear how much charge is left.

We’ve known that Smart Battery Cases were in the works since earlier this year, as we found signs of them in the iOS 13.2 update. This year’s Smart Battery Cases are available ahead of the holiday season, while last year’s didn’t launch until January.

The cases are available to order now from the online Apple Store, with orders set to deliver on Monday, November 25.

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Apple today launched new battery cases for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, with the new cases available for $129.

This year's Smart Battery Cases are similar in style to the Battery Cases that were made available for the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max, but with a square-shaped camera cutout to accommodate the dual and triple-lens camera setups.


The cases are made from silicone with a soft microfiber lining to protect the iPhone and a soft elastomer hinge design to make it easy to get the case on and to take it off. Apple is offering the cases in black, white, and pink sand, though the iPhone 11 version comes only in black or white.

New this year is a dedicated camera button on the case that is designed to launch the Camera app whether the iPhone is locked or unlocked. A press of the button takes a photo and a longer press captures QuickTake video. Apple says it also works with selfies.

As with last year's cases, the new Smart Battery Cases are compatible with Qi-based chargers so the case and the iPhone can be charged simultaneously. According to Apple, the cases are designed to provide up to 50 percent longer battery life to each iPhone when fully charged for longer talk time, internet use, and audio and video playback.

The Smart Battery Case is deeply integrated into iOS so you can see your battery status on the iPhone Lock screen and in the Notification Center, making it clear how much charge is left.

We've known that Smart Battery Cases were in the works since earlier this year, as we found signs of them in the iOS 13.2 update. This year's Smart Battery Cases are available ahead of the holiday season, while last year's didn't launch until January.

The cases are available to order now from the online Apple Store, with orders set to deliver on Monday, November 25.


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Apple Student Discount Guide: Savings for Students and Teachers

If you’re a student or a teacher, you should know that Apple offers educational discounts on a variety of Apple products, along with cheaper Apple Music subscriptions and more.

This guide provides details on the educational benefits that you can get from Apple as a student or a teacher along with eligibility requirements.


Apple’s Educational Site

Apple has an entire separate site that’s dedicated to students and teachers who are interested in buying Apple products at a discount, with the products listed at their educational pricing.

The EDU store offers a discount on all Mac and all iPad models. With the EDU discount, for example, the entry-level MacBook Air is available for $999 instead of $1099, a discount of $100, and the ‌iPad‌ is available for $309 instead of $329.


Discounts available vary based on price point, but are right around the 10 percent mark. You’ll see the biggest discounts on Apple’s most expensive items, such as the iMac Pro, which is marked down by $400.

Apple does not offer educational discounts on the iPhone, Apple Watch, HomePod, Apple TV, AirPods, or Apple accessories.

Eligibility

According to Apple’s EDU sales policies in the United States, the following people are eligible to make a purchase from the EDU store:

  • Students attending a higher education institution, such as a university.
  • Faculty and staff of higher education institutions.
  • Any employee of a public or private K-12 institution in the United States, including school board members or appointed members (like PTA or PTO executives).
  • Homeschool teachers.
  • Parents who have a student attending a public or private higher education institution.

In reality, in the United States, there is no hard check for making a purchase from the educational store. There’s no need to verify school attendance or place of employment, so technically, anyone can make a purchase from the EDU store.

Apple does, however, require customers to check a box that confirms they’re a member of one of the defined groups and eligible to make a purchase, so there could potentially be consequences for those who are not, in fact, eligible and attempt to make a purchase.

Purchase Limits

Faculty, staff, and students making a qualified purchase from the EDU store can purchase the following discounted products each academic school year:

  • 1 desktop Mac
  • 1 Mac mini
  • 1 Mac notebook
  • 3 iPads
  • 2 software titles

EDU Discounts Outside of the U.S.

Apple offers educational discounts outside of the United States, and the method of verification varies by country.

In the UK, for example, enrollment must be verified using the UNiDAYS service or through Apple using a student ID or university acceptance letter. Not all countries require this level of verification, so it’s best to look at the educational site for the country where you live.

Discounted ‌Apple Music‌

Students who are enrolled in degree-granting colleges and universities can join ‌Apple Music‌ for $4.99 per month for up to 48 months in total.


Getting a discounted ‌Apple Music‌ subscription requires validation through UNiDAYS, a validation service that makes sure you’re actually a student.

Discounted ‌Apple Music‌ subscriptions are available in more than 80 countries.

Continuing an ‌Apple Music‌ subscription will require yearly verification through the UNiDAYS service. At the end of 48 months or when student status expires, a student ‌Apple Music‌ subscription will become an individual subscription at $9.99 per month.

Free ‌Apple TV‌+ (‌Apple Music‌ Required)

All students who have a verified student subscription to ‌Apple Music‌ will also get free access to ‌Apple TV‌+, Apple’s streaming television service.


‌Apple TV‌+ is normally priced at $4.99 per month. Student access can’t be shared with Family Sharing and is for the student only. A list of countries where ‌Apple TV‌+ is available can be found on Apple’s website.

Discounted Software

Students, teachers, and school faculty members can get a software bundle that includes all of Apple’s pro apps for video and audio editing.


That includes Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4, and MainStage 3. Restrictions are the same as when making an ‌iPad‌ or Mac purchase through the EDU store in the United States.

Verification is not required in the U.S. to purchase the bundle, but it may be required in other countries.

Back to School Events

Apple holds Back to School promotions every year for multiple countries, with the promotion typically offering free Beats headphones with the purchase of a Mac or ‌iPad‌.


The Back to School promotion usually takes place in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and multiple countries in Europe right around July, while Back to School Apple sales in Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, and Brazil happen in January.

Guide Feedback

Have questions about Apple’s educational discounts, notice something we left out, or want to offer feedback on this guide? Send us an email here.

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If you're a student or a teacher, you should know that Apple offers educational discounts on a variety of Apple products, along with cheaper Apple Music subscriptions and more.

This guide provides details on the educational benefits that you can get from Apple as a student or a teacher along with eligibility requirements.


Apple's Educational Site


Apple has an entire separate site that's dedicated to students and teachers who are interested in buying Apple products at a discount, with the products listed at their educational pricing.

The EDU store offers a discount on all Mac and all iPad models. With the EDU discount, for example, the entry-level MacBook Air is available for $999 instead of $1099, a discount of $100, and the ‌iPad‌ is available for $309 instead of $329.


Discounts available vary based on price point, but are right around the 10 percent mark. You'll see the biggest discounts on Apple's most expensive items, such as the iMac Pro, which is marked down by $400.

Apple does not offer educational discounts on the iPhone, Apple Watch, HomePod, Apple TV, AirPods, or Apple accessories.

Eligibility


According to Apple's EDU sales policies in the United States, the following people are eligible to make a purchase from the EDU store:

  • Students attending a higher education institution, such as a university.

  • Faculty and staff of higher education institutions.

  • Any employee of a public or private K-12 institution in the United States, including school board members or appointed members (like PTA or PTO executives).

  • Homeschool teachers.

  • Parents who have a student attending a public or private higher education institution.

In reality, in the United States, there is no hard check for making a purchase from the educational store. There's no need to verify school attendance or place of employment, so technically, anyone can make a purchase from the EDU store.

Apple does, however, require customers to check a box that confirms they're a member of one of the defined groups and eligible to make a purchase, so there could potentially be consequences for those who are not, in fact, eligible and attempt to make a purchase.

Purchase Limits


Faculty, staff, and students making a qualified purchase from the EDU store can purchase the following discounted products each academic school year:

  • 1 desktop Mac

  • 1 Mac mini

  • 1 Mac notebook

  • 3 iPads

  • 2 software titles

EDU Discounts Outside of the U.S.


Apple offers educational discounts outside of the United States, and the method of verification varies by country.

In the UK, for example, enrollment must be verified using the UNiDAYS service or through Apple using a student ID or university acceptance letter. Not all countries require this level of verification, so it's best to look at the educational site for the country where you live.

Discounted ‌Apple Music‌


Students who are enrolled in degree-granting colleges and universities can join ‌Apple Music‌ for $4.99 per month for up to 48 months in total.


Getting a discounted ‌Apple Music‌ subscription requires validation through UNiDAYS, a validation service that makes sure you're actually a student.

Discounted ‌Apple Music‌ subscriptions are available in more than 80 countries.

Continuing an ‌Apple Music‌ subscription will require yearly verification through the UNiDAYS service. At the end of 48 months or when student status expires, a student ‌Apple Music‌ subscription will become an individual subscription at $9.99 per month.

Free ‌Apple TV‌+ (‌Apple Music‌ Required)


All students who have a verified student subscription to ‌Apple Music‌ will also get free access to ‌Apple TV‌+, Apple's streaming television service.


‌Apple TV‌+ is normally priced at $4.99 per month. Student access can't be shared with Family Sharing and is for the student only. A list of countries where ‌Apple TV‌+ is available can be found on Apple's website.

Discounted Software


Students, teachers, and school faculty members can get a software bundle that includes all of Apple's pro apps for video and audio editing.


That includes Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4, and MainStage 3. Restrictions are the same as when making an ‌iPad‌ or Mac purchase through the EDU store in the United States.

Verification is not required in the U.S. to purchase the bundle, but it may be required in other countries.

Back to School Events


Apple holds Back to School promotions every year for multiple countries, with the promotion typically offering free Beats headphones with the purchase of a Mac or ‌iPad‌.


The Back to School promotion usually takes place in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and multiple countries in Europe right around July, while Back to School Apple sales in Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, and Brazil happen in January.

Guide Feedback


Have questions about Apple's educational discounts, notice something we left out, or want to offer feedback on this guide? Send us an email here.


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Apple Teams Up With 100cameras to Teach Chicago Students iPhone Photography Using iPhone 11

Apple this fall partnered with 100cameras, a nonprofit organization that aims to teach photography to adolescents, providing participating students at DRW College Prep in Chicago with the new iPhone 11.

100cameras teaches the students how to use photography to tell their own stories about growing up in Chicago, using the ‌iPhone 11‌ to capture photos. Angela Popplewell, 100cameras’ co-founder, said that students were excited to use the new ‌iPhone 11‌, and it was “incredible” seeing how they used the wide-angle and Portrait modes to “really capture their point of view.”


“As the residents of a neighborhood in Chicago that is often overlooked, being given the new iPhone that had been released just a few weeks prior felt like a momentous opportunity,” says Angela Popplewell, 100cameras’ co-founder and CEO. Earlier this year, Popplewell, 100cameras’ director of program operations Lydia Billings and the team started contemplating how their curriculum could be adapted to be more forward-thinking, relevant and accessible for young people in the US. ForPopplewell and her team, the new iPhone, with its built-in sophisticated camera features, was an important tool.

Apple’s vice president of iPhone Worldwide Product Marketing Kaiann Drance said that it was “amazing” to collaborate with 100cameras on the project.

“It was amazing to collaborate with 100cameras and the talented and creative students at DRW,” said Kaiann Drance, Apple’s vice president of iPhone Worldwide Product Marketing. “The ‌iPhone 11‌ camera with all its intuitive capabilities right there in your hand is such a powerful storytelling tool. To see the photos the students captured of the ways they see the world around them was truly inspiring.”

Following each program, the photos that students have captured are sold through 100cameras with 100 percent of the proceeds going back to the local community partner organizations that 100cameras visits.

Some of the photos captured by students

Additional photos captured by the students can be seen in Apple’s newsroom article on the initiative.

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Apple this fall partnered with 100cameras, a nonprofit organization that aims to teach photography to adolescents, providing participating students at DRW College Prep in Chicago with the new iPhone 11.

100cameras teaches the students how to use photography to tell their own stories about growing up in Chicago, using the ‌iPhone 11‌ to capture photos. Angela Popplewell, 100cameras' co-founder, said that students were excited to use the new ‌iPhone 11‌, and it was "incredible" seeing how they used the wide-angle and Portrait modes to "really capture their point of view."

"As the residents of a neighborhood in Chicago that is often overlooked, being given the new iPhone that had been released just a few weeks prior felt like a momentous opportunity," says Angela Popplewell, 100cameras' co-founder and CEO. Earlier this year, Popplewell, 100cameras' director of program operations Lydia Billings and the team started contemplating how their curriculum could be adapted to be more forward-thinking, relevant and accessible for young people in the US. ForPopplewell and her team, the new iPhone, with its built-in sophisticated camera features, was an important tool.
Apple's vice president of iPhone Worldwide Product Marketing Kaiann Drance said that it was "amazing" to collaborate with 100cameras on the project.
"It was amazing to collaborate with 100cameras and the talented and creative students at DRW," said Kaiann Drance, Apple's vice president of iPhone Worldwide Product Marketing. "The ‌iPhone 11‌ camera with all its intuitive capabilities right there in your hand is such a powerful storytelling tool. To see the photos the students captured of the ways they see the world around them was truly inspiring."
Following each program, the photos that students have captured are sold through 100cameras with 100 percent of the proceeds going back to the local community partner organizations that 100cameras visits.

Some of the photos captured by students

Additional photos captured by the students can be seen in Apple's newsroom article on the initiative.


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