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Apple Pay Gaining Momentum August 13 2018

An estimated 31 percent of iPhone users have made a purchase with Apple Pay in the past year, up from 25 percent a year ago, according to a new Apple Pay estimates shared today by Loup Ventures analyst Gene Munster. Apple Pay now has an estimated 252 million users, equating to 31 percent of the active installed iPhone base, according to Munster. Apple does not provide official details on how many people use Apple Pay, but in a recent earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that there were upwards of 1 billion Apple Pay transactions in Q3 2018, triple the amount from a year ago.

Bank adoption of Apple Pay is also growing steadily, and during the same earnings call, Apple announced that 4,900 banks support the feature. The number of banks supporting Apple Pay has increased by 1,701 since the December quarter, marking a 55 percent growth in North America, 141 percent in Asia, and 370 percent in Europe. All i know is we use Apple pay and we love it and we think you would too. For the full article click here https://www.macrumors.com/2018/08/09/apple-pay-250-million-users-estimated/


Apple And The Red Cross August 09 2018

Apple added banners to the App Store and iTunes Store on Mac and iOS devices allowing Apple customers to donate to the American Red Cross to support those who have been affected by the fires that have devastated Northern California.
Impacting Shasta County and the town of Redding, the Carr Fire has become the sixth most destructive fire in California's history, ripping through more than 125,000 acres and destroying or damaging over 1,500 homes and buildings. Other smaller fires, such as the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park, are also raging in California due to the hot, dry weather.

i think its pretty cool that apple is doing this. For the full article Click here https://www.macrumors.com/2018/08/03/apple-red-cross-donations-california-fire/


Apple Officially A Trillion Dollar Company August 02 2018

Apple has officially become the world's only trillion dollar publicly traded company, in terms of market capitalization, which is simply the company's number of outstanding shares multiplied by its stock price. Apple achieved this milestone by hitting a stock price of $207.05 and above in intraday trading today, giving it a market cap slightly over $1,000,000,000,000, based on its 4,829,926,000 outstanding shares as of July 20, 2018, which the company disclosed in its quarterly 10-Q filing with the SEC on Wednesday.

Apple beat out other large tech companies, including Amazon, Microsoft, and Google parent company Alphabet, in the race to a trillion dollars. As with most milestones of this nature, however, Apple reaching exactly a trillion dollar market cap doesn't have too much significance, beyond the vanity of it.So i think this is a huge breakthrough for Apple what do you think? For the full article click here https://www.macrumors.com/2018/08/02/apple-now-a-trillion-dollar-company/


New iPad Models August 01 2018

Apple's upcoming iPad Pro models will feature slightly smaller bodies, a relocated Smart Connector, and no headphone jack, according to information shared by Japanese site Mac Otakara. Citing supply chain sources, Mac Otakara says the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro will measure in at 247.5mm tall, 178.7mm wide, and 6mm, compared to the current size of 250.6mm x 174.1mm x 6.1mm. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is said to measure 280mm tall, 215mm wide, and 6.4mm thick, compared to the current measurements of 305.7mm x 220.6mm x 6.9mm.

These dimensions line up with rumors suggesting Apple plans to introduce a full redesign with the 2018 iPad Pro models, slimming down the bezels much like it did with the iPhone X. Though smaller in size, the new iPads will feature larger displays thanks to the bezel reduction. The new iPad Pros are not expected to feature a Home button, and according to previous rumors, will include a TrueDepth camera system for Face ID. So Apple seems to continue making things smaller for convenience. Is this smart for them let me know in the comments. For the full article click here https://www.macrumors.com/2018/07/28/ipad-pro-2018-models-no-headphone-jack/


Apple Confirms 2018 MacBook Pro Keyboard Has 'Membrane' to 'Prevent Debris From Entering the Butterfly Mechanism' July 19 2018

Apple has recently revised it's 15" & 13" MB Pro models to include the latest generation Intel processors. Some users will be pleasantly surprised to find their new laptops have dust resistant keyboard thanks in part to a silicone membrane integrated into the key switches. Apple originally filed a patent for a "dust-resistant keyboard" back in 2016, but only is now integrating this feature into their keyboards.

 

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Apple Music On Top July 06 2018

Apple Music has now surpassed Spotify's subscriber count in the United States, according to an industry source who spoke to Digital Music News.

The anonymous source, said to be a major U.S.-based distributor, is said to have shared a report with the website detailing the subscriber tallies of several streaming music services, including Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and Sirius XM. Among primarily on-demand music streaming services, the report says both Apple Music and Spotify have more than 20 million subscribers in the U.S., with Apple now "a hair ahead" with "20 million plus" members. The exact figure was reportedly withheld on request of the source to protect confidentiality. So as we have said before Apple keeps proving to be the superior choice. Tell us what you think in the comments. For the full article click here https://www.macrumors.com/2018/07/06/apple-music-surpasses-spotify-in-u-s/


Apple And There Lawsuits July 05 2018

For those unaware, late last year, Apple admitted that it throttles the maximum performance of some older iPhone models with chemically aged batteries when necessary in order to prevent the devices from unexpectedly shutting down. Apple views this as a feature intended to provide the best user experience possible, and make iPhones last as long as possible, but it wasn't very transparent about the changes, leading some customers to believe that Apple is purposefully slowing down older iPhones as a form of planned obsolescence. In an apology letter to customers over its lack of communication, Apple emphatically denied that it would ever "do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades."



Not everyone believes Apple, however, as a group of 78 customers from multiple states have jointly filed a class action lawsuit against Apple this week, accusing the company of "secretly throttling" older iPhones to force customers to upgrade to a newer iPhone, calling it "one of the largest consumer frauds in history." So do you think these people are doing the right thing let me know in the comments. For the full article click here https://www.macrumors.com/2018/07/05/yet-another-iphone-slowdown-class-action/


Apple Embedded Sims July 03 2018

At least one of Apple's widely rumored trio of new iPhones expected to be unveiled this September will feature dual-SIM, dual-standby, according to Chinese news publication 21st Century Business Herald via LoveiOS. A translated version of the article claims the functionality will be enabled by an embedded Apple SIM in the iPhones, in addition to a traditional SIM card placed into the usual tray. In China, where Apple SIM is not available, the report claims Apple will offer an iPhone with two physical SIM card trays. Apple introduced its Apple SIM in 2014 to provide cellular iPad users with a convenient way to switch between carriers and use short-term data plans as needed, useful for those who travel between countries frequently. It works with select carriers in more than 180 countries and regions around the world.



Initially, the Apple SIM was only available as a physical card that needed to be inserted into the tray when needed, but it is now embedded inside the latest iPad Pro models. Apple still sells physical Apple SIMs at its retail stores in many countries for use with the lower-cost 9.7-inch iPad and other models. So will this help in the new iPhones let us Know in the comments below. For the full article click here https://www.macrumors.com/2018/06/29/2018-iphones-embedded-apple-sim/


Apple's Headphone Jack Adapter Still A Seller June 27 2018

Back in September 2016, controversy erupted when Apple released the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus without a headphone jack. Now, users must plug wired headphones into the Lightning connector using an adapter, included in the box with each device, and sold separately for $9 in the United States.

The adapter is also available at resellers such as Best Buy, where nearly two years later, it remains a top seller. In fact, the adapter is Best Buy's second-best selling Apple product in terms of unit sales. So with this news will Apple put a headphone jack in there new phones? i guess only time will tell, tell us what you think in the comments below. For the full article click here https://www.macrumors.com/2018/06/27/apple-headphone-jack-adapter-top-seller-best-buy/


Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie June 20 2018

In the first watchOS 5 beta, the Walkie-Talkie app, which is one of the key new features in the update, was unavailable and said only "Coming Soon," but in the second watchOS 5 beta, the Walkie-Talkie feature is available. When you launch the Walkie-Talkie app after installing the second beta update, you'll be able to scroll through your contacts and choose a person to connect to. The person on the receiving end of your Walkie-Talkie message will hear their Apple Watch beep and then they'll see a screen that will allow them to approve a connection. At the current time, it appears that you can only choose "always allow" when opting to enable a connection with a person.



Once a two-way connection is established, you simply press and hold down on the talk button to communicate, as does the person on the other end. Conversations, which we've been testing, are crisp and clear with excellent audio quality. So will this be a new fun way to talk to people or will it become an inconvenience let us know in the comments. For the full article click here https://www.macrumors.com/2018/06/19/watchos-5-beta-2-walkie-talkie-app/


Apple Monoply Scheme June 19 2018

In 2011, a class action lawsuit filed against Apple accused the company of operating an illegal monopoly by not allowing iPhone users to download mobile apps outside of its own App Store, reducing consumer choice. he antitrust case was eventually dismissed in 2013 by a U.S. district court in Northern California, due to errors in the complaint, leading to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit allowing it to proceed in 2017.

That decision led to Apple's petition for a writ of certiorari, which was granted yesterday, meaning that the U.S. Supreme Court will now review the appeals court's decision to reinstate the case last year. So is Apple doing this let us know what you think in the comments. For the full article click here https://www.macrumors.com/2018/06/18/supreme-court-to-review-app-store-monopoly-suit/

 


IOS and 911 June 18 2018

Apple today announced that, starting later this year with iOS 12, iPhones will automatically share precise location data with first responders during 911 calls in the United States, helping to reduce emergency response times. The new functionality will be powered by RapidSOS's IP-based data pipeline, which will quickly and securely provide 911 call centers with Hybridized Emergency Location data, which is determined based on proximity to cell towers and Wi-Fi access points, and on-device data sources like assisted GPS.

So will this be helpful i sure think tell me what you think in the comments. For the full article click here https://www.macrumors.com/2018/06/18/ios-12-rapidsos-911-calls/


Apple Maps Down June 15 2018

If you are attempting to navigate with Apple Maps right now, you may be unable to do so, as the service appears to be experiencing downtime. "Directions Not Available," the app says, when attempting to search for or navigate to destinations. "Route information is not available at this moment."


The issue appears to be widespread, with many users reporting that Apple Maps is down across the United States, Canada, and other countries. The outage affects all platforms with Apple Maps, including the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and CarPlay. iPhone, iPad, and Mac users can simply use an alternative such as Google Maps or Waze in the meantime, but CarPlay doesn't currently support third-party mapping apps, something that is changing with iOS 12. Apple has now acknowledged and is "investigating" ongoing issues with Maps Search and Routing & Navigation, according to its system status page. Apple says "all users are affected." For the full article click here https://www.macrumors.com/2018/06/15/apple-maps-down-directions-not-available/


IOS 12 New Book App June 14 2018

Apple shared an in-depth preview of the all-new Books app for iPhone and iPad coming in iOS 12 later this year. As shown on stage at WWDC 2018 last week, the Books app has been completely redesigned with the following tabs

    Reading Now displays all of the books you are currently reading or listening to. A new "Want to Read" section allows you to keep a wishlist of books you are interested in. "Complete the Series" or "You Might Like" present books based on those you have recently finished.
    Library displays your full collection of books with large cover art, including the books downloaded to your device. There is also a "Finished" timeline of books you have read in the past with the dates you finished them.
    Book Store allows you to browse all titles available on Apple Books, with categories such as Top Charts, Staff Picks, Editorial Collections, and Special Offers & Free. You will receive personalized recommendations based on your purchases in "For You."
    Audiobooks allows you to browse all audiobook titles available on Apple Books.
    Search

    So what do you think? For the full article click here https://www.macrumors.com/2018/06/12/apple-books-app-ios-12-preview/

     


    iPhones to Use USB-C June 13 2018

    Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes has published a report today claiming that 2019 iPhones will come with USB-C support, but the vague wording makes it hard to decipher what they are referring to exactly. Cage Chao and Jessie Shen, citing sources within Apple's supply chain: Apple is redesigning chargers and related interface for its next-generation iPhone and iPad devices, and will likely have its 2019 series of iPhones come with USB Type-C support, according to sources at analog IC vendors.The flashiest take would be that Apple is planning to remove its Lightning connector from iPhones, in favor of a more universally adopted USB-C port, but that perennial rumor has been proven incorrect time and time again.

    A transition to USB-C could make sense if Apple wants to use one standard across its MacBooks, iPhones, and iPads, but with Apple pushing towards a wireless future, it's unclear if the controversy of switching to USB-C would be worthwhile considering the Lightning connector might be removed entirely down the road.So what do you think let us know. For the full article click here https://www.macrumors.com/2018/06/12/digitimes-2019-iphones-to-support-usb-c/


    Apple Watch's New Button June 08 2018

    A future version of the Apple Watch will be updated with solid state buttons that don't physically click but instead use a Taptic Engine to provide haptic feedback to users, reports Fast Company. Apple will continue to use a two button configuration with a Digital Crown and a Side button, but neither button will be a traditional physical button. What Fast Company is describing is the same solid state button design that Apple first introduced with the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus Home button. These devices, and later iPhones with a Home button, use solid state buttons that provide haptic feedback from the built-in Taptic Engine to mimic a button press.

    Apple uses a similar method for its MacBook and MacBook Pro trackpads, which also lack physical buttons. Solid state buttons will improve water resistance in the Apple Watch and also take up less space, leaving more room for a bigger battery or other components Fast Company's source also alleges Apple is working on using the top of the buttons as sensors to gather health-related data like heart rhythms as some types of measurements require more than one point of contact with a user's skin.So will this make the Apple Watch more or less effective i guess we will have to wait and see. For the full article click here https://www.macrumors.com/2018/06/08/apple-watch-solid-state-haptic-buttons/


    New Mac OS Mojave June 04 2018

    Apple today previewed macOS Mojave during its keynote event at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California. Version 10.14 of the Mac operating system introduces a slew of new features, including a Dark Mode, Dynamic Desktop wallpapers, Desktop Stacks, a redesigned Mac App Store, and more.

    The new optional Dark Mode lets users shift their desktop to a darkened color scheme that touches almost every part of the OS, including System Preferences, Messages, Mail, Maps, Photos, Calendar, and more. Developers will be happy to learn that the newest version of Xcode coming in Mojave also supports the new Dark Mode, and Apple is making an API available so developers can implement Dark Mode in their own apps. An all-new redesigned Mac App Store is also coming with macOS Mojave. Like the iOS App Store, the redesigned Mac App Store has a new look and includes rich editorial content to help app discovery. The new design also highlights new and updated apps in a Discover tab, while tabs for Create, Work, Play and Develop aim to help users find apps for a specific project or purpose. So if you love Apple like we do this is going to be awesome. For the full article click here https://www.macrumors.com/2018/06/04/apple-announces-macos-mojave-with-new-dark-mode-desktop-stacks-finder-gallery-view-and-more/


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    Apple Demanding Money From Samsung May 16 2018

    Apple and Samsung are back in court this week for a damages retrial that will determine just how much Samsung has to pay Apple for infringing on Apple design patents. Samsung was found guilty of violating the patents back in 2012, but the two companies have been fighting over the amount of money Samsung should pay as a result for the last six years. The core issue between the two companies is whether the damages should be based on the total value of the device, or whether Samsung should pay a fee based just on the elements of the phone that it copied.

    Apple is of the opinion that its payment should be based on the full value of the iPhone, while Samsung is arguing that it should pay a lesser amount based only on a portion of the iPhone's value. "They're seeking profits on the entire phone," argued Samsung lawyer John Quinn. "Apple's design patents do not cover the entire phone. They are entitled to profits only on [infringing] components, not the entire phone." So in your opinion what do you think should happen. For the full article click here https://www.macrumors.com/2018/05/15/apple-vs-samsung-damages-retrial/


    Apple Wins Display Of The Year May 15 2018

    The iPad Pro and the iPhone X were today named Displays of the Year by The Society for Information Display (SID) during the annual Display Industry Awards that will take place at Display Week, a yearly symposium and trade show. The display awards are meant to highlight "high-quality, innovative work that is taking place in the display industry." All 2018 award winners cover products that were available for purchase during the 2017 calendar year. Apple's 10.5 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, released in June of 2017, won an award for the ProMotion display technology introduced in the two devices. ProMotion introduces a 120Hz display refresh rate, which is designed to make all motion content on the screen smoother, crisper, and more responsive. It improves text, scrolling, gaming, Apple Pencil latency, movies, and more.

    Apple's iPhone X was also given a Displays of the Year award for its edge-to-edge Super Retina display that's entirely screen (aside from the notch) with no physical buttons. It offers the first OLED display in an iPhone, with support for HDR and True Tone. So i guess this is just one more reason to love Apple and if your ever in need of a product or a repair come down Got Mac we will be happy to help settle into a new Apple product. For the full article click here https://www.macrumors.com/2018/05/15/ipad-pro-iphone-x-display-of-the-year/


    Apple iPhone Batteries May 14 2018

    iPhone users who have been waiting to take advantage of Apple's discounted battery replacement offer may be in luck. Apple has confirmed that "service inventory of all iPhone replacement batteries is now available without delay," in an internal memo distributed to Apple Stores and its network of Apple Authorized Service Providers on April 27. The document was obtained by MacRumors from a reliable source.


    What this means is that Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers can now order iPhone replacement batteries from Apple and receive them without facing extended shipping delays, but that doesn't necessarily mean that every Apple Store or authorized repair shop will have supply available right away. So if your in need of a battery in your iPhone you can either go to Apple or come to Got Mac we will match Apples price. For the full Article click here https://www.macrumors.com/2018/05/09/iphone-battery-replacement-availability/


    Apple iMac 20th Anniversary May 07 2018

    Sunday marked the 20th anniversary of the late Steve Jobs introducing the iMac, in what has become a defining moment in Apple's storied history. Apple CEO Tim Cook commemorated the occasion on Twitter sunday. "This is iMac," said Jobs, who had returned to the helm of Apple as interim CEO just eight months prior, after being ousted from the company twelve years earlier. A large crowd erupted with applause at the Flint Center, the same theater where Jobs unveiled the original Macintosh back in 1984. The excitement centered upon the fact that the iMac didn't look anything like other desktop PCs of the time. This wasn't a typical boxy monitor-and-tower in dull beige. This was an all-in-one machine with curvy, translucent plastic, first in bondi blue, and later in several other colors of the rainbow.

    In the two decades since, the iMac has undergone several revisions, keeping up with rapid technological advancements. Over those years, Apple's attention to both design and function hasn't wavered. In 2002, the iMac received its first significant redesign, with a thin flat-panel display affixed to a white semicircular base with a cantilevered metal arm. In 2004, Apple integrated the main logic board, optical drive, and other components behind the display, allowing for a thinner aluminum stand.

    So if your as big of a fan as us this is awesome because this shows the direction apple is going and further proving themselves as the tech giants they are. For the full article click here https://www.macrumors.com/2018/05/06/imac-20th-anniversary/


    Apple replacing Batteries For MacBook Pro April 27 2018

    Apple today announced a new worldwide battery replacement program for some 13-inch MacBook Pro models that do not have a Touch Bar. Affected machines were manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017. Apple says that a limited number of these units feature a component that can fail and cause the built-in battery to expand. It is not a safety issue, according to the company, and Apple will replace all eligible batteries.

    Customers who want to see if their machines are eligible for a fresh battery should use the serial number checker on the MacBook Pro Battery Replacement page. You can find your serial number by clicking on the Apple logo in the menu bar and selecting "About This Mac." The serial number is located at the bottom of the information window. So if your machine is affected then get it checked out by Apple if its not and you still need a new battery come to Got Mac we will do an exceptional job at replacing it and we will take care of you. For the full article click here https://www.macrumors.com/2018/04/20/apple-macbook-pro-replacement-program/

     

     


    Apple watch Series 2 Battery Problems April 19 2018

    Apple will repair select Apple Watch Series 2 models that do not power on or have a swollen battery free of charge as part of a new service policy. Apple has determined that under certain conditions, some Apple Watch Series 2 devices may not power on or they may experience an expanded battery," wrote Apple, in an internal document distributed to Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers on Friday.

    A swollen battery can prevent an Apple Watch from powering on or cause the display to burst open. Photos of the issue have been shared by customers in the Apple Support Communities and MacRumors forums in recent months, but the majority of the incidents are first-generation models released in 2015. Eligibility is limited to any 42mm-sized Apple Watch Series 2 models, including Sport, Edition, Hermès, and Nike+ variants, pending a visual-mechanical inspection, according to a companion document numbered OP1977. The warranty status of the Apple Watch does not affect coverage, the document states. So if your series 2 watch looks like the one above take it into Apple and let them work there magic. for the full article click here https://www.macrumors.com/2018/04/14/apple-watch-s2-swollen-battery-service-policy/