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Apple Store Taken Down Ahead of 'Scary Fast' Event Later Today

Apple has taken down its online store ahead of its "Scary Fast" event at 5 p.m. Pacific Time today . This is a common marketing tactic for the company. At the event, Apple is expected to announce an updated 24-inch iMac with the M3 chip, and updated 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M3 Pro and M3 Max chips. In addition, the Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse, and Magic Trackpad for the Mac are expected to be updated with USB-C charging ports instead of Lightning. There is also a slim chance that a seventh-generation iPad mini will be announced at the event. The event is being held online, with no in-person component at Apple Park. A live stream will be available on Apple's website, on YouTube, and in the Apple TV app . Stay tuned for complete coverage of Apple's announcements. Tag: October 2023 Apple Event This article, " Apple Store Taken Down Ahead of 'Scary Fast' Event Later Today " first appeared on Discuss this arti

Apple Says iOS 17.2 Will Fix Wi-Fi Connectivity Issues

The upcoming iOS 17.2 update should fix various Wi-Fi issues that some iPhone users have experienced since iOS 17 was released, according to iClarified . In response to a bug report filed by the website, Apple said the first iOS 17.2 beta released last week addresses Wi-Fi connectivity issues, although the company did not provide any specific details. Some users have complained about slow Wi-Fi speeds and dropped connections, but it's unclear how widespread the issues are. iOS 17.2 is expected to be released to the public in December, so there are still several weeks remaining until the update will be available to all users. iOS 17.2 includes many new features and changes , including the promised Journal app, the ability for Apple Music subscribers to collaborate on playlists, a Translate option for the Action button on iPhone 15 Pro models, an iMessage Contact Key Verification security option, additional Weather and Clock widgets, and more. Related Roundups: iOS 17 , iPadO

WhatsApp Working on Passkey Support on iPhone

WhatsApp is planning to add passkey support to its iPhone app, according to code discovered by software researcher @aaronp613 in the latest beta version of the app. Passkey support would allow iPhone users to sign in to WhatsApp with Face ID, Touch ID, or the device's passcode. Passkeys are stored in iCloud Keychain. To use passkeys on the iPhone, the device must be updated to iOS 16 or later. "Passkeys are more secure than passwords, because they're uniquely generated for every account by your own device, and are less vulnerable to phishing," says Apple. "And they work on all your devices that are signed in to the same Apple ID." It's unclear when WhatsApp plans to make this functionality available to the public, but it started rolling out passkey support for Android earlier this month. Many apps are starting to implement passkey support, including Amazon last week. Tags: WhatsApp , Passkeys This article, " WhatsApp Working on Passke

Deals: AirPods Pro 2 With USB-C Hit $199.99 Low Price on Amazon ($49 Off)

Apple's new AirPods Pro 2 with USB-C/MagSafe Charging Case have returned to their all-time low price of $199.99 on Amazon, down from $249.00. We haven't seen this deal since Prime Day earlier in the month, and right now the AirPods Pro 2 have an estimated arrival date between October 31 and November 4. 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. If you want a bit more of a discount, and don't need USB-C, Amazon has the AirPods Pro 2 with Lightning/MagSafe Charging Case for $189.00 , down from $249.00. Stock on this model appears to be a bit strained, and we've seen the discount come and go frequently this morning. If you don't see it, be sure to check back later. $49 OFF AirPods Pro 2 (USB-C) for $199.99 There are a few minor changes to the AirPods Pro 2 besides the addition of USB-C, including additional dust resistance and support

Resident Evil Village Now Available on iPhone 15 Pro and M1/M2 iPads

Capcom has released Resident Evil Village for iPhone 15 Pro models and iPads with M1 or later Apple silicon. The game is available now as a 7.92GB download from the App Store . Players can try it for free and unlock the full game for the special price of $15.99 – a 60% discount that runs until November 20. The regular pricing for the base game is $39.99, with a $19.99 in app purchase for the Winters’ Expansion DLC. There is also a $4.99 All Access Voucher DLC. As noted by TouchArcade , these DLC packs are the same as the PC and console versions. Resident Evil 4 Remake is due later this year for iPhone 15 Pro, iPad (M1 and later) models, and macOS. The App Store still lists the game as "Coming Soon – Expected December 31, 2023," but this is a placeholder and the game could come much sooner (there is speculation it could even be released immediately following Apple's upcoming "Scary Fast" event.) Resident Evil 4 Remake and Resident Evil Village were s

iPad Mini, MacBook Pro, and Magic Keyboard Batteries Resubmitted to Regulatory Database Ahead of Apple Event

Ahead of Apple's "Scary Fast" event on Monday at 5 p.m. Pacific Time, a regulatory database has potentially revealed at least some of the new products that will be announced, including new Macs and, dare we say it, maybe even a new iPad. Last week, two Apple suppliers resubmitted filings to a Chinese regulatory database for batteries used in existing Apple products, including the latest 14-inch MacBook Pro, 16-inch MacBook Pro, Magic Keyboard for the Mac, and iPad mini, according to information discovered by MacRumors . All of the batteries had already been filed in the database in 2021 or earlier, and they were resubmitted last week with October 2023 issue dates. The new filings list the same battery capacities as the original filings, suggesting that Apple's new products will not have any battery capacity changes. Longer battery life is still possible as a result of new chips with power efficiency improvements. Resubmitted battery filings can hint at new pro

Gurman: USB-C AirPods Max Not Coming Until 'Late 2024'

Apple won't update the AirPods Max until late 2024 and apart from fresh colors and USB-C charging, no other major changes are expected. That's according to Bloomberg 's Mark Gurman . Writing in the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Gurman says Apple will replace the Lightning port for USB-C to comply with European regulations and for consistency across its AirPods lineup, but Apple does not plan to add a H2 chip or other AirPods features for the foreseeable future. Indeed, the next version of Apple's over-ear headphones will be so similar to the current models that Apple may not even change the generation number, similar to the USB-C AirPods Pro . That said, Gurman adds that Apple's plans could "possibly" change between now and when the ‌AirPods Max‌ are released. Last week, Gurman reported that all three AirPods models and Mac accessories like the Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad are likely to transition to USB-C by 2024. Related Roundu

How to Watch Apple's 'Scary Fast' Event on October 30 (or 31, Depending Where You Are)

Apple is hosting an online streaming event for the public and press on Monday, October 30, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The company is expected to announce new Macs, and potentially other products during the event, dubbed "Scary Fast." Here's how you can watch it and when, depending where you are in the world. There are multiple ways to watch the October 30 event, with details listed below. We've also included a useful guide on when the event will take place in your particular time zone. What to Expect at Apple's "Scary Fast" Event Holding an event at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time is an unusually late time for Apple, and for most regions and territories east of London it will actually take place on the morning of Tuesday, October 31 – or Halloween for many. So make sure you don't accidentally miss it because of the odd timing. Apple Events Website With the Apple Events website , you can watch the event live on a Mac, iPhone , ‌ iPad ‌, PC, o

Apple Sends Out Gift Boxes With AirPods Max and 'Sweet and Spooky' Snacks to Promote Mac Event

Apple has sent out Halloween-themed gift boxes to some influencers for them to enjoy while watching Apple's upcoming "Scary Fast" Mac-focused event on Monday night. The gift boxes include a pair of AirPods Max headphones, an Apple cap, and a selection of "sweet and spooky" snacks and drinks. As shared by influencer Lamarr Wilson , the boxes also include an invite which reads: It's almost Halloween and Apple has some treats in store for you. On the evening of October 30th, we'll unveil something special and invite you to join the online watch party. To make your viewing experience a bit more "spatial," we hope you'll enjoy immersive listening with AirPods Max, along with a few sweet and spooky snacks. Hints suggest the event will be all about the Max, and the company is expected to refresh several Macs in the lineup with new high-performance (or "Scary Fast") M3 chips, including the 24-inch iMac and the 14-inch and 16-

What to Expect From the 'Scary Fast' October 30 Apple Event

Apple earlier this week surprised us with an unexpected October event, and curiously, it is set to take place on Monday, October 30 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Apple has never hosted a nighttime event before, so Monday should be quite interesting. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. The "Scary Fast" event will be focused on the Mac, which has been confirmed by Apple's artwork for the event. On Apple's website, there is an Apple logo that morphs into the Mac Finder icon, so it's Macs that we're going to see. Rumors have been mixed about what we can expect at the event, but it's sounding like we'll get the entire M3 chip lineup. We've outlined what we've heard is coming, but we might also get some unexpected announcements. 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro The 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models were updated with M2 Pro and ‌M2‌ Max chips in January 2023, so it is early for an update, but it is not unheard of f

Bloomberg: 13-Inch MacBook Pro With M3 Chip Unlikely to Be Announced at 'Scary Fast' Event

A new version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro featuring the M3 chip is unlikely to appear at Apple's "Scary Fast" Mac event next week, according to Bloomberg 's Mark Gurman. In the latest edition of his "Power On" newsletter shared over the weekend, Gurman said that supplies of the 13-inch MacBook Pro were running low and indicated that it could be replaced next week . He now says that the new machine likely won't appear at Apple's upcoming event. The new entry-level MacBook Pro, codenamed "J504," apparently remains in the works and features a "base version of the M3 chip." Gurman has reported the existence of the device since April . This means that the main models in the running for announcement at the event are the iMac and the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro, all with M3-series chips. Gurman added that he is not expecting to see any other refreshed devices at the event, including iPads or AirPods. Related Roundup: MacBook Pr

Potential Apple Watch Ban Issued by US Trade Tribunal in Masimo Patent Battle

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on Thursday ordered a ban on Apple Watch imports into the country after finding that Apple violated pulse oximetry company Masimo's patents with the devices (via Reuters ). The ban is now subject to presidential review, so it does not take effect immediately, and Apple can take the ban to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit after the 60-day review period ends. Presidents have rarely vetoed bans in the past. "Masimo has wrongly attempted to use the ITC to keep a potentially lifesaving product from millions of U.S. consumers while making way for their own watch that copies Apple," an Apple spokesperson said. "While today's decision has no immediate impact on sales of Apple Watch, we believe it should be reversed, and will continue our efforts to appeal." Masimo Chief Executive Officer Joe Kiani said the decision "sends a powerful message that even the world's largest company is not above

Everything New in iOS 17.2 Beta 1: Journal App, Translate Action, iMessage Sticker Reactions and More

Apple today released the first beta of an upcoming iOS 17.2 update, and it adds a whole slew of features. You can now access the Journal app that Apple has been working on, and share playlists with friends so they can add songs. iOS 17.2 is limited to developers right now, but it should soon be coming to public beta testers. We're expecting to see iOS 17.2 released to the public around November or December. Journal App iOS 17.2 includes the Journal app that Apple announced as part of iOS 17 . With the Journal app, users can record their daily activities and thoughts, with Apple providing optional prompts that can be used as inspiration. A Journal entry can be added by tapping on the "+" button in the Journal app, and from there, users can choose a suggestion as the basis for their writing or just opt for "New Entry" to write anything at all. Entries are automatically tagged with a date for organizational purposes, but there are options for bookmarkin

watchOS 10.1 Fixes Apple Watch Weather Complication Bug

The watchOS 10.1 update that came out today fixes a bug that was causing Weather complications not to load properly on Apple Watch faces. First reported in September , the issue resulted in blank Weather complications even when the Weather app was working as intended. Apple in a newly published support document says that Apple Watch owners experiencing a problem with Weather complications should update their devices to watchOS 10.1 or later. If the Weather complications don't show up even after updating the Apple Watch to watchOS 10.1, Apple says that users will need to reset their iPhone 's Location settings. In the Settings app under Privacy > Security > Location Services, Apple says that users should scroll down to Weather, tap "Never" under Allow Location Access, then tap the original setting. Apple confirms that watchOS 10.1 fixes the Apple Watch weather complication issue! — Aaron (@aaronp613) October 25, 2023 Shoul

Upset With Apple's Price Increases? Here's How to Cancel Your Apple TV+ or Apple One Subscription

Apple today announced significant price hikes for several of its services, including Apple TV+ , Apple Arcade , and Apple News +. Because of the higher individual prices, the cost of the Apple One bundles have also increased. In the U.S., ‌Apple TV+‌ is now $9.99 per month, up from $6.99 per month. ‌Apple Arcade‌+ is up $2 at $6.99, and ‌Apple News‌+ is now priced at $12.99 per month, up from $9.99 per month. ‌Apple One‌ Individual and Family are $3 more expensive, while Premier is $5 more. Prices are going up in most countries where Apple services are available. If you're unhappy with the new price points for Apple's services, it's quick and easy to cancel. Here's how on an iPhone or iPad : Open up the Settings app. Tap on your profile picture. Tap on Subscriptions. If you have ‌Apple One‌, tap on "Cancel All Services" to end your subscription for every service. If you want to pick and choose certain ones to keep, tap on "Choose Individual

Deals: Apple Watch Ultra 1 Drops to Best-Ever Price of $629 ($170 Off)

The first generation Apple Watch Ultra has hit a new all-time low price today on Amazon, available for $629.00 , down from $799.00. The version on sale is the Titanium Case with Yellow/Beige Trail Loop in the S/M size. 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. There is another model on sale for slightly more at $659.00 , but as of now these are the only first generation models of the Apple Watch Ultra on sale. This second device is the Titanium Case with Orange Alpine Loop. $170 OFF Apple Watch Ultra for $629.00 We aren't tracking any all-time low prices on the new Apple Watch Ultra 2 at this time, with the steepest discount on Amazon measuring about $25 off . The second generation model is a very minor upgrade on the first generation device, so if your priority is saving money you'd do well to check out Amazon's sale on the original Ultra

Next-Generation iMac Chip, Stand, and Color Details Rumored Ahead of Apple Event

Apple's upcoming iMac refresh will feature a new chip, an internally redesigned stand, and a similar array of color options to the current model, according to Bloomberg 's Mark Gurman . Following Apple's announcement of its "Scary Fast" event scheduled for Monday, October 30, Gurman reposted a Power On newsletter published in March on X (formerly Twitter) and reiterated several key details: Apple has been planning an M3 iMac for a while, with the machine going into production months ago. No other major changes other than the chip, but the stand’s internal design has been tweaked. I’d expect colors to remain similar. — Mark Gurman (@markgurman) October 24, 2023 The main change to the ‌iMac‌ will apparently be its processor, with the new machine featuring Apple's M3 chip. The current model has the M1 chip and Gurman has repeatedly said that the ‌iMac‌ will skip the M2 chip entirely . He previously remarked that he expects

Alleged New MacBook Pro Box Image Surfaces on China's Weibo

An image allegedly showing the box for a new unreleased MacBook Pro has emerged on Chinese social media platform Weibo. The picture, re-shared on X by ShrimpApplePro , shows what looks like Apple packaging featuring a MacBook Pro image with previously unseen wallpaper on the display. The wallpaper bears a passing resemblance to the one Apple used for the iPhone 15 Pro. It's unclear whether the image is legitimate or simply faked. Apple's upcoming "Scary Fast" event on October 30 will focus on the M3 series MacBook Pro models, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo . Bloomberg 's Mark Gurman also says that Apple has been testing M3 Max and M3 Pro MacBook Pro models, suggesting that these machines are going to be refreshed. Gurman just last week claimed that Apple would not update the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M3 Pro and M3 Max chips until early 2024, so it seems that his predictions have since changed. Scary fastest? #M3 pic.twitte

OLED iPad and MacBook Rumored to Feature Specialized Display Materials

Future iPad Pro and MacBook models with OLED panels will adopt new, specialized display materials, The Elec reports. Apple has apparently collaborated with LG Display to integrate new OLED material sets in some of its future devices, including forthcoming ‌iPad Pro‌ and MacBook models. LG's "RDE" OLED material set will apparently be used in the upcoming 11- and 13-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ models, while a next-generation MacBook, slated to launch in 2027, will adopt LG's subsequent "RDG" OLED material set. Historically, LG Display's initial "RD" series material set was indiscriminately applied to both IT products and vehicles, but with "RDE" and subsequent sets, LG aims to demarcate its OLED materials, ensuring specialized applications for different industries. This means that future OLED Apple devices will have access to an OLED materials set that is tailored for its unique requirements. The OLED panels designed for upcoming ‌iPad Pro

Amazon Adds Support for Passkeys, Allowing for More Secure Logins

Amazon today announced that it has added passkey support to its desktop sites and mobile apps, allowing customers to sign in to their accounts without the need for a password. Passkeys are a more secure alternative to passwords because a passkey cannot be shared with another person through a phishing attempt or leaked online through a database hack. Passkeys do not require customers to remember a password or add a two-factor authentication code, but they do require a verified device. Passkeys can be set up in the Amazon settings, and on an iPhone , iPad , or Mac, logging in to an Amazon account can be done with a Face ID or Touch ID scan once the feature is turned on. To enable it, go to Your Account > Login and Security, and choose the Set up option next to Passkeys. Apple implemented support for passkeys with iOS 16 and macOS Ventura. Passkeys work through a public key that's stored on a website server and paired with a private key that's kept on a specific devi

Updated Matter 1.2 Specification Supports New Device Types and Brings Performance Improvements

The Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) that Apple is a member of today announced that an updated Matter 1.2 specification is available for device makers and platforms. Matter 1.2 adds support for additional device types and brings improvements to Matter. Matter is a smart home protocol that allows devices to work across multiple platforms, including HomeKit . With Matter 1.2, Matter support can be added to refrigerators, standalone room air conditioners, dishwashers, laundry machines, robotic vacuums, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, air quality sensors, air purifiers, and fans. Apple's ‌HomeKit‌ supports some of these device types such as air quality monitors, air purifiers, and smoke alarms, but Apple may need to implement ‌HomeKit‌ updates to add Matter 1.2 support. Matter 1.2 also adds improvements for multi-unit switches and multi-light fixtures, along with semantic tags and improvements for device operational states, which should give device makers more options fo

iOS 17.1 Likely to Launch Tomorrow

Apple's iOS 17.1, iPadOS 17.1, macOS Sonoma 14.1, tvOS 17.1, watchOS 10.1, and HomePod Software 17.1 updates are expected to be released to the public tomorrow following several weeks of beta testing. We are expecting the software to go live at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, which is when Apple typically releases updates. Last week, Apple seeded release candidates (RCs) for all of the upcoming software refreshes. Apple usually tests RCs for about a week to make sure there are no device-breaking bugs, and this time around, we're also clued in on a specific launch date because of an update in France. iOS 17.1 in France includes a feature to reduce the radiation level of iPhone 12 models when they are stationary on a table or another surface, and French regulatory group ANFR two weeks ago confirmed that the iOS 17.1 update is expected to come out "by October 24." iOS 17.1 isn't going to bring us the Journal app, but it does have some useful new features. It incl

Deals: Samsung's New Weeklong Event Has Low Prices on ViewFinity S9 5K Display and Smart Monitor M8

Samsung is back this week with new discounts on a wide variety of categories, and in this article we're focusing on monitors and TVs . The highlights of the sale include the 27-inch ViewFinity S9 5K Display at $300 off and the Smart Monitor M8 at $200 off. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. Starting with the newer 27-inch ViewFinity S9 5K Display, this monitor is available for $1,299.99 , down from $1,599.99. This is a match of the all-time low price on the device, which we last tracked around Prime Day, and you'll find the same price on Amazon . $300 OFF ViewFinity S9 Display for $1,299.99 The ViewFinity S9 is a 27-inch display with a Thunderbolt 4 port, three USB-C ports, and a Mini DisplayPort, and it includes 90 watts of power for machines connected through the Thunderbolt 4 port. A removable 4K SlimFit webcam suppor

Bloomberg: Apple Likely to Hold Mac Launch Event on October 30 or 31

Apple is likely planning a Mac-related launch event this month that will take place on either Monday, October 30 or Tuesday, October 31, according to Bloomberg 's Mark Gurman . The well-connected reporter's prediction is based on information obtained from sources with apparent knowledge of Apple's plans, as well as the fact that some existing Mac models are in short supply online and at Apple retail stores. Gurman notes that several configurations of Apple's 24-inch iMac, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro are facing shipping delays running into mid-November. This several-week delay alone is "a clear sign that something is about to happen," says Gurman. Another reason leads the reporter to believe a Mac announcement will happen next week: Apple's earnings call is due to take place on Thursday, November 2. The last time the company posted its quarterly results in the month of November was in 2018, and that followed an October