Apple to Hold Media Event on December 2 ‘Honoring Favorite Apps and Games of 2019’

Apple today send out invites for a surprise media event that's set to be held on Monday, December 2 in New York City, with the event kicking off at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Invitation image via Lance Ulanoff

According to the media invitations, Apple will be honoring its favorite apps and games of 2019. There is no word on just what that means, and Apple has never held a similar event.

More details to come...


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iFixit Shares Full 16-Inch MacBook Pro Teardown

Following a brief initial teardown of the 16-inch MacBook Pro on Friday, repair site iFixit today shared its full teardown of the new machine, giving us insights into the changes that Apple has made with the keyboard and other components.

The new ‌MacBook Pro‌ features the largest display that Apple has introduced in the MacBook line since the 17-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ was discontinued, and it also features a brand new scissor keyboard called the Magic Keyboard, a new thermal architecture, and some other design tweaks.


When it comes to the keyboard, Apple has reverted to the same scissor switch mechanism used in older ‌MacBook Pro‌ models and the standalone Bluetooth Magic Keyboard for the iMac. It's slightly thinner than the prior scissor key design, but iFixit says the two scissor mechanisms look identical other than the thickness and some keys between the two keyboards are even interchangeable.

Scissor switches are more reliable than butterfly switches and are not prone to breaking from dust or other small particulates. In fact, iFixit says there's no dust-proofing membrane on these keys, suggesting Apple doesn't expect these keyboards to fail.


Aside from the new scissor switch mechanism, the keyboard looks quite similar to the keyboard from the prior ‌MacBook Pro‌, though there is a separate physical Escape key, a separate Touch ID button, and an updated inverted "T" design for the arrow keys. Underneath, there's an Apple-designed rubber dome, a backlight assembly, and a black gasket for blocking out excess light.

The keyboard assembly is riveted down, which means the keyboard itself isn't more repairable than the butterfly keyboards, even though they're less prone to failure.

Apple added a new speaker system to the ‌MacBook Pro‌, and there's a longer speaker enclosure with opposed woofers on the top and bottom, which are meant to cancel out each other's vibration. iFixit isn't sure why there's a longer enclosure, but speculates that it's to redirect sound to improve quality. The new three microphone array is also "beefier," but otherwise the same as what was found in the 15-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌.

Apple is using a 99.8Wh (11.36V, 8790mAh) battery in the 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌, which is the largest capacity that's still allowed on planes by airlines. That's a 16.2Wh increase over the prior 15-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ and the largest battery that's ever been used in a MacBook. To get the extra capacity into the new machine, Apple made each battery 0.8mm thicker.


Overall, the ‌MacBook Pro‌ earned a repairability score of 1 because the processor, RAM, and storage are soldered to the logic board, while the keyboard, battery, speakers, and Touch Bar are secured with glue and rivets.

iFixit's full teardown of the 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌, which has some additional information on the internal components of the machine, can be read on the iFixit website.

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Apple Releases iOS and iPadOS 13.2.3 With Bug Fixes for Messages, Mail and More

Apple today released new iOS and iPadOS 13.2.3 for the iPhone and the iPad, updates to the iOS and ‌iPadOS‌ 13.2.2 software that was released last week on November 7.

The new iOS and ‌iPadOS‌ 13.2.3 updates are available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the updates, go to Settings > General > Software Update.


iOS and ‌‌iPadOS‌‌ 13.2.3 are minor updates focusing on performance improvements and bug fixes for issues that were not able to be addressed in iOS 13.2 and iOS 13.2.2 rather than major outward facing changes.

According to Apple's release notes, the update fixes a bug that could prevent Mail from fetching new messages and it addresses a bug that caused photos, links, and other attachments to not display properly in the Messages details view. The iOS 13.2.3 and ‌iPadOS‌ 13.2.3 release notes are the same.
iOS 13.2.3 includes bug fixes and improvements for your iPhone. This update:
Fixes an issue where system search and search within Mail, Files, and Notes might not work
Addresses an issue where photos, links, and other attachments might not display in the Messages details view
Fixes an issue that could prevent apps from downloading content in the background
Resolves issues that may prevent Mail from fetching new messages, and fail to include and quote original message content in Exchange accounts
iOS 13.2.2, the prior update released last week, addressed an issue that caused apps running in the background on the iPhone and ‌iPad‌ to unexpectedly quit, leading to background apps that refreshed more often than normal.

Apple is also beta testing an iOS 13.3 update that includes Communication Limits for Screen Time and other minor feature tweaks.

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Apple Reiterates Commitment to FRAND Licensing of Standards-Essential Patents Following Intel Deal

In light of its acquisition of the majority of Intel's smartphone modem business earlier this year, including many cellular patents, Apple has shared a letter on its website to reiterate its stance on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory or FRAND licensing terms for standards-essential patents.

Intel 5G Modem
Apple says it values intellectual property and recognizes the important role of developing industry standards, noting that its engineers participate in over 100 standard-setting organizations. Apple touts its own contributions to a wide range of standards, including, for example, cellular, Wi-Fi, and USB-C.

Apple adds that it has "long sought to bring a balanced perspective to the promises and perils of standardization" and is committed to licensing its own cellular standards-essential patents on FRAND terms.

Apple believes owners of standards-essential patents should make licenses available on FRAND terms to any and all interested parties that request a license, adding that standards-essential patent licensees should not be forced to take bundled or portfolio licenses as part of an agreement.

There should also be an objective, reasonable royalty rate that applies equally to all standards-essential licensees, according to Apple.

Following its agreement with Intel, Apple said it would hold over 17,000 wireless technology patents, ranging from protocols for cellular standards to modem architecture and modem operation. Apple is widely expected to release its first 5G-enabled iPhones with Qualcomm modems in 2020.

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Deals: 15-Inch MacBook Pro Hits New Low Price (Up to $450 Off) and Beats Studio3 Headphones Discounted to $200

Amazon today introduced a round of notable discounts on the 15-inch MacBook Pro from Mid 2019, with discounts reaching as much as $450 off these models. In this article we've also included deals on the Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones and the Disney+ bundle that includes Hulu and ESPN+ for a low monthly price of $12.99.

15-Inch MacBook Pro


In Amazon's new sale, prices start at $1,999.00 for the 256GB configuration and reach up to $2,349.00 for the 512GB configuration. These discounts have hit after Apple launched the new 16-inch MacBook Pro models last week, which have now replaced the 15-inch models in Apple's lineup.

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Apple updated the 15-inch MacBook Pro in May 2019 with a new 8-core processor option in the high-end configurations and faster performance. This update also saw a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with similar specs.

Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones


During its Daily Doorbuster event, Best Buy is offering the Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones for $199.99 today only, down from $349.99 ($150 off). Colors available include Gray, Crystal Blue, and Desert Sand.


This is the lowest price currently available online for the Studio3 Headphones, which offer Pure Adaptive Noise Canceling, up to 22 hours of battery life, and include Apple's W1 chip for simple pairing with iOS devices. Head to Best Buy soon to check out the headphones and place your order before the deal expires later tonight.

Disney+ Bundle


Disney's new streaming service, Disney+, has been out for nearly one week, and it remains one of the cheapest streaming TV platforms to sign up for online. The service's bundle with Hulu and ESPN+ is also now live, and available for just $12.99 per month, which rivals the current cost of Netflix's Standard Plan.


This bundle is for Hulu with Limited Commercials ($5.99 per month), ESPN+ ($4.99 per month), and Disney+ ($6.99 permonth), totaling $17.97 per month, or about $5 in savings with Disney's bundle of all three services.

It's also possible to get Hulu with No Commercials included in this bundle, by following the steps below:
  1. Sign up for Hulu with No Commercials for $11.99 per month on Hulu's website (if you already have one, skip to step 2).
  2. Sign up for the Disney+ bundle with Hulu and ESPN+ on Disney's website using the same email address you used for the Hulu with No Commercials account.
This will get you a bundle with Hulu with No Commercials ($11.99 per month), ESPN+, and Disney+, totaling $23.97 per month. But you'll only be paying $18.99 thanks to a monthly $5.99 credit that Disney will send you, which represents the value of the Hulu with Limited Commercials plan (via Business Insider).

Of course, if you're not sure about Disney+ yet, you can sign up here for your seven day free trial. Those not interested in the Hulu and ESPN+ bundle can also just pay $6.99 per month for Disney+ alone, or $69.99 for a full year.

For more of the latest Apple-related sales, be sure to visit our full Deals Roundup.

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13-Inch MacBook Pro With Scissor Keyboard Expected in First Half of 2020

Following the 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple plans to release a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with a scissor switch keyboard in the first half of 2020, according to industry sources cited by hit-or-miss Taiwanese publication DigiTimes. A preview of the report was shared with paying subscribers.

16-inch MacBook Pro's new scissor switch keyboard via iFixit

The report claims the display size will remain 13.3 inches, although given the source is DigiTimes, we would not completely rule out hopes of a larger 14-inch display. Wistron and Global Lighting Technologies are said to be among the suppliers of the keyboards for the smaller notebook.

The new 16-inch MacBook Pro features a redesigned scissor switch keyboard, largely based on the standalone Magic Keyboard for the iMac. Given the tried-and-tested design, the keyboard should prove far more reliable than the troublesome butterfly keyboards used across the MacBook lineup in recent years.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro also features a physical Esc key and an inverted-T arrow key layout. It is unclear if the 13-inch MacBook Pro will follow suit.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously predicted that Apple will transition its entire notebook lineup to scissor switch keyboards in 2020, including all MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models.

It would be hardly surprising if Apple completely moves past its butterfly keyboards, which have suffered from issues with sticky, repeating, or nonfunctional keys since their inception in 2016. Apple continues to offer free repairs to affected customers as part of its worldwide service program.

The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro was last updated in July, while higher-end 13-inch models were refreshed in May.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook to Speak at Salesforce Conference Tomorrow

Apple CEO Tim Cook will join Salesforce co-CEO Marc Benioff for a fireside chat at the Dreamforce 2019 conference on Tuesday at approximately 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time at the Yerba Buena Theater. A live stream will be available.


Apple and Salesforce formed a strategic partnership in 2018. Salesforce has since redesigned its customer relationship management app with support for the latest features on iPhone and iPad, including Siri Shortcuts and Face ID. The new Salesforce app is available in the App Store.

Salesforce has also announced a Trailhead GO learning app with more than 700 modules covering business and tech skills. Trailhead GO is available on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. Additional features, including support for Dark Mode and Sign in with Apple, are expected to be available later this year.


Last, the two companies have announced a new Salesforce mobile SDK, optimized for Swift and iOS 13. The new SDK, coming later this year, will help developers to build and deploy native Salesforce apps for iPhone and iPad.


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Top Stories: 16-Inch MacBook Pro Debuts, Mac Pro in December, AR Headset Rumors, and More

The biggest Apple news of this week was obviously the launch of the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, which debuted on Wednesday with a new "Magic Keyboard" and some other nice upgrades.

Other popular topics this week included confirmation from Apple that the new Mac Pro will ship in December, rumors about Apple's AR headset/glasses project, a launch of the Research app that Apple previewed back in September, and some of our favorite tips and tricks for the new AirPods Pro.

16-Inch MacBook Pro Debuts With New Magic Keyboard, Physical Esc Key, Up to 64GB of RAM, and More


It's finally here. After months of seemingly endless rumors, Apple has finally introduced the 16-inch MacBook Pro.


New features include a larger 16-inch display with slimmer bezels, a so-called Magic Keyboard with a redesigned scissor mechanism, a physical Esc key, up to 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core processors, up to 8TB of SSD storage and 64GB RAM, and AMD Radeon Pro 5000M series graphics.

First impressions of the notebook have praised the new keyboard, which should hopefully prove to be more reliable than the issue-prone butterfly keyboards on recent MacBook Pro models. We have an early hands-on video with the new MacBook Pro and will have more extensive coverage next week.

The new 16-inch MacBook Pro is available to order on Apple.com and in the Apple Store app, with pricing starting at the same $2,399 as the previous 15-inch MacBook Pro, which has been discontinued. In-store availability and customer deliveries have begun, and some third-party retailers are already offering discounts from Apple's pricing.

Apple Said to Release AR Headset With 3D Sensing in 2022, Followed by Sleeker Glasses in 2023


A report from The Information this week claimed that Apple plans to release an AR/VR headset with 3D sensing and advanced human detection in 2022, followed by sleeker AR glasses in 2023.


The report claims Apple's headset will resemble Facebook's Oculus Quest virtual reality headset released earlier this year, but with a sleeker design.

A separate Bloomberg report claimed that Apple is working on an advanced 3D sensing system for multiple upcoming products, including iPad Pro models with dual rear cameras and a new AR sensor in the first half of 2020 and new iPhones in the second half of the year.

New Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR Launching in December


In addition to unveiling the 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple this week announced that its new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR will be available to order in December. No specific date was provided.


Apple says the new Mac Pro will now be available with up to 8TB of SSD storage, up from its original promise of 4TB. The new Mac Pro will start at $5,999, while the Pro Display XDR will be priced at $4,999 with an optional $999 stand.

Top 14 AirPods Pro Tips and Tricks


Last month, Apple released the AirPods Pro, a higher-end pair of its existing AirPods with an in-ear design, active noise cancellation, a customizable fit with silicone ear tips, and a more expensive $249 price tag.


In this guide, we've shared 14 of our favorite ‌AirPods Pro‌ tips and tricks to help you get the most out of Apple's latest wireless earphones. We have also shared a video with many of the tips and tricks over on our YouTube channel.

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Apple's Research App Launches With Heart, Women's Health, and Hearing Studies in United States


Following a preview back in September, Apple's new Research app is now available on the App Store for the iPhone and Apple Watch.


The app is designed to make it easier for iPhone users to contribute to medical research. Three multi-year studies are available in the United States at launch, including the Apple Women's Health Study, Apple Heart and Movement Study, and Apple Hearing Study.

After enrolling in a study, participants using an iPhone or Apple Watch can contribute movement, heart rate, and noise level data captured during everyday activities. Apple ensures strong privacy measures are taken.

Trio of Friends Make Challenging Hike Across Catalina Island to Recreate the macOS Catalina Wallpaper


A few months ago, photographer Andrew Levitt teamed up with his friends Jacob Phillips and Taylor Gray on a one-week road trip to try to recreate all of Apple's default wallpapers included in macOS.


Just a few weeks after the video, Apple publicly released macOS Catalina, giving Levitt and his friends one more wallpaper to recreate. The task was more challenging this time, however, as the default ‌macOS Catalina‌ wallpaper showcases the remote, northern tip of Santa Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California.

To accomplish the feat, Levitt and his friends embarked on a challenging hike across Catalina Island, making for quite a fascinating video.

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Each week, we publish an email newsletter like this highlighting the top Apple stories, making it a great way to get a bite-sized recap of the week hitting all of the major topics we've covered and tying together related stories for a big-picture view.

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Hands-On With Apple’s New 16-Inch MacBook Pro

With Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pro now in stores, we were able to pick one up this morning to take a look at it and provide MacRumors readers with our first impressions on the new machine.

Read on below and watch our video to see our overview and our initial thoughts on the new ‌MacBook Pro‌.

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When you glance at the new 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌, it's difficult to tell it apart from the 15-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌, because the design is the same general design that Apple has been using for the ‌MacBook Pro‌ for years now.

Apple bumped up the thickness and the weight of the new ‌MacBook Pro‌, though, and there's a lot of heft here. It feels more dense when toting it around, and the extra weight and size is somewhat noticeable.


The most notable change to the ‌MacBook Pro‌ is the larger 16-inch display with its slimmed down bezels. The new model has a resolution of 3072 x 1920 at 226 pixels per inch, which is an improvement over the 15-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌. In use, the updated display appears to be somewhat sharper and more vibrant than before, but it's not a huge difference from the 15-inch display and it's probably not the sole reason someone should upgrade.


Beyond the display, there are quite a few attractive new features that set the 16-inch machine apart from its predecessors. A new "Magic Keyboard" has been added that does away with the butterfly mechanism and returns to a scissor-style mechanism that's meant to be more reliable and not prone to failure due to crumbs and small particulates.

We liked the feel of the butterfly keyboard in general, and the Magic Keyboard isn't too far off from that feel. There's minimal key travel, but a solid amount of feedback that provides a pleasant typing experience.


Apple added a physical Escape key to the 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌, an upgrade over the virtual Escape key built into the Touch Bar in previous Macs. Apple's Phil Schiller recently said that not having a physical Escape key was one of the top ‌MacBook Pro‌ complaints, and it's nice that Apple has addressed this issue.

Arrow keys have also been returned to an inverted "T" design, which will also be a welcome change, and the Touch ID button is now a separate button to match the aesthetic of a separate Escape key. Aside from these changes, the Touch Bar is the same. There are also no changes to the Trackpad.

There's a new six-speaker sound system and a three-array microphone setup that we used to record the entirety of our YouTube video. The sound system is impressive for a notebook machine. The speakers are super loud, but sound quality is also noticeably improved. The audio is robust with great clarity and just the right amount of bass.


Battery life in the new ‌MacBook Pro‌ is up an hour compared to the 15-inch model, though we haven't been able to test that out yet. It's using the same Intel processors that were included in the 15-inch models released in May, but the new machine supports up to 64GB of RAM and 8TB of storage, which will appeal to pro users.

What do you think of the 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌? Are you upgrading? Let us know in the comments.

We're going to have additional coverage of the 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ coming next week, including a deeper dive into performance, so make sure to stay tuned to MacRumors.

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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Leather Apple Watch Band From BluShark

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with BluShark to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a high-quality leather band designed for the Apple Watch.

BluShark makes a whole range of watch bands for traditional watches. Right now, BluShark offers a collection of nylon and silicone designs in a variety of colors, but the company is expanding into ‌Apple Watch‌ bands in the near future.


BluShark will soon launch a series of high-end leather ‌Apple Watch‌ bands crafted from Italian calf hide and ethically sourced crocodile and ostrich leathers, sized to fit both 40mm and 44mm ‌Apple Watch‌ models.

The leather ‌Apple Watch‌ bands will be available in different shades of brown and black, with each one carefully stitched to hold up to wear over time. As with all leather products, expect these bands to take on a unique patina as they age.

BluShark plans to officially debut its ‌Apple Watch‌ band collection in the coming weeks, but winners of the ‌giveaway‌ will be able to choose a band prior to when the launch happens. BluShark is also releasing a series of ‌Apple Watch‌ adapters within the next two to three weeks that will allow existing BluShark bands to work with the ‌Apple Watch‌.

Seven winners will be provided with an $80 gift card to purchase any of the ‌Apple Watch‌ bands in the collection, which will be available for between $40 and $78. The watches come with stainless steel lugs, but BluShark will also be able to provide lugs for other ‌Apple Watch‌ finishes. For those interested in purchasing a BluShark ‌Apple Watch‌ band when the launch happens, make sure to visit the BluShark website and sign up for the newsletter or follow BluShark on Instagram.

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The contest will run from today (November 15) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on November 22. The winners will be chosen randomly on November 22 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.


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