Apple late last year teamed up with indie entertainment studio A24 to produce a series of films for its upcoming streaming service, and now the first film under that partnership is in the works. According to Variety, Apple and A24’s first movie will be directed by Sofia Coppola, known for directing movies like “The Virgin Suicides,” “Lost in Translation,” “Marie Antoinette,” and “The Bling Ring.” Image credit: Guillaume Collet/Sipa/REX/Shutterstock, via Variety The…

Apple could have a 7th-generation iPod touch in the works, according to new information shared today by Japanese site Mac Otakara. Several suppliers at CES 2019 reportedly told Mac Otakara that a 7th-generation iPod touch “might” be in development as a replacement for the 6th-generation version. The site did not provide details on when an updated iPod touch might launch, nor what features it might include. Apple last updated the hardware in…

Law enforcement officials can’t force smartphone users to unlock their devices using fingerprints or other biometric features such as facial recognition, according to a Northern California court ruling from last week. The ruling, which was shared this morning by Forbes, was the result of an Oakland investigation into possible extortion. Police officers asked the court for permission to seize multiple devices and then compel the suspects to unlock the devices using biometric…

Apple-owned company FoundationDB today announced the open source release of the FoundationDB Record Layer, which it says offers up relational database semantics on top of FoundationDB with schema management, indexing facilities, and a “rich set of query capabilities. Apple uses the Record Layer to support applications and services for hundreds of millions of users, and combined with FoundationDB, it forms the backbone of Apple’s CloudKit service. Built on top of FoundationDB, the…

Apple late last year began allowing third-party companies to produce Made for iPhone or “MFi” certified USB-C to Lightning cables, and as a result, multiple companies have been announcing the upcoming launch of new USB-C to Lightning cable options. Anker today said that it plans to launch its first USB-C to Lightning cables in March 2019. Anker’s Powerline+ USB-C to Lightning cables will feature an aluminum shell and protective braided nylon for…

UC San Diego Health recently sent an online survey to its first 425 patients who activated Apple Health Records in 2018, and among 132 respondents, 78 percent indicated that they were “satisfied with using the feature.” 96 percent of respondents said they could “easily connect their mobile devices to the platform,” and 90 percent said the “smartphone solution improved their understanding of their own health, facilitated conversations with their clinicians, or improved…

Apple today announced that its HomePod speaker launches in China and Hong Kong on Friday, January 18. It will be available for 2,799 yuan in China and HK$2,799 in Hong Kong from Apple.com, Apple Stores, and authorized resellers. Apple had previously announced that the HomePod would launch in China and Hong Kong in early 2019 and now we know it will be later this week. Siri on the HomePod gained support for…

Though designed for the iPhone, Apple’s AirPods are also compatible with Android smartphones and tablets, so you can take advantage of Apple’s wire-free tech even if you’re an Android user or have both Android and Apple devices. You do, of course, lose some bells and whistles like Apple’s unique AirPods pairing features. AirPods do, however, work like any other Bluetooth headphones on an Android device, and there are ways to restore at…

AirPlay 2 and HomeKit functionality will be available on all of Vizio’s 2016 4K UHD SmartCast Displays, the company recently confirmed on Twitter. Vizio’s Twitter account for support questions supplied the information in response to a question from a MacRumors reader. Apple recently shared a list of all AirPlay 2-enabled television sets on its HomeKit website, but only 2017, 2018, and 2019 Vizio models are listed. From Apple’s list: – Vizio P-Series…

Apple is United Airlines’ biggest customer at the San Francisco International Airport, according to signs the airline has available that were shared on Twitter today. According to United, Apple spends $150 million on airline tickets each year, and purchases 50 business class seats on flights to Shanghai every day. Curious who are @United largest global corporate accounts? @Apple is in the top spot and contributes very much to success of SFO international…