Apple today shared a humorous new privacy-focused video on its YouTube channel, which is designed to highlight the end-to-end encryption feature in the Messages app. In the minute-long video, a woman is at a nail salon getting a pedicure, and she’s receiving iMessages and cracking up at them over and over again. The viewer is never given a look at what she’s seeing that’s so funny, which emphasizes the fact that messages…

Apple’s Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS is available for $104.95 on Amazon right now, which is a $24 discount off of the standard $129 price tag. The discounted price is only available for the Smart Battery Case that comes in black, with the white and pink varieties still priced at $129. There are also no discounts on the version for the iPhone XS Max or the version for the iPhone…

Back in January, there was a major FaceTime bug that allowed a person to force a FaceTime connection with another person, providing access to the user’s audio and sometimes video even when the FaceTime call was not accepted. The bug led to a lawsuit from Houston lawyer Larry Williams II, who claimed that the vulnerability allowed an unknown person to listen in on sworn testimony during a client deposition. Williams filed his…

A curious stage with a rainbow-colored arch was spotted yesterday in drone footage we shared of the Apple Park campus, leading to speculation about what it might be for. As it turns out, the arch, which is in the rainbow colors of the original Mac logo, is for an upcoming May 17 employee event that will celebrate the formal opening of Apple Park and serve as a tribute to Steve Jobs, who…

Earlier this week, we shared a hands-on look at the Powerbeats Pro earbuds launching tomorrow, and today, we thought we’d do an in-depth comparison with the AirPods, giving MacRumors readers a closer look at the similarities and differences between the two devices. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. AirPods and Powerbeats Pro look nothing alike, as the former is designed for casual use and the latter is aimed at…

Apple today launched a new Apple Pay promotion offering discounts from a number of different companies when making an in-app purchase using Apple Pay or on the web in some cases. The springtime discounts are available through most of May, from May 9 until May 22. Each app and its Apple Pay discount is listed below, though there may be some restrictions and exclusions in the fine print when redeeming each offer….

Apple’s $749 iPhone XR was the top selling smartphone in North America during the first quarter of 2019 according to new smartphone shipment data shared today by Canalys. Apple shipped over 4.5 million iPhone XR devices during the quarter, and it made up 13 percent of total North American shipments. Samsung’s Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10e were the other two most popular smartphones in Q1 2019, accounting for 6 percent of shipments…

Apple is no longer offering the 5K LG UltraFine Display from the Apple Store in the United States, with the monitor now listed as “Sold Out” and unavailable for pickup in any retail location. The 5K LG display was in stock and available to be shipped just recently, so the stock shortage happened within the last few days. The listing for the display has not been eliminated from Apple’s site, so it’s…

While Apple Park was being constructed, drone pilots like Duncan Sinfield followed Apple’s progress on the buildings and landscaping, allowing us to see the campus as work progressed. Apple Park has been done for some time now and drone videos have largely stopped, but Duncan Sinfield stopped by Apple Park this morning and captured a great-looking drone video that we thought we’d share with MacRumors readers. The main ring-shaped building has all…

Eve, a company that makes HomeKit-enabled smart home products, launched its latest accessory, the Eve Energy Strip, in April. The Eve Energy Strip offers three HomeKit-connected outlets, each of which can be controlled independently through the Eve app, the Home app, and through Siri, so you can make standard home products and appliances smart. Design Design wise, the Eve Energy Strip feels a bit large and overly thick for a three outlet…