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36 Years Ago Today, Steve Jobs Unveiled the First Macintosh

On January 24, 1984, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the first Macintosh at Apple’s annual shareholder’s meeting in Cupertino, California, debuting the new computer equipped with a 9-inch black and white display, an 8MHz Motorola 68000 processor, 128KB of RAM, a 3.5-inch floppy drive, and a price tag of $2,495. The now iconic machine …

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WSJ Profiles 'The Blevinator,' Apple's VP of Procurement Who Handles Supplier Negotiations

The Wall Street Journal today published a profile of Tony Blevins, Apple’s vice president of procurement, providing an inside look at Apple’s corporate culture and what Blevins does for the company. As Apple’s vice president of procurement, Blevins’ job is to get suppliers to cut their prices, and he will apparently stop at little to …

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Apple Revamps Jobs Site With New Design and Video Featuring Animated Apple Logos

Apple today overhauled its Apple jobs website, introducing a new look and a new video in an effort to better recruit employees. The updated video on the site features the different Apple logo designs that Apple first created for its Mac-centric event in October 2018. The site displays different Apple logo designs whenever it’s reloaded, …

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AirPods Pro 2C54 Firmware: Worse Noise Canceling, Improved Frequency Response and Bass Accuracy

On December 16th, Apple released a new firmware update for the AirPods Pro bumping the firmware from 2B588 to 2C54. After the updates, there were several anecdotal reports that the AirPods Pro noise cancelation may have been affected adversely by the update. Adding to the confusion is that Apple has since pulled the 2C54 update, …

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Upcoming Fall 2020 5.4-Inch iPhone Will Be Similar in Size to iPhone 8

Japanese site Mac Otakara today shared a somewhat confusing rumor about Apple’s 2020 iPhone lineup, suggesting the 5.4-inch ‌iPhone‌ that Apple is working on will be sized similarly to the iPhone 8. Citing Apple suppliers exhibiting at CES, Mac Otakara says that Apple “might be developing Face ID models beside Touch ID models as an …

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Apple Now Selling Sonos One SL Wireless Speaker, AirPods Pro Cases

Apple in the last few days updated its online Apple Store with new products that include cases for the AirPods Pro and the Sonos One SL Wireless Speaker. Apple is stocking the Incase AirPods Pro Case made from Incase’s proprietary Woolenex material, with the case priced at $30. Apple is also selling a new Catalyst …

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Apple to Donate Money to Support Fire Relief Efforts in Australia

Apple is donating funds to support fire fighting efforts in Australia, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on Twitter yesterday. For the last two months, bushfires have been burning across Australia due to one of the worst droughts in history and record-breaking heat waves. More than nine people have died and more than 800 homes have …

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Apple Seeks Tariff Waivers on iPhone Components, Apple Watch, AirPods and More

Apple has asked the United States government to exclude Apple Watch, AirPods, HomePod, iPhone components, and other devices and parts imported from China from the 15 percent tariff that went into effect on September 1, reports Bloomberg. Apple filed for exclusions on 11 products or components on Thursday, which was the first day that companies …

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Apple Promotes Multiple Senior Directors to Vice President Roles

Over the course of the last few weeks, Apple has promoted several of its senior directors and given them vice president titles, reports Bloomberg. Paul Meade has been promoted to vice president of hardware engineering, while Jon Andrews is Apple’s new vice president of software engineering. Meade has been leading hardware development for Apple’s future …

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Apple Seeds macOS Catalina Golden Master to Developers

Apple today seeded the golden master version of macOS 10.15 Catalina to developers, three days after seeding the tenth macOS Catalina beta and over three months after the new Mac operating system update was first unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference. The golden master version of macOS Catalina represents the final version of the update …

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Microsoft Debuts New Dual-Screen Devices, Updated Surface Laptops and More

Microsoft today held an event in New York City to show off both new Surface devices and some new dual screen devices that are coming in the future. MacRumors videographer Dan was in attendance at the event and was able to capture some footage of the newly announced products for an overview that can be …

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United States Justice Department Launching Antitrust Review of Major Tech Companies

The United States Justice Department is launching a broad antitrust review into whether major technology companies are unlawfully stifling competition, reports The Wall Street Journal. The DoJ will reportedly be examining the practices of online platforms that “dominate internet search, social media and retail services,” which will involve Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple.The Justice Department …

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Intel to Auction Off Modem IP and Patents

Intel is planning to auction off its portfolio of patents related to cellular wireless connectivity, according to a new report from IAM. Intel’s upcoming auction follows the company’s April decision to exit the 5G smartphone modem business. Intel stopped work on 5G modem technology after Apple and Qualcomm reached a settlement and a supply agreement …

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Apple Once Again the Most Valuable Public Company in the World

Apple has once again reclaimed the title of most valuable publicly traded company marking the first time the Cupertino company has held that title since December. As noted by CNBC, Apple surpassed Microsoft and Amazon this afternoon with a closing price of $174.24, for a market capitalization of $821.59 billion. That beats out Microsoft’s market …

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macOS Keychain Security Flaw Discovered by Researcher, but Details Not Shared With Apple Over Bug Bounty Protest

German security researcher Linus Henze this week discovered a new zero-day macOS vulnerability dubbed “KeySteal,” which, as demoed in the video below, can be used to get to all of the sensitive data stored in the Keychain app. Henze appears to use a malicious app to extract data from the Mac’s Keychain app without the …

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