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Quibi approached Apple about a potential acquisition, but Eddy Cue wasn’t interested - 9to5Mac
Quibi was introduced earlier this year as a streaming platform with content targeted to be watched on mobile devices. While the platform slowly grows, a new report from The Information revealed that Quibi CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg is now looking for someone to b…
Quibi was introduced earlier this year as a streaming platform with content targeted to be watched on mobile devices. While the platform slowly grows, a new report from The Information revealed that Quibi CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg is now looking for someone to buy his company, and he even tried to sell it to Apple. Just like Apple TV+, Quibi focuses on exclusive content and original productions instead of offering a catalog with movies and TV shows from different studios and channels. While it’s hard to imagine Apple taking advantage of Quibi’s platform, the company could release its shows on Apple TV+. The report mentions that Katzenberg has reached out to several tech and entertainment executives, including Eddy Cue Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Services. However, Cue wasn’t interested in Quibi and the proposal was rejected by Apple. The streaming company also tried to negotiate with WarnerMedia and Facebook, but they all rejected the deal. The stakes are high for Katzenberg, a veteran of Hollywood. Quibi was an ambitious idea: a service aimed at people on the go, airing episodes of everything from news programs to dramas with episodes of just a few minutes each. Major talent including Kevin Hart and Chrissy Teigen made shows for the service. Katzenberg raised $1.75 billion to found Quibi, but the platform has struggled to become popular mostly because it was designed for mobile devices rather than TVs. Quibi currently has 500,000 subscribers, which is far less than any other popular streaming platform. In order to make the platform more attractive, Quibi was later updated with AirPlay integration and video screenshots in its iOS app, but that wasn’t enough to make it popular. As pointed out by The Information, the Quibi platform has nothing special to offer, so it will be difficult to sell it to another company. Quibi is available in the US with a $4.99 monthly subscription with ads or $7.99 without ads. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:
PSA: iOS users are randomly being prompted with an iTunes Store error message - 9to5Mac
A number of iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users are now reporting that iOS is showing a random error message related to the iTunes Store. According to some reports on social networks, the error message appears unexpectedly after opening any app installed on th…
A number of iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users are now reporting that iOS is showing a random error message related to the iTunes Store. According to some reports on social networks, the error message appears unexpectedly after opening any app installed on the device. The iTunes Store error simply pops up on the screen for several times. “The iTunes Store is unable to process purchases at this time. Please try again later, says the message. Although it mentions the iTunes Store, this issue is affecting users within multiple third-party apps. We’ve checked the Apple System Status webpage, but it still doesn’t mention any problems with the iTunes Store. By the time we published this article, the only issue confirmed by Apple was an ongoing instability affecting the Apple Books app. Unfortunately, there’ still no workaround to this error message, so if you’re getting it on your iPhone or iPad the best you can do now is wait until Apple fixes the problem. Have you been affected by the problem? Let us know in the comments section below. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:
iOS 14: How the compact call interface works on iPhone - 9to5Mac
This detailed guide with screenshots covers how to use the new compact iPhone call interface in iOS 14 to answer, decline, silence calls, and more.
A long-requested feature that arrives with iOS 14 is a new compact iPhone call interface that doesn’t take over the whole screen. Here is how it works and the different ways you can use it. Up until iOS 14, iPhone has featured a full-screen takeover for incoming calls. That meant with calls you want to silence (instead of decline) you have to wait for the call to stop ringing before getting back to what you were doing. The new compact iPhone call interface is a banner-style alert at the top of your screen that lets you easily silence calls with a swipe, answer a call and keep doing what you were doing, or expand to the full-screen UI for the dial pad/audio options/mute/etc. in the Phone app or third-party apps. Note: iOS 14 is available as a free public beta as well as a developer beta. Read more here on how to install them. Keep in mind its not a good idea to run beta software on a primary device as performance issues, bugs, and more are worked out.
- The compact call interface is the default on iPhone with iOS 14 (iPad too)
- You can answer or decline a call from the compact alert at the top of your screen with the green/red buttons
- After answering you can use your iPhone as you normally would without having to leave the Phone app (tap the green phone icon in the top left corner to go to the Phone app or other third-party app)
- Swipe up to silence the call without declining it
- You’ll see the call icon in the top left corner of your screen if you change your mind
- Tap or swipe down on the compact call interface to make it fullscreen (to get audio output options, dial pad, etc.)
- When your iPhone is locked (screen off), you’ll see the full-screen alert for phone and video calls
Poll: If Apple launches a Magic Keyboard for iPad Air, would you buy it? - 9to5Mac
This year Apple took a big step forward by introducing full mouse and trackpad support to iPadOS, and the company now offers its own keyboard with integrated trackpad for iPad: the Magic Keyboard. The downside is that the new Magic Keyboard is only available …
This year Apple took a big step forward by introducing full mouse and trackpad support to iPadOS, and the company now offers its own keyboard with integrated trackpad for iPad: the Magic Keyboard. The downside is that the new Magic Keyboard is only available for the iPad Pro, so people who have other iPad models like the iPad Air and the 7th generation iPad rely on third-party solutions to experience iPadOS with a cursor. Of course, there are other great options available for these iPad models, including Logitech’s Combo Touch Keyboard, but they often don’t have a sleek design like Apple’s Magic Keyboard, which has magnets to attach the iPad and keeps the screen floating on the keyboard. But what if Apple introduces the Magic Keyboard for cheaper iPad models? Well, that might be possible, as suggested by leaker @L0vetodream, who correctly predicted the launch of the 2020 iPad Pro and the new iPhone SE. in my dream Magic keyboard not only for the iPad Pro — (@L0vetodream) June 11, 2020 As we’ve been hearing rumors about a redesigned iPad lineup to be announced between the second half of 2020 and the first half of 2021, Apple could be considering offering the Magic Keyboard for more iPad models, making the regular iPad and iPad Air even more attractive to customers. Even if that’s true, there are some questions about Apple expanding the Magic Keyboard, like how much will it cost? The current Magic Keyboard for the 11-inch iPad Pro costs nearly $300, which is almost the same price if you buy the 7th generation iPad with a student discount. With that in mind, if it became available for the iPad and iPad Air would you buy it? And how much would you be willing to pay? Let us know in the poll below and elaborate on why in the comments. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:
Comment: Free EarPods with an iPhone are a financial and environmental waste - 9to5Mac
A report today suggests that Apple may not include free EarPods in the iPhone 12 box. While Kuo suggests this is intended to boost sales of AirPods ...
A report today suggests that Apple may not include free EarPods in the iPhone 12 box. While Kuo indicates that this is intended to boost sales of AirPods, I personally don’t think it would do that. What it will do is reduce pointless waste … Back in the days of iPhones with 3.5mm headphone jacks, I’d long argued that it was silly including EarPods in the box. It made sense back in the iPod days, when the idea of a portable music device was a relatively new concept; it made no sense when anyone who listens to music on the move already has a pair of headphones. A huge proportion of 3.5mm EarPods were just thrown away or left in the iPhone box for the next owner when it was resold or gifted a year or two later likely for them to throw away instead. The switch from 3.5mm to Lighting EarPods changed things for a time. While almost anyone who wanted headphones already had them, almost nobody owned Lightning headphones when the iPhone 7 was launched. It absolutely made sense to include a pair in the box. Four years later, however, we’re back in the situation we were with 3.5mm headphones. Most iPhone owners upgrade their phones at least every 3-4 years. That means that by the time the iPhone 12 comes out, most of them will already have at least one pair of Lightning EarPods and a great many of them will have bought either AirPods or some other wireless headphones. Once more, the majority of the EarPods that come in an iPhone box would not be used. Mine don’t even get removed from the case. That’s a waste of money on Apple’s part, but also has an environmental impact: making headphones that won’t be used, along with the packaging they come in. Indeed, you could argue that Apple’s silly deceptive packaging with makes the free EarPods look like AirPods is a negative, creating a little frisson of excitement which is rapidly followed by disappointment. Is Kuo right, that this is a move to boost sales of AirPods? I don’t think so. If you’re happy with Lightning headphones, you can buy a pair of official Apple ones for $18, or third-party ones for even less. If that’s all you want, then you’re not in the market for spending anything from $159 to $249 on AirPods. The same is true at the other end of the scale, if you’ve spent more on your headphones than the cost of AirPods, then that’s because you want better quality. Again, the inclusion of free EarPods is irrelevant to you. Even if Kuo is right about promotions, it’s still a different market. If you want AirPods, you’re going to buy them whether or not Apple includes a pair of wired EarPods in the box. It would have been the right thing to drop the 3.5mm EarPods back in 2015, and it would be the right thing to drop Lightning EarPods today. Do you disagree, and think there’s still a role for free EarPods? Or do you agree it’s time to recognize that everyone who wants headphones already has some? Please take our poll, and share your thoughts in the comments. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:
Hands-on: 13-inch MacBook Pro (2020) – a long time coming [Video] - 9to5Mac
The long-awaited MacBook Pro (2020) refresh is here, and it comes with a Magic Keyboard and 10th-generation Intel CPUs. Is it worth considering?
The 13-inch MacBook Pro (2020) edition is a noteworthy release for a variety of reasons. The most compelling reason to take note is that it’s finally transitioned from the oft-maligned butterfly keyboard to the much-improved Magic Keyboard. Indeed, with the release of this MacBook Pro, the butterfly keyboard is no more. Should you consider upgrading? Watch our hands-on video for the details. Specifications First and foremost, I recommend ignoring any “new” MacBook Pro model below the $1799 version. Yes, they all feature the Magic Keyboard now, but cheaper models come with older 8th-generation Intel CPUs, and much-less-capable integrated graphics, among other deficiencies. If you just need a cheap Apple laptop for basic computing, I recommend looking at the MacBook Air (2020) instead, as it also has the Magic Keyboard. With that being said, here are the specifications for the $1799 model. These specs can be upgraded during the build to order process on Apple’s website.
- 2.0GHz quad-core 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor
- Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz
- Intel Iris Plus Graphics
- 16GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X memory
- 512GB SSD storage
- 13-inch Retina display with True Tone
- Magic Keyboard
- Touch Bar and Touch ID
- Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
- Price: $1799
- There’s more perceived key travel on the Magic Keyboard
- The keys have slightly more space between them lending to more accurate touch typing
- Even when pressed off-axis, the keys drive straight down, similar to the butterfly keyboard
- There’s a physical escape key
- The inverted-T arrow keys make a much-needed comeback on the MacBook Pro
- The Magic Keyboard is not nearly as prone to issues with dust and debris