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Happy Birthday to Steve Jobs and MacRumors

Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who co-founded Apple and was responsible for catapulting the company to wild success with products like the iPod and the iPhone, was born on February 24, 1955, and were he still alive, today would mark his 63rd birthday.

Jobs not only founded Apple alongside Steve Wozniak in 1976 and directed the future of technology with the development of some of the first personal computers, but he also brought Apple back from the brink of failure even after being ousted from the company he created.



Though he passed away in October of 2011 when he was just 56, Steve Jobs had a lasting impact on Apple’s culture. As current Apple CEO Tim Cook often says, Steve Jobs’ DNA — his taste, his thinking, his unwavering perfectionism, his dedication to hard work, and his lust for innovation — will “always be the foundation of Apple.”

Cook always honors Steve Jobs on his birthday, and will undoubtedly have some thoughts to share with us later today.

There are no Apple products — and few technology products — on the market that have not been influenced by Steve Jobs in some way, however small, and had we not had Jobs, the world might be a different place today. Millions of lives have been touched by Apple devices, including the lives of each one of us here at MacRumors and all of the readers who visit the site every day to see what’s new in the world of Apple.

MacRumors shares a birthday with Steve Jobs, and as of today, the site is turning 18. MacRumors was founded on February 24, 2000 by Arnold Kim, and what started out as a small side project has flourished and grown right alongside Apple into the best Apple news site on the web.

We here at MacRumors are grateful to all of our dedicated readers, community members, and volunteers, and we look forward bringing you Apple news and rumors for the next 18 years.

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Apple’s AirPower wireless charging mat could launch in March

Apple may be close to launching another one of the numerous products it teased last year. Sources talking to both MacOtakara and the Apple Post have claimed that the company's AirPower wireless charging mat should ship sometime in late March, about…

Deals: T-Mobile Launches iPhone/Apple Watch S3 Offer, Belkin Debuts Weekend Sale, and More

T-Mobile‘s iPhone and Apple Watch offers, announced on Wednesday, have now launched on the carrier’s website today. The iPhone deal nets you a $200 rebate when purchasing the iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus, 7, or 7 Plus on an Equipment Installment Plan, received through a prepaid MasterCard card that you’ll get in the mail about eight weeks after the order date. Check out our original blog post for more information, and head to T-Mobile’s store to browse the available iPhones under the sale.

T-Mobile also shared new information on its Apple Watch deal, which lets you purchase one Apple Watch Series 3 device on an Equipment Installment Plan, with an Apple DIGITS plan on the same line, and get another one for 50 percent off (up to $215). The Apple Watch rebate amount isn’t received through a MasterCard like the iPhone offer, but instead via 24 monthly bill credits, which typically begin on your second bill cycle.

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The company said that it’s requiring new devices to use its Apple DIGITS wearable plan “specifically because it’s the right plan for Apple Watch Series 3,” which lets your phone number work on any compatible LTE-enabled smartwatch. The company listed a few of the Apple Watch Series 3 models you can get with the offer, along with the monthly costs and full prices, which you can see below. Head to T-Mobile’s Q&A page for more information.

Apple Watch S3 38mm ALM: $0 down and $16.67/mo. x 24, full price $399.99.

Apple Watch S3 38mm SS: $167.99 down and $18/mo. x 24, full price $599.99.

Apple Watch S3 Nike+ 38mm ALM: $0 down and $16.67/mo. x 24, full price $399.99.

Apple Watch S3 42mm ALM: $0 down and $17.92/mo. x 24, full price $429.99.

Apple Watch S3 42mm SS : $217.99 down and $18/mo. x 24, full price $649.99.

Apple Watch S3 Nike+ 42mm ALM: $0 down and $17.92/mo. x 24, full price $429.99.

There are a few other notable discounts going on today and heading into the weekend, including a new sitewide sale over at Belkin. The accessory maker today debuted a trio of savings that will let you save $10 on orders of $50 and over, $25 on orders of $100 and over, and $50 on orders of $150 and over, with no promotional code required.

There are a handful of exclusions in the sale, including Belkin’s Boost Up Qi Charger for iPhone, a few USB/Thunderbolt docks, a USB car charger, the QODE Ultime Lite Keyboard Case for iPad, and all Belkin routers, Wemo and NetCam products. Otherwise, compatible products will see the discount applied automatically upon checkout, and you have until Sunday, February 25 at 11:59 p.m. PT to place your order.

Costco members can also get a pair of AirPods for $139.99 today, down from their regular price of $159.99. The members only sale includes free shipping and is expected to last for a limited time only.



At Amazon, you can save up to 40 percent on iXpand’s flash drive with combination Lightning connector and USB 3.0, allowing you to easily transfer data from an iPhone/iPad to a Mac or other computer. A collection of iOttie’s iPhone compatible car mounts have also been marked down at Amazon, with the savings — up to 47 percent off — lasting until Monday, February 26.

Lastly, as part of its Daily Deals today Best Buy has select models of the 12-inch MacBook refresh from last year marked down by $250. There are two models on sale in all colors: Intel Core M3, 8GB RAM, 256GB Flash Storage for $1,049.99, down from $1,299.99; and Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 512GB Flash Storage for $1,349.99, down from $1,599.99. That’s some of the best prices for these models online, with retailers like B&H Photo pricing the same MacBooks at $1,219.99 and $1,519.99, respectively.

Head over to our Deals Roundup for even more sales info, including DirecTV Now’s ongoing offer for the 32GB Apple TV 4K.

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Google needs to give the AirPods better competition

 In the race for in-ear AI, Apple has the clear advantage despite the fact that their intelligent assistant is one of the dumbest of the bunch. Yesterday, reports emerged that Apple was working on a pair of follow-ups to its Airpods headphones that could bring them always-on Siri functionality as well as a splash-proof design. As we think about all the things that Apple could do right with… Read More

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Seaboard Block From ROLI

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with ROLI to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Seaboard Block, a portable keyboard for creating music using touch and shape.

ROLI, for those unfamiliar with the brand, makes a fun series of “Blocks” that are used for creating music and are suitable for both beginners and professionals.



Designed to replace a traditional keyboard, the Seaboard Block has a soft, pressure sensitive surface so you can make music in a unique, tactile way using taps, swipes, and other gestures.

ROLI says its Seaboard Block supports five dimensions of touch (strike, glide, slide, press, and lift) and offers a 24 keywave, two octave playing surface. It is wireless and small enough to be portable, so you can take it anywhere you go and make music wherever you are.



The Seaboard Block, priced at $299, can be used on its own, or it can be paired with the other ROLI Blocks like the Lightpad Block M, the Live Block, and the Loop Block. ROLI sells a Songmaker Kit that includes the Seaboard Block, the Lightpad M, and the Loop Block, all of which pair well together.



ROLI includes a suite of music making software for desktop and mobile devices with all of its products, and the Seaboard Block includes more than 200 free sounds for you to work with, along with options to purchase soundpacks from artists like Steve Aoki and RZA. With the Noise app for iOS, for example, you can start playing and experimenting with sound as soon as you download it and connect the Seaboard Block.

The Seaboard Block is designed for musicians of all skill levels, and for beginners, ROLI this week announced a new “Start Making It” initiative to inspire music creators in 2018. As part of this effort, ROLI is sharing advice from seasoned music makers along with tutorials, guides, and more through the ROLI Learning Hub.



Through April 12, ROLI is also including a free one-month subscription to Melodics with all Seaboard Block purchases, with Melodics offering a range of keyboard and finger drumming lessons.

We’ve teamed up with ROLI to give one MacRumors reader a free Seaboard Block. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach winners and send prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the giveaway restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

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The contest will run from today (February 23) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on March 2. The winner will be chosen randomly on March 2 and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before a new winner is chosen.

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Apple Denied Request to Ban Tax Protestors From Its Stores in France

The High Court of Paris on Friday denied Apple’s request for an injunction that would have blocked activist group Attac from protesting at the company’s retail stores across France, as it has been doing for the past several months.

Attac activists protesting at an Apple Store in France via Libération


The order states that the mere presence of protesters at Apple’s stores in France, without violence, vandalism, or customers being blocked from entering the premises, is not enough to justify limiting the group’s rights to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly protected by human rights laws in Europe.

The court added that Attac acted in accordance with the European Union’s Statutes of the Association, and defined the protests as a matter of public interest. Apple has been ordered to pay 2,000 euros to cover Attac’s legal fees, according to the order, which was earlier reported by French website MacGeneration.

Attac is a voluntary association that has been accusing Apple of corporate tax evasion in Europe, in line with the European Commission ordering Ireland to recover around 13 billion euros in back taxes from the iPhone maker in 2016. Apple and Ireland have denied the accusations and are appealing the decision.

Apple previously said it has “a long tradition of supporting individuals and groups that peacefully express their opinions,” but it accused Attac’s activists of “vandalizing shops and endangering the security of staff and customers,” which it finds unacceptable, according to court documents obtained by The Guardian.

During a stunt at an Apple store in Aix-en-Provence last November, for example, activists painted “pay your taxes” on the glass windows. Attac also gathered in front of the High Court of Paris last week with Stormtrooper costumes and Star Wars-themed signs that equated Apple to the evil Galactic Empire.

Apple CEO Tim Cook equated to Darth Sidious via Sol Trumbo Vila‏


Attac has a different view. In a blog post published today, the association said it is “defending the public interest” with “non-violent citizen actions,” and it has previously called its actions “festive and good-natured.”

Apple has yet to comment on today’s decision, and it’s unclear if it will exercise other legal options in its fight against Attac.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.

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YouTube App on Apple TV Updated Following User Complaints Over Subscriptions Layout and More

It’s been just over two weeks since YouTube updated its Apple TV app with a major redesign, essentially bringing the app in line with YouTube on other products like Android TV, smart TVs, PS4, and Xbox One. While the original YouTube Apple TV app was never widely favored, the new update was met with even more blowback from some users, who referenced laggy controls, poorer playback UI, illogical changes to the subscription tab’s channel list, and more.



This week, YouTube pushed out version 1.01.04 of the app for Apple TV 4th and 5th generation devices, and it addresses a few of these user concerns. The major update is a “modified” subscriptions tab that nixes the long horizontal list of subscribed YouTube channels — which made it take much longer to get to channels at the bottom of the alphabetized list — and reverts back to a grid layout akin to the original app. YouTube said this was done for “easier channel selection.”

Although it’s not mentioned in the update notes, one user on Reddit said that there have also been a few tweaks to video scrubbing, so users can “go through the video with the touchpad again instead of slowly rewinding/fast forwarding.” When doing this, thumbnail previews of the video pop up to give you an idea of where to land as you jump through the video, but YouTube still doesn’t use Apple’s systemwide playback UI and there isn’t any support for quick 10-second jumps forward and backward.



Otherwise, YouTube said that the update fixed an issue with the search keyboard when people were using “non-Siri TV remotes,” and it includes the usual bug fixes and stability improvements.

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