In this week’s top stories: The Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR are here, Apple releases iOS 13.3 with new features and fixes, Apple Card receives two updates, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.
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The incredibly powerful Mac Pro is now available to order. The Mac Pro starts at $5,999 and goes up to over $50,000. For the base price, you get an 8-core Intel Xeon processor, 256 GB SSD, and 32GB of RAM, while the high-end configuration gets you a 4 TB SSD, 1.5 TB of RAM, and a 28-core CPU.
In conjunction with the Mac Pro, Apple’s new Pro Display XDR is also now available. While the Pro Display XDR starts at $4,999, it too can be configured with additional options such as a nano-texture coating, the Pro Stand, and more. Want to use a Pro Display XDR with your current Mac? Read more about compatibility here.
Elsewhere, iOS 13.3, iPadOS 13.3, tvOS 13.3, and macOS Catalina 10.15.2 were released to the public this week. These updates include new customization options, features, and more. macOS Catalina 10.15.2 also includes a new Remote feature for the Music and TV apps.
Apple Card users can now get 6% Daily Cash when shopping at Apple this holiday season. This includes the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, AirPods, and Apple Watch. Apple gives cash back on a daily basis, for all transactions that have cleared in the last 24 hours.
Last but not least, Apple also launched its new Apple Card 0% financing option this week. With this feature, customers can finance iPhone purchases over 24 months with 0% interest.Customers will be able to manage their Installments Plan through the Apple Card interface in the Wallet app, directly on the iPhone.
These and the rest of this week’s top stories below.
iOS | macOS | tvOS |
- Apple releases iOS 13.3, watchOS 6.1.1, and tvOS 13.3, here’s what’s new
- Apple releases macOS Catalina 10.15.2 with iTunes Remote for Music and TV apps
- Rewound is an app that transforms your iPhone into an iPod Classic
- Update your devices to iOS 13.3 to avoid this AirDrop flaw [Video]
- Analyst: Apple cutting iPhone 11 Pro production by 25%, consumers focused on 5G iPhone 12 lineup
- Apple faces backlash for using the DMCA to take down tweet containing iPhone encryption key
- Some users report iPhone 11 GPS tracking problems, Strava says Apple issue
- Siri saves college student after icy car crash into the Winnebago River
Apple Watch |
- Can the Apple Watch Series 5 survive a half marathon with always-on display? Just plan ahead
- Apple Watch will soon be a heart rate tracking option for Orangetheory Fitness clubs
iPad & Mac |
- Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR now available to order from Apple Online Store
- Apple’s new Mac Pro maxes out at over $50,000, and higher specs are coming
- Apple warns customers not to clean special Pro Display XDR with non-Apple polishing cloth
- Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR first impressions, performance benchmarks, more [Videos]
- Apple says a software update is coming to fix 16-inch MacBook Pro ‘popping’ speakers
- Here are the Macs that will work with the Pro Display XDR, plus workaround for older Macs
- New black and silver Magic Keyboard and Mouse only coming with Mac Pro, at least for now
Top Apple stories, retail |
- Apple hopes its first store in Kawasaki will become a place for family learning
- Today at Apple offers holiday-themed family sessions through January 2
- Apple Store app redesigned with new shopping experience
- All-new Apple Hillsdale reopens in San Mateo
Apple Card |
- Apple details upcoming ‘Apple Card Monthly Installments’ feature for 0% iPhone financing
- Report explores how retailers are pushing back against ‘elite’ credit cards like Apple Card
- Apple launching iPhone financing plan today for Apple Card users: 0% interest over 24 months
- For the holidays, Apple Card gives 6% cashback on all Apple Store hardware purchases
Apple TV |
- Apple TV Channels lets you choose what you want to watch, here’s every option
- Apple’s ‘The Morning Show’ gets nominated for multiple Golden Globes awards, including best TV series
9to5Mac Gift Guides |
- 9to5Mac Gift Guide: What do you buy for the person who already has the latest technology?
- 9to5Mac Gift Guide: Getting started with HomeKit lights, cameras, AirPlay 2, and more
- 9to5Mac Gift Guide: Must-have travel tech that‘s useful for everyday use
- 9to5Mac Audio Gift Guide: Treat your loved ones to the gift of great sound
- 9to5Mac Gift Guide: Christmas gift ideas for IT professionals
Top Apple stories, company |
- Apple News co-hosting its first presidential debate between Democrats in February
- Apple concerned that two former employees accused of stealing trade secrets will flee to China
- Apple’s Safari privacy features are driving down prices for advertisers at the cost of accuracy
- Many App Store and iTunes customers no longer receiving email receipts for purchases
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This week’s top videos |
- Which iPhone should I buy? Comparing Apple’s current smartphone lineup [Video]
- Hands-on: an awesome Mac mini hub from Satechi [Video]
- 16-inch MacBook Pro review — a great keyboard is just the start [Video]
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- 9to5Mac Daily: December 13, 2019 – Apple News debate, Apple acquires camera startup
- 9to5Mac Daily: December 12, 2019 – Apple Pay MTA rollout, Apple Watch fitness
- 9to5Mac Daily: December 11, 2019 – macOS Catalina update, Pro Display XDR details
- 9to5Mac Daily: December 10, 2019 – Mac Pro details, Apple Card updates
- 9to5Mac Daily: December 09, 2019 – Mac Pro orders, IKEA delays HomeKit blinds
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Tom, Vincent, and Chris from the Apple Watchcast podcast join Watch Time to discuss the origin of their Apple Watch-focused podcast, the Apple Watch Series 5, maintaining health goals with the Activity app, running with technology from the Walkman to the Apple Watch, and much more!
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Happy Hour Podcast #255 |
Benjamin and Zac reflect on the Apple TV Siri remote, the first round of award nominations for TV+, what’s new in iOS 13.3 and other software updates, the launch of the 2019 Mac Pro, and much more.
Stacktrace Podcast #66 |
Mac Pro Day has finally arrived, but John and Rambo have somewhat mixed feelings about it. Also, a big segment on writing high-performance code, a deep dive into iOS splash screens, and much more.
Apple @ Work |
Apple @ Work is a weekly series from Bradley Chambers covering Apple in education. Bradley has been managing Apple devices in an education environment since 2009. Through his experience deploying and managing hundreds of Macs and hundreds of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple’s products work at scale, stories from the trenches of IT management, and ways Apple could improve its products for students.
- Apple @ Work: Privileges for macOS is the open source tool that all Apple IT departments need
- Apple @ Work: When to deploy macOS Catalina, iOS 13, and iPadOS 13
- Apple @ Work: IoT devices face security problems that must be addressed
- Apple @ Work: Did web apps allow the Mac to flourish in the enterprise?
- Apple @ Work: Why are IT professionals choosing Apple products when they used to ban them?
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