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Apple Closing Stores in Southern California, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Texas, Utah and More

As COVID-19 cases in the United States continue to climb, Apple is closing more of its retail stores in multiple states. This week, Apple is shuttering additional stores in California, Florida, Mississippi, Texas, Utah, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, and Oklahoma. The coronavirus has been spreading rapidly in Florida, Southern California, Texas, and other states […]

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Apple Card Deferred Payment Program Extended Once Again Through July

Apple has once again extended its Apple Card COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program by a month, allowing cardholders who enroll in the program to defer their July payment without incurring any interest charges. To enroll in the program, open the Wallet app on an iPhone or iPad, tap on the ‌Apple Card‌, tap on the black […]

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Apple Continues Store Closures Amid Covid-19 Spike, Now Shuttering 14 Locations in Florida

Apple is continuing with store closures in areas that are experiencing significant spikes in coronavirus infections, and tomorrow, 14 retail locations in Florida will be shut down. The Galleria, The Falls, Aventura, Lincoln Road, Dadeland, Brickell City Centre, Wellington Green, Boca Raton, The Gardens Mall, Millenia, Florida Mall, Altamonte, International Plaza, and Brandon will close […]

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Apple Reclosing Some Stores in Texas Amid Spiking Coronavirus Cases

Apple is closing seven retail stores located in the Houston, Texas area, as coronavirus outbreaks in the state continue to climb. Last week, Apple shuttered stores in Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, and South Carolina, with no details on when those stores might reopen. In Texas, the following stores are closing on June 25, as noted […]

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Apple Again Closing Some Stores in Florida, Arizona, North Carolina and South Carolina Due to Coronavirus Spikes

As coronavirus outbreaks spike in some areas of the United States, Apple is planning to close retail stores located in Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, and South Carolina, according to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman. Apple began reopening stores in the United States in May, and as of this week, 154 of the company’s 271 stores had been […]

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Canada to Launch Nationwide COVID-19 Contact Tracing App Based on Apple/Google Technology

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced that Canada plans to launch a nationwide COVID-19 contract tracing app based on Apple’s and Google’s Exposure Notification API, as noted by iPhone in Canada. Trudeau said the app is slated for release in early July, with testing set to begin in Ontario soon. COVID Shield, a reference […]

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UK’s Contact Tracing App Will Reportedly Use Apple/Google Solution After All

In what appears to be a reversal of course, the BBC today reported that the United Kingdom’s National Health Service will adopt Apple’s and Google’s Exposure Notification API for its COVID-19 contact tracing app after all. Other countries that have committed to using the API include Italy, Latvia, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, and Saudi Arabia, among […]

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More Countries Implement Apple/Google API in Contact Tracing Apps, Including Germany, Poland, and Saudi Arabia

Apple’s Path to Arm-Based Macs Could Start With a New 12-Inch MacBook Fudge, a leaker who goes by @choco_bit on Twitter, often shares details on upcoming Apple products. With Apple’s Arm-based Macs that use custom-made chips on the horizon, Fudge today shared some of his thoughts on how, why, and when Apple will roll out […]

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New York Attorney General Asks Apple and Google to Vet Third-Party Contact Tracing Apps

Apple and Google have been asked by New York’s Attorney General to do more to prevent sensitive health data from being collected by third-party contact tracing apps. According to Business Insider, AG Letitia James sent letters to both companies and urged them to impose tighter restrictions on the apps if they are to be available […]

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Apple’s COVID-19 Screening Tool Now Lets You Anonymously Share Your Responses With Health Authorities

Apple has updated its COVID-19 screening tool with an option for users to anonymously share their responses with Apple, state public health agencies, and the CDC, including their age, symptoms, and more, as noted by TechCrunch. Apple says the information collected will be used to improve the tool and to better understand the spread of […]

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Google Maps Rolls Out COVID-19 Transit and Driving Route Alerts

Google has rolled out several new transit features to Google Maps on iOS and Android that aim to help users travel safely as lockdown measures gradually ease in some countries following the coronavirus pandemic. The latest version of Google Maps alerts users whose travel will be impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, including requirements like wearing a […]

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Apple Implementing COVID-19 Prevention Measures as Employees Return to Work

As employees begin returning to work at Apple’s Apple Park and Infinite Loop campuses, Apple is implementing COVID-19 prevention measures that include testing, social distancing, and temperature checks, reports Bloomberg. Some employees, such as hardware and software engineers, began returning to ‌Apple Park‌ in May. Some of the people who are working at the campus […]

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Italy and Latvia Launch Apps That Use Apple’s Exposure Notification API

European countries have begun to roll out COVID-19 contact tracing apps that take advantage of the Exposure Notification API designed by Apple and Google, with Italy and Latvia both launching new apps over the course of the last few days. As noted by MacStories‘ Federico Vittici, Italy today released Immuni, a privacy-focused contact tracing app […]

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Apple Assisting Authorized Repair Shops With COVID-Related Expenses

In an internal memo last week, obtained by MacRumors, Apple has indicated that it will assist its third-party repair partners around the world with COVID-19-related expenses, such as cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment. All eligible Apple Authorized Service Providers will receive a subsidy from Apple by way of increased payouts for each completed repair. […]

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Apple and Google Launch COVID-19 Exposure Notification API, Over 20 Countries Have Requested and Received Access

Apple and Google today launched their Exposure Notification API to assist public health authorities around the world with slowing the spread of COVID-19. On the Apple side, the API is available in the iOS 13.5 software update released today. Apple said that several U.S. states and 22 countries around the world have requested and received […]

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Apple Updates COVID-19 App With New CDC Recommendations for Healthcare Workers and Best Practices for Quarantining

Apple today updated its COVID-19 screening app, created to help people stay informed and take the proper steps to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Today’s update includes updated recommendations for healthcare workers to align with CDC guidelines, plus best practices for quarantining if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19. The app update also adds new […]

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Apple Awards $10 Million to COVID-19 Testing Kit Maker From Advanced Manufacturing Fund

Apple has announced it is awarding $10 million from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to COPAN Diagnostics, a market leader in sample collection kits that play a critical role in COVID-19 testing across the United States. The funding aims to allow COPAN to rapidly accelerate the supply of sample collection kits for hospitals across the U.S., […]

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Apple Expands Reach of Mobility Trends Report Tool to Help Mitigate COVID-19 Spread

Apple has significantly added to the data available through its Mobility Trends Reports tool using information collected from Apple Maps. Apple’s reports are designed to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by providing helpful insights to local governments and health authorities, although anyone can use the tool to search by country, region, or city to […]

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Apple and Google Reveal How COVID-19 Exposure Notification Apps Will Function

Apple and Google today are providing public health authorities around the world with new resources to help them make COVID-19 exposure notification apps, including sample user interfaces and sample code for iOS and Android. iOS 13.5 will include a new menu in Settings > Health > COVID-19 Exposure Logging that indicates which public health authority […]

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