iOS 15.1 Beta Lets Users Add COVID Vaccination Card to Wallet App

The iOS 15.1 beta that was introduced today allows iPhone users to upload their COVID-19 vaccination status to the Health app and then generate a vaccination card in Apple Wallet. The Apple Wallet vaccination card can be shown to businesses, venues, restaurants, and more that are requiring vaccines for entry. As outlined in an announcement […]

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Apple Asks All U.S. Employees to Share Vaccination Status, Still No Mandate

Apple this week began asking all of its employees in the United States to provide details on their vaccination status, reports Bloomberg. Employees have been asked to voluntarily share whether they have been vaccinated by mid-September, and this applies to both employees working in an office and those working remotely. In a memo, Apple said […]

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Australian Government Now Offering COVID-19 Digital Vaccination Certificates for Apple Wallet

The Australian government has introduced support for adding COVID-19 vaccination digital certificates to Apple Wallet via the Express Plus Medicare app on iOS. As spotted by Tap Down Under, users who have received two doses of either the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine now have access to the digital certificate through their Medicare online account or […]

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Many U.S. Apple Retail Stores Again Require Customers to Wear Masks

Customers who visit U.S. Apple Stores will once again be required to wear masks at most retail locations, reports Bloomberg. Apple dropped its mask requirement for vaccinated customers and employees back in June, but earlier this month, Apple began requiring employees in select regions to wear masks and encouraged other employees to do so. Now […]

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Apple Considering Vaccination Requirement for Employees Returning to Offices

Apple has not decided whether or not it will require vaccines for corporate employees that return to work this October, according to CNBC‘s Josh Lipton. Cook reportedly told Lipton that Apple is primarily focusing on when to have employees return, but the company is “monitoring things daily” to determine whether a vaccination requirement “is the […]

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Apple Launches Study into Whether Apple Watch Can Detect COVID-19

Apple Made Sudden Security Changes to its Chips in Fall 2020 Apple made unusual mid-production hardware changes to the A12, A13, and S5 processors in its devices in the fall of 2020 to update the Secure Storage Component, according to Apple Support documents. According to an Apple Support page, spotted by Twitter user Andrew Pantyukhin, […]

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Apple Maps Displays COVID-19 Guidelines for Airports Worldwide

The Apple Maps app was this week updated with new COVID-19 guidelines for airports, providing iPhone, iPad, and Mac users with a quick look at COVID-19 travel requirements and easy access to each airport’s full list of guidelines. Airport data is being provided by the Airports Council International, with the information displayed at the top […]

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Apple Maps Displays COVID-19 Vaccination Locations in United States

Apple today updated its Maps app to display nearby COVID-19 vaccine providers across the United States to make it easier for people to find an appropriate location to receive the vaccination when eligible. Vaccine location listings include operating hours, address, phone number, and a link to the provider’s website where Apple Maps users can get […]

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Utah Launching COVID-19 Contact Tracing System With Apple and Google API This Week

Utah will officially launch a COVID-19 contact tracing system based on Apple and Google’s exposure notification API on Wednesday, according to a press release by the State’s health department. The system will utilize Apple and Google’s exposure notification system, which notifies users with the feature enabled if they’ve come in contact with an individual who […]

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Apple Says COVID ‘Health Pass’ Apps Are Limited to Developers Working With Public Health Authorities

Apple today informed developers that “health pass” apps can only be submitted by developers that are working with recognized public health authorities. A “health pass” app is classified as an app that generates a pass that’s used to enter buildings and access in-person services based on testing and vaccination records. Apple says that to make […]

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New Study Suggests Apple Watch Heart Rate Sensor Can Predict COVID-19 Up to a Week Before a Swab Test

A new study by Mount Sinai researchers has found that an Apple Watch can effectively predict a positive COVID-19 diagnosis up to a week before current PCR-based nasal swab tests (via TechCrunch). Published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Medical Internet Research, the “Warrior Watch Study” involved several hundred Mount Sinai healthcare workers using a dedicated […]

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NHS COVID-19 Contact Tracing App Has Told 1.7 Million in England and Wales to Isolate Since September

NHS COVID-19, the contact tracing app created by the U.K. government, has alerted 1.7 million users to isolate following close contact with someone who goes on to test positive. That’s according to an official GOV.UK press release from the Department of Heath and Social Care, which has been collating data about the app since it […]

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New Lockdown Measures Close All Remaining Apple Stores in the UK

Apple has temporarily closed all of its stores in the United Kingdom, as England and most of Scotland enter new lockdowns to curb a steep rise in coronavirus cases thought to be caused by a new strain. Announced on Monday by U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the new lockdowns […]

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Los Angeles Residents Able to Add COVID Vaccination Proof to Apple Wallet

Los Angeles County residents who receive a COVID-19 vaccination are able to add a digital record of their vaccination to the Apple Wallet app, reports Bloomberg. The county is partnering with Healthvana to add the vaccination proof to the Wallet app on iPhone. Healthvana is a patient platform that healthcare providers can use to deliver […]

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Almost 100 Apple Stores Closed Again, Including All Stores in California

Apple this weekend shut down all of its stores in California, including those in the San Francisco Bay Area, after beginning to shutter stores in Los Angeles on Friday. All retail locations in California have a notice letting customers know that the stores are temporarily closed, though some are allowing for order pickups and genius […]

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Apple Closing Los Angeles Stores as Virus Cases Rise in Southern California

Apple is temporarily closing its retail locations in the Los Angeles area due to a rising number of COVID-19 cases in Southern California, reports Bloomberg. This is the first time in several months that stores in Los Angeles have been closed. Apple has several major retail locations in the area, including stores at The Grove […]

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iPhone Upgrade Program Resumes in England

As England’s second national lockdown comes to an end today, after four weeks of waiting, many customers enrolled in Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program are finally able to go in-store to complete their upgrade. England entered a second national lockdown on Thursday, November 5, meaning that Apple stores in England were forced to close, with some […]

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Apple Expands Partnership With (RED) to Combat HIV/AIDS and COVID-19

This World Aids Day, Apple has announced an expanded partnership with (RED) to combat HIV/AIDS in Africa while simultaneously protecting those communities from COVID-19. Apple says it will direct 100 percent of eligible proceeds from (PRODUCT)RED purchases to the Global Fund’s COVID-19 Response to help provide services and treatment to some of the world’s most […]

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Apple Highlights PPE Donations to Zambia in Fight Against COVID-19 and HIV

Apple Black Friday 2020: Best iPhone Deals Black Friday is halfway done, but there are still a few deals to shop for on iPhones at carriers like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile/Sprint. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a […]

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Video Offers Closer Look at Apple Face Mask

YouTube channel Unbox Therapy has today shared a new video giving a closer look at Apple’s reusable face masks for corporate and retail employees. Apple’s own face mask was designed by the company’s Engineering and Industrial Design teams amid the global health crisis for corporate and retail employees, and the boxes include Apple’s famous “Designed […]

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