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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Apple Trials Express Retail Store Format for Genius Bar Appointments and Online Order Pickups

Apple is trying out a new retail store experience that puts express pickup of online orders and Genius Bar appointments front and center, while keeping customer and staff safety paramount during the ongoing global health crisis. Images credited to PopVox co-founder and CEO Marci Harris via TwitterDubbed “Apple Express,” the temporary retail format for brick-and-mortar […]

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England and Wales’ Contact-Tracing App With Apple and Google API to Launch September 24

An NHS COVID-19 contact-tracing app using the Apple and Google API is finally set to launch in England and Wales on September 24, the UK government has announced today (via BBC News). The app performs distance-based contact-tracing like similar apps released in other countries. It will also allow users to scan QR codes to register […]

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Scotland Launches Contact Tracing App With Apple and Google API

Scotland is the latest country to implement Apple’s and Google’s Exposure Notification API in their COVID-19 contact tracing app, now available on the App Store. The Protect Scotland app was developed by NHS Scotland and is based on the exposure notification technology that was jointly developed by Google and Apple. Some other countries that have […]

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North Dakota, Wyoming and Alabama Launching Exposure Notification Apps Soon

North Dakota, Wyoming, and Alabama are all launching contact tracing apps that take advantage of Apple and Google’s Exposure Notification API to cut down on the spread of the coronavirus, reports Reuters. North Dakota’s app, Care19 Alert, is launching today, while Wyoming plans to launch an app on Friday. Alabama’s app, which has been in […]

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New York City’s MTA Urges Apple to Further Protect Riders During Pandemic

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, New York City’s transit agency MTA has encouraged Apple to accelerate the deployment of technology-based solutions to further protect users amid the global health crisis. MTA Chairman Patrick Foye said riders have been seen removing their masks to unlock their iPhones using Face ID, despite a recent […]

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Virginia Releases COVID-19 Exposure App Based on Apple and Google API

Apple-Acquired Dark Sky Officially Shuts Down Android App Apple in March purchased weather app Dark Sky, and at that time, Dark Sky’s developers said that the app’s Android version would be discontinued on July 1, 2020. However, instead of shuttering the app on that date, the app’s developers announced that the discontinuation would be delayed […]

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Apple Card Deferred Payment Program Extended Through August

Apple has again extended its Apple Card COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program by a month, which will allow cardholders who apply for aid to defer their August payments without incurring interest charges. Enrolling in the program can be done by opening up the Wallet app on the iPhone or iPad, tapping on ‌Apple Card‌, tapping on […]

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Canada’s ‘COVID Alert’ App Using Apple’s Exposure Notification API Now Available

Canada today released a new COVID-19 contact tracing app called COVID Alert, as noted by iPhone in Canada. COVID Alert takes advantage of Apple and Google’s privacy-focused Exposure Notification API to alert people when they’ve come into contact with someone who has the coronavirus. As with all COVID-19 contact tracing apps, COVID Alert uses Bluetooth […]

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Apple Highcross in Leicester Reopens Wednesday, First Time Since March All UK Stores Will Be Open

Apple Highcross in the British city of Leicester is set to reopen on Wednesday, which will mark the first time every Apple retail store in the United Kingdom has been open since the country’s lockdown began in March in response to the global health crisis. Michael Steeber on Twitter noted the change on Apple’s Highcross […]

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Apple Maps Alerts International Travelers of Self-Isolation Guidance

Trio of Friends Set Out to Recreate the macOS Big Sur Wallpaper Last year, YouTuber and photographer Andrew Levitt teamed up with his friends Jacob Phillips and Taylor Gray to recreate all of Apple’s default wallpapers included in macOS Catalina. Photo Credit: Jacob Phillips Following Apple’s unveiling of macOS Big Sur at the WWDC conference […]

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Inside Apple’s Coronavirus Store Closure Strategies

With Apple gradually reclosing many of its U.S. stores as coronavirus cases increase, The Wall Street Journal has taken a look at Apple’s strategies and criteria for deciding when and where to close stores, viewing the company as a retail bellwether. As noted by analyst Gene Munster in the video, Apple’s massive cash reserves and […]

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Linux Foundation Launches COVID-19 Project to Help Health Authorities Make Apps With Apple’s API

The Linux Foundation today announced the launch of a new Linux Foundation Public Health Initiative (LFPH) (via TechRepublic) that uses open source technologies including Apple and Google’s Exposure Notification API to help public health authorities combat COVID-19. The LFPH includes Cisco, doc.ai, Geometer, IBM, NearForm, Tencent, and VMWare, and is launching with two exposure notification […]

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Apple Recloses Eight Stores in Maryland, Missouri, Virginia, and Wisconsin

Apple is re-closing eight more retail stores across the United States, in the states of Maryland, Missouri, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Apple Towson Town, Maryland CenterAccording to Michael Steeber on Twitter, the following stores will be closed from today: Leawood (Leawood) – Kansas Towson Town Center (Towson) – Maryland Country Club Plaza (Kansas City) – Missouri […]

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Apple Recloses 11 Stores in Southern California, Maryland, Ohio, and Tennessee

Apple is reclosing 11 additional retail stores in the U.S. because of local increases in coronavirus infections. As reported by 9to5Mac, the stores are located in California, Maryland, Ohio, and Tennessee, and add to the two stores that temporarily closed earlier this week, bringing the total Apple retail store reclosures in the country to 91. […]

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Apple Stores in Victoria, Australia to Reclose Following Return of Lockdown

Four Apple stores in Victoria, Australia are set to reclose for up to six weeks from July 9, following a spike in coronavirus infections in the state. As reported by 9to5Mac, Apple Highpoint in Melbourne was the first store to reclose on July 2 as the deteriorating health situation prompted a reintroduction of stage three […]

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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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