Rare Original Apple Watch Prototypes Surface
Tuesday April 14, 2020 12:31 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple released the first Apple Watch in 2015, but prior to when the original model was released, Apple worked on the design for several years. With every new device, Apple makes multiple prototypes, and today, a few Apple Watch prototypes surfaced on the internet.
As highlighted by Vice‘s Motherboard, prototype collector Giulio Zompetti has shared images of a handful of Apple Watch prototypes that he’s collected, all of which look similar to the first Apple Watch that Apple debuted, but with some unique differences in design and sensor placement.
Zompetti said that the Apple Watch prototypes were sourced from e-waste facilities, and while they’re all broken, key components are intact and it is possible to repair them. His plan is to fix them and then sell them for thousands.
Some of the Apple Watches have a unique logo that’s previously been seen on iPhone prototypes, and there are markings that suggest they are authentic, such as QR codes and serial numbers seen on other Apple prototypes.
Pre-production #AppleWatch #prototypes at PreEVT stage.
This particular design didn’t make it to the mass production.#AppleInternal pic.twitter.com/Nb4LrDL649
— Giulio Zompetti (@1nsane_dev) April 2, 2020
Zompetti originally shared the images on Twitter earlier this month, and while no real interesting information can be gleaned from the prototypes, it’s always fun to see Apple’s early work on popular devices.
Over 500,000 Zoom Accounts Sold on the Dark Web and Hacker Forums
Tuesday April 14, 2020 3:53 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Hundreds of thousands of Zoom accounts are being sold or given away for free on the dark web and hacker forums, according to a new report by BleepingComputer.
Zoom has surged in popularity in recent weeks as the number of people working from home has increased, but concerns about the videoconferencing app’s security have also made the headlines. However, the availability of Zoom accounts on…
HomePod Operating System Now Based on tvOS Instead of iOS Amid Rumors of Smaller HomePod
Monday April 13, 2020 2:56 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple in March released new 13.4 software designed for the HomePod, alongside of the release of iOS 13.4 and tvOS 13.4. 9to5Mac recently looked at the HomePod code and says that Apple made a curious change with the new software — the HomePod operating system is now based on tvOS instead of iOS.
watchOS, tvOS, and the software that run on the HomePod are all variants of iOS, but each one is…
Apple Registers AppleCoronavirus.com Domain Name
Sunday April 12, 2020 4:34 pm PDT by Frank McShan
Apple has recently registered the domain name AppleCoronavirus.com, according to a WHOIS record discovered by MacRumors. The new record indicates that Apple took possession of the domain name on Friday.
The record’s domain information lists Apple Inc. as the registrant organization. The registrar is CSC Corporate Domains, a firm that protects domain names for large corporations, and is used…
Top Stories: iOS 14 Leaks, iPhone and 13″ MacBook Pro Rumors, and More
While we’re still patiently waiting for the new low-cost iPhone SE drop, the rumor mill has continued to churn with new iOS 14 leaks and additional rumors about upcoming products.
Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Among other news this week was an ongoing issue with Apple sending replacement AirPods earbuds with an unreleased firmware version that prevents pairing…
A12Z Chip in iPad Pro Confirmed to Be Same As A12X, But With Extra GPU Core Enabled
Monday April 13, 2020 4:48 pm PDT by Juli Clover
The 2020 iPad Pro models are equipped with an A12Z processor that is the same as the A12X processor in the 2018 iPad Pro models but with an extra GPU core enabled, TechInsights confirmed today.
Speculation that Apple was using the same chip began shortly after the new iPad Pros launched and benchmarks found little in the way of performance improvements. Our analysis confirms #Apple #A12Z …
Analyst Expects Apple to Launch New iPhone SE in Mid-April, 6.7-Inch iPhone 12 in October
Apple’s development schedule for iPhone 12 models will likely be pushed out slightly due to current travel restrictions and cargo flight delays, which could result in delayed availability of the highest-end 6.7-inch model, according to analyst Jeff Pu.
In a research note with Chinese research firm GF Securities, obtained by MacRumors, Pu said he believes that the current “EVT” or…
Anker Launching New HomeKit-Compatible Indoor Security Cameras Next Month
Anker recently announced pricing and availability for two new HomeKit-compatible indoor security cameras under its Eufy brand.
Both cameras feature 24/7 live video recording with up to 128GB of local storage, 2K resolution, two-way audio, motion tracking with customized activity zones, instant alerts, and multi-user access. A stationary version will be available for $39.99, while a…
Deals: Woot’s Refurbished Apple Sale Discounts iMacs, MacBooks, and iPads From $80
Woot is back this week with a big sale on a wide variety of refurbished Apple products, ranging from the iMac to the iPad mini. Sale prices start at $79.99 for the first generation iPad mini, and you can also find a few other iPad mini models, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and more.
Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Woot. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small …
Satechi Debuts New USB-C Wireless Charging Dock for AirPods and AirPods Pro
Tuesday April 14, 2020 8:00 am PDT by Juli Clover
Satechi today announced the launch of a new USB-C wireless charging dock for the AirPods and AirPods Pro, which is designed to attach to a Mac or iPad that’s equipped with a USB-C port.
The USB-C Wireless Charging Dock for Apple AirPods is a small, portable dock that plugs into the Mac and then allows the AirPods to rest on top while charging. An included LED light lets you know the AirPods…