Christopher Walken joins cast of Apple TV+ exclusive 'Severance'

Apple has signed Christopher Walken to the cast of Apple TV+ drama “Severance,” with the Oscar winner joining other big names like John Turturro and Patricia Arquette.

Produced and directed by Ben Stiller, “Severance” is a workplace thriller drama set at Lumen Industries. The company seeks to fundamentally alter the work-life balance of its customers through a “severance procedure” that separates work and out-of-work memories.

Walken will play Burt, Head of Optics and Design at Lumen Industries, reports Deadline. The role is a lead part, with Walken joining fellow co-stars Adam Scott, Patricia Arquette, Tramell Tillman, Jen Tullock, Zach Cherry, Britt Lower and John Turturro.

The story appears to focus around Scott’s character Mark, who is described as an employee with a dark past. Arquette plays Mark’s boss, while Turturro stars as a dependable Lumen Industries employee. Turturro’s involvement was reported last week.

Dan Erickson is credited as the show’s creator and will write and executive produce. Chris Black is also tapped as an executive producer alongside Nicky Weinstock and Jackie Cohn. Endeavor Content is named as a producer along with Scott and Arquette.

Apple is slowly building out its Apple TV+ stable with original shows and purchased content. Most recently, it was announced that Apple landed a multi-year deal that has former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart covering current events.

Apple imposes strict guidelines on MagSafe accessory makers

Apple’s design guidelines for third-party MagSafe accessories, which contain extensive regulations that accessory makers must follow, have surfaced online.

Credit: Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsiderCredit: Andrew O’Hara, AppleInsider

Specific guidelines related to MagSafe were spotted in a broader Accessory Design Guidelines document by Twitter user Gustavo Fontana. They occupy a small portion of the in-depth document, but outline some of the stringent guidelines that accessory makers must follow.

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Pandora adds HomePod, HomePod mini integration

Ahead of the launch of the HomePod mini, Pandora has introduced Siri voice command support for Apple’s lineup of smart speakers.

Apple first announced that Pandora would introduce integration with HomePod and HomePod mini back in October. At the time, the company said the support would arrive “in the coming months.”

Just a few weeks later, Pandora has added HomePod support in its latest 2010.1 release, which should be available as of Monday.

Users who download the update can set up HomePod integration by opening the Pandora app on their iPhone, selecting Profile and Settings, and tapping on Connect with HomePod. The integration will allow users to control music and podcast playback with Siri voice commands.

Apple’s new HomePod mini is set to become available for preorder on Nov. 6 before shipping to the public on Nov. 16.

Six things to do first when you get your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro

Whether you are upgrading from an iPhone 11 or a years-old device, these are the first things you should do when you get your new iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro.

Backup your older iPhone

This may be a given, but the very first thing you should tackle before setting up your new iPhone 12 is ensuring you have a recent backup of your old device.

Double-check that your previous device was just backed up, regardless of where that backup is stored. If you are using iTunes or Finder sync, plug your iPhone into your Mac or PC and click the backup button on the device information screen.

Many users likely use iCloud as it is wireless and automatic, but it doesn’t mean it was recent.

How to manually start a backup in iOS 14

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Select your Apple ID at the top of the screen
  3. Go to iCloud > Backup
  4. Here it will show you when your last backup was (or you can toggle it on if it wasn’t already) and you can tap Backup Now
Back up your old iPhone

backup your old iPhone

Even a day’s difference can leave you missing items or data that has changed in the past day so it is always best to create a new backup, just before transferring your data.

Setup Face ID on your new iPhone 12

Face ID is still the best way to unlock your phone. Of course, your iPhone will automatically prompt you to set up Face ID during the onboarding process, but if you find it has trouble recognizing yourself sometimes there is a quick trick. Set up an alternate appearance of yourself. This gives your device a better shot of recognizing you straight away.

Currently, masks are in wide use which does make Face ID less helpful but Apple has made Face ID work better with masks, including automatically presenting your passcode to you when a mask is detected.

Consider disabling 5G on your new iPhone 12

The speed that 5G can provide is fantastic when you can take full advantage of the speed, but for some, 5G can at times be slower than 4G LTE. This isn’t necessary for battery power conservation if you can’t connect to a 5G network at all. When a 5G network isn’t reachable, the iPhone won’t burn the power, and will default to the lesser network.

How to disable 5G data in iOS 14

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Go to Cellular
  3. Select Cellular Data
  4. SelectVoice and Data
  5. Tap LTE
5G data modes

5G data modes

You can also dive into the 5G cellular settings to choose how much data goes through 5G with Apple’s 5G data mode. Choose between more data, standard, or low data.

Customize your Home screen

Users were treated to a wealth of new customizations with iOS 14, including the ability to add widgets to the Home Screen. Between wallpapers, widgets, and the App Library, your phone can represent you more than ever.

Customized iPhone home screen

Customized. iPhone iOS 14 Home Screen

We will leave the in-depth instructions to our previous coverage, but it is a big difference for those coming from older devices. This is absolutely one of the first things we do when getting our hands on a new device.

HDR video

One of the best new features of iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro is the ability to shoot 4k Dolby Vision HDR video. The video looks simply incredible but can cause some compatibility issues. When sharing through the Photos app, your iPhone will automatically check whether or not the receiving device can handle HDR content and if not it will convert it to SDR video.

Disable HDR video

Disable HDR video

But if not going through the app, the video may not be converted and will play far too washed out. So if you don’t care about HDR video, one of the first things you should do is to turn this off.

How to disable HDR video on iOS 14

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  1. Go to Settings
  2. SelectCamera
  3. Record Video
  4. Toggle off HDR

Be sure to toggle this back on any time you want to shoot in this incredible format.

Customize Control Center

The final last bit of customization we’d recommend is thinking with Control Center. There are so many more controls than there used to be and iOS 14 has made this integral feature even more powerful.

Control Center customizations

Conrol Center customizations

How to customize Control Center

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap Control Center
  3. Now add or remove any controls you do or don’t want by tapping + to add or – to remove

Perhaps you don’t use the native alarm or calculator but you do use the Wallet app and HomeKit accessories. You can add and remove the exact controls you need.

Deals on the new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro

Apple’s iPhone 12 is already eligible for aggressive discounts at leading wireless carriers. Check out AppleInsider’s roundup of the best iPhone deals to find specific offers, from free phone promotions to cash discounts on the latest devices.

Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro is already eligible for bonus savings at leading wireless carriers. Check out AppleInsider’s roundup of the best iPhone deals to find specific offers, from free phone promotions to cash discounts on the latest devices.

Apple working on re-engineered and smaller Mac Pro

The Mac Pro is a large desktop machine — but if a report published on Monday is true, Apple could be reducing its size by as much as half in a future model.

Apple’s Mac Pro is a large, modular desktop computer with and many expansion slots. Reportedly, Apple is working on a new, smaller model — but what processors are inside, Intel or Apple Silicon, is not yet clear.

A report from Bloomberg says that on Monday alleged that a new, smaller Mac Pro is in the works. Also unclear, is when this unit would be announced, or if it would supplement or replace the existing Mac Pro design.

Reducing the size of the Mac Pro would likely lead to reduced internal configurability, and fewer PCI-E slots. This may not be an issue for some, however, as expansion can be made using external Thunderbolt equipment, or not be needed at all.

MacBook Air, 13- and 16-inch MacBook Pro reportedly first Apple Silicon Macs

Apple’s first Apple Silicon Macs, set to make their debut at a recently announced Nov. 10 event, could include both sizes of MacBook Pro and a new MacBook Air.

Credit: Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsiderCredit: Andrew O’Hara, AppleInsider

The Cupertino tech giant announced the Nov. 10 “One more thing” event on Monday, and Apple Silicon Macs are almost certainly on the docket. Which specific Macs will be the first to receive Apple-designed processors is still unclear.

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Lowest prices ever: AirPods Pro drop to $189, 13″ MacBook Pro (10th Gen CPU) $1,549 today only

Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama has issued an early Cyber Monday price drop on Apple AirPods Pro, knocking the popular earbuds down to $199.99 ahead of Black Friday. Meanwhile, the 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro with a 10th Gen Intel Core i5 processor is on sale for $1,549 ($250 off). These deals could end at any time, so don’t delay.

Apple early Cyber Monday deals on AirPods Pro and MacBook Pro

Lowest AirPods Pro price

Beating Amazon by $30, Adorama’s $189 deal offers shoppers the lowest AirPods Pro price available with promo code APINSIDER — and the best AirPods deal overall, according to our AirPods Price Guide.

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Apple releases watchOS 7.1 and tvOS 14.2 release candidates to developers for testing

Apple has released the fifth beta of watchOS 7.1 and tvOS 14.2 to developers with the pair intended to be what the company will release to the general public if all goes well.

The new watchOS 7 and tvOS 14 beta versions can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center by users enrolled in the test program, or as an over-the-air update by users who are running an earlier version of the beta software.

The newest betas replace the fourth betas released on Oct. 22. New features include support for health features in Russia and Korea on Apple Watch, and no known new user-facing features on Apple TV.

To install the new update, an Apple Watch must be at least 50% charged, placed on a charger, and within range of an iPhone. Updates on the Apple TV can be installed via the Settings app.

AppleInsider, and Apple itself, strongly recommend users don’t install the betas on to “mission-critical” or primary devices, as there is the remote possibility of data loss or other issues. Instead, testers should install betas onto secondary or non-essential devices, and to make sure there are sufficient backups of important data before updating.

That’s especially true for watchOS betas, since it’s a one-way street with no option to downgrade to a previous version of the operating system.

What to expect during the Apple Silicon 'one more thing' special event on November 10

While Apple’s third fall 2020 “one more thing” event is largely expected to center on Apple Silicon Macs, there are still a few other things that could make an appearance. Here’s what to expect.

On Monday, Apple sent out virtual invitations to an Apple Event titled “One more thing,” most likely in reference to it being the third Apple Event in as many months.

The first, “Time Flies,” covered the launches of the iPad Air 4, the 10.2-inch iPad, the Apple Watch Series 6, and the Apple Watch SE. The second, “Hi, Speed,” saw the introduction of the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, along with the HomePod mini.

Given the subject areas covered so far for the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and HomePod ranges, that leaves relatively few areas left for Apple to discuss during the next event.

Like the earlier two versions, the third presentation is likely to be a stream-only affair, with a premade video set in Apple Park showcasing all of the new products.

Apple Silicon Macs

Probability: Near certainty

Apple CEO Tim Cook presenting Apple Silicon at WWDC 2020

Apple CEO Tim Cook presenting Apple Silicon at WWDC 2020

During WWDC, Apple advised to developers it was migrating away from Intel processor to ones of its own design, named Apple Silicon. Apple also outlined an aggressive two-year timeline for transition, as well as announcing the first Mac using Apple Silicon would be revealed by the end of 2020.

Of all of the items in the list, the Apple Silicon Mac is the only hardware release confirmed to be on the way by Apple itself, both as a concept and for its initial product releases. Given the end-of-2020 claim, this makes some form of Apple Silicon Mac a prime candidate for the event, and reports have suggested as such.

Serial leaker Jon Prosser earmarked the November event, claiming it would center around an “ARM Mac,” which would refer to Apple Silicon.

A Bloomberg report from October 9 claimed the first model will “emerge at another launch in November,” which seemingly goes along with rumors about a November event. It is also suggested that the Apple Silicon version will launch alongside other products, potentially including other Intel-based Macs.

Reports have claimed the first Apple Silicon device will be either a 12-inch MacBook or some form of MacBook Pro. It will allegedly be light at 1kg, and is expected to use the A14X processor with a custom GPU, use USB Type-C, and have a battery life of between 15 and 20 hours.

Ultimately, we know that Apple Silicon is on the way, and it will do so before the end of the year. We just don’t know exactly what form it will take.

macOS Big Sur

Probability: Very high

Probably the most obvious thing Apple is to release before the end of 2020, macOS Big Sur lags behind the releases of iOS 14, iPadOS 14, tvOS 14, and watchOS 7, which have all been released to the public. Currently, macOS Big Sur is still in beta testing ahead of its release.

Given how macOS Big Sur is directly connected to Apple Silicon’s release, it makes sense that the operating system will feature during an event for the hardware, if not necessarily in a starring role.

While macOS Big Sur introduces some changes in the interface for users, such as turning elements of Safari and Messages into Catalyst apps, the main reason for thorough testing of the operating system is due to it being a pivotal release for Apple.

For this version, macOS Big Sur has to be able to work with both existing Intel-based processors and Apple Silicon, Apple’s own processor line it is introducing that is largely ARM-based, and takes advantage of Apple’s knowledge of developing A-series chips.

A release of macOS Big Sur will happen eventually, and given it usually takes place later in the year, it seems almost certain to happen soon.

AirTags

Probability: High

A render of Apple's AirTags [via Jon Prosser]

A render of Apple’s AirTags [via Jon Prosser]

The long-rumored tracking accessory, “AirTags” are Tile-like devices you attach to items you want to keep track of via your iPhone. In effect, it would enable the Find My app to work with items that aren’t Apple hardware or products.

In the case of “AirTags,” it is thought it would work with the Find My app, with some rumors suggesting it may even include a form of augmented reality view to show the precise location of a lost item.

It is believed Apple will use both Bluetooth and Ultra-Wideband technology for the tracker. If lost in public, other passing iPhones will be able to pick up an encrypted ping from the tracker, which can then be reported back to the owner securely via iCloud.

Earlier leaks and a render based on a leaked video point to the “AirTags” having a circular design with a metal back, making it similar to a button or badge. It is probable that there will be some extra accessories available for attaching it to items, such as a keychain.

It is likely Apple will price “AirTags” higher than competing systems like Tile, which can sell for between $25 and $35.

A report on October 9 suggested that Apple is holding the AirTags until 2021. If true, this means “AirTags” won’t be shown off during the event, but it seems more plausible for Apple to introduce it before the holiday sales period than after.

AirPods Studio

Probability: Maybe

A render of what 'AirPods Studio' could look like.

A render of what ‘AirPods Studio’ could look like.

The “AirPods Studio” are believed to be premium over-the-ear headphones that will offer the audio quality of AirPods, and the Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency Mode of AirPods Pro, but in a different package. By offering them as headphones, Apple will be able to enter a new market for AirPods, beyond the current in-ear wireless earphone market.

Powered the H1 chipset once more, the headphones will also offer AirPods signature “Hey Siri” support and strong connectivity, but rumors do suggest it will include other sensors enabling other features. These include proximity sensors in the headband to determine if they are worn on the head or neck, as well as possibly determining which way the headphones are being worn in terms of left and right audio channels.

The use of the U1 chip has also been proposed, which will enable it to be used with the “Find My” app if they are misplaced. The enclosed nature of the over-ear headphones should also help to create an immersive audio experience, as well as enhancing noise cancellation features.

Rumors have suggested there could be interchangeable parts on the “AirPods Studio,” such as the ear cups, headband, and other elements held on by magnets. This could allow for different variations of the headphones to be made for specific needs, such as a sport-centric version using plastic and rubber while a luxury configuration could use leather and metal.

In terms of how much the “AirPods Studio” could cost, rumors point to it being priced at around $350 to start, with a luxury configuration coming in at $599. This is in the same ballpark of the Beats Studio3, which is sold in a variety of color options and uses the W1 chip for $349.

Given that Apple purged rival audio products from its store ahead of the October special event, it seemed likely that “AirPods Studio would show up alongside the iPhone 12 range, but it ultimately didn’t.

Since this is the last opportunity to offer products that could be bought during the holiday shopping period, it seems quite likely for Apple to want to reveal what could be considered an ideal seasonal gift for consumers to purchase, helping its chances of being shown.

However, whether there will be time alongside the Apple Silicon announcement remains to be seen.

AirPods X

Probability: Maybe

The “AirPods Studio” can be one of multiple audio products Apple could be preparing to introduce at the same time. Another viable candidate are earphones tentatively titled “AirPods X.”

An example of what 'AirPods X' could look like.

An example of what ‘AirPods X’ could look like.

While it is possible the name could refer to the “AirPods Studio,” there has been some speculation that Apple would extend the AirPods range further, into the realm of connected headphones.

A tweet from Jon Prosser in April suggested the “AirPods X” were earphones for sports and running, taking a form similar to the BeatsX. Unlike other AirPod models, the BeatsX uses a common form factor of having a cable running between the two earphones, which would then connect to an iPhone using Bluetooth.

This would in theory offer AirPod-style features in a cheaper package, though speculation has put the earphones in the ballpark of $200.

The likelihood of its appearance is comparable to the “AirPods Studio,” due to holiday shopping and Apple Silicon focus concerns.

AirPods Pro Lite

Probablity: Maybe

A third AirPods product, the “AirPods Pro Lite” would be a cross between the AirPods and AirPods Pro, in having some of the more premium features at a better entry price point.

It would also supposedly resemble the current two versions in some form, remaining as completely wireless earphones by design, and use a charging case. Positioned between the two generations, the model should cost somewhere around $200.

However, as there have been some talk of the “AirPods Pro Lite” and “AirPods X” being potentially the same product, there’s some confusion as to which may get released, if not both variants.

If it is a separate product and a middle-of-the-road AirPods release, again it stands a good chance of appearing, though with the same caveats as the other two AirPods items.

Apple TV 6

Probablity: Low

The Apple TV 4K.

The Apple TV 4K.

It has been a long three years since Apple last updated the Apple TV, with the introduction of the Apple TV 4K in 2017. Apple typically spaces out Apple TV updates by two to three years, so the timing of a new version seems to be right.

Tentatively known as the “Apple TV 6” but likely to be known as the Apple TV on release, the model is rumored to be an update to the existing Apple TV 4K rather than a major refresh of the product line.

Rumors suggest a newer A-series chip like the A12Z or an updated version could be used, which could certainly help improve services like Apple Arcade, which rely on processing and graphics performance.

Rumors suggest the storage could be upgraded to include 128GB on the most-expensive model, and 64GB on the cheaper variant. There has also been discussion of it using the U1 chip for Ultra Wideband support, as well as for a new Siri Remote.

Pricing is thought to be in line with existing 4K models, at $179 for the lower-capacity model and $199 for the higher version.

While it could easily be launched during any special event, it is similarly also the easiest item for Apple to push off to a later event, possibly even into 2021. As it would be a spec bump, its appearance will be short, if it does at all.

iPhone Upgrade Program pre-approvals now available for iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro Max

Ahead of preorder availability on Friday, Apple is now offering iPhone Upgrade Program pre-approvals for the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

New and existing members of the iPhone Upgrade Program can start the pre-approval process through the Apple Store app for iOS. The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max become available for preorder at 5 a.m. Pacific Time (8 a.m. Eastern) on Friday, Nov. 6.

Ahead of that date, users can apply for pre-approval in the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max sections of the app’s main page. They can also check program eligibility via a pop-up on the For You tab.

Pre-approvals allow iPhone Upgrade Program members to set their device and configuration preferences early on Friday. The process could save buyers precious minutes — which could mean the difference between getting a new iPhone on launch day or a delayed delivery date.

Users have until 9 p.m. Pacific on Nov. 5 to get pre-approved. Pricing starts at $29.12 per month for the iPhone 12 mini and $45.79 per month for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. AppleCare+ is included in both prices.

Both iPhone models are slated to begin arriving on store shelves and customer doorsteps on Friday, Nov. 13.