Joe Rossignol

Joe joined MacRumors as an Editor in January 2015, based out of the Toronto, Canada area. He has been writing about Apple since 2008, with a focus on breaking news coverage.

Joe's reporting has been cited by major media outlets, such as Bloomberg, CNBC, and Reuters. His stories are routinely featured on tech news aggregator website Techmeme.

Joe Rossignol's Articles

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App Store Now Supports Unlisted Apps Discoverable Only With a Direct Link

Friday January 28, 2022 11:27 am PST by
Apple recently announced that the App Store now supports unlisted apps discoverable only with a direct link, as outlined on its developer website. Developers with apps that aren't suited for public distribution can submit a request on Apple's website to distribute unlisted apps, which don't appear in any App Store categories, recommendations, charts, search results, or other listings....
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Apple TV Getting New Video Player Features and More With tvOS 15.4

Friday January 28, 2022 7:41 am PST by
Apple this week seeded the first beta of tvOS 15.4 to developers for testing, and there are some new features for the Apple TV. First, the beta release notes indicate that tvOS 15.4 introduces support for captive Wi-Fi networks, allowing you to use your iPhone or iPad to connect your Apple TV to networks that require additional sign-in steps, like at hotels or dorms. As noted by ScreenTime...
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Apple Finally Removing Python 2 in macOS 12.3

Friday January 28, 2022 6:26 am PST by
Apple will no longer bundle Python 2.7 with macOS 12.3, according to developer release notes for the upcoming software update. Python 2 has not been supported since January 1, 2020 and no longer receives any bug fixes, security patches, or other changes. Apple says that developers should use an alternative scripting language going forward, such as Python 3, but it's worth noting that Python...
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Beats Fit Pro Launch Worldwide With Similar Features as AirPods Pro

Friday January 28, 2022 4:00 am PST by
Beats Fit Pro launch worldwide today after pre-orders began earlier in the week in the UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and elsewhere. The wireless earbuds were first released in the United States last November. Designed with fitness and athletes in mind, the Beats Fit Pro ...
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iOS 15.4 Will Let EU Residents Add COVID-19 Vaccine Certificates to Wallet App

Friday January 28, 2022 12:00 am PST by
Apple on Thursday seeded the first beta of iOS 15.4, and one of the software update's new features will be the ability for COVID-19 vaccination records in the EU Digital COVID Certificate format to be added to the Health and Wallet apps. When iOS 15.4 is released, users will be able to add a EU Digital COVID Certificate to the Health and Wallet apps by opening the Camera app, scanning the...
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Apple Reports All-Time Quarterly Revenue Records for iPhone, Mac, Wearables, and Services

Thursday January 27, 2022 1:50 pm PST by
Apple today reported its earnings results for the fourth quarter of 2021, which corresponds with the first quarter of the 2022 fiscal year. Overall, Apple reported revenue of $123.9 billion, which is an all-time quarterly record for the company. On a category-by-category basis, Apple also set all-time quarterly revenue records for the iPhone, Mac, Wearables, and Services:iPhone: $71.6...
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Apple Confirms macOS 12.3 Deprecates Kernel Extensions Used by Dropbox and OneDrive

Thursday January 27, 2022 11:29 am PST by
Apple today seeded the first beta of macOS 12.3 to developers for testing. In the release notes for the update, Apple confirms that it has deprecated kernel extensions used by Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive and notes that both cloud storage services have replacements for the functionality currently in beta. Earlier this week, Dropbox announced that users who update to macOS 12.3 may...
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Apple Restocks Refurbished iPhone 8 as Lowest-Priced iPhone It Sells

Thursday January 27, 2022 8:32 am PST by
For the first time in a while, Apple has started selling a refurbished iPhone 8 model for $359 through its online store in the United States. For the time being, this is now the cheapest iPhone model that can be purchased directly from Apple, but the device is nearly four and a half years old and we strongly recommend considering the second-generation iPhone SE in this price range. Released...
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iOS 15.3 Fixes Issue With HomeKit Camera Thumbnails Failing to Refresh

Thursday January 27, 2022 6:22 am PST by
Apple released iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 15.3 on Wednesday with several security fixes, and we have since learned that the software updates also resolve an issue with HomeKit camera thumbnails failing to refresh for some users in the Home app. HomeKit Secure Video cameras added to the Home app each have a thumbnail that provides a still view of recent footage, and normally these thumbnails...
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Benchmarks Confirm Intel's Latest Core i9 Chip Outperforms Apple's M1 Max With Several Caveats

Wednesday January 26, 2022 8:56 am PST by
Benchmark results have started to surface for MSI's new GE76 Raider, one of the first laptops to be powered by Intel's new 12th-generation Core i9 processor. Intel previously said that its new high-end Core i9 processor is faster than Apple's M1 Max chip in the 16-inch MacBook Pro and, as noted by Macworld, early Geekbench 5 results do appear to confirm this claim, but there are several...
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iPhone 14 With eSIM Only Will Likely Be Optional Model, Says Analyst

Wednesday January 26, 2022 6:35 am PST by
Last month, a tipster informed MacRumors that Apple had advised major U.S. carriers to prepare for the launch of eSIM-only smartphones by September 2022, suggesting at least one iPhone 14 model might lack a physical nano-SIM card tray. GlobalData analyst Emma Mohr-McClune today expressed her belief that Apple will not switch to eSIM-only iPhones entirely right away, but rather offer an...
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macOS 12.3 Will Include Cloud Storage Changes Affecting Dropbox and OneDrive

Tuesday January 25, 2022 3:31 pm PST by
Dropbox today announced that users who update to macOS 12.3 once that software version becomes available may temporarily encounter issues with opening online-only files in some third-party apps on their Mac. In a support document and an email to customers, Dropbox said it is actively working on full support for online-only files on macOS 12.3 and will begin rolling out an updated version of...
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Apple Explains How to Stay Safe With AirTag and More in Personal Safety Guide

Tuesday January 25, 2022 11:32 am PST by
Apple today shared an updated Personal Safety User Guide that serves as a resource for anyone who is concerned about or experiencing technology-enabled abuse, stalking, or harassment, the company said. The new guide is available on Apple's website, complete with a table of contents and a search tool, and as a downloadable PDF. The guide outlines the personal safety features that are built...
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Here's a First Look at the iPhone's Convenient Hotel Room Key Feature

Tuesday January 25, 2022 9:31 am PST by
iOS 15 and watchOS 8 introduce the ability to add hotel room keys to the Wallet app on the iPhone and Apple Watch, allowing you to gain access to your room, elevators, and other locked areas by simply tapping your iPhone or Apple Watch against a card reader. The feature eliminates the need for a traditional plastic room card. Last month, hotel chain Hyatt became the first to adopt the feature...
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Spotify Still Doesn't Offer AirPlay 2 Nearly Six Months After Last Promising to Support the Feature

Tuesday January 25, 2022 7:49 am PST by
Spotify has still not enabled AirPlay 2 in its iPhone and iPad app, nearly six months after last promising to support the feature. "Spotify will support AirPlay 2 and we're working to make that a reality," a Spotify spokesperson informed MacRumors in early August, in response to a Spotify Community forum post that said the company had paused plans to support the feature. The streaming...
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Apple Expected to Report Best Quarter in Company History

Tuesday January 25, 2022 6:21 am PST by
Apple will report its earnings results for the fourth quarter of 2021 on Thursday, and it could be the best quarter in the company's history. Wall Street analysts on average estimate that Apple will report revenue of $118.3 billion for the quarter, according to Yahoo Finance. This figure would be an all-time quarterly revenue record for Apple, topping the $111.4 billion that it earned in the ...
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Beats Fit Pro Available to Pre-Order Worldwide Starting Today

Monday January 24, 2022 6:22 am PST by
Beats Fit Pro will be available to pre-order worldwide starting today, including in the UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and more. First released in the United States a few months ago, Beats Fit Pro are ideal for athletes, with flexible wingtips providing a more secure fit ...
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Humorous New Ad Highlights Apple TV+'s Biggest Stars… Except Jon Hamm

Friday January 21, 2022 11:23 am PST by
Apple TV+ today shared a humorous new ad called "Everyone but Jon Hamm" that is set to air during NFL playoff games this weekend, according to Adweek. In the ad, actor Jon Hamm sits in a lavish home and scrolls through Apple TV+ while humorously complaining about how Apple's original TV shows and films feature numerous big-name celebrities, except for himself. Hamm refers to many stars...
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Apple Shares Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Friday January 21, 2022 10:45 am PST by
Apple today shared a new Valentine's Day gift guide with categories including music, health, entertainment, creativity, photography, and video. The gift guide promotes a wide variety of Apple products and accessories for Valentine's Day, with some of the more affordable options including an Apple Watch band, an iPhone case, an AirTag, AirPods, an Apple Pencil, and a HomePod mini. Many...
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New iPad Air, Macs, and iPhone SE With 5G Likely to Be Announced at Apple Event This Spring

Thursday January 20, 2022 8:32 am PST by
Earlier this week, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman tweeted that Apple "will be holding a spring event" to announce a new iPhone SE and other hardware. In a recent edition of his newsletter, Gurman said the event is likely to occur in March or April. Gurman did not elaborate on what "other hardware" will be announced at Apple's purported spring event, but rumors suggest at least four products are...