Apple reveals WWDC 2019 set for June 3 – 7 [Update: Register now!]

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Get ready for a ton of new software.
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Update: Heads up developers! Today is the last day to register for WWDC 2019.

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference officially has a date.

This morning, Apple revealed that it will host WWDC 2019 in San Jose, California, from June 3 to 7. The event brings together thousands of developers from across the world, giving them access to Apple’s engineers for hands-on training. It’s also the place where Apple unveils its biggest software updates of the year. Based on early rumors, it could be one of the most exciting WWDC’s in years.

Sorry, slowpokes: Shipping times slip for new AirPods

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Better get you order in now!
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Apple is already having a hard time keeping its new AirPods in stock just hours after their debut this morning.

Shipping times for the new AirPods with Wireless Charging Case have started slipping, with delivery estimates now showing one to two weeks’ wait time in some areas. If you just want the new AirPods wireless charging case, though, you’re still in luck.

Every TV show and movie currently in the works at Apple [Updated]

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Apple is loading up with original content.
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The star-studded Apple TV show lineup is starting to look like it could become a legitimate contender to Netflix and HBO. After going on a Hollywood spending spree in the last eight months, Apple appears poised to make a huge push into original content.

Thanks to its new worldwide video executive team, many of the Apple TV series in development actually look really promising and diverse. From Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories to mysterious new sci-fi series See, Apple’s working on some shows everyone could enjoy.

Check out all the full list of TV series Apple is working on:

Update: We’ve added all the shows we know about heading into Apple’s big March 25 event where it’s expected to finally unveil its TV streaming service.

Apple starts initiative to help fight fake news

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Apple’s new initiative supports efforts to empower young people to be better informed citizens.
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Apple is joining the fight against fake news with an initiative that encourages critical thinking and empowers students to be better informed.

The company is teaming up with three organizations in the United States and Italy that offer nonpartisan, independent, media-literacy programs.

The long wait for AirPower might end soon

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Where are you, AirPower?
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You’ve probably read this before. But this time, it seems like it’s actually really real.

AirPower’s launch could be just weeks away. And this time, there’s actually some solid evidence that it’s coming.

Apple’s ‘Sports Ball’ team could change the way you watch games

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Eddy Cue is one of the biggest sports fans at Apple.
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Apple appears to be planning to become a bigger influence in the world of watching sports as it prepares to announce its TV streaming service next week.

The iPhone-maker invited Sports Illustrated inside its geeky “Sports Ball Room” where a team of employees track pretty much every major and minor sports game in progress. While competitors like Facebook and Amazon are pursuing exclusive rights to air certain games, Apple is taking a different approach. It wants to curate all the must-see moments and alert subscribers when they’re happening.

Netflix confirms it won’t be part of Apple’s TV streaming service

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When it comes to streaming video, Apple is the underdog against Netflix.
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Apple won’t officially unveil its streaming video service until next week but Netflix CEO Reed Hastings confirmed that his company will not be part of it.

The new video streaming service will offer subscriptions to other streaming services along with original TV shows from Apple. Everything will be combined into one “easy-to-use” app. However, Netflix doesn’t really see teaming up with Apple for subscribers as an advantage.

iPhone XS Max finally loses in speed test

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It's a battle of two titans.
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The iPhone XS Max absolutely crushed every competing smartphone in real-world speed tests since it came out, but it looks like its reign may be over.

In a new speed test pitting the iPhone XS Max against the Galaxy S10+, Apple’s flagship device finally loses its speed test crown. Apple’s best phones haven’t lost to Samsung’s flagship devices since the Note 5 came out. The iPhone XS Max actually beat the S10+ on the first lap but couldn’t keep up on the second.

Watch the Galaxy S10+ come from behind to win:

iOS 12.2 inches closer to launch with sixth beta

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iOS 12.2 is bringing a bunch of new features to iPhone and iPad.
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Apple is back with an all-new iOS 12.2 beta for developers, just one week after the iPhone-maker released iOS 12.2 beta 5 into the wild.

iOS 12.2 beta 6 could be the last beta build Apple puts out before making it available to the public. The new beta build packs a ton of bug fixes and performance improvements for iPad and iPhone to go with some UI changes and new features Apple added in previous builds.

Apple picks up high-budget TV series Pachinko

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Pachinko got has been greenlit by Apple.
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Apple may have found its own answer to Netflix’s popular TV show, The Crown

The iPhone-maker has reportedly ordered an eight-episode series based on the New York Times bestselling novel Pachinko. After beating out multiple other bidders for the project Apple is allegedly throwing more money behind the Pachinko than most of its other series as it aims to make a splash at the Emmys in 2020.