Big discounts on iPad, 2020 iPad Pro, iPhone XS [Deals & Steals]

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And save a small fortune on Amazon Echo devices.
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Amazon is again offering up to $50 off Apple’s newest iPad Pro for 2020. Both the 11- and 12.9-inch models are available at a discount for a limited time. You can also save $50 on the newest 10.2-inch iPad.

These are just some of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup that will help you tackle self-isolation and working from home during the COVID-19 crisis. Other highlights include:

Find all these discounts and more in today’s Deals & Steals roundup.

Apple ships unusable AirPods replacements with unreleased firmware

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There's nothing users can do for now.
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Apple is shipping out replacement AirPods buds with unreleased firmware that makes them unusable for now.

Some users have been holding onto new AirPods that they cannot use for more than a week. They will remain useless until Apple makes its version 2D3 AirPods firmware available to the public.

HBO Go, HBO Now drop support for older Apple TV models this month

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There is another way to enjoy HBO services on Apple TV, however.
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HBO on Wednesday confirmed its HBO Go and HBO Now services will drop support for second- and third-generation Apple TV units this month. Users will no longer be able to stream starting April 30.

The change is being made “in order to provide the best streaming experience,” the company said. There are other ways to enjoy these services on older Apple TV boxes, however.

iPhone-maker sees huge revenue increase as production ramps up

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Apple isn't out of the woods yet, though.
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Foxconn, Apple’s largest manufacturing partner, has reported a whopping 59.9% increase in revenue for March 2020 as production ramps up following COVID-19 disruptions.

It’s not all good news for Apple fans, however. One report warns that while some facilities are running at full throttle, plans for some new products have been scuppered by travel restrictions.

Apple TV 3 owners plagued by YouTube errors

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There is a workaround.
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A growing number of third-generation Apple TV owners are experiencing errors when attempting to watch YouTube content.

It seems the problems occur when watching certain videos, while others play just fine. One user who contacted Apple was told that the problem is on Google’s end — not with Apple TV.

iPadOS concept imagines spectacular ‘main menu’ for iPad

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A new way to interact with apps.
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This brilliant new iPadOS concept imagines a spectacular “main menu” concept that would change the way we interact with iPad apps.

The feature, designed by Alexander Käßner, would allow for cleaner apps and a standardized method of accessing common functions. It works much like the toolbar every Mac user is familiar with.

Apple readies new headphones, AirPods X; plans to ‘phase out Beats’

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Is this the beginning of the end for the Beats brand?
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Apple is readying new over-ear headphones and “AirPods X” for 2020 as it plans to slowly “phase out Beats,” a tipster claimed Tuesday.

We could see the company’s new over-ear headphones during the online-only Worldwide Developers Conference this June. However, the company’s sportier take on AirPods is expected to come in the fall. Currently, Apple is supposedly working to clear out Beats inventory.

WhatsApp outlines its mission to keep you safe during COVID-19

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It includes tighter restrictions on message forwarding.
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WhatsApp on Tuesday outlined measures to keep its more than 2 billion users safe and secure during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The measures include tighter limits on message forwarding, and working with organizations and governments like the World Health Organization to help connect user with more accurate information.

“We believe that now more than ever people need to be able to connect privately,” WhatsApp said. “Our teams are hard at work to keep WhatsApp running reliably during this unprecedented global crisis.”

Pixelmator Photo for iPad picks up trackpad, Split View support

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Pixelmator Photo, the desktop-class image editing app for iPad, now takes full advantage of Apple’s most recent iPadOS 13.4 update. Users can enjoy improved mouse and trackpad support, as well as Split View.

The version 1.2 release also brings color matching powered by machine learning, color intensity controls, and more.