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Apple Maps gets a major upgrade in Canada

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Apple Maps gets a major upgrade in Canada
Enjoy a more detailed city experience, with 3D buildings and landmarks.
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Apple Maps users in Canada can now enjoy a more detailed mapping experience, as well as enhanced navigation, in several big cities.

Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver are the latest to get Apple’s most recent Maps upgrades — which first debuted in London, Los Angeles, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area in iOS 15 last September.

Apple News expands local coverage to two cities in Canada

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Montreal and Toronto are the first Canadian cities to see support.
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Apple News’ local coverage feature this week expanded its reach to Canada. Users in Montreal and Toronto can now enjoy local news from a number of different sources, including CTV News and Toronto Star.

Local coverage was first added to Apple News in July 2020, but growth has been slow since then. Although it has made its way to additional U.S. cities since it debuted, this is the first time the feature has landed in another country.

iPhone survives month in frozen Canadian lake

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An iPhone emerged fully functional from the bottom of a Canadian lake.
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Canadian Angie Carriere dropped her iPhone into a lake while she was ice fishing. A month later, she retrieved off the bottom of the still-frozen lake. And it works.

Watch a video showing the amazing rescue.

Apple now offers AppleCare+ monthly plans in Canada, Australia, and Japan

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AppleCare+ gives you month-by-month rolling protection for your Apple device.
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Apple is expanding its AppleCare+ monthly plan outside the United States for the first time. It is making it available in Canada, Japan, and Australia as well.

The month-by-month coverage hasn’t launched yet in these countries. However, Apple has revealed that it is coming to these markets in one of its official support documents.

Apple shares shoot up after Trump declares national emergency

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Finally, some good news for Apple this week.
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President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency provided some much-needed relief to Apple’s stock price just before the market closed this afternoon.

Apple shares jumped up over $20 in value during the last 30 minutes of trading today, just after President Trump announced that the U.S. government will free up $50 billion in federal resources to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

Apple Card might come to Canada soon

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Perhaps Canada will be the second country to get Apple Card.
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Canadians should start polishing up their credit ratings, as they soon may be able to apply for a shiny new Apple Card.

The US launch of this credit card will happen in the coming weeks. Canada might not be far behind.

Apple.com celebrates Toronto Raptors’ NBA victory in Canada

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Visit Apple.com/ca to see it.
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Apple is celebrating the Toronto Raptors’ 2019 NBA Championship victory with a rare Easter egg on its homepage.

You’ll see it if you visit the company’s Canadian website at www.apple.com/ca. You can’t miss it because it fills most of your browser window with animated emoji that fly around your screen.

iOS 12.2 beta 1 brings Apple News to Canada

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Apple News has finally landed in Canada, eh.
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iOS developers didn’t have to wait long for Apple to bust out new software for testing after the company put out iOS 12.1.3 just a few days ago.

The first iOS 12.2 beta was seeded to developers this morning bringing a host of new fixes and under-the-hood improvements. There are also a couple of new features, including support for Apple News for users in Canada for the first time ever.