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Live From WWDC 2018: Coverage of Apple’s Keynote with iOS 12, macOS 10.14, and More

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) starts today at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, with the traditional keynote kicking things off at 10:00 AM Pacific Time.

Good morning, developers! #WWDC18 is here, and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on!

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 4, 2018

We’re expecting to see a number of announcements, although it appears Apple will primarily be discussing software this year.

Apple is providing a live video stream on its website and via Apple TV. iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 are expected to be the main focus as usual, with Apple itself leaking macOS details heading into the weekend.

In addition to Apple’s video stream, we will be updating this article with live blog coverage and issuing Twitter updates through our @MacRumorsLive account as the keynote unfolds. Highlights from the event and separate news stories regarding today’s announcements will go out through our @MacRumors account.

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Apple Reveals iOS 12 With Focus on Performance Improvements, Available on Same Devices as iOS 11

At its Worldwide Developers Conference today, Apple revealed iOS 12, which will be available on all the same devices as iOS 11. The company focused on performance improvements during the keynote, promising that apps launch up to 40 percent faster, the keyboard comes up to 50 percent faster, and more.

The company is detailing more information about iOS 12 as the keynote goes on today, including updates to ARKit and other augmented reality features.

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Apple Creates Its Own AR Measuring App Called ‘Measure’

Apple today revealed that it has created its own augmented reality-enabled measuring app, called “Measure.” The iOS app uses ARKit to measure objects, get automatic measurements of things like photos and tablets, and more.

Numerous measurement apps have been available on the iOS App Store since Apple launched ARKit last year, but now the company will have its own first-party option. A launch date wasn’t detailed yet for Measure.

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Apple Announces New USDZ Augmented Reality File Format

Apple today announced a new augmented reality file format called Universal Scene Description (USDZ) during its keynote event at WWDC in San Jose, California.

Apple explained that USDZ is an open file format optimized for sharing Augmented Reality assets in a compact, single file.

Adobe was introduced during the keynote to confirm that it will have native support for Apple’s new AR file format in its entire suite of Creative Cloud software applications, and will also be adding a new AR design app to CC with easy-to-use tools for creating new experiences.

More to follow…

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EU’s new data protection law being used as bedtime story by meditation app

The European Union’s (EU) new data protection and digital privacy rules landed recently in the form of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), forcing online firms to take greater care in how they gather and use people’s data.

Clearly not one to miss a trick, meditation app Calm has added a reading of the 57,509-word document to its collection of Sleep Stories, confident in the belief that a brief listen to it will be enough to cure even the most wide-eyed of insomniacs.

“New laws aren’t meant to be exciting, but this one could sedate a buffalo,” Calm wrote in a recent blog post about GDPR.

Current Sleep Stories offered by Calm include Blue Gold, The Seventeenth Princess, and The Secret Lagoon narrated by a range of actors, among them Stephen Fry. For the GDPR document, it turned to Peter Jefferson, a former announcer who made a name for himself as the reader of the BBC’s Shipping Forecast, a long-running nightly broadcast detailing sea conditions around the British Isles which is famed for its relaxing theme tune and the soothing tones of those who read it.

“Jefferson’s voice and skill helped the Shipping Forecast to become known … as Britain’s unofficial national lullaby and an accidental natural sleep aid of rare potency,” Calm noted in its blog post.

The company has called the latest addition to its Sleep Stories collection Once Upon a GDPR, and invites listeners to simply “lie back, wind down, and drift off to … the sound of the new legal regulation.”

For reasons unknown — perhaps Jefferson couldn’t make it to the end without dozing off — Calm has declined to include the entirety of the 209-page document in Once Upon a GDPR. Instead, the announcer says he hopes to offer “a taste of it by reading a lengthy extract from the 107-page introduction, and then, if you’re still awake, one or two of the more relaxing articles that make up the real heart of the document.” The entire recording lasts 40 minutes, by which time you should be well and truly conked.

Calm is available for iOS and Android, and offers in-app purchases.

“Insomnia is a modern epidemic,” says Alex Tew, co-founder of Calm. “The search for a cure is a modern Holy Grail. GDPR may be our new best hope.”

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Rumored six-core MacBook Pro could be the fastest Apple ever made

Early test results for what seems likely to be the next MacBook Pro suggest that it will be the most powerful yet released. The “MacBookPro14,3” which appeared on the GeekBench results website packs 32GB of RAM alongside a powerful Core i7-8750H processor which has six cores and up to 12 threads.

Of all of the MacBook’s Apple currently has on sale, its Pro models (without the touch bar) are the ones we’d recommend if you’re looking to buy a new Apple laptop. However, if you want serious performance for your money, you might want to wait a little, as it seems like MacBooks with Intel’s latest eighth-generation CPUs could be not too far away.

The GeekBench listing is far from a solid confirmation, but the hardware listed within the results is quite intriguing. At supposedly 14.3-inches in size, this rumored notebook would slip in between existing 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pros. The additional cores and threads of the new CPU would be a welcome addition for power users like video editors. While the base clock speed is lower on the eighth-generation chip than current edition MacBook Pros, the 8750H boosts up to 4.1GHz, which is several hundred megahertz faster than some of its predecessors, as AppleInsider highlights.

32GB of RAM would be a sizeable upgrade over previous MacBook Pros, too, which were typically limited to 16GB. The GeekBench results also suggest that memory will be faster as well, operating at 2,667MHz. Current MacBook Pros come with memory running at 2,133MHz.

All of that should equate to a sizeable increase in performance. The GeekBench results for the most powerful MacBook Pro at this time give it a multi-core score of 16,999 and a single-core score of 4,969. In comparison, the unconfirmed MacBook Pro “14,3” model has a multi-core score of 22,316 and a single-core score of 4,902. That means that we’re unlikely to see a big boost in MacBook Pro gaming ability, but in terms of multitasking and using applications with support for multiple threads, this new MacBook could be significantly faster than any MacBook Pro that’s come before.

As great as all that performance is though, we really hope Apple fixes some of the other glaring problems with its MacBook line.

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Intel Anniversary Edition 5GHz six-core CPU may be just days away

Intel’s rumored “Anniversary Edition” Core i7-8086 CPU may be only a few days away from its debut, as a new source suggests it will be available for pre-order on June 8 as part of Intel’s 40th-anniversary celebration of the 8086 chip, its first x86 design. The six-core processor is rumored to be capable of boosting as high as 5GHz at stock.

The biggest change up with Intel’s eighth-generation processors was in how they followed AMD’s Ryzen example (here’s how they compare) and increased the core count of the mainstream processors. Core i3 CPUs were bumped up to four cores and i5 and i7 chips to six cores. Clock speeds remained much closer to the previous generation’s, which is why the suggested 5GHz boost clock of the Intel Core i7-8086 is so intriguing.

If those rumored specifications turn out to be true, the Anniversary Edition CPU will be the fastest hexacore CPU Intel has ever released to mainstream consumers. Supposedly a binned (specifically selected) 8700K, the new chip will be 300MHz faster than the standard chip it’s based on.

None of this is known for sure, but according to the latest rumor we won’t have long to wait to find out how accurate this information is. Overclockers U.K.’s head of purchasing, Andrew Gibson stated in a (now deleted) forum post that the chips were slated to go up for pre-order on June 8, as per TechRadar. “That is when NDA lifts,” he said, suggesting we’ll learn a lot more about the chip in just a few days time.

He also confirmed suggestions that the British retail price would be under 400 British pounds, which if you remove the 20-percent sales tax the U.K. employs, would work out to around $420. When U.S. sales taxes are involved that would make it close to $100 more than the existing 8700K, which might be a hard sell considering it’s only a few hundred megahertz faster out of the box. Existing 8700K owners or prospective buyers could simply get lucky with the capabilities of their new chip and find themselves with a CPU that’s just as capable as the Anniversary Edition Intel CPU.

As for Overclockers U.K.’s part in all this, it plans to offer special, binned versions of these already binned chips, to offer greater guarantees of performance to prospective buyers. It will also offer “delidded” options, though that’s not always something worth paying for the privilege of.

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How to disable push notifications from Digital Trends

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We’ve heard it all before, from “it’s not you, it’s me,” to “it’s just over.” We get it, sometimes it’s annoying to see our notifications pop up in your browser, even if we are trying to keep you informed. Although we hate to see you go, we thought it would be better if we were the ones to show you how to disable push notifications in your browser. To opt out of our notifications, simply follow the instructions below.

Google Chrome

Hit the menu button — aka, the three vertical dots in upper-right corner — and select Settings. Then, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Advanced. Next, click Content settings within Privacy and Security and select Notifications.

If you want to disable all notifications, toggle the slider beside, “Ask before sending.” If you are looking to disable notifications from Digital Trends specifically, scroll down until you locate our publication in the Allow column.

Once found, click the three horizontal dots beside Digital Trends and select Block or Remove from the resulting list of options.

Mozilla Firefox

Click the Menu button — aka, the three vertical lines — and select Options. Next, go to Privacy and Security, scroll to Permissions, and click the Settings button to the right of “Notifications.”

Here, you can choose which websites can and cannot send you notifications. If you’re looking to remove Digital Trends, select our publication and click Remove Website.

Microsoft Edge

First, launch Microsoft Edge and click the Menu button represented by the three horizontal dots in the upper-right corner. Then, follow your mouse to the bottom of the list and click Settings. Scroll to the bottom and hit View Advanced Settings. Once there, click Manage, which is located within Website Permissions.

On the resulting page, you can toggle which websites you want to receive notifications from, including Digital Trends. Keep in mind that if you feel like disabling all notifications in Windows 10, we’ve also created an in-depth guide for doing so.


First, launch Safari and click Safari from within the application menu bar. Next, click Preferences and select the Notifications pane, which will bring up a list of websites you currently receive notifications from.

If you want to disable push notifications across the board, highlight your selection and click Remove All in the bottom-left corner. Otherwise, select Digital Trends from the list and click Remove.

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Did you pre-order the HTC U12+?

With a price of $800, the phone’s not cheap by any stretch of the imagination.

On May 23, HTC properly unveiled the U12+ to the world. This is the company’s main flagship phone for 2018, and it comes equipped with a stunning design, powerful dual cameras, fast processing power, and a steep price tag of $800 with no plans to launch on U.S. carriers.


The U12+ will likely be one heck of a phone that can stand up against any of 2018’s other competing handsets, but will its high cost and lacking carrier availability keep consumers at bay?

It’s certainly looking like it. A handful of AC forum users started talking about pre-orders for the phone and this is what they’ve had to say so far.

06-02-2018 11:33 AM

Just thought I’d start a thread for when the U12+ starts shipping. It’s still all up in the air right now on when it’s gonna start. I’ve emailed HTC for a more specific date, but haven’t heard back. With the Amazon preorder going from June 7th to the 21st, and the more mainstream accessory makers not shipping until the 25th (Skinomi full body) or even in July (Spigen), I’m guessing later June. As…


06-02-2018 04:53 PM

Amazon has said June 21st, may be that’s a conservative date. But I’m not expecting anything to move till June 15th or so. Even HTC in Twitter said sometime in June when people tried to get the exact date. It’s crazy how they don’t have actual release date. I like Apple, now Samsung and even OnePlus where they announce and thing is ready to ship within a week or two. Google is getting better with…


06-02-2018 05:01 PM

I think the biggest thing is people can’t try before they buy either at least as far as I know. I really wish their situation was better. This will probably be one of the most underrated phones of 2018.


06-02-2018 08:04 PM

it’s crazy there is no set launch date. No wonder htc is in financial trouble.


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OnePlus 6: Everything you need to know

Unlock the secrets.


The OnePlus 6 is now available, and it’s a compelling option for someone looking for an unlocked phone at a reasonable price — starting at $529 to be specific. But price aside, it’s a great choice for anyone, even those considering more expensive options, thanks to a combination of hardware and software, and a community that continues to support the company and one another.

Here’s everything you need to know about the OnePlus 6!

The latest OnePlus 6 news

June 4, 2018 — Silk White OnePlus 6 and Bullets Wireless earphones launching June 5 @ 10:00 AM ET


About two weeks following the OnePlus 6’s launch, the limited edition Silk White version of the phone and OnePlus’s Bullets Wireless earphones are officially going on sale.

The Silk White OnePlus 6 is “the company’s boldest design to date” featuring six layers of white glass that have been mixed with pearl powder and gold accents for the frame, fingerprint sensor, and more. It’s a downright stunning look and will cost $579 USD with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage “while supplies last.”

Along with the Silk White OnePlus 6, the excellent Bullets Wireless earphones are launching, too. Andrew recently gave these a glowing review, praising them for their surprisingly great sound quality, USB-C charging, comfortable design, and competitive $69 price tag.

Both the Silk White OnePlus 6 and Bullets Wireless will be available on June 5 at 10:00 AM ET.

May 31, 2018 — Battery percentage coming to the status bar, fix for rear camera autofocus issue, and more

As part of a Q&A session OnePlus held of its forums, the company answered a lot of burning questions on users’ minds. You can read through the full rundown here, but the highlights include:

  • The three dots in the status bar will be removed in the next update.
  • A battery percentage is coming to the status bar in the next update.
  • Scheduled Do Not Disturb will be added in the next update.
  • The next update will fix low volume for calls and notifications.
  • Future updates will correct issues with the rear camera’s autofocus.
  • Your network will properly work when using an IDEA as a non-data card in the next update.
  • A fix in the next update will resolve an issue that causes sound to stop working when switching to the speaker from the earpiece.

Read our review and watch the video

First thing’s first, watch the video and read the review. There’s plenty about the phone to learn, even though much of it is familiar. But the essential question a review tries to answer is, Should you buy this thing? And the response is an unrestrained, Yes.

The OnePlus 6 is the company’s finest phone ever, with excellent design, build quality, battery life and, for the first time, cameras.

Read the review

Review the specs


Once you’re done reading the review, you should, ahem, review the specifications. The phone is powerful — like one of the most powerful on the market today — with plenty of headroom and legroom (it’s proverbially spacious is what I’m trying to say) for whatever you want to throw at it. Apps-wise, not like object-wise.

OnePlus 6 specifications

How does it compare to other phones?


Of course, the OnePlus 6 doesn’t exist in a bubble — you have to compare it to other devices if you’re going to decide whether you should buy it. Thankfully, we’ve done most of the work for you, comparing it to the best flagships on the market right now.

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What about to other OnePlus phones?


Yeah, OnePlus owners like to keep it in the family, so to speak, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see many upgrading, or thinking of upgrading, from an existing OnePlus device, like a 3, 3T, 5, or 5T. Of course, with the company releasing two phones a year these days, it won’t be long until the next upgrade cycle hits, but that also means that the existing phones age quite well, thanks to frequent software updates (the joys of not going through carriers).

If you have a OnePlus 5 or 5T, you can probably hold onto those phones for a bit longer — unless you need the camera improvements. OnePlus’s 2016 phones, on the other hand, may be getting a bit long in the tooth and could use a replacement.

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Is the OnePlus 6 camera that much better than before?


This photo was taken in nearly pitch-dark conditions. OnePlus ramps up the light sensitivity to ISO6400, which would normally produce a lot of grain, but this photo is totally usable thanks to better software processing.

Yes! The OnePlus 6 has a larger 16MP sensor than previous OnePlus devices, with pixels that are 19% bigger, so low-light photography is immensely improved. It’s not going to overtake the Huawei P20 Pro or Pixel 2 for Low Light Champion Of The World, but it’s reliable in all conditions, and that’s more important than anything else.

The camera is probably the biggest improvement over previous OnePlus models.

The phone’s main sensor is aided by a fast ƒ/1.7 aperture, so true depth of field is a thing, along with drastically improved image signal processing from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845. Together, the phone is able to detect the correct settings more quickly, take multiple shots if necessary, enable HDR mode automatically, and reduce or eliminate grain in dark conditions.

There’s also Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), which was in the OnePlus 3 line but removed in last year’s series for unknown reasons. It’s back now, and paired with a larger sensor and faster main lens, the results speak for themselves.

On the other hand, the OnePlus 6’s secondary camera has less to do — it’s a 20MP sensor with an ƒ/1.7 lens, but its main purpose is to facilitate portrait mode which, while good, isn’t enough reason to have a second sensor in the first place.

Is the notch distracting?


The notch is what it is. You may hate it out of an aversion to all things Apple, or you may learn to live with it and forget it’s there. Most people will fall somewhere in the middle — it’s a character trait, like a freckle or a certain hairstyle.

What it does, though, is open up spme additional real estate on the 6.28-inch screen, which is great. But it also limits the number of icons that can be seen in the notification area, which is a bummer. Plus, the clock on the left side of the notification bar will never make sense. If you watch the video below, though, you can see ways to tweak the notification area to your liking. And you can also disable the notch altogether if you want to.

How’s the software?

It’s good! Running Android 8.1 Oreo, OxygenOS has turned into one of the most enjoyable, reliable versions of Android to date. OnePlus has also added a number of additions to make the whole thing run more smoothly, especially if you’re looking to maximize your screen real estate.

One of the more interesting changes to the software is a set of gestures that eliminates the bottom navigation keys, relying on swipes up from different areas of the bottom edge to go back, home, and enter multitasking. It’s different, but not bad. You’ll have to try it yourself.

As for tips and tricks, we’ve already got that list going, so if you’re looking to make the most of your OxygenOS experience, we have you covered.

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  • How to disable the notch on the OnePlus 6

What’s it cost?


The OnePlus 6 starts at $529 USD for the base model and goes up to $629 for additional RAM and storage. There are three configurations and three colors, though one of the colors, Silk White, is only going to be available in early June and will be manufactured in limited capacities.

Here’s how the pricing breaks down in various regions.

6/64 $529 €519 £469 $699
8/128 $579 €569 £519 $769
8/256 $629 €619 £569 $839

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Tell me more about the colors


There are three colors: Mirror Black, Midnight Black, and Silk White.

  • Mirror Black is going to be the most common, since it’s the only color offered in the cheapest tier. It’s shiny, reflective glass, so it gets fingerprint-y, but that’s OK because you’ll likely put the phone in a case (see below). It’s also a little slippery, which is to be expected. Mirror Black is offered in 6GB / 64GB configurations for $529.

  • Midnight Black is the color we’ve come to expect from OnePlus over the years, though the matte-looking finish belies a glass back, too, like the Mirror Black. Midnight Black is only available in 8GB / 128GB and 8GB / 256GB configurations for $579 and $629, respectively.

  • Silk White is the most limited of the three colors, and will be available June 5. It’s also covered in glass, but like the Midnight Black model it has a matte finish and is easier to grip. Its white back has rose gold accents, and it’s definitely the nicest and most unique of the three colors. It will only be available in the 8GB / 128GB configuration, for $579, and once the run is sold out, OnePlus is not making any more.

I heard there’s an Avengers version — TELL ME EVERYTHING


Yes, you heard right: OnePlus has once again worked with Disney on licensing a special version of the OnePlus 6 for the Chinese and Indian markets. Last year, OnePlus offered an understated Start Wars variant of the OnePlus 5T, and now the Avengers version takes advantage of the hype behind the recent film release.

The Avengers version comes in a unique box and includes an Iron Man case and a OnePlus/Avengers co-branded medallion, which is neat. And while there’s a familiar glass back on the Avengers Edition, it has a Kevlar-style design underneath. Because Kevlar=superheroes, or something.

While the special edition isn’t coming to the U.S. officially, I’m sure that some entrepreneurial Indian and Chinese resellers will do the dirty business of importing some of them at a huge premium to this side of the world.

This is the OnePlus 6 Marvel Avengers Edition

The OnePlus 6 doesn’t work on Sprint or Verizon


The OnePlus 6 technically supports the CDMA bands for Verizon and Sprint in the U.S., but the phone lacks certification for their networks, so those users — just under half the smartphone-wielding U.S. population, is out of luck.

We’ve got your full technical explainer below.

The OnePlus 6 doesn’t work on Sprint or Verizon

Do you like cases?


As it does with all of its phones, OnePlus has unveiled a series of first-party cases for the OnePlus 6, and they’re all pretty great.

This year, there’s a fancy new protective bumper made of woven nylon, and while it adds a bit more bulk than the typical snap-on, I think it looks and feels awesome.

These are the official OnePlus 6 cases you can buy at launch

What are your thoughts on the OnePlus 6?

Let us know in the comments!

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