Joe Rossignol

Joe joined MacRumors in January 2015 and is now a Senior Reporter. 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.

Joe Rossignol's Articles

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New Mac Pro Has 'Product of Thailand' Label, Final Assembly Still in USA

Monday June 12, 2023 2:28 pm PDT by
Apple's new Mac Pro has a "Product of Thailand" label, but final assembly of the desktop computer still takes place in the U.S., according to an FCC filing. We have been informed that the new Mac Pro is assembled at the same Austin, Texas facility where it has been assembled since 2013, and units distributed to U.S. customers continue to include components designed, developed, and...
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2023 Mac Studio Reviews: Faster M2 Ultra Chip and 8K Display Support

Monday June 12, 2023 10:10 am PDT by
Apple's updated Mac Studio with M2 Max and M2 Ultra chips will launch in stores and begin arriving to customers this Tuesday. Ahead of time, the first reviews of the desktop computer have been shared by select media outlets and YouTube channels. The new Mac Studio features the same overall design as the 2022 model, but now features Apple's latest M2 Max and M2 Ultra chips, faster Wi-Fi 6E...
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Apple Preparing iOS 16.5.1 Update for iPhone Following iOS 17 Beta

Monday June 12, 2023 7:40 am PDT by
Apple appears to be preparing an iOS 16.5.1 update for the iPhone, based on evidence of the software in our website's analytics logs last week. It's unclear when the update will be released, but it will likely be available either this week or next week. Minor updates like iOS 16.5.1 are typically focused on bug fixes, stability improvements, and security patches, rather than new features....
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15-Inch MacBook Air Reviews: The Sweet Spot for Performance, Size, and Value

Monday June 12, 2023 6:15 am PDT by
Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Air will launch in stores and begin arriving to customers this Tuesday. Ahead of time, the first reviews of the laptop have been shared by select media outlets and YouTube channels, offering a closer look at new features. The 15-inch MacBook Air is equipped with the same M2 chip as the 13-inch model, and the laptops share the same overall design. Apple says both...
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Apple Subreddit Goes Dark in Protest of Reddit's API Pricing Changes

Sunday June 11, 2023 2:54 pm PDT by
Apple-related subreddit /r/apple has gone dark in protest of Reddit's upcoming API pricing changes affecting third-party Reddit apps. The subreddit is now private, meaning that users can no longer view or submit posts, and the moderators behind the community said it will remain that way for the next 48 hours, or potentially longer if necessary. /r/apple is one of many subreddits that will be ...
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Apple Executive Discusses New Mac Pro's Lack of Graphics Card Support

Sunday June 11, 2023 10:27 am PDT by
While the new Mac Pro features six available PCI Express expansion slots for audio, video capture, storage, networking, and more, the desktop tower is no longer compatible with graphics cards. Instead, graphics processing is handled entirely by the M2 chip, which includes up to a 76-core GPU that can access up to 192GB of unified memory. Apple's hardware engineering chief John Ternus briefly ...
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iOS 17 Will Finally Improve Your iPhone's Autocorrect

Sunday June 11, 2023 9:09 am PDT by
One of the key new features of iOS 17 is improved iPhone autocorrect, based on an entirely new underlying system. The software update will be released later this year for the iPhone XS and newer, and is currently available in beta for developers. Apple says iOS 17 includes a state-of-the-art language model for word prediction that will greatly improve autocorrection on the iPhone. Any time...
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Gurman: Apple Already Working on 15-Inch MacBook Air With M3 Chip

Sunday June 11, 2023 7:20 am PDT by
Apple is already developing 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air models with the M3 chip, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. In his Power On newsletter today, Gurman said he expects the updated laptops to be released in 2024. The current 13-inch MacBook Air was announced in June 2022, while the 15-inch model was introduced last week. Both models are currently powered by the M2 chip,...
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Mac Pro With M2 Ultra Chip Up to Twice as Fast as Top-End Intel Model

Saturday June 10, 2023 6:55 pm PDT by
The first benchmark results for Apple's new M2 Ultra chip have surfaced on Geekbench 6, providing a closer look at CPU performance improvements for the latest Macs. So far, the benchmark results are only for the Mac Studio with the M2 Ultra chip, but the scores should be equal or better for the Mac Pro with the same chip. In early results, the M2 Ultra chip appears to have single-core and...
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Apple Releases Tool to Help Developers Port Windows Games to Mac

Saturday June 10, 2023 6:28 pm PDT by
Apple at WWDC this week announced a new toolkit that makes it easier for game developers to port Windows games to the Mac. The toolkit provides an emulation environment that allows developers to run their existing, unmodified Windows game on the Mac and quickly evaluate how well the game could run on macOS before writing any code. A beta version of the toolkit is available for download on the...

The Talk Show Live From WWDC 2023 Now Available on YouTube

Saturday June 10, 2023 11:03 am PDT by
The Talk Show Live From WWDC 2023 is now available to watch on YouTube. Daring Fireball's John Gruber discussed the Vision Pro and other WWDC announcements with Apple's software engineering chief Craig Federighi, hardware engineering chief John Ternus, AR/VR chief Mike Rockwell, and marketing chief Greg Joswiak. The on-stage interview took place on Wednesday at the California Theatre in San...
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M2 Ultra Chip Benchmark Results Reveal Impressive Performance Gains

Saturday June 10, 2023 10:45 am PDT by
The first benchmark results for Apple's new M2 Ultra chip have surfaced on Geekbench 6, providing a closer look at CPU performance improvements. The high-end chip is available in the new Mac Studio and Mac Pro models launching next week. There is currently some variance in the results, but the Mac Studio with the M2 Ultra chip appears to have single-core and multi-core scores of up to...

iOS 17 Apps Can Offer Tips to Help Users Discover Hidden Features

Friday June 9, 2023 2:26 pm PDT by
Apple at WWDC this week announced a new TipKit framework that will allow developers to offer tips in their apps on iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS Sonoma, watchOS 10, and tvOS 17. These tips can help to surface hidden features, highlight brand new features, show a faster method of accomplishing a task, and more. Tips may appear next to a button or other user interface element in an app at timely...
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Vision Pro With Mystery USB-C Adapter Spotted in WWDC Video

Friday June 9, 2023 11:35 am PDT by
At various points in Apple's Platforms State of the Unions video for developers, a Vision Pro headset with a USB-C adapter attached to the right side of the headset can be seen, leading to some speculation on social media as to what the adapter is for. It appears that the adapter has a USB-C cable leading to a Mac Studio in one shot, although there is no definitive view to confirm this. In...
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Apple Maps Expands Detailed 3D Map and Cycling Directions to Paris

Friday June 9, 2023 8:20 am PDT by
Since the release of iOS 15 in 2021, Apple Maps has been rolling out a more detailed map with custom-designed 3D landmarks in major cities around the world. This week, both the more detailed map and cycling directions went live in Paris. Landmarks app showing Apple's 3D models in Paris via André Baev Apple says the updated experience provides richer detail for road markings, buildings,...
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Apple TV to Support VPN Apps on tvOS 17

Friday June 9, 2023 6:48 am PDT by
Apple announced tvOS 17 earlier this week with a handful of new features for the Apple TV, including FaceTime and a redesigned Control Center. Another new feature is support for VPN apps, although it remains to be seen if there will be any limitations. VPN apps could allow for Apple TV users to watch geo-restricted content from any location, such as the U.S. version of Netflix in another...
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Mark Zuckerberg Says Apple Vision Pro Has No 'Magical Solutions'

Thursday June 8, 2023 12:36 pm PDT by
In a companywide meeting with employees today, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to Apple's announcement of the Vision Pro, according to The Verge's Alex Heath. Zuckerberg said the Vision Pro has no "magical solutions" that Meta has not thought of, and "costs seven times more" than its recently-announced Quest 3 headset. Zuckerberg added that Apple's announcement "really showcases the...
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Here's What's New in iOS 17 for Wallet and Apple Pay

Thursday June 8, 2023 9:28 am PDT by
In a video released today, Apple has outlined several improvements coming to the Wallet app and Apple Pay with iOS 17. The software update is currently in beta and will be released to the public later this year for the iPhone XS and newer. A major redesign for the Wallet app that was rumored ahead of WWDC never materialized, with only modest changes made in iOS 17. Apple Pay order...
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iPhone Driver's License Feature Still Only Available in Four U.S. States

Wednesday June 7, 2023 5:03 pm PDT by
In 2021, Apple introduced a feature that lets residents of participating U.S. states add their driver's license or ID to the Wallet app on the iPhone and Apple Watch, providing a convenient and contactless way to display proof of identity or age. Unfortunately, states have been slow to adopt the feature since it was first announced in September 2021, with Wallet app IDs only supported in...
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Apple Highlights Vision Pro's Accessibility Features with Head, Wrist, and Index Finger Controls

Wednesday June 7, 2023 3:26 pm PDT by
Apple's new Vision Pro headset is controlled with eye and hand movements by default. For those with accessibility needs, however, features like VoiceOver, Pointer Control, and Dwell Control will allow users to interact with visionOS in other ways. In a WWDC session for developers, Apple has provided more details about these features. Pointer Control Pointer Control will allow the Vision Pro...