Breaking News: Apple Sports app, iMessage security update and more

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A new Apple Sports app was unexpectedly released this week to track sports scores across a number of leagues, and we learned more about the features coming soon to iOS 17.4.

We've also seen more rumors about AirPods updates coming later this year, and the latest Apple MacBook Pro models have appeared in Apple's refurbished store with A good discount, so read on for details on these and more!

Apple Sports app announced with personalized scoreboards and more

Apple this week released a new Apple Sports app for iPhone that shows scores, stats, standings, upcoming games, betting odds and more for various leagues such as MLB, MLS, NBA, NHL, Premier League and NFL when next season will begin. begins. For ongoing games, the app also displays real-time game progress information.

We tried the app, which has a very simple interface with a scoreboard that you can personalize. Follow your favorite teams and leagues. In an interview, Apple support executive and noted sports enthusiast Eddie Cue said the app's simple design is intentional.

Apple Sports is available for free on the App Store in the US, UK and Canada. compatible with iOS 17.2 and later.

Apple announces “groundbreaking” new security protocol for iMessage

This week Apple announced a new post-quantum cryptographic protocol for iMessage under called PQ3. Apple says this “innovative” and “state-of-the-art” protocol provides “extensive protection against even highly sophisticated quantum attacks.”

PQ3 will be gradually rolled out to supported iMessage conversations. starting with iOS 17.4, iPadOS 17.4, macOS 14.4 and watchOS 10.4. Apple believes this new protocol's security “superior to that of all other common messaging apps.”

iOS 17.4 lets you see your iPhone 15's battery health at a glance

Fourth The iOS 17.4 beta, released to developers and public beta testers this week, includes some changes to the battery menu in the Settings app.

The menu now shows whether the status is “normal” your iPhone's batteries” at a glance and shows the number of battery cycles. This information was already available in other versions of iOS, but now it's in one convenient place starting with iOS 17.4, which arrives in March.

Apple has also increased the stated battery life of all iPhone 15 models.

10 Hidden Message Features in iOS 17

iOS 17 was released about five months ago, but there are some hidden features and functions in the Messages app that you might be wondering about. , we don’t know each other yet.

We recently shared a list of 10 hidden messages. app features on iOS 17. For example, did you know that you can hold the plus sign next to an input field to quickly access your iPhone's photo library?

Apple is now selling refurbished M3s Pro and M3 Max MacBook Pro Models

This week, Apple began selling certified refurbished 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M3 Pro and M3 Max chips for the first time since the laptops launched in November.

As always, prices on refurbished Apple products are reduced by approximately 15% compared to comparable new models. In our opinion, refurbished Apple products are virtually indistinguishable from brand new products, which is a great opportunity to save.

Check out our Apple Deals Roundup for more discounts on Macs and other devices.

AirPods 4 and AirPods Max with USB-C are still expected later this year

Apple plans to release fourth-generation AirPods and updated AirPods Max later this year, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman

Gurman said there will be two types of fourth-generation AirPods: The more expensive models will feature active noise cancellation and a speaker built into the USB-C charging case for Find My sounds.

As for the AirPods Max, the only noticeable change expected is a USB-C charging port.

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