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  • It’s about that time of year when we start thinking about what Apple will release throughout the year hardware and software-wise, so being in education, I naturally start thinking about what I want to see Apple do with the iPad in 2021. The more I think about it, the more I think Apple’s next act with the iPad has nothing to do with the iPad itself. This week, I want to talk about the need for a low-cost Magic Keyboard. more… The post Apple @ Work: A $99 low-cost Magic Keyboard would turn the iPad into a sub-$400 laptop appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • The Starling Home Hub is one of my favorite technology products in recent memory because it puts you back in control of your technology integrations. I love Nest products, particularly the thermostat, but it has yet to add HomeKit control. Being someone that has built my entire smart home setup around HomeKit, I won’t buy a product that doesn’t work with HomeKit. The Starling Home Hub turns all of your Nest products into HomeKit compatible options. With its new 8.0 firmware, Starling is going even further with a new Developer Connect API. more… The post Starling Home Hub 8.0 firmware adds Developer Connect API to take Nest products beyond HomeKit appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • The NPE Team, which is part of Facebook, today introduced an experimental iPhone app called BARS. The idea of the app is to provide a quick and easy way to create and share raps using professionally created beats. more… The post ‘BARS’ is a new Facebook app for creating and sharing raps appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • As we reported earlier this month, Apple has asked developers to prepare DTK Mac minis to be returned to the company sometime this year. Now Apple has confirmed that developers have until March 31, 2021 to send the Developer Transition Kit (DTK) back to Cupertino. more… The post Developers have until March 31 to return DTK Mac mini to Apple and get $500 credit appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Billie Eilish shot into the mainstream over the last couple of years as she swept the 2020 Grammys with her album, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” Today her documentary is premiering on Apple TV+ and in limited theaters. Read along for how to watch The World’s a Little Blurry even if you aren’t already an Apple TV+ subscriber. more… The post How to watch the new Billie Eilish documentary ‘The World’s a Little Blurry’ on Apple TV+ appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • The Apple Silicon transition is under way, and Apple is rumored to have multiple new Macs in the pipeline for 2021. This includes new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models as well as a redesign for the iMac. These new machines will represent the next wave of Apple Silicon-powered Macs, coming after last year’s release of a new MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini. The redesigned iMac is expected to be a major overhaul, and it comes after nearly a decade of stagnation. Read on for everything you need to about the resdesign… more… The post A redesigned iMac with Apple Silicon is on the way, here’s what you need to know appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • After a failed bill was proposed in North Dakota earlier this month that would have forced Apple to allow developers to sideload apps and use alternate in-app payments, a similar bill has been officially introduced in Minnesota. more… The post Minnesota introduces new App Store reform legislation following failed bill in North Dakota appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple Music is showing off its love for the industry in a new collection called Behind the Songs. Here, Apple Music members can discover music with an emphasis on songwriters, producers, and session musicians who may not otherwise receive top credits. more… The post Apple Music showcasing session musicians and songwriters in ‘Behind the Songs’ collection appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Satechi unveiled its first MagSafe compatible multi-device charger for iPhone 12 and AirPods back in January and now it’s available. The Aluminum 2-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Charging Stand features a floating magnetic mount for your iPhone 12 with a dedicated spot for wirelessly charging AirPods below. Coming in at one of the most affordable prices for a MagSafe compatible dual-charger at $60 from a reputable brand, we had to test out this new Satechi release. more… The post Review: Satechi’s new MagSafe compatible stand charges AirPods and iPhone 12 for $60 appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • During a recent interview on the invite-only audio conversation app Clubhouse, Bill Gates revealed why he still prefers to use an Android phone over the iPhone. What it boils down to, Gates explained, is that Android manufacturers are “more flexible” with software integration. more… The post Bill Gates explains why he still prefers Android over iPhone during interview on Clubhouse appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • A few weeks ago, my wife and I put a contract on a plot of land, so we’re looking to build a new house within the next year. Of course, HomeKit will be a significant part of it. I plan to rethink everything about my HomeKit environment for this new house and start from scratch from a software standpoint. Are you building a new home? Follow along with me to gain tips and tricks on creating the HomeKit environment during the home building process. Some of the products will be installed by the builder, but I will install others after moving into the home. more… The post HomeKit Weekly: I am building a new house, so I’ve got a lot of HomeKit decisions to make appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • All of today’s best deals kick off with an up to $679 off sale on iPad Pro. Not to mention, Beats Solo Pro Headphones at $170 and Nomad’s Lightning Carbon Carabiner to $17. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break. more… The post Deals: iPad Pro up to $679 off, Beats Solo Pro Headphones $170, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. Sponsored by Appfigures: To get the latest scoop on the newest apps and games, sign up for the Appfigures ‘This Week in Apps’ newsletter right here. more… The post 9to5Mac Daily: February 26, 2021 – macOS Big Sur update, Apple Siri research appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Anker’s popular smart home brand eufy has been a notable adopter of HomeKit, even supporting HomeKit Secure Video with some of its cameras. Now its latest floodlight camera has been spotted in an FCC filing. The updated smart home camera + floodlight is getting a nice resolution bump and it’s possible it could get HomeKit support too. more… The post eufy Floodlight Cam E 2K revealed in FCC listing, could arrive with HomeKit appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple has been found to be the most relevant brand to consumers for the sixth year in a row. The result was announced after surveying the views of 13,000 US consumers on 228 brands. Prophet, the company behind the survey, said that relevant brands had six key characteristics… more… The post Apple is the most relevant brand to consumers for 6th year in a row appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Market intelligence company Counterpoint Research suggests that the delayed iPhone 12 launch last year may well have worked out in Apple’s favor. The firm says there were two benefits in the delay… more… The post Delayed iPhone 12 launch worked out in Apple’s favor – Counterpoint appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Filming of an episode of the Apple TV+ show Truth Be Told had to be abandoned after protestors disrupted the shoot in LA’s Leimert Plaza Park… more… The post Apple TV+ ‘Truth Be Told’ filming shut down by protestors in LA appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • The first antitrust ruling on the legality of Apple’s App Store arrangements could be close. Dutch competition watchdogs have told developers they can expect a decision soon. The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) is considering two issues… more… The post First App Store antitrust ruling is close after years-long investigation appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • President Biden has reversed the US immigrant freeze imposed by his predecessor, and will not extend the US work visa freeze. Hundreds of thousands of foreign workers will soon be able to apply for visas and green cards, including the H-1B temporary worker visa, which Apple had said was important to its business. Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook were all among the companies to oppose the freeze and other restrictions imposed by the previous administration… more… The post In move that will please Apple, Biden reverses US work visa freeze appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Agreement has been reached on a proposed settlement of no fewer than 21 US federal TikTok privacy lawsuits in what has been described as one of the largest cases of its kind in history. The lawsuits accused the company of “theft of private and personally identifiable data,” some of it from children as young as six years old. But despite the size of the settlement, you shouldn’t expect much of a payout if you’re one of the 89M US users… more… The post TikTok privacy lawsuits: Company agrees to settle one of the largest cases in history appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • South Korea’s second Apple Store is now open, and customers from Seoul lined up Friday morning to be among the first inside. more… The post Gallery: Apple Yeouido celebrates grand opening in Seoul appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • The Hyundai/Kia Apple Car rumor was once presented as if it were almost a done deal, before later being dismissed – but a Korean report today says some kind of deal is not entirely off the table. It goes on to hint that a deal might be struck over the Kia electric scooter… more… The post Kia Apple Car rumor has now morphed into talk of an electric scooter appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • This week join 9to5Mac’s Zac Hall and Benjamin Mayo to discuss Apple in space, what ports might we see on the upcoming MacBook Pros refresh, where is Apple’s MagSafe battery case, Benjamin’s love/hate relationship with Apple Music Radio, and more. Sponsored by Unite 4: Take any website and make a stand-alone app out of it. Get 20% off when you purchase Unite 4, go to https://bit.ly/3jfbuxW, and use promo code happyhour at checkout. Sponsored by Amazon Pharmacy: Amazon Prime Members can save on prescription medication when not using insurance and get FREE 2-Day delivery! Learn more at amazon.com/happyhourrx. Sponsored by Audible: Visit audible.com/9to5mac or text 9to5mac to 500-500 to start your 30 day trial. Sponsored by TextExpander: Visit textexpander.com/podcast and select 9to5Mac Happy Hour to save 20% off your first year! more… The post 9to5Mac Happy Hour 318: Apple’s space ambitions, MacBook Pro ports, MagSafe battery pack appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple TV+ offers exclusive Apple original TV shows and movies in 4K HDR quality. You can watch across all of your screens and pick up where you left off on any device. Apple TV+ costs $4.99 per month. Here’s every Apple original television show and movie available now on Apple TV+, as Apple TV+ offers exclusive Apple original TV shows and movies in 4K HDR quality. You can watch across all of your screens and pick up where you left off on any device. Apple TV+ costs $4.99 per month. Here’s every Apple original television show and movie available now on Apple TV+, as well as the latest trailers …more… The post Apple TV+ Guide: Here are all the Apple TV shows and movies available now appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Following the arrival of the M1 MacBook Pro and M1 MacBook Air in the Apple Refurbished Store, Apple today began selling the refurbished M1 Mac mini. Customers can now get all three Macs with M1 chip in the Refurbished Store at a discounted price. more… The post Apple now selling refurbished M1 Mac mini, some iMac models currently unavailable appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple MacArthur Center in Norfolk, Virginia will permanently close in the near future. The store originally opened in September 2006. more… The post Apple confirms MacArthur Center store in Norfolk will permanently close appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple is now offering prescheduled support from sign language interpreters at hundreds of its retail stores in nearly a dozen countries. The service is provided to customers by appointment at no cost. more… The post Apple Stores offering free sign language interpreter appointments appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple surprisingly began to show a repair index for devices like the iPhone and Mac in the Apple Store app and the Apple Online Store in France this week. Users can now get a better idea of how easy it is to repair that device before buying it. more… The post Apple begins showing repairability index for iPhones and Macs in France appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Users who have an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Mac can interact with Siri without even touching the device by using the voice command “Hey Siri,” which invokes Apple’s virtual assistant. As other assistants like Amazon’s Alexa also have similar commands, Facebook is now introducing a new, “Hey Facebook” wake word for its own smart devices. more… The post Facebook planning to take on Siri with new ‘Hey Facebook’ voice activation feature appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Lexington, Kentucky’s Apple Store is headed for greener pastures. Apple Fayette Mall will close from February 26 and move to a brand new space in The Summit at Fritz Farm on March 1 at 11:00 a.m. more… The post Fayette Mall Apple Store moving to The Summit at Fritz Farm appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • The US House Judiciary Committee held a major hearing on big tech antitrust concerns last summer. That included testimony from Tim Cook, Sundar Pichai, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerberg. Now the Antitrust subcommittee has met again today and revealed more details on how legislation that could be proposed as early as this spring could aim to reform big tech like Apple. more… The post US lawmakers detail 3 ways to address Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon antitrust concerns appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple is investigating ways to enhance its Siri voice assistant for users with atypical speech patterns, the company confirms to the Wall Street Journal. According to the report, Apple is leveraging its podcast library for speech samples that could train Siri to adapt to users who speak with a stutter. more… The post Apple training Siri to detect and adapt to users who stutter using research and podcast catalog appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • On February 18, hundreds of creatives from across the world joined the teams from Apple, It’s Nice That, and Studio Dumbar to build a collaborative world map animated with iPads, iPhones, and Macs. The interactive map is now available to explore. more… The post Studio Dumbar shares animated map created by Today at Apple artists around the world appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • During an Analyst event today, Twitter revealed at least part of the paid subscription service it’s been working on for some time. It’s called “Super Follow” and will allow users to get exclusive content, deals, and community access to creators for $4.99/month. Other announcements include the testing of a new groups feature, “Safety mode,” company growth goals, and more. more… The post Twitter reveals ‘Super Follow’ paid service, new groups feature, more at Analyst Day event appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple impressed the industry with its M1 chip-based MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini last fall. Now we await an even more exciting round of professional hardware with the rumored 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro updates. Here’s everything we know so far. more… The post Everything we know so far about 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro updates with Apple Silicon appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple has released macOS Big Sur 11.2.2. to the public today with a fix for MacBook Pro and MacBook Air users. Apple says the update “prevents” certain models from “incurring damage” when they are connected to third-party USB-C hubs and docks. more… The post macOS Big Sur 11.2.2 released with fix for using MacBooks with ‘non-compliant’ USB-C hubs appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • ViacomCBS announced today that its new streaming service Paramount+, which will replace CBS All Access, will cost $9.99 per month in the US and will have a cheaper plan, at $ 4.99 per month, starting in June with ads. more… The post Paramount+ launches next week with a $10/month plan; cheaper tier to arrive in June appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple is expected to release a variety of new Apple Silicon-powered Macs this year, including new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros. A new supply chain report from Digitimes today backs expectations that the new 14-inch MacBook Pro will use mini-LED backlighting and be released in the second half of the year. more… The post New supply chain report adds more evidence of upcoming 14/16″ mini-LED MacBook Pro appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • All of today’s best deals kick off with refurbished iPhone 11 models on sale from $510. That’s alongside $100 discount on Apple’s M1 MacBook Pro and this stainless steel link Apple Watch for $13. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break. more… The post Thursday’s best deals: iPhone 11/Pro/Max from $510, M1 MacBook Pro $100 off, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • March is Women’s History Month along with International Women’s Day landing on the 8th. And Apple has announced its wide-ranging plans to celebrate the day and month across the App Store, Apple TV app, Apple Music, Apple News, Podcasts, Fitness+, Today at Apple sessions, and more. more… The post Apple celebrating Women’s History Month with App Store interviews, Fitness+, and more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • This week on Watch Time join 9to5Mac’s Zac Hall and Tempo developer Rahul Matta discuss their long-term goals for their health in 2021, what they are doing to achieve those goals in the short term, and share more Apple Watch and workout tips. Sponsored by Pillow: Pillow is an all-in-one sleep tracking solution to help you get a better night’s sleep. Download it from the App Store today. more… The post 9to5Mac Watch Time: Week 2 appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Facebook continues to play defense against Apple’s upcoming App Tracking Transparency feature. The company has today launched a new digital ad campaign called “Good Ideas Deserve to be Found,” with the purpose of explaining the importance of personalized advertisements. The world is full of good ideas. Now, thanks to personalized ads, small businesses can get theirs found. Good ideas deserve to be found. more… The post Facebook’s new PR blitz touts benefits of personalized ads ahead of Apple’s privacy feature appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Spotify has started the rollout of two new filters to make it easier to find and listen to your favorite songs. Available for both free and Premium subscribers, the Genre and Mood filters will offer up to 15 personalized options to sort your “Liked Songs” to get the vibe you’re looking for. more… The post Spotify launches Genre and Mood filters to more easily sort through your ‘Liked Songs’ appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • John Gruber over at Daring Fireball has argued that Apple Mail should block tracking pixels in emails. I agree 100%. This seems to me to be a much-needed feature that would be completely in line with Apple’s strong privacy stance. For anyone not familiar with email tracking pixels, these are usually links to single-pixel images hidden inside HTML emails. They are usually either transparent, or part of an email graphic in the footer, so they are invisible to the user… more… The post Feature Request: Have Apple Mail block tracking pixels in emails appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. Sponsored by Appfigures: To get the latest scoop on the newest apps and games, sign up for the Appfigures ‘This Week in Apps’ newsletter right here. more… The post 9to5Mac Daily: February 25, 2021 – Apple Music, iMac redesign rumors appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Withings has been a leader in the smart health device market for years and today the company has announced its latest releases, the Body Pro cellular smart scale and Withings BPM Connect Pro cellular blood pressure monitor. With the extra connectivity, Withings is able to offer out of the box secure transfer of patients’ data from home to health care professionals. more… The post Withings expands Apple Health accessories with new cellular smart scale and blood pressure monitor appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple is teaming up with Encircle, a nonprofit that provides community resource houses to LGBTQ+ youth and their families. Apple will be donating $1 million and contributing products that “promote digital connection” to the organization, while Apple CEO Tim Cook will serve as an honorary co-chair. more… The post Apple donating $1 million to LGBTQ+ nonprofit Encircle, Tim Cook to join as honorary co-chair appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • CleanMyMac X is one of my favorite Mac utilities for uninstalling apps I no longer needed, freeing up hard drive space by clearing full caches and general macOS maintenance. Today, they’ve released a great update that adds support for Apple Silicon, a refreshed interface for macOS Big Sur, and the option to remove Intel binaries. more… The post CleanMyMac X overhauls UI and adds new option to rid your Apple Silicon Mac of Intel remnants appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • An upcoming Belkin HomeKit remote control to be known as the Wemo Stage has been discovered through FCC documents. Like the Philips Hue dimmer, there are several buttons that can be used to activate different devices and scenes, and it can either be used as a mobile remote or attached to a wall-plate. The documents include photos that show a small white unit with three buttons… more… The post HomeKit remote control ‘Wemo Stage’ to compete with Philips Hue Dimmer appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Target is planning to expand its focus on Apple products. The retailer announced today that it will open “Apple shopping destination” experiences in retail stores around the United States, while also overhauling the experience of buying Apple products from the Target website. more… The post Target launching new ‘Apple shopping destinations’ in stores and online appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple subpoenas in the Epic Games case are over the top, says a judge in the case, noting that the iPhone maker was seemingly demanding information from anyone and everyone. But he did rule that the company should get some of the Steam data it wanted in order to help understand how the games market as a whole operates. Apple had demanded hugely sensitive Steam data to help its defense in the Epic antitrust lawsuit… more… The post Apple subpoenas in Epic case are OTT, says judge, but it gets Steam data appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • UK iPhone owners could be in line for a payout from Qualcomm, if legal action by a major British consumer association succeeds. Each owner of an iPhone or Samsung smartphone bought since the beginning of October 2015 could receive around £30 ($42). Qualcomm is accused of abusing its dominant position in the modem chip business to overcharge Apple and Samsung, which then passed costs on to consumers… more… The post UK iPhone owners could be due a payout from Qualcomm appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • The iPhone 11 and 12 bring some fantastic camera upgrades, including an ultra-wide lens, impressive Night mode, and more. However, there are changes to how some previous features work. Follow along for how to use burst mode with the iPhone 11 and 12 cameras. more… The post How to use burst mode with iPhone 11 and 12 cameras appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Popular podcast app Overcast got a major update today that includes an all new Apple Watch app, improved compatibility with Siri, and other improvements. The headline of this release, labeled 2021.1, is undoubtedly the redesigned watchOS app. New watch apps are fairly rare these days, so it’s exciting when an existing one gains a big update. The new app is more streamlined and adds several features previously only available on your paired iPhone. more… The post Overcast gains redesigned Apple Watch app with chapter skipping, speed controls, and more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • One of the best features of the now discontinued AirPort Express was the ability to turn a regular speaker into an AirPlay-enabled speaker via the 3.5mm mini-jack port. Although Apple no longer sells AirPort Express, Belkin is working on a new adapter that will allow users to connect any speakers over AirPlay 2. more… The post Belkin planning AirPlay 2 and HomeKit audio adapter for retrofitting smart features appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple this week introduced a new “Ethics and Compliance” webpage on its official website that highlights some of the company’s policies created to ensure that its business conduct complies with the law. more… The post Apple debuts new ‘Ethics and Compliance’ webpage with details on conduct policies and more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • The tried-and-true copy/paste combo is a staple of productivity but that can grind to a halt when you need to quickly grab text from the real world or existing screenshots and pictures. Read along for how to convert iPhone images to text available right on your clipboard. more… The post These are the best iPhone apps for converting images and screenshots to text appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • The Mac added support for a system-wide Dark Mode with macOS 10.14, and support for automatic Dark Mode switching came the following year with Catalina. Since then, Apple has made few changes to the Dark Mode experience on the Mac. A new third-party app, DarkModeBuddy, released today expands the macOS Dark Mode feature with support for switching modes based on the ambient light sensor. more… The post ‘DarkModeBuddy’ is a new Mac app for automating Dark Mode switching based on ambient light appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Controlling window shades and blinds with HomeKit and Siri is easily one of the coolest smart home experiences possible today, but it’s also one of the most expensive. Eve is expanding its line of dedicated HomeKit products to include a new partnership with Coulisse that just might solve that problem. more… The post HomeKit specialist Eve partnering with Coulisse on a ‘mass-product’ line of smart shades and blinds appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Fisker, Henrik Fisker’s latest electric vehicle startup, wants to build an electric vehicle with Foxconn, a massive Chinese company better known for being an Apple supplier. more… The post Fisker wants to build an electric vehicle with Apple supplier Foxconn appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Just after Apple Pay officially launched in Mexico this week, a hint has surfaced that Apple’s secure payment platform could be close to debuting in Israel as well. more… The post Apple Pay could be coming soon to Israel according to Pepper bank appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • All of today’s best deals are headlined by a collection of Apple’s official iPhone 11/Pro/Max cases on sale from $15. You’ll also find various accessories in Anker’s latest sale, including its new MagSafe Charger at $16, as well as a rare price cut on Apple’s Space Gray Magic Keyboard. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break. more… The post Deals: Official iPhone 11/Pro/Max cases from $15, Anker MagSafe Charger $21, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • App Clip analytics, building macOS apps using SwiftUI, Apple’s initial response to the latest App Store scams, speculation about what a potential Apple March event might include, and getting started with unit testing. Sponsored by Pillow: Pillow is an all-in-one sleep tracking solution to help you get a better night’s sleep. Download it from the App Store today. Download MP3 more… The post Stacktrace Podcast 124: “All of that Macness” appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Amazon had a surprising announcement back in December when it revealed support for Mac instances on AWS. macOS Mojave and Catalina were the only supported operating systems at launch, and now the latest OS for Mac is officially supported. more… The post Mac instances on Amazon Web Services now support macOS Big Sur and Elastic File System appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple’s music publishing head Elena Segal has confirmed what had already seemed very likely: that there will never be an Apple Music free tier. Segal made the statement at a British government hearing into the economics of music streaming, investigating whether artists are paid enough. Segal said there were two reasons that it wouldn’t be the right approach for Apple… more… The post Apple confirms there will never be an Apple Music free tier appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple is widely expected to debut a redesigned iMac with Apple Silicon sometime this year, as previously reported by reliable outlets such as Bloomberg. Now, a new rumor claims that the redesigned iMac will also be available in multiple colors similar to the newest iPad Air. more… The post Rumor: Redesigned Apple Silicon iMac might be available in iPad Air-style colors appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook has tweeted in memory of company cofounder Steve Jobs. Today would have been Steve’s 66th birthday … more… The post Tim Cook remembers Steve Jobs on what would have been his 66th birthday appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. Sponsored by Appfigures: To get the latest scoop on the newest apps and games, sign up for the Appfigures ‘This Week in Apps’ newsletter right here. more… The post 9to5Mac Daily: February 24, 2021 – Mini-LED iPad Pro, refurb M1 Macs appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Companies like Google’s Nest, Ecobee, and Honeywell mostly own the market when it comes to making central A/C and furnaces smart but what about window/portable/split AC units and more? Sensibo Air is an easy way to convert your dumb A/C into a smart appliance and now HomeKit support has officially arrived. more… The post Sensibo Air adds HomeKit support for retrofitting window AC units and more with smart home features appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Spotify HiFi, a lossless audio version of the streaming music service, is set to launch later this year at a higher subscription than the standard Spotify Premium membership. But are your ears good enough to make the service worthwhile? more… The post Are your ears good enough for Spotify HiFi? Take this test to find out appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • It’s the end of an era for technology fans: After nearly 36 years, Fry’s Electronics has officially confirmed that it is going out of business and closing all of its stores nationwide. The company has also completely shut down its online store and replaced it with a goodbye message. more… The post Fry’s Electronics is officially going out of business after 36 years appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • An Australian patent troll is claiming that Apple’s Face ID and Touch ID systems – especially when used with Apple Pay – infringe on three of its patents… more… The post Australian patent troll goes after Apple for Face ID and Touch ID appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • The possibility of iPad production in India got a step closer today, as the government approved a proposal to offer a billion dollars’ worth of incentives. The production-linked incentive (PLI) plan is specifically aimed at manufacturing tablets and computing equipment. A previous report said that Apple was interested in using the incentives to begin iPad assembly there… more… The post iPad production in India a step closer as incentives approved appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple has filed a trademark update that paves the way for a future Final Cut Pro subscription. Apple’s pro video editing software is currently a $300 one-off purchase, with all updates free of charge. But the company has just taken a step that would open up four potential new scenarios… more… The post Final Cut Pro subscription might be on the way as Apple updates trademark appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Some advanced users have been reporting an overuse of the SSD for writing and reading data on the newly released Macs with M1, Apple’s first computer chip based on ARM architecture. The issue could eventually affect the lifespan of the internal SSD used in M1 Macs — not to mention the machine itself. more… The post M1 Mac users report excessive SSD usage, potentially affecting the component’s lifespan appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Following the launch of the new App Store privacy labels in December last year, Apple today published additional guidance for developers to better understand the information required for App Store privacy labels. more… The post Apple provides additional guidance for developers on App Store privacy labels appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple’s second store in South Korea will celebrate its grand opening on February 26 at 10:00 a.m. The store was first announced last November on Apple’s website as coming soon. more… The post Apple Yeouido opens February 26 in Seoul appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple has been facing several accusations of anti-competitive practices in multiple countries as investigations into the company’s dominant position go on. Now the U.S. Department of Justice is looking into the fact that Apple forces developers to adopt the “Sign in with Apple” button if the app has other third-party login methods. more… The post US DOJ investigating antitrust complaints regarding the ‘Sign in with Apple’ button appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Analyst Dan Ives, from Wedbush Securities, who has an outperform rating on Apple’s stock, said today that he believes Apple’s “biggest strategic mistake” was not acquiring Netflix years ago. Ives believes that Apple still doesn’t have a huge stake in the streaming video industry and is behind Netflix, Amazon, and Disney. Ives says that isn’t just a strategic mistake by Tim Cook, but also by Steve Jobs, when he was Apple’s CEO. more… The post Analyst claims Apple’s ‘biggest strategic mistake’ was not acquiring Netflix years ago appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • One day after it started selling the refurbished M1 MacBook Pro, Apple has also now started selling the M1 MacBook Air via its Certified Refurbished store. The M1 MacBook Air starts at $849 in refurbished condition, a savings of $150. more… The post Apple begins selling first refurbished M1 MacBook Airs, save up to $250 appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • For those who like to own their music library and want support for hi-res formats like FLAC, Doppler for iPhone is a great solution. And now with the app’s latest update, a custom CarPlay app, Siri commands and suggestions, and more have arrived. more… The post Doppler iPhone FLAC music player gets CarPlay app, Siri support, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple is hosting its next global competition for Apple Watch users on International Women’s Day in March. more… The post Apple Watch users can workout to unlock a virtual trophy on International Women’s Day appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • We learned in October that former Daily Show host Jon Stewart will return to television with a new current affairs series on Apple TV+. Now there are new details about the team Stewart is assembling for his Apple show. more… The post Jon Stewart picks CBS News veteran as showrunner for upcoming Apple TV+ series appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • One of the Apple TV+ standouts has been Ted Lasso and fans will get to dive deeper into the series as the creators and cast of the show will be at PaleyFest this spring. The Ted Lasso team will be part of a panel discussion for the long-running LA event on April 1. more… The post Apple TV+ hit ‘Ted Lasso’ creators and cast to hold panel at LA’s PaleyFest appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple held its annual shareholders meeting today, this time completely virtual due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. During the event, Apple CEO Tim Cook took questions from investors on topics such as the company’s response to the pandemic, political contributions, and more. Head below for our recap. more… The post AAPL shareholders meeting recap: Tim Cook talks COVID-19, App Store regulation, and more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Mozilla has launched its latest privacy feature today with Firefox 86 for Mac, Windows, Linux, and more called “Total Cookie Protection.” The new privacy option creates separate cookie jars for every website you visit to prevent cross-site tracking. more… The post Mozilla launches ‘Total Cookie Protection’ with Firefox 86 for Mac appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple’s CEO Tim Cook shared a message today on Twitter reiterating Apple’s strong support for the Equality Act and encouraging “Congress to come together and get it done.” more… The post Tim Cook and Apple ask Congress to ‘come together’ and pass the Equality Act appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple Photos users are reporting a bizarre issue related to geotagging. The issue, which 9to5Mac has confirmed, centers around manually editing the location of an image and using exact latitude and longitude coordinates. more… The post Apple Photos bug prevents precise latitude and longitude geotagging of images appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • All of today’s best deals kick off with iPhone XR on sale for $330. You’ll also be able to save on this braided solo loop Apple Watch band at $13 and eufyCam’s 2C Pro HomeKit Cameras from $97. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break. more… The post Deals: iPhone XR $330, Braided Solo Loop Apple Watch Band $13, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • New Apple Watch models debut each fall like clockwork, and the countdown to Apple Watch Series 7 has already started. In this roundup, we’re tracking everything we know so far about the next-generation Apple Watch. more… The post Everything we know so far about Apple Watch Series 7 appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Today, Nomad is refreshing its lineup of cases with a new series of stylish offerings for the latest iPad Air. Available in four different form-factors, each of the releases all share a similar cutout to take advantage of the latest iPad’s built-in Touch ID features alongside the premium leather build that we’ve come to expect from the brand. Head below for a closer look at all four of the new Nomad iPad Air cases. more… The post Nomad refreshes iPad Air case lineup with new leather Rugged Folio and more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Spotify announced on Monday a new HiFi subscription tier, podcasts featuring former President Barack Obama and rockstar Bruce Springsteen as co-hosts, and Streaming Ad Insertion to sell ads even on podcasts. Following those announcements, The Verge interviewed Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, and he talked about what it’s like competing with Apple. more… The post Spotify CEO addresses what it’s like competing with Apple in new interview appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • An all-new team messaging service is out today called Quill, and it’s positioned as being “for people that focus” with “conversations designed for people, not bots.” The new team messenger features a thoughtful design with advanced features like “structured” and “social channels,” retroactive threads, passive/priority mentions, nested channels, and much more. more… The post Quill launches as a team messaging antithesis to Slack with native iPhone and Mac apps appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • If your experience has been that 5G is slow compared to the speeds we’ve been promised in all the marketing hype, that’s no surprise, according to experts – especially in the case of Verizon and AT&T … more… The post 5G is slow because ‘it uses leftover odds and ends of 4G spectrum’ appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • The popular accessory maker Anker has officially released a new MagSafe-compatible wireless power bank for iPhone 12 users. This comes as rumors suggest Apple is developing its own similar accessory, but that it has faced some roadblocks in development. The Anker accessory was first teased at CES last month and is now available to order. more… The post Anker beats Apple to market, new iPhone 12 MagSafe-compatible battery pack now available appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • The pandemic has been particularly challenging for restaurants and Yelp is out today with updates to its its apps like Yelp Waitlist and more to help with the worldwide shift we’ve seen toward takeout. more… The post Yelp updates its iOS apps with new features to help restaurants manage takeout appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Apple has claimed to Epic Games that it doesn’t have Scott Forstall’s phone number. Epic is seemingly not content with being able to question Apple CEO Tim Cook for seven hours: The company also wants to do the same to former iOS SVP Scott Forstall. But it has so far been unable to contact him, and Apple says it can’t help as it doesn’t have his current phone number! The hilarious development in the antitrust case is revealed in court papers… more… The post Apple tells Epic Games it doesn’t have Scott Forstall’s phone number appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players. Sponsored by Appfigures: To get the latest scoop on the newest apps and games, sign up for the Appfigures ‘This Week in Apps’ newsletter right here. more… The post 9to5Mac Daily: February 23, 2021 – MacBook Pro connectivity, more appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Based on recent supply-chain reports, the 2021 MacBook Pro ports could turn out to be either an IO dream or nightmare. We today got a more detailed report about what to expect in terms of 2021 MacBook Pro ports, with noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo saying we should expect both an HDMI port and an SD card slot. Coupled to his earlier report of a new MagSafe power port, that’s a pretty dramatic change to the current models, which have just USB-C ports and a headphone socket. But whether that’s an IO dream or nightmare depends on how Apple plans to implement the change… more… The post Opinion: 2021 MacBook Pro ports could be an IO dream or nightmare appeared first on 9to5Mac.
  • Update: Now available for American Express cardholders as well. Seven years since the original launch of Apple Pay in the US, the service continues its worldwide expansion with Mexico. Starting today, Citibanamex (part of Citibank group) and Banorte clients can add their cards to the iPhone’s Wallet. Mexico has been waiting a long time for Apple Pay. more… The post Apple Pay arrives in Mexico with Citibanamex and Banorte cards appeared first on 9to5Mac.