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A weekly podcast discussing the latest in Apple and technology. Hosted by 9to5Mac's Benjamin Mayo and Zac Hall.

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A weekly podcast discussing the latest in Apple and technology. Hosted by 9to5Mac's Benjamin Mayo and Zac Hall.

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    Foldable iPads, AR headset user-generated content, new HomePod lands

    Foldable iPads, AR headset user-generated content, new HomePod lands

    Benjamin and Zac process some new Apple rumors including foldable iPads in 2024, the availability of the periscope zoom lens on iPhone 16 and beyond, and how Siri will maybe help users make content for the upcoming Reality Pro headset. Plus, we digest the official reviews for HomePod (second-generation).
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    M2 Mac mini reviews: ‘Mac Studio junior’ with impressive performance, versatile prices
    iOS 16.3 lets iPhone users add lock screen widgets to a classic wallpaper if you still have it
    Folding iPad launch next year, says Kuo, ahead of a folding iPhone
    Kuo: Upgraded optical zoom to be exclusive to iPhone ‘Pro Max’ cameras until at least 2025
    Apple wants everyone to create ‘Reality Pro’ headset apps using Siri, internal demos focused on health and storytelling
    HomePod 2 reviews: A successful ‘do-over’ with excellent sound quality, better smart home features

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    M2 MacBook Pro reviews, iPhone 15 design, Apple AR headset software details

    M2 MacBook Pro reviews, iPhone 15 design, Apple AR headset software details

    Benjamin and Zac discuss a change to Low Power Mode on the Apple Watch, Apple’s newest TV+ ad, and reviewers have gotten a chance to go hands-on with the new M2 MacBook Pro and Mac mini. Plus, there’s new rumors about the iPhone 15 Pro chassis redesign and insights into exactly how Apple’s upcoming AR headset will work from a software perspective.
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    Apple Watch Ultra never really turns off
    Advanced Data Protection has created a problem for HomePods, here’s how to fix it
    Timothée Chalamet is desperate to have an Apple TV+ show in new ad
    M2 MacBook Pro reviews: A beast of a machine, but overkill for almost everyone
    M2 Mac mini reviews: ‘Mac Studio junior’ with impressive performance, versatile prices
    Rumor: iPhone 15 Pro to feature ‘beautiful’ new design with thinner bezels and curved edges
    Apple ‘Reality Pro’ headset will toggle between AR/VR, serve as Mac display, 2-hour external battery packs, more
    Hands-on: Tapbots officially launches ‘Ivory for Mastodon’ with Tweetbot foundation
    Apple Fellow Phil Schiller confirms he’s now on Mastodon after deleting Twitter account

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    HomePod returns, M2 Mac mini and new MacBook Pro announced

    HomePod returns, M2 Mac mini and new MacBook Pro announced

    Benjamin and Zac discuss Apple’s hardware announcements this week including the new lineup of MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and the return of the original big HomePod. Plus, there’s more rumors about the AR headset roadmap and Apple TV+ presents its spring slate of shows.
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    New MacBook Pro now official: M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, 8K HDMI, Wi-Fi 6E
    Apple launches new Mac mini with M2 and M2 Pro chip, lower $599 starting price
    Bah, humbug! MacBook Air’s midnight finish was no match for a toy air hockey table
    Apple unveils new full-size HomePod with refined design, new color, $299 price, more
    Apple celebrates Black History Month with special-edition Apple Watch Sport Loop, new watch face, more
    iOS 16.3 brings iCloud Advanced Data Protection feature to all users worldwide
    Apple reportedly developing cheaper mixed-reality headset, postpones AR glasses
    Ted Lasso season three confirmed for spring as Apple TV+ unveils a dozen new original series
    Siri pulled a false alarm at the gym and caused 15 armed police officers to show up

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    Touchscreen Macs, 2023 Apple product roadmap and in-house part rumors

    Touchscreen Macs, 2023 Apple product roadmap and in-house part rumors

    A whole bunch of rumors this week as Apple’s plans for 2023 products become clearer. Further ahead, there’s a new report out that Apple is readying its first touchscreen Mac. Apple is also preparing to replace the modem, WiFi and Bluetooth chips in its device with custom parts of its own design. Plus, AI-narrated audiobooks in Apple Books and Apple Services VP Peter Stern announces he is leaving the company.
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    Tim Cook taking $50 million pay cut in 2023 at his own request
    Apple to lean on LG for production of its first Apple Watch micro-LED display
    Apple Music exec adds Apple TV+ to responsibilities amid Services leadership reshuffle
    Report: MacBook Pro refresh ‘delayed once again,’ shipments expected to halve
    Kuo: New AirPods Max and $99 AirPods Lite in the works
    Apple developing touchscreen Macs that could debut in 2025 with new MacBook Pro
    First Apple Silicon Mac Pro could come by spring as test machines run macOS 13.3
    Apple custom displays: What the Bloomberg report really means (probably)
    Apple Business Connect launches as free tool to help organize key information across services
    First OLED MacBook next year ‘at the earliest’; expect thinner and lighter models
    New report hints at brighter Micro LED display coming to 2024 Apple Watch models
    Apple to start making its own custom screens for iPhone and Apple Watch, ditching partners like Samsung
    Eddy Cue pens letter celebrating Apple’s ‘groundbreaking’ services: $320 billion paid to developers, nearly 1 billion paid subs

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    New HomeKit architecture paused, 2023 Apple rumors, AR headset details

    New HomeKit architecture paused, 2023 Apple rumors, AR headset details

    Benjamin and Zac start the new year off with Jeff Pu reporting on Apple’s upcoming product roadmap, from iPhone 15 to Apple Watch to AirPods. The Information has a big story about the latest tech specs of the Apple AR/VR headset. Plus, Apple announces price increases for iPhone battery replacement and the new HomeKit architecture rollout is paused, for now.
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    Kuo: Apple AR/VR headset development behind schedule, expect late fall release
    Apple mixed reality headset may require AirPods for audio, H2 chip includes secret low-latency mode
    iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus rumored to feature 48MP rear camera, just like Pro models
    Jeff Pu: Apple Watch Ultra to get larger display with Micro LED technology in 2024
    Apple reportedly working on ‘AirPods Lite’ to compete with cheaper wireless earbuds
    Apple raising prices of its battery replacement service for older iPhone models

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    2022 Apple Year in Review

    2022 Apple Year in Review

    Benjamin and Zac review the year in Apple news, discussing all the major stories from the last twelve months, including reflecting on all the new 2022 hardware products, from the Mac Studio in March through to the iPhone 14 lineup in the fall. Happy New Year everyone!
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    January

    AAPL hits $3 trillion market cap, Apple now first company to reach milestone valuation

    AAPL lost a trillion dollars this year as iPhone shipments forecasted to drop into 2023


    iPhone 14 Pro now rumored to feature ‘hole + pill design’ instead of notch
    iOS 15.4 enables Face ID support while wearing a mask, no Apple Watch required
    Cisco exec turned Apple comms VP departs after less than a year, Kristin Huguet to take over

    February

    Apple tackling AirTag stalking concerns with these changes to Find My network
    Apple announces new Tap to Pay feature that turns iPhones into contactless payment terminals

    Square bringing Tap to Pay on iPhone support to its POS app later this year



    March

    iPhone SE 3 tidbits: Lacks MagSafe and Ceramic Shield technologies, IP67, no 5G mmWave
    Apple unveils iPad Air 5 with M1 chip, purple color option, more
    Apple details highest-end processor with M1 Ultra, combining M1 Max chips
    Apple announces new ‘Mac Studio’ desktop computer powered by M1 Ultra chip with expanded I/O
    Apple announces new $1599 27-inch 5K Apple Studio Display, featuring Center Stage webcam

    Apple’s Studio Display’s poor webcam quality is not a software bug after all


    Apple teases Apple Silicon Mac Pro at end of March event
    CODA wins Best Picture: Apple becomes first streaming service to get Oscars top prize

    April

    MLB talks Friday Night Baseball on TV+: ‘Apple reaches into every single home’
    Apple Self Service Repair store now available, allowing customers to repair their own iPhones for the first time

    May

    Apple discontinues iPod touch, ending 20 year run of iconic ‘iPod’ brand
    iPod touch now removed from Apple website as old URL redirects users to Apple Support
    Now obsolete, the iPod touch was once the gateway to the iOS ecosystem
    iPod In Memoriam

    June

    WWDC 2022 News Hub and Live Blog: iOS 16, macOS 13, new MacBook Air, more
    Apple announces exclusive streaming deal for all Major League Soccer games, separate subscription required
    Apple again updates App Store guidelines to comply with Dutch government requirements

    July

    Jony Ive is no longer an Apple consultant, says report

    Jony Ive LoveFrom contract was likely only ever a PR fiction; ending it means nothing


    M2 MacBook Air reviews are in: New era, all-day battery, same base storage concern as MacBook Pro

    M2 MacBook Air takes performance hit with slower SSD on base model



    August

    Apple expanding App Store ads from search to ‘Today’ tab and more

    Apple temporarily halts showing ads for gambling apps on App Store product pages following developer complaints



    September

    iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max: Top features available on both large screen models
    AirPods Pro 2 have everything you need – but there’s one feature Apple hid
    Hands-on: Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra

    Apple Watch Series 8: Hands-on with the new Hermès Lucky Horse face



    October

    Apple announces new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro with M2 chip, Apple Pencil hover feature
    Apple debuts all-new iPad 10: Larger display, four colors, landscape front camera, more
    Apple TV 4K officially launch…

    • 1 hr 54 min

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