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9to5Mac Happy Hour 255: Apple TV remotes, Mac Pro released, and the latest OS updates

4 hours 18 min ago

Benjamin and Zac reflect on the Apple TV Siri remote, the first round of award nominations for TV+, what’s new in iOS 13.3 and other software updates, the launch of the 2019 Mac Pro, and much more.

9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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9to5Mac Daily: December 13, 2019 – Apple News debate, Apple acquires camera startup

5 hours 28 min ago

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.

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You can now ask Alexa to play Apple Podcasts on Amazon Echo speakers

6 hours 35 min ago

Apple has partnered with Amazon to launch support for Apple Podcasts on Amazon Echo devices. Starting today, Echo owners in the United States can ask Alexa to play any of the 800,000 shows in the Apple Podcasts directory.

To set up the integration, Echo customers must first link their Apple ID in the Alexa app. As well as asking Alexa to play a specific show, playback progress will automatically sync with all of your Apple Podcasts app across iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac.

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Apple Pro Display XDR works with iMac Pro, but with limitations

6 hours 57 min ago

Apple shared which Macs will be compatible with the Pro Display XDR and very notably, the iMac Pro wasn’t on the list. However, we’ve got confirmation today that it will work, but with a limitation.

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Apple launches huge movie bundle sale: Star Wars, Dark Knight, Harry Potter, more from $5

8 hours 11 min ago

We’re under a week away from the release of the latest Star Wars film, and Apple is commemorating the event with a huge movie sale today. That includes nearly every Star Wars film, plus markdowns on various bundles including Batman, DC Universe, Superman, and more. All of which will become a permanent part of your library, delivering excellent value along the way. You’ll find all of our top picks down below.

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Tim Cook’s tour of Asia continues in Thailand after Japan and Singapore

8 hours 45 min ago

Tim Cook is continuing something of a whirlwind tour of Asia, after beginning the trip in Japan earlier in the week. From there he headed to Singapore and is currently in Thailand…

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Philips Hue catalog leaks new smart outdoor lighting products coming in 2020

9 hours 26 min ago

The Philips Hue brand has established itself as a frontrunner in the world of HomeKit smart lighting. And it looks to be continuing to push the envelope in 2020 with a new lineup of outdoor products, thanks to leaked product catalog found by Hueblog.de.

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AT&T 5G swaps pretence for the real thing, launching in 10 cities today

9 hours 51 min ago

iPhone and iPad users were rather surprised to see an AT&T 5G E symbol appear back in February. Surprised partly because AT&T didn’t have a 5G network at the time, and partly because no current iPhone or iPad could connect to one anyway.

What AT&T launched then was a fake 5G which was really just a form of LTE that had existed since 2014. It’s continued to use the misleading symbol despite a lawsuit and full page ad designed to draw attention to the fakery, but has now finally launched the real thing …

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Apple Arcade debuts new ‘Ultimate Rivals’ exclusive sports game franchise

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 22:08

Apple has announced a major new sports game franchise that is now available on Apple Arcade. “Ultimate Rivals,” developed by Bit Fry Game Studios, Inc., brings together athletes from hockey, basketball, football, baseball, and soccer.

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‘Snowflake Weather’ is powerful new weather app designed for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 21:29

The developers of the popular iStat Menus app for Mac have debuted a powerful new weather app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Dubbed “Snowflake Weather,” the app is designed to offer a detailed look at weather data, in a sleek and consistent interface across platforms.

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Apple Watch with cellular officially debuts in New Zealand following pre-orders

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 20:31

Last Friday, Apple opened pre-orders for the cellular Apple Watch in New Zealand. Now, the first orders are arriving to customers and support is rolling out from New Zealand carrier Spark.

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Apple working on fix for iOS bug that lets kids easily bypass Screen Time Communication Limits

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 19:38

Apple this week released iOS 13.3 to the public, which includes a new Communication Limits feature for Screen Time. A new report from CNBC, however, explains that the feature doesn’t exactly work as it’s designed to.

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Apple avoids steep iPhone tariffs as US and China reportedly reach trade deal

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 18:38

Apple has avoided steep 15% tariffs on the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook – at least for now. The US has reportedly reached a limited trade deal with China that will ease the tensions between the two countries, preventing new tariffs and rolling back some existing tariffs.

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Apple acquires startup developing machine learning to improve iPhone photography

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 16:37

Apple has acquired a startup in the UK that develops technology designed to improve smartphone photography. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple has acquired Spectral Edge for an undisclosed sum.

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You may be able to save thousands of dollars on upgrading Mac Pro RAM

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 15:42

Apple is known to charge exorbitant prices for memory, and the just-released Mac Pro is no exception. For example, the Mac Pro comes with a base amount of 32GB of RAM in a 4x8GB configuration, but upgrading to 48GB costs $300 and quickly balloons to $1000 for 96GB of RAM.

Even worse is the RAM that Apple sells separately. In that case, a mere 16GB of RAM in a 2x8GB config will cost you $400, while 64GB in a 2x32GB config will cost you a whopping $1200. Want $256GB? Prepare to pay $6000.

But there may be good news in all of this. As has been the case for many years, it may be possible to utilize third-party RAM, which comes at a much more reasonable price. For example, this 64GB kit in a 2x32GB configuration from NEMIX RAM costs under $200, a $1000 savings over Apple’s kit. more…

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Facebook stock drops on potential FTC injunction to block app interoperability with Instagram and WhatsApp

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 14:53

The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly looking into filing a preliminary injunction against Facebook over antitrust concerns based on the interoperability of its apps. A potential injunction could focus on how Facebook interacts with Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp.

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Apple TV+ sets January premier for ‘Little America’ anthology, renews for season 2

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 13:32

Apple TV+ continues to set release dates for upcoming shows and movies. Apple has now announced a January 17 release date for the ‘Little America’ show from Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V Gordon, and renewed the show for a second season.

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AirPods to hit quarterly sales of $4B, surpassing peak iPod sales

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 13:16

AirPods are set up to have an amazing holiday quarter and a new research note predicts that they will soon overtake the $4 billion quarterly revenue that Apple saw at the peak of iPod in 2007.

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Thursday deals: iPad Air $160 off, iPhone SE $60, Mac accessory sale, more

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 12:06

Today’s best deals include $160 off Apple’s latest iPad Air, plus markdowns on iPhone SE and a new Mac accessory sale at Amazon. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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