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Would you pay the premium for a 512GB iPhone? [Poll]

We heard news this week that Apple could bring three storage tiers to the 5.8- and 6.5-inch iPhones this year, with the top end offering 512GB. While we’ve heard that the base price of the OLED models could drop this year, the addition of an iPhone X Plus along with three storage tiers could …

Mobile Technology

This week’s top stories: Teenager hacks into Apple’s servers, low-cost 13-inch MacBook news, Apple Pencil support for iPhones, more

<b>In this week’s top stories:</b> An Australian high school student hacked into Apple’s servers, we hear more about a new low-cost 13-inch MacBook, this year’s iPhones said to include Apple Pencil Support, Apple releases two new iOS betas, and more. Read on as we round up all of this week’s top …

Apple Pencil

Making The Grade: Let’s move past iPad vs Mac and look at the future

<i>Making The Grade is a weekly series from Bradley Chambers covering Apple in education. Bradley has been managing Apple devices in an education environment since 2009. Through his experience deploying and managing 100s of Macs and 100s of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple’s products</i> …

Nintendo Switch

iOS Twitter client Leaf joins others as it announces end of life due to Twitter API changes

Popular iOS Twitter client, Leaf, has announced today that the app will no longer be getting updates. With the announcement, the developer iPlop, and app designer Surenix have shed some light on what they’ve been working on, but will ultimately never see the light of day.<p>The duo shared that Leaf’s …

APIs

U.S. government asks Facebook to break Messenger encryption to wiretap voice messages

Facebook has arguably always been in a grey area with its business model. On one hand, it’s super popular and nearly everyone you know likely has an account, but on the other hand, it’s been caught using shady practices regarding user data and privacy.<p>Today, <i>Reuters</i> reports that the U.S. government …

Privacy

9to5Rewards: Still time to enter our 2018 MacBook Pro giveaway!! (+ 10% off at Hyper)

Thanks to our sponsor <i>Hyper,</i> we have Apple’s brand new 2018 MacBook Pro to give away to one lucky reader!! Valued at $1,799 USD, you can enter for your chance at winning below.<p>After raising over $3.1M on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, Hyper now has an entire lineup of HyperDrive USB-C hubs available for …

MacBook Pro

Netflix testing ads for its own content in between episodes on ad-free service

Netflix is practically built upon being able to binge watch content, especially tv series while seamlessly moving from one episode to the next. That and also being ad-free. Now, the platform is causing some waves by testing out promo videos in between episodes for some users.<p>Spotted by <i>Cord Cutter</i> …

TV

Can you use MacBook Pro chargers for iPhone and iPad fast charging?

Recommendations to fast charge iPhone or iPad with the USB-C to Lightning cable often include picking up the $49 30W power adapter (previously 29W). But what if you already have a higher powered USB-C charger for your MacBook Pro? Follow along for which iPhones and iPads you can fast charge with …

MacBook Pro

Brooklynn Prince will play Hilde Lysiak in Apple’s upcoming TV series

<i>Variety</i> <i></i>reports that Brooklynn Prince from “The Florida Project” has been picked to play Hilde Lysiak in Apple’s upcoming TV series based on the young journalist. Lysiak is a 12-year-old pre-teen reporter who went viral after she unearthed a cold case murder mystery in her home town of Selinsgrove, …

Altered Carbon

Will Apple add AirPlay 2 to AirPort Express?

AirPlay 2 has been out for a few months now and it has generally been well received, but there’s one mystery left for Apple’s upgraded audio streaming feature: will AirPlay 2 support come to the AirPort Express? There’s both reason to be hopeful and skeptical…<p>Surely it won’t happen<p>Apple’s AirPort …

Airports

9toyToys Lunch Break: Best Buy Anniversary Apple Sale, $200 off iPad Pro, Amazon Echo Deals from $40, more

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by <i>signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter</i>. Also, be sure to check us out on: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications.<p>Listen to the new 9to5Toys Daily Podcast:<p>9to5Toys Lunch Break delivers the best deals every day of the week …

IPad Pro

24 Prince albums now available on Apple Music, including brand new compilation

Prince’s Warner Brothers catalog hit Apple Music early last year, but that left many of his albums missing. That’s been corrected today, thanks to an agreement between the Prince’s Estate and Sony Legacy Recordings …<p><i>Variety</i> reports that 23 albums issued between 1995 and 2010 have been issued in the …

Apple Music

Feature Request: iBeacon-based locations in the home for smarter HomeKit control

<i>The Next Web</i> has an interesting piece talking about what Jeff Powers refers to as ‘Class 2 smarthomes.’<p>With today’s tech – Class 1 – we do have things liked timed automations, but a lot of the time we’re controlling things manually. Class 2 smarthomes would, he argues, be truly smart, and figure …

Smart Homes

Comment: Latest rumor could give Apple a fantastic (and sensible) MacBook line-up

The rumor mill notched up a surprise today. We’ve long been hearing reports of Apple working on an entry-level 13-inch MacBook, and there has been speculation of a price in the $899 to $999 range.<p>That all seemed to make perfect sense. The existing MacBook Air is positively ancient by the standards …

MacBook Air

Best Buy 2-day Anniversary Sale: up to $750 off MacBooks, Apple Watch, TVs, much more

Best Buy has launched its 2-day Anniversary Sale this morning, discounting MacBooks, Apple Watch, TVs, smart home accessories and much more. You can find all of the deals on this landing page, or hit the jump for more details and our top picks. A new twist in today’s sale is that My Best Buy …

Apple Watch

Digitimes: $1200 13-inch ‘entry-level’ MacBook in September, $160 AirPower, no new iPad mini

Digitimes has today released a report that covers a variety of topics, focused on Apple’s September launch schedule. Quoting industry sources, the site says that Apple will launch a $1200 Kaby Lake ‘entry-level’ MacBook in September.<p>They also believe the iPad mini 4 will continue to be sold as-is, …

iPad Mini

Apple says no personal data compromised in teenager hacking incident

Yesterday, we reported on a hacking incident by an Australian teenager, who downloaded about 90 GB of data from Apple servers.<p>Apple has given a statement to the press that confirms no personal customer data was exposed or compromised in this incident.<p>The Australian sixteen-year-old got access into …

Personal Data

iOS 12: How to customize the metric units in the Measure app

Depending on where you are in the world you might want to change the default metric units used in the Measure app in iOS 12.<p>Follow along to learn how to change the option….<p>Fire up Settings. Scroll down until you see <i>Measure</i> and tap on it.<br>• You’ll be prompted with two options: <i>Imperial</i> or <i>Metric</i>. Select …

iOS

How to use streaming for Twitter on Mac

With third-party Twitter clients like Tweetbot and Twitterrific being forced to abandon key features this week, many will be looking for ways to restore some of the lost functionality. Here’s how to use streaming for Twitter on Mac.<p>Once you’ve gotten used to a streaming Twitter feed, it’s difficult …

Keyboard Shortcuts

Review: Lifx Tile is a fun but flawed HomeKit accent lighting accessory

One thing is for sure: accessory makers are pulling out all of the stops when it comes to decorative HomeKit lighting accessories. Back in May, we took a look at the Lifx Beam accessory, which offers smart lightning in a neon tube-like format.<p>Now, Lifx is back with its Tile accessory, which is …

Home Automation

Amazon looking to expand its brick-and-mortar presence with potential Landmark Theaters acquisition

As MoviePass is digging its own grave, the e-commerce company Amazon may be looking at ways to acquire the movie theater chain Landmark Theaters, which would push the company into the brick-and-mortar cinema industry.<p>As reported by <i>Bloomberg</i>, Amazon is looking to acquire the business from …

eCommerce

Review: Leviton’s USB-C & USB-A wall outlet offers lots of charging convenience

While the tech industry is still in the middle of a transition to USB-C, it can be easy to wind up with lots of various charging bricks and adapters. Leviton’s Type A & Type C USB Charger/Receptacle caught our eye as a way to simplify our digital lives, so we went hands-on with the handy wall …

MacBook Pro

9to5Mac Daily: August 16, 2018

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.<p>New episodes of 9to5Mac Daily are recorded every weekday. Subscribe to …

iOS

Tips for making Launchpad a useful app launcher for Mac

As part of Apple’s “Back to the Mac” event in late 2010, Apple introduced OS X Lion which included lots of features and user interface decisions inspired by the iPhone and iPad.<p>While much of the signature Lion design like linen and leather was replaced years later in OS X Mavericks, the Mac’s …

Apps

MoviePass finds new way to limit remaining members with daily movie lineup restriction

In another erratic move, today MoviePass is letting customers know that it will begin limiting what movies will be available on a daily basis.<p>Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen MoviePass announce that it would stop offering major releases at launch, and also raise its monthly price from $10 to $15.<p>…

MoviePass

Twitter explains why it’s hurting Tweetbot and Twitterrific in internal email

<i>TechCrunch</i> has published an internal Twitter email that includes the company’s explanation for shutting down their API that powered many features in useful apps like Tweetbot and Twitterrific.<p>While the email likely won’t convince irritated Twitter users who are seeing features removed from their …

Apps

9to5Toys Lunch Break: 12″ MacBook $250 off, Philips Hue Bundle w/ HomeKit $100, PNY 240GB Portable SSD $70, more

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by <i>signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter</i>. Also, be sure to check us out on: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications.<p>Listen to the new 9to5Toys Daily Podcast:<p>9to5Toys Lunch Break delivers the best deals every day of the week …

Portable

Back to School 2018: The best tech and accessories to help you succeed

Back to school season is in full swing as we move through the month of August. With many students already back in the classroom and many preparing, it’s crucial to start off the year with the right technology and accessories to succeed.<p>Read on as we round-up some of the best technology and …

Headphones

T-Mobile targeting switchers with 30-day trials without changing carriers

Along with announcing a new approach to customer service and some perks like a free year of Pandora Plus for customers yesterday, T-Mobile is offering a new free 30-day trial program to attract new customers. Although there are a few caveats, the trial doesn’t require customers to switch carriers …

Mobile

BundleHunt Summer Mac App bundle starts at $5 with your choice of popular titles

BundleHunt has a new offer this morning with over 40 popular Mac Apps available from <b>just $5</b>. Here’s how it works, simply pay the initial $5 fee than you can add each listing at your leisure for an additional $1 each. Many of these apps sell for over $10 individually, so this is a great time to load …

Apps