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Apple is now using TikTok, with influencer videos for iPhone 12 mini

Apple is now using TikTok, more than six months after creating an official account for the company on the short-form video platform. It has apparently commissioned promotional videos from existing TikTok influencers more The post Apple is now using TikTok, with influencer videos for iPhone 12 mini appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Apple highlights HomePod in its annual holiday ad: ‘the magic of mini‘

Apple has shared its annual holiday advertisement today, this year touting the the magic of mini. The ad features the rapper Tierra Whack and includes a focus primarily on Apple‘s new 99 HomePod mini and the 299 full-sized HomePod. more The post Apple highlights HomePod in its annual holiday ad: ‘the magic of mini‘ appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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PSA: Don‘t enable an Apple ID recovery key yet or maybe ever

We explained way back in 2014 why you might want to have an Apple ID recovery key. In those days, it was an extra precaution you could take against getting locked out of your account. Apple abandoned recovery keys when it switched to a smarter two-factor authentication process, before reintroducing them in a new form in iOS 14. However, they now work in a different way. You definitely won‘t want to enable one now, and you may not want to d

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iOS and macOS tips and tricks to assist friends and family during Thanksgiving

It‘s Thanksgiving in the United States, and many of us are getting ready to spend time with family, watch some American football, relax, and get ready to hunt for Black Friday deals ahead of the Christmas shopping season. Even if you aren‘t seeing all of your family this year, you might be spending some time with just a few people, so Thanksgiving ‘tech‘ tune-ups might be in order. more The post iOS and macOS tips and tr

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France sends ‘Apple tax‘ demands; sparks new trade war fears

France has begun asking US tech giants for what has been labelled an Apple tax‘ a specific tax on tech giants which the country considers tax avoiders. It has been hoped the country would agree to wait for a global agreement on the tax treatment of large tech companies, but France has now decided to proceed unilaterally. The move promoted a threat of retaliation from Washington, leading to fears that it could provoke a trade war between t

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Microsoft argues Xbox games commission is different from Apple‘s App Store commission

Microsoft‘s exec VP of gaming has argued that the Xbox games commission the slice it takes of games sold through its own platform isn‘t comparable to Apple‘s App Store commission. Prior to Apple‘s partial U-turn in halving the commission it charges most developers, the iPhone maker had pointed to games consoles as evidence that 30% was a standard industry commission. But Microsoft‘s Phil Spencer rejects the compar

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Kuo: iPhone 12 demand strong, new form factor Apple Watch and MacBooks in late 2021

In a report today, reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared his view on Apple‘s product momentum heading into the holidays. Most importantly to Apple‘s bottom line, Kuo sees better than expected demand for iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, apparently offsetting slightly-weaker sell-through of 12 and 12 mini. In terms of new products, Kuo indicates that form factor redesigns are coming to the Apple Watch and the MacBook lineup, in the seco

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Users complain about Bluetooth connectivity issues with new M1 Mac mini

The new Mac mini with M1 chip has been available for some time and although the machine impresses with its amazing performance, it‘s also causing problems for some users. More specifically, there are users complaining about Bluetooth connectivity issues with the new M1 Mac mini. more The post Users complain about Bluetooth connectivity issues with new M1 Mac mini appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Sensei Mac app gets update with temperature and fan monitoring for M1 Macs

Sensei is a relatively new app that lets Mac users keep track of performance and other hardware details, such as battery health, RAM management, CPU usage, and more. The app was updated today with full support for the new Macs with M1 chip, so users can now monitor the temperature and fan of these Macs. more The post Sensei Mac app gets update with temperature and fan monitoring for M1 Macs appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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PSA: Apple reminds developers to update their apps with new privacy labels

As we covered here earlier this month, Apple will now require developers to provide more privacy details about their apps available on the App Store. The company reminded developers today that all apps must have the new privacy labels as of December 8. more The post PSA: Apple reminds developers to update their apps with new privacy labels appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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HomePod mini now available in Mexico and Taiwan, China still to come

After HomePod mini debuted in the first wave of launch countries on November 6, Apple‘s compact and more affordable smart speaker has now debuted in Mexico and Taiwan. more The post HomePod mini now available in Mexico and Taiwan, China still to come appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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‘X-Plane: Starship‘ for iPhone lets you fly SpaceX‘s next-gen rocket with realistic physics

A new physics simulator app recently hit the Apple App Store, called X-Plane: Starship. The app allows users to pilot SpaceX‘s new Starship on either Earth or Mars with incredibly realistic physics. more The post X-Plane: Starship‘ for iPhone lets you fly SpaceX‘s next-gen rocket with realistic physics appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Twitter relaunching verification system in early 2021, here is the draft criteria

Twitter has announced today that it is officially relaunching its verification process in early 2021. The company has also unveiled a draft version of the guidelines it will use when determining whether or not to give the famous blue check mark to an account. more The post Twitter relaunching verification system in early 2021, here is the draft criteria appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Check M1 compatibility for all your Mac apps with this free open source tool

We‘ve seen some valuable app and game databases recently keeping track of all the software out there that‘s optimized for Apple Silicon. Now a free open source app from developer DigiDNA who makes iMazing means it‘s super easy to check all the apps on your Mac locally for M1 app compatibility. more The post Check M1 compatibility for all your Mac apps with this free open source tool appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Best Black Friday Apple Watch deals: Latest Series 6/SE up to 120 off, Series 3 expected to hit 119, more

Black Friday week is upon us, and the best deals on the latest from Apple are popping up everywhere. There are plenty of discounts to go around on iPads and MacBooks with some of this year‘s best prices. We‘re also seeing a number of Black Friday Apple Watch deals, too. It‘s been a big year for Apple‘s wearable, as the new Series 6 and SE were both introduced to rave reviews. In a rather unlikely move, both are also alrea

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Best Black Friday iPad deals: Latest iPad Pro hits all-time lows, 10.2-inch iPad 299, more

Black Friday is underway here at 9to5Mac and we‘re already tracking all of the latest deals. This year‘s event is shaping up to include every bit of Apple‘s latest releases, including the new MacBook Air and Pro, Apple Watch, and of course, iPads. Black Friday has become synonymous with Apple‘s tablets, which are expected to be discounted across the board. Below you‘ll find all of this year‘s best iPad deals a

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Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides for iOS add Microsoft Office editing

Following the web last year and Android in September, Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides for iOS can now edit Office files. more The post Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides for iOS add Microsoft Office editing appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Apple Watch Series 6 vs Apple Watch SE: Which should you buy this holiday season?

The Apple Watch is bound to be a popular gift this holiday season, and we‘re already seeing notable deals on the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE as we approach Black Friday. If you‘re trying to make a decision on which model to buy, head below for more details on the Apple Watch Series 6 vs the Apple Watch SE. more The post Apple Watch Series 6 vs Apple Watch SE: Which should you buy this holiday season? appeared first on 9t

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Best Black Friday Apple Deals: 10.2-inch iPad 299, eufy HomeKit cameras, much more

Welcome to Black Friday week at 9to5Mac. Throughout Thanksgiving and the following days, we are expecting to see one of the biggest stretches of online deals we‘ve ever seen. Our team at 9to5Toys is working around the clock to bring you all of the best deals on the latest tech, TVs, home goods, fashion, and much more throughout Black Friday week. As always, the major players will be center stage this week, with Amazon, Walmart, Target, Bes

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M1 Mac workaround appears to allow up to 6 external displays

While almost all aspects of M1 Mac performance is greatly improved compared to the Intel Mac predecessors, one notable downside has been reduced support for external displays. In what looks like some exciting news, it appears Apple may be underselling the M1 Mac external display functionality. more The post M1 Mac workaround appears to allow up to 6 external displays appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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Apple kicks-off huge movie bundle sale from 8 for Black Friday

Apple is rolling into Thanksgiving week with arguably its biggest movie bundle sale of the year. You‘ll find deals on just about every genre, making it a great time to load up your library with some fresh content. Chances are, you‘re likely staying home this holiday season, so now is a great time to score some new films to enjoy at a notable discount. Head below for all of our top picks. more The post Apple kicks-off huge movie bund

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iPhone 12 Diary: Apple ProRAW photos are the clincher for me

I highlighted the promise of Apple‘s ProRAW photo capability as one of three key differences between the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Mac. The others were the larger sensor, and LiDAR scanner for low-light autofocus and Night Mode portraits. Night mode portraits already blew me away. I couldn‘t immediately test ProRAW as it wasn‘t available at the time, but the format was added in the iOS 14.3 beta. My colleague Jeff wa

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How COVID has changed smartphone usage temporarily or permanently

The coronavirus crisis has changed many things. People working from home, school closures, hospitality restrictions and more. It‘s no surprise, then, to find that smartphone usage has also changed. A Kantar study found that some of these changes were temporary, shifting back and forth in line with lockdowns but other changes appear permanent, or at least longer-lasting more The post How COVID has changed smartphone usage temporarily o

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Apple Maps public transit navigation rollout begins in Austria

Apple Maps public transit navigation continues its leisurely global rollout, with the ability to plan journeys using trains now available in parts of Austria. A next-step is also anticipated in Germany more The post Apple Maps public transit navigation rollout begins in Austria appeared first on 9to5Mac.

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