Yesterday

I’ve been using Apple’s “pro” iPads since the first one was introduced. It was an obvious play for someone like me who used the iPad in a professional context before it was cool to do so. Apple’s also given the iPad Pro cool new features exclusively over the past six years, leaving the regular iPad in the dust. But recently, Apple has started to show a willingness to share its best new features with the iPad, iPad Air, and iPad mini. Over the past several days I’ve been rocking Apple’s new 9th generation iPad and I’m stunned to say, it’s fantastic and it’s the first one that has everything I need.

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After a long year of rumors and wrong release predictions, Apple finally unveiled the new AirPods 3, and they are impressive in many ways. Even so, if you’re planning on updating your AirPods or buying one for the first time, the one you should be looking at are the AirPods Pro.

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Acronis integrates with Addigy’s MDM to enable MSPs to extend security protection across macOS devices

Acronis has unveiled the latest integration of Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud by integrating with Addigy and its Apple device management solutions for enterprises. This new integration is another step in Acronis’ latest effort in enabling managed service providers to easily deploy and manage the company’s single-agent cyber protection solution across macOS/iOS devices for businesses.

October 23

After indicating that they were “preparing to ship” earlier this week, the first 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro pre-orders have now officially started shipping. The first orders are slated to arrive to customers on Tuesday, October 26.

Meanwhile, shipping estimates for new orders placed today via the Apple Store Online continue to slip towards 2022…

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Cabel Sasser from Panic has shared an exclusive look at an extremely early iPod prototype that I’d reckon you’ve never seen before. The rare prototype is yellow and fairly large compared to the shipping version of the original iPod, despite it being from late in the product’s development cycle. Cabel says that this iPod prototype is dated September 3, 2001.

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Hands-on: Portal is an immersive Spatial Audio app for focus, sleep, or escape

Ever since Apple announced that Spatial Audio was coming to Apple Music and all devices with an H1 or W1 chip would support it, many companies started to promote this technology. For users who have an AirPods Pro or AirPods Max, this experience is even better thanks to the dynamic head tracking feature.

With that, the indie developers from Portal Labs just updated Portal, their iOS wellbeing app to take full advantage of Spatial Audio technology.

The iPod is a funny product. It fundamentally changed Apple and yet it has been slowly and unceremoniously murdered by its successors, the iPhone and the iPad. iPod has a long and storied history, from how it came to be to the sheer number of models that the company worked on for two decades. The original iPod was the very first handheld consumer electronic that Apple made post Steve Jobs’ return to the company and it kickstarted a revolution in virtually every major industry around the world. But the iPod also means something special to me. The first Apple product that was brand new and really mine was an iPod shuffle given to me for my 7th birthday.

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Last week, I looked at the key features that I believe will impact the workplace with macOS Monterey. This week, I want to look at some other aspects of Apple’s new version of macOS and see how they’ll be used at work.

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After the first unboxing video and real-life photos of the 14-inch MacBook Pro surfaced online yesterday, now it’s time for the first hands-on of the 16-inch MacBook Pro powered by the M1 Pro processor. As posted by a Reddit user, there’s a new video online posted by YouTuber SANG SÁNG SUỐT showing how the new 16-inch M1 Pro MacBook Pro looks in real life and compared to the old Intel 15-inch model.

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October 22

Blackmagic today released a new update to its popular video editing software DaVinci Resolve, which is available for multiple platforms – including macOS. In the Mac version of the app, the company has added full support for Apple’s new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, and the developers say it runs up to five times faster on the new MacBook Pro.

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Apple this week officially held its highly-anticipated “Unleashed” event to unveil new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. The event marked Apple’s second in as many months, but according to a new report, it’s unlikely that we’ll see any more major product announcements from Apple this year…

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Elgato’s EpocCam is an app that lets you use your iPhone as a webcam for your Mac or Windows PC. This week, the company announced a new partnership with Snapchat to bring Snap Lenses to EpocCam, so users can now apply AR filters to a live video.

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After over a day of confusion among users, Apple has officially confirmed that Apple purchases using Apple Card are only eligible for 3% Daily Cash. This comes after many Apple Card users noticed that Apple purchases were showing 6% Daily Cash yesterday. Head below for the full details.

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Google Drive for desktop updated with full Apple M1 Mac support

“Drive for desktop” is Google’s unified cloud backup application for consumer and business users after years of maintaining two separate clients. Google Drive for desktop has now been updated with full support for Mac laptops and desktops with Apple’s M1 chip.

Apple is announcing a trio of updates to the App Store Guidelines today that focuses on giving developers more flexibility for communicating with their customers. One of the changes specifically comes to address Apple’s settlement in a class-action lawsuit from small developers in the US, first announced back in August.

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Anker intros new 3-in-1 MagSafe Charging Stand with Apple Watch dock

Today, Anker is expanding its stable of iPhone 13 accessories with a new version of its popular PowerWave Magnetic Stand. Delivering a refreshed 3-in-1 form factor, the new Anker 3-in-1 MagSafe Stand arrives with the ability to top off everything from your iPhone to AirPods and Apple Watch.

As pre-orders begin preparing for shipment, Apple Authorized Retailers around the world are beginning to get stock of the new 14-inch MacBook Pro. As such, the first videos and images of the new machines in the wild have started to emerge, including a comparison to the previous-generation 13-inch MacBook Pro as well as an unboxing video.

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Now that AirPods 3 have officially been announced by Apple, we can shift our attention to the second-generation AirPods Pro that are rumored for 2022. A sketchy set of new images today claims to show AirPods Pro 2, and while some of the supposed features shown would be nice additions, the images should be treated with a hefty dose of skepticism…

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Apple Card now offering 6% Daily Cash back on purchases from Apple [U: Error]

Update October 22, 2021: This appears to have been an error on Apple’s end. New purchases are no longer showing 6% Daily Cash. The company has not yet responded to 9to5Mac’s request for clarification.

Apple appears to be rolling out an upgraded Daily Cash back offer for Apple Card users. As first spotted by Tailosive Tech on Twitter and confirmed by 9to5Mac, Apple is now offering 6% Daily Cash back on purchases made from the Apple Online Store.

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There is no shortage of HomeKit lamps on the market, and they’ve been a big hit at my house with my family. My kids love the multi-colored lights, I love the ability to turn them off from Siri using HomePods, and they are fairly inexpensive. My new favorite lamp is the YEELight HomeKit Lamp, which is the perfect size and shape for a bedside table.

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iPhone 11/Pro/Max $529 off in Friday’s best deals + AirPods Max at $429 and Samsung storage sale

Heading into the weekend, all of today’s best deals are headlined by a sale of up to $529 off iPhone 11/Pro/Max. That’s alongside AirPods Max at $429 and this 1-day Samsung 20% off storage sale. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

This week on Happy Hour, Benjamin and Zac break down everything that was announced at the October 2021 Apple event, including the bizarre Apple Music Voice Plan, new AirPods and HomePod mini colors. But the stars of the show are the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro sporting the latest-generation Apple Silicon chips.

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This past summer we learned that Apple was in talks with China’s CATL and BYD to supply battery packs for its electric vehicle. But now it appears the negotiations have stalled as Apple allegedly wants the batteries to be made in the US as well as an exclusive manufacturing operation.

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