Today

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Apple employees at the St. Louis Galleria store were the latest to move toward unionization last month. However, one week after submitting interest to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the group abandoned the plan. An initial announcement from the IAM cited “increased hostility” from Apple as the reason for the U-turn, however, now the Apple employees themselves have spoken up about why the majority changed their minds.

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Apple introduced its first smartphone with an always-on display with the iPhone 14 Pro. Now with the upcoming iOS 16.2 release, users will get flexibility with the feature to make it more subtle. Here’s how to customize iPhone always-on display.

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Adobe has announced today it is now accepting images created with the help of generative artificial intelligence applications like Stable Diffusion and DALL-E, opening up the sale of these images at Adobe Stock.

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Apple News+ readership is reportedly on the decline for many of the top magazine publications. According to data obtained by Press Gazette. The data suggests that the top 25 magazines on Apple News+ reached a combined circulation of just over 1.3 million in the first half of 2022, which is up compared to the first half of 2021 but down compared to the second half of 2021.

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Apple highlights top Podcasts of 2022 across new shows, subscribers, shared, free, more

After announcing its 2022 App Store Awards including the Podcast of the Year, Apple shared eight new Podcast charts for 2022 including the top shows of the year, top new shows, top shared shows, and top free channels.

As it looks to significantly reduce its reliance on China, the company is reportedly exploring moving some iPad production to India. CNBC says Apple is having “ongoing discussions with officials” about producing the iPad in India, though “no concrete plans have been made.”

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As 2022 comes to a close, it’s no surprise that it’s been a busy year for Apple with many great hardware releases. The company debuted its Dynamic Island interactive notch, some killer new Macs, an M2 iPad Pro, and John Mayer’s new favorite smartwatch – Apple Watch Ultra.

In honor of all this new hardware and more, we created the Best Apple product release of 2022 bracket that’s now live on 9to5Mac’s Twitter.

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Monday’s best deals: iPad Air 5 all-time lows at $99 off, AirPods Pro 2 $200, M1 MacBook Pro, more

We’re starting off another work week with a collection of the best Apple deals that Monday has to offer. Leading the way, new all-time lows have emerged on Apple’s latest iPad Air 5 at $99 off. Speaking of the best prices ever, a holiday-level discount has arrived on the new AirPods Pro 2 at $200 to complement some deep markdowns on refurbished M1 MacBook Pro models at up to $519 off. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

After launching free 30-day eSIM trials last month, Verizon has announced that it has hit its goal sooner than expected of covering 175 million customers with its speedy 5G UWB connectivity. The milestone marks a big expansion of Verizon’s 5G coverage going from 100 million to 175 million in one year.

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PSA: Next time, I’ll do AirTag battery replacement en-masse

It appears to be AirTag battery replacement season. I have eight of them, and I think it was around six weeks ago when I got my first battery low warning …

Back in September, MicroOLED launched Apple Watch support for its ActiveLook technology that transforms sports glasses into a heads-up display for Apple Watch. Now ENGO 2 is the latest eyewear to offer ActiveLook’s real-time heads-up display experience with gesture control, and 12-hour battery in what the company says is the most lightweight package yet.

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Apple Pay is coming soon to South Korea, but unfortunately, users there will have to wait a bit longer than expected. This is because the local Financial Supervisory Service had to review the terms and conditions of Apple Pay before its official launch in the country, which would have made Apple put the launch in South Korea on hold.

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Strong AirPods Pro 2 sales played a major role in Apple substantially increasing its share of the TWS (True Wireless Stereo) market, according to a new market intelligence report.

Apple substantially grew its already-strong lead over the rest of the market during Q3, as second-placed Samsung saw its Galaxy Buds shipments fall by 25% …

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Apple Q1 2023 revenue seems certain to be badly hit following disruption to iPhone 14 production, with a Foxconn source today saying that production is not expected to return to normal levels until late December, or early January.

The company says that the COVID-19 outbreak within its biggest plant has now been “brought under control,” but did not give any official timeline for restoring full production …

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Yesterday

Apple’s long-awaited AR/VR headset might be facing another round of delays. According to the latest supply chain data gathered by Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple may have delayed mass shipments of its headset to the second half of 2023 as it works to resolve software-related issues. Kuo had previously expected mass shipments to begin in the second quarter of 2023.

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December 3

During a Twitter Space this evening, Elon Musk confirmed that Apple has “fully resumed advertising” on Twitter. This comes less than a week after Musk publicly shamed Apple for having “mostly stopped advertising on Twitter” and questioned if the company hated “free speech in America.”

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With iOS 16 arriving before macOS Ventura, users got the ability to quickly remove backgrounds from images with a couple of taps on iPhone and iPad. Fortunately, the capability is also available with macOS Ventura and is accessible in two different ways. Here’s how to remove backgrounds from images on Mac.

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Apple today officially opened its latest retail store in the United States, located in the massive American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The new store features the latest design we’ve seen at other new Apple Store locations around the world recently, and today’s grand opening drew a massive crowd…

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AirPods Pro 2 were released back in September, and they’ve been universally praised by reviewers and consumers since then. With third-party retailers already offering aggressive discounts, AirPods Pro 2 are set to be one of the top-selling gifts of the holiday season. If they aren’t already at the top of your wishlist, here’s why I think they should be…

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Apple CEO Tim Cook is known for being an excellent communicator, and that was on full display this week as he navigated Elon Musk’s flurry of accusations against Apple. A new report from the Financial Times this weekend offers a deeper look at how former Apple executives view Cook’s skills, with the caveat that there’s one issue he hasn’t yet resolved…

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The Wall Street Journal this weekend reported that Apple has recently ‘accelerated’ plans to expand production outside of China. Primary iPhone assembly facilities have been repeatedly disrupted by China’s strict COVID-19 policy, coming to a fore most notably in November with mass worker protests.

The report says the main locations of interest for expansion are India and Vietnam, regions where Apple already has sizeable production bases with its supply chain partners.

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Apple on Monday confirmed that it will soon open a new retail store in the huge American Dream shopping mall and entertainment complex in New Jersey. The store is expected to have the same design as the latest Apple Retail Stores and will open to the public later this week, starting December 3.

Update: The new store is now open to the public and located in Court D, Level 2 of American Dream.

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