Today

Apple is releasing iOS 15.6 beta 5 to developers a week after its fourth beta. This update comes two weeks after Apple also seeded the second beta of iOS 16, the next milestone of the company’s operating system for the iPhone. Apple is also making available the fifth beta of iPadOS 15.6, watchOS 8.7, and tvOS 15.6.

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While at an after-hours event at Disneyland, actress Hannah Rose May received a Find My notification on her iPhone. With this notification, May found there was an AirTag tracking her at “The Happiest Place on Earth” for two hours. She took to Twitter to share her experience.

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Deals: 12.9-inch M1 iPad Pro now up to $449 off, iPhone SE 3 pre-paid $380, more

All of today’s best deals are now up for the taking following the holiday weekend, with some holdovers on Apple’s latest 12.9-inch M1 iPad Pro. That’s alongside Anker’s MagGo MagSafe Power Bank at $44 and a chance to score a pre-paid iPhone SE 3 discount. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

The Apple Watch Series 8 release date is around the corner and this year we could see a larger screen, a new rugged version join the lineup, and fresh health features. Apple Watch Series 8 will likely be available to pre-order in just a few months. Head below for what to expect on a release date, new features, and more.

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AirPods Max 2 is far from being a reality, but rumors and patents can show the direction Apple could take in a new generation of its premium headphone. The company has just been granted a patent that shows what the AirPods Max case could look like in a new iteration.

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Content creators can now buy insurance for their Instagram accounts

For content creators, the fear of getting hacked and losing access to your account is a real concern. Well, Israeli startup Notch has a solution for that with its Instagram insurance policies, according to TechCrunch.

A couple of months after lowering the estimated price for most of its products, Apple is dropping once again trade-in value for the iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. This time, iPhone models are also seeing their trade-in value going down, which means you’ll get less when trading in them for a new product by the company.

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Europe’s Digital Markets Act has been approved by the EU parliament, opening the door to Apple being required to allow competing iOS app stores.

The antitrust legislation will also oblige Apple to allow developers to use third-party payment platforms when apps are sold through Apple’s own App Store, and could require it to make iMessage talk to competing messenger apps …

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TikTok shopping plans for US abandoned after disastrous UK experiment

TikTok shopping proved wildly popular in Asia, but plans to bring it to the US have been abandoned after a disastrous experience in the UK.

The UK launch was handled so badly that around half the staff working on the project walked out, and the exec in charge had to be replaced after deciding that he ‘didn’t believe’ in UK employment law …

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Yesterday

Stage Manager is Apple’s solution for improving (or at least trying to) the iPad’s multitasking system. The feature lets users run apps in windowed mode, but there’s a catch: it only works with the M1 iPad Air and iPad Pro. Apple hasn’t said a word at this point about changing the feature requirements, but we’ve found a way to see how Stage Manager would work on the iPad mini.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s company Meta last year launched “Novi,” a new digital wallet with support for cryptocurrencies. However, it seems that the project didn’t work out so well as Meta has now announced that it will discontinue and shut down Novi in the coming months.

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Want to find a way to use iMac as a monitor? While Apple’s target display mode is limited to 2009 to 2014 iMacs, fortunately, there are several other options to make use of that nice big screen on your iMac as a monitor.

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Hangouts on Android and iOS stops working for many

As announced a week ago, Google is now in the process of shutting down classic Hangouts for free consumers. Many users are finding that they can no longer access Hangouts for Android and iOS today.

If you’re looking to buy a new iPhone in 2022, you have multiple options from which to choose. As has become the norm, the lineup is split into the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. On the surface, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro are very similar phones. They both feature a 6.1-inch display and the A15 Bionic processor inside, but look closer and you’ll notice some key differences.

If you’re trying to make a buying decision between the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, head below for everything you need to know about the iPhone 13 vs iPhone 13 Pro comparison.

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Crunchyroll, the essential streaming service for anime fans, has been updated to version 4.21. With that, the app is the latest to support the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max ProMotion technology, meaning you’ll have a more fluid experience while watching your favorite animes and using the app.

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In two months, Apple will announce the upcoming iPhone 14 series. With rumors heating up, there are some features that are pretty much confirmed on these new phones. Read on as we roundup four of them that we expect to see on the iPhone 14.

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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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Best July 4th 2022 deals: Save on the latest from Apple, Google, Amazon, more

As we see each year, Independence Day has arrived with a massive assortment of discounts to kick off the summer sale season. Courtesy of top retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, and many others, you’ll be able to lock-in price cuts across the latest from Apple, Google, and our other favorite brands here at 9to5. Head below for all of the best July 4th deals.

For anyone who was born this century, the idea that life before iPhone even existed would probably be hard to imagine. Fifteen years after the first iPhone went on sale, we’ve all grown used to having the ubiquitous device in our lives.

The iPhone wasn’t the first smartphone – but it was the first smartphone to appeal to ordinary people. Of course, I’m not ordinary people: I’m a geek who owned a whole bunch of the digital devices which preceded the iPhone …

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Apple is set to release AirPods Pro 2 in 2022. This new generation is rumored to bring a new design, innovative Lossless support, as well as fitness sensors for the first time. Head below as we round up the latest rumors about this product.

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Apple Watch Series 8 rumors are on fire. In a couple of months, Apple will likely unveil three new Apple Watches – the most important upgrade in years, analysts say. With that in mind, the latest predictions show the Apple Watch Series 8 will likely feature a bigger 1.99-inch display.

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The global VR headset market grew by 241.6% year-on-year in the first quarter of this year, according to the latest market intelligence data. Virtual reality (VR) headset shipments are expected to hit 13.9M units for the year as a whole.

But next year is expected to be the crucial one for the VR and augmented reality (AR) sector, as Apple enters the market

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