Today

After hundreds of MacBook Pro workers at a Quanta plant broke through barriers in protest of tough COVID-19 lockdown conditions, the company has indicated that it is now paying significant incentives in an attempt to retain enough staff.

All in, the disruptions saw the MacBook assembler’s profits halved in the second quarter, and the company said it took more than two months to return to full production …

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Taiwan invasion fears grow after China rehearsed blockade, but no imminent threat

Concerns about the possibility of a Taiwan invasion by China have grown, as more details have come to light about Beijing’s stance.

The main concern, of course, is the safety and human rights of Taiwanese residents, but the situation does also have the potential for substantial disruption to production of Apple products …

Apple Arcade games for iPhone, Mac, Apple TV [New: Talking Tom+]

Apple Arcade launched with close to 100 titles and the service is seeing new games added regularly with over 200 games now in the library. Follow along with our guide on Apple Arcade games.

New for 8/12: The popular simulator Talking Tom has landed on Apple Arcade.

A Hide My Email Ventura feature for third-party apps has been removed from Apple’s website. The disposable email address feature now appears to remain limited to the company’s own Mail and Safari apps.

The feature has been removed from the Ventura preview page sometime in the past week or so …

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Apple TV+ Guide: Every Apple TV show and movie available now

Apple TV+ offers exclusive Apple original TV shows and movies in 4K HDR quality. You can watch across all of your screens and pick up where you left off on any device. Apple TV+ costs $4.99 per month. Here’s every Apple original television show and movie available now on Apple TV+, as well as the latest trailers …

Yesterday

Earlier this year, Dropbox warned its Mac users about compatibility issues with macOS Monterey 12.3 and later due to some internal system changes. While users are still waiting for an update, Dropbox confirmed today that a new beta app with full support for macOS Monterey will be available later this year.

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Apple’s smart speaker HomePod has been available on the market for some time now, but it has never been considered a success like iPhone, Apple Watch, or even AirPods. Still, rumors suggest that Apple has been working on new HomePod models. While having new HomePods would be great, I believe Apple should focus on improving the software on the current HomePods.

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The Apple-owned song recognition app Shazam had its macOS version updated on Thursday with some small but important changes. In addition to a new icon, the app is now fully compatible with the Apple Silicon platform, which means it now runs natively on Macs with the M1 and M2 chips.

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The moment people started to get their hands on the M2 MacBook Air, overheating and thermal throttling were big topics of discussion. While the performance of the M2 Air is more than enough for most people using the laptop for general work, the existing cooling system can be augmented with a simple $13 change that will improve the MacBook’s performance during heavy and sustained workloads.

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While some analysts have questioned iPhone demand amid broader economic concerns, Apple is still planning to fully ramp up iPhone 14 production. Bloomberg reports that Apple has asked suppliers to build 90 million iPhone 14 units…

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Apple is set to release another generation of iPad Pro in 2022. A year after the model with the M1 chip, miniLED display, and 5G support was first introduced, the company is rumored to launch an even better iPad Pro this year with the M2 chip.

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Earlier this week, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said he expects iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max to be more expensive than the current iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max variants. With that in mind, do you think you would still buy this phone?

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Verizon launching enhanced spam call filter with category labels

Verizon is out with an update for its Call Filter system that automatically labels and fights spam/robocalls and spam texts. The carrier’s customers are starting to see category labels like “health care” or “public service” for more context on unknown callers.

Another controversial story about Apple’s App Store review process comes from Telegram’s CEO Pavel Durov. He says that his next app update is stuck with Apple’s review team for two weeks without explanation or any feedback from it.

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Perhaps the biggest Apple news of the week is that the battery percentage icon is finally back in the iPhone’s status bar with the release of iOS 16 beta 5. While it’s been a surprisingly controversial change, there’s already an app that can bring the same battery percentage design to your MacBook…

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Curious what cameras Apple has put in its iPhones over the years or what cameras your current iPhone has? Read along for a look at the complete iPhone camera list for what camera system comes with every iPhone model.

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Thursday’s best deals: 11-inch M1 iPad Pro from $728, Magic Keyboards from $249, more

All of today’s best deals are now headlined by Apple’s 11-inch M1 iPad Pro starting at $728, with the companion Magic Keyboard at $249. That’s on top of a chance to save on Apple Magic Trackpad 2 at $100. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

How to watch Five Days at Memorial, a new Apple TV+ series about Hurricane Katrina

Tonight, Apple releases the first three episodes of its new drama, Five Days at Memorial. The eight-part limited series focuses on the impact of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation on a specific hospital, the Memorial Medical Center. The show stars Vera Farmiga, Cherry Jones, Robert Pine and more. Five Days at Memorial is streaming exclusively on Apple TV+.

Facebook Messenger announced it’s testing end-to-end encrypted backups, while also bringing more updates on end-to-end encrypted messages and calls. Here’s what’s changing with the app.

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An AirTag stalker has been handed a prison sentence and subjected to a restraining order after he was found to have planted the tracking device in his former girlfriend’s car.

Not being the brightest of criminals, the stalker revealed his knowledge of the victim’s whereabouts by sending her a text message …

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Brydge’s new Thunderbolt 4 ProDock packs an upright design with integrated 15W MagSafe charger

Today, Brydge is launching the latest addition to its stable of MacBook docking stations. Marking only the second Thunderbolt 4 option to land in the lineup, the new Brydge ProDock takes a unique approach by delivering a smattering of I/O in a verticle form factor for one of Apple’s latest MacBooks.

Have you ever forgotten your iPhone passcode? Or has your phone stop charging for no reason? Maybe it’s disabled and you need to connect it to iTunes? These are some of the most common iPhone issues users face, as gathered by a study gathered below.

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Update: Apple has today extended this patent with additional claims, which Patently Apple suggests is intended to better protect the invention. This doesn’t necessarily make it more likely that Apple will implement additional gestures, but it seemed a plausible possibility at the time, and the update certainly indicates continued interest by the company.

There could be more Apple Pencil gestures in store for future generations of the company’s iPad stylus. We saw the first of these in the second-generation device, in the form of a double-tap to quickly access tools …

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