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While iOS 17 speculation is already in full swing, there are still a handful of features that Apple has announced, but not yet released for iPhone and iPad users. There are new Apple Pay and Apple Card features on the way, updates to Safari, and much more. Head below as we round up all of the previously-announced features still coming for iPhone and iPad…

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The second-generation HomePod was announced just under two weeks ago, and there’s seemingly some pent-up demand for the product. According to the Apple Store Online, if you order a second-generation HomePod today, it might not arrive until the first week of March…depending on your color choice.

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Yesterday

Popular recipe/cookbook iOS app Pestle is out with a big update that brings a number of upgrades. Headlining the release is Smart Folders plus new ways to import recipe cards and cookbooks via PDF, existing images, and more.

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Sitting down with pro videographer, photographer, and YouTuber Tyler Stalman, two of Apple’s executives have shared an in-depth look into the process of creating the 2023 MacBook Pro laptops with M2 Pro and M2 Max Apple Silicon.

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If you’ve been an iPhone user for any significant amount of time, chances are you’re well-versed in managing the iOS Home Screen. Seasoned veterans have no-doubt adopted best practices for managing Home Screen apps icons, interfacing with the App Library, widgets, etc. But here’s my challenge: Even if you consider yourself to be a Home Screen expert, you’ll likely find at least a few tips in this guide that you didn’t know before.

And if you’re new to the iPhone? Then this nearly one-hour walkthrough will help you wrangle the iOS Home Screen like never before in 4K60p HDR. Watch our hands-on video, and be sure to subscribe to 9to5mac on YouTube for more videos like this.

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January 27

Apple announced on Friday that it will soon change App Store prices in multiple countries, including Colombia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. The price increases will take effect on both App Store apps and in-app purchases starting in February.

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iFixit is well known for taking apart just about every new Apple product, as the company specializes in providing guides to third-party repairs. However, this time, iFixit decided to test the official Apple repair guides by taking apart the new 2023 MacBook Pro that was just released.

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Apple debuted its new Emergency SOS via satellite feature for iPhone 14 users back in November, and we’ve already seen multiple stories about the feature being used in the real world. A new story out of Canada today offers another example of Emergency SOS via satellite helping save the lives of two women who found themselves stranded in the wilderness after a Google Maps mishap…

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As an iPad Pro enthusiast, I have always dreamed of a scenario where I can magnetically throw my iPad on a stand and have it just begin wirelessly charging, just as MagSafe does for iOS devices. The M2 iPad Pro was rumored to bring some version of Apple’s MagSafe tech, but it never did…

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TP-Link is one of those brands that when you run across one of their product lines, you know you can count on it. I’ve used their switches in my home for as long as I can remember, and it’s as rock solid as you’d imagine. They’ve quietly been building out the Kasa product line, and in my experience, they’ve followed the same dependability as the networking hardware. The brand-new Kasa EP40A brings robust HomeKit control to outdoor outlets, giving you more control over how you use your outdoor lights and appliances than ever before.

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After the M1 Pro/Max MacBook Pro launched in late 2021 with the return of more I/O, Satechi launched its Pro Hub Mini and Max to offer even more connectivity. Now the company has debuted its Pro Hub Slim to offer just the connectivity you need for MacBook Pro and Air in a minimal design.

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Right on cue, Apple is ramping up development of iOS 17 and its other new updates coming this year. Apple has pushed updates to some of its open-source documentation referencing iOS 17, while the software version is also increasingly popping up in 9to5Mac’s analytics.

On the flip side, there’s a bogus rumor making the rounds that claims to offer details on what’s new in iOS 17…

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Deals: Apple’s M2 iPad Pro from $1,299, Midnight Apple Watch Series 7 $329, more

Friday has now arrived, and we have been tracking some big-time Apple gear deals this week headlined by the M2 iPad Pro. Price drops on both the 11- and 12.9-inch models are alive and kicking with new all-time lows starting from $1,299 in various configurations. Those offers are joined by holiday-worthy pricing on the 45mm Midnight Apple Watch Series 7 wearable that rarely drops as low as some of the less popular colorways. Lastly, you’ll be able to expand your first-party Apple Watch band collection with sport models down at $35 alongside everything else you’ll find in our Apple deal hub right here. Head below for all of the best discounts and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

The main new feature that arrived with iOS 16.3 and macOS 13.2 is support for physical security keys. For those that want to take security up a notch, you’ll need to pick up at least two hardware keys, but which ones to choose? Here are the security keys Apple recommends for iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

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While it’s widely been reported that Apple’s upcoming Reality Pro headset will have an App Store with third-party apps, Apple may have more ambitious plans. According to The Information, Apple wants to allow “people who don’t know computer code” to make apps for the headset… using Siri.

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The Apple Watch is set to make a splash throughout the World Surf League’s season this year. The WSL has announced that the Apple Watch is now “the official wearable equipment” of the league, and there’s a new WSL Surfer app that will “provide athletes with key information in real-time.”

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Apple Arcade games for iPhone, Mac, Apple TV [New: Squiggle Drop]

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 all the available Apple Arcade games.

New: Creative puzzle game Squiggle Drop is the newest release on Apple Arcade.

The new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips are so powerful that most reviewers said that they are actually overkill for most Mac owners, even most of those doing video work.

A new benchmark ranking shows how the machine stacks up against every other current Apple Silicon chip, from the A14 Bionic to the M1 Ultra (which still smokes the M2 Pro) …

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Activation Lock is condemning even 2020 Macs to a future as spare parts and landfill, by making it impossible for them to be restored to use.

To be fair to Apple, the technology is only part of the problem – the other half is corporate policy in many companies that issue MacBooks to their employees – but it is an issue that only the Cupertino company can solve …

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Jason Segel and Harrison Ford star in Shrinking, now streaming on Apple TV+

Jason Segel and Harrison Ford star in a new half-hour dramedy called Shrinking, streaming now on Apple TV+. The series revolves around a therapist who ignores the usual rules of practice and decides to give raw, honest, advice to his clients.

January 26

Apple’s Safari web browser has some filters to prevent users from accessing malicious websites, referred to as the “Fraudulent Website Warning.” In the United States and other countries, this warning is powered by the Google Safe Browsing service.

However, in China, these filters are managed by Tencent (a Chinese company), in addition to Google Safe Browsing. Now, Apple is expanding its use of Tencent Safe Browsing for websites from China to users in Hong Kong for the first time.

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TikTok is essentially a video platform. But with the number of users growing every day combined with increasing competition from other apps, it’s no surprise that TikTok has been working on catching up with other social networks in more ways. And TikTok’s next move is to let users receive direct messages from anyone, just like Instagram.

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If you’re ready to sell, trade in, or give away your Mac or wipe it for another reason there are different steps to the process depending on what Mac you have and what version of macOS you’re on. Notably, macOS Ventura and Monterey include a handy modern erase option like iOS. Read on for how to reset MacBooks and Mac desktops.

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Benjamin and Zac discuss a change to Low Power Mode on the Apple Watch, Apple’s newest TV+ ad, and reviewers have gotten a chance to go hands-on with the new M2 MacBook Pro and Mac mini. Plus, there’s new rumors about the iPhone 15 Pro chassis redesign and insights into exactly how Apple’s upcoming AR headset will work from a software perspective.

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