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Earlier this week, an FCC commissioner in the United States called on both Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their respective apps stores. Now, TikTok parent company ByteDance has responded to the situation and confirmed that some China-based employees can access data of TikTok users in the United States.

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Buyers of the 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro have discovered that the base model’s SSD speeds are slower than the M1 counterpart. Benjamin and Zac weigh in on whether this is a big deal or not. Plus, the story around iPadOS 16 and home hubs gets even more complicated. There are also juicy new rumors surrounding the upcoming HomePod and Apple TV updates, Apple has apparently delayed plans to introduce its own in-house modems in the iPhone, and more. 

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While demand for the next generation iPhone is looking to be high, the hectic supply chain continues to disrupt the market. According to DigiTimes, Apple is cutting iPhone 14 orders by 10%, despite expecting strong demand for its lineup.

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Apple Arcade games for iPhone, Mac, Apple TV [New: My Bowling 3D+]

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 7/1: My Bowling 3D+ is the newest title on Apple Arcade.

Apple Watch Series 7 start at $329 in best July 4th deals, Sonos sale from $119, more

Heading into the holiday weekend, all of today’s best deals are now headlined by July 4th Apple Watch Series 7 discounts from $329. That’s alongside a refurbished Sonos sale from $119 with new all-time lows to go alongside $299 in savings on M1 MacBook Pro. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

The Biden Administration has announced the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom for this year. Included among the list of 17 recipients is the late Apple CEO and cofounder Steve Jobs. The award will be posthumously presented to Jobs next week on July 7.

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A piece on how to land a job with the most desirable tech company in the world provides some interesting examples of Apple interview questions.

It outlines the soft skills the company looks for, warns what not to do on your resume, walks you through the interview stages, explains the STAR method for discussing your accomplishments, and provides examples of the sorts of questions you may be asked …

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An Apple Big Ten bid – seeking to buy at least some of the TV rights for the college football division – has been described as not credible, but that may change.

Apple had been in earlier discussions with the Big Ten conference, but those hadn’t made any progress. However, when the news broke that USC and UCLA were coming aboard, an Apple exec picked up the phone …

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Mac sales in China have been growing in recent years, with Apple Silicon models accelerating their popularity. But the Chinese government has a plan to reduce its reliance on US tech from Apple and Microsoft: creating its own operating system …

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TikTok versus Reels battle set to intensify as Instagram tries new experiment

The video shorts battle of TikTok versus Reels looks set to intensify. After Instagram essentially copied the 15- to 60-second video short feature from TikTok, branding them as Reels, the company is now considering turning all Instagram videos into Reels. What would that mean … ?

Apple now selling refurbished Mac Studio models, priced at a 10% discount compared to buying new

About three months after the Mac Studio launched, Apple has now started selling the model on its refurbished store. Priced at $1799, Apple is offering a $200 discount compared to buying the same model as a brand new unit.

In a rare move, Apple today launched a special Apple Store promotion in the United States. You can now buy either the Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD and get a $50 gift card with your purchase. The price of the Apple TV box is unchanged; $179 or $149 respectively.

Customers looking for raw value for money will probably still prefer a sub-$50 streaming stick from competitors like the Amazon Fire Stick, however. A $50 gift card is nice assuming you were planning on buying an Apple TV already, but be aware you only have two weeks to take advantage of the deal.

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We are officially in July, and Apple has just released a new Apple Watch Series 7 advertisement that promotes the durability of the device. The ad comes amid rumors of a “rugged” version of the Apple Watch expected to be introduced this fall.

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The Apple Online Store is currently down for customers in the United States with a placeholder saying that the company is “making updates” to its website. However, the reasons behind this are unclear at this point.

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Apple released iOS 15.5 in May with enhancements to the Podcasts app, Apple Cash, and overall bug fixes. However, it seems that the update also caused some issues for Apple Books users as the app stopped working for some people after the iOS 15.5 update.

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The Health app gets fresh capabilities with iOS 16 that will be valuable for many users with the major new feature being the ability to track medications on iPhone (vitamins and supplements too). Read on for a look at how it works to use the iOS 16 feature.

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Apple on Thursday raised the price of iPhone models in Japan, making the product more expensive for Japanese consumers. In some cases, prices are now almost 20% higher, which may be a reflection of the local currency getting weaker against the dollar.

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Apple TV+ is coming to San Diego Comic-Con for the first time. The company announced today it will be holding panels for Severance, For All Mankind, Mythic Quest, as well as a “storytellers of Apple TV+” roundtable featuring producing talent from For All Mankind, Invasion, Mythic Quest, See, and Foundation.

Apple is also hosting a special Severance experience event for con attendees. At the Hard Rock Hotel, attendees will be induced into Lumon industries and taken through a tour of their first day as a severed worker.

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Today, the US Patent and Trademark Office has published Apple’s patent application regarding an advanced ultrasonic touch sensor. According to Patently Apple, the patent will apply to the use of ultrasonic technology in AirPods Pro and AirPods Max.

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Nomad has launched its high-end Titanium Band and Steel Band today for the smaller Apple Watch sizes. These premium metal link bracelets are adjustable and come with features like a scratch-resistant coating and a sleek magnetic clasp.

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Apple’s former senior director of corporate law and corporate secrecy has officially admitted to partaking in an insider trading scheme. Gene Levoff was first indicted for insider trading in 2019, and while he was initially fighting the charges, he has now admitted to his role in these insider trading transactions.

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Announced at WWDC 2022, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 chip finally arrived in stores and in the hands of customers last week. And, while the fact that the M2 MacBook Pro is not a huge upgrade compared to its previous generation is no surprise, a teardown by iFixit has now shown that this MacBook is just a recycled laptop with a new chip inside.

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Mary J. Blige to stream concert on Apple Music Live in July

Apple Music Live continues its concert streaming following its Harry Styles and Lil Durk performances. Mary J. Blige is next; however, her stream on Apple Music will not be live.

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