Sealed OG iPhone up for auction with rare Apple ‘Lucky you’ sticker

Sealed original iPhone auction lucky you sticker

We’ve seen a flurry of sealed original iPhones go up for auction over the last six months. Included in those has been the current record holder that went for $63,000. Now the latest original iPhone sale could challenge that with the starting bid kicking off at a cool $32,000. Notably, this one is a bit rarer than most with a unique Apple “Lucky you” sticker on the sealed box.

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Kuo: Mass production for Apple AR/VR headset delayed to late Q3

Apple's AR/VR headset

Respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today reports that production for Apple’s AR/VR headset has likely been delayed again. Kuo now believes that the supply chain will ramp assembly for the device in mid-to-late Q3 of this year.

The delay means Kuo now predicts only 200,000 to 300,000 units will be manufactured and shipped this year, down from original estimates that exceeded half a million units.

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iPhone 15 Pro Max periscope lens costs Apple just $4, thanks to tough negotiations

iPhone 15 Pro Max periscope lens | Sony assembly

One of the headline features of this year’s iPhone lineup will be the iPhone 15 Pro Max periscope lens, allowing much greater optical zoom for the telephoto lens. It’s likely to allow at least 10x zoom, compared to the maximum 3x available on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.

A new report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple is paying supplier Largan just $4 for this lens, a sum which barely allows the supplier any profit margin at all …

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Synology review: How a NAS can enhance your Apple device experience

Synology NAS

I’ve been a long time user of Synology NAS products, having first reviewed them on 9to5Mac in 2016. At the end of the last year upgraded to a 4-bay DS920+. Upgrading from a 2-bay to a 4-bay model has unlocked even more use cases for me, but I still get the impression that to most people, a NAS is a scary and uninviting concept.

Hopefully, in this post, I can highlight how a NAS can dramatically enhance your Apple experience, and that the whole venture is a relatively straightforward thing to integrate in your life, and get ongoing value …

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AutoCAD and Autodesk Maya for macOS now run natively on Apple Silicon Macs

AutoCAD and Autodesk Maya for macOS now runs natively on Apple Silicon Macs

It’s been almost three years since Apple announced the transition from Intel Macs to Apple Silicon. Since then, many developers have updated their apps to take advantage of the new M1 and M2 chips, but there are still many more apps that need to be updated. This week, Autodesk updated the popular professional software AutoCAD and Autodesk Maya to run natively on Apple Silicon Macs.

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Check out BLUETTI’s new AC60 solar generator and B80 battery – its most portable combo to date


The portable power experts at BLUETTI have unveiled their latest product to help provide sustainable energy for all. Fans of the brand will soon be able to order BLUETTI’s new AC60 – an ultra-compact solar generator that is roughly the size of a shoebox. This portable power source has over 400 Wh of battery capacity of its own and can be paired with BLUETTI’s B80 battery packs for additional energy on the go. Learn more about this exciting new product and its upcoming availability below.

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Want to attend WWDC 2023 in person? Here’s how to register for Apple’s June event

WWDC in-person tickets

WWDC 2023 is officially set for June 5-9. While the week’s sessions, labs, and more will be online this year, Apple is once again holding a special in-person event for the keynote, State of the Union, and more. However, it’s a limited, lottery-style process to get invited. Here’s who can apply for WWDC in-person tickets, how it works, and how to register.

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WWDC 2023 confirmed for June 5 to June 9: iOS 17, Reality Pro headset, and more expected

WWDC 2023

Apple has officially announced WWDC 2023. The event will take place at Apple Park with a keynote address, the State of the Union, and more. The entire conference will also be available online for developers who aren’t able to or aren’t chosen to attend WWDC in person in California.

At WWDC this year, Apple will unveil the “latest iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS advancements.” This includes iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS 14, watchOS 10, and tvOS 17.

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M2 Pro Mac mini now $49 off in Wednesday’s best deals, Apple Watch Leather Link bands $52, more

We’re now halfway through the week with all of today’s best discounts for Wednesday are up for grabs courtesy of 9to5Toys. This time around, a return to the all-time low on Apple’s new M2 Pro Mac mini takes the spotlight at $49 off. It’s then joined by much of the same best savings on official Apple Watch Leather Link bands at $52, as well as an Anker spring sale on iPhone essentials starting at $11. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Popular Petey GPT Apple Watch app coming to iOS, here’s how to join the beta

Petey GPT iOS iPhone app beta

Last month, watchGPT arrived to seamlessly access OpenAI’s smarts right on your Apple Watch. Shortly after, it was renamed to “Petey” as Apple cracked down on apps using GPT in their names. Now the most requested feature is in the works – an iOS version of Petey. While public availability isn’t known yet, you can sign up to be among the first to try out the beta.

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You’ll soon be able to use Apple Pay Later – but should you?

Should you use Apple Pay Later | Screenshot over dollar bills

Some people can already use Apple Pay Later, with the company promising that it will come to “all eligible users” in the next few months. But while you will be able to use it soon, the question is: Should you?

On the surface, it seems like a decent option. It’s interest-free, there’s no application form to fill out, there’s no impact on your credit rating, and you’re dealing with Apple rather than a bank or finance company. But there are a few things to consider …

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