WhatsApp working on short video messages for iPhone users
The popular messaging platform WhatsApp currently offers multiple ways to communicate beyond text, such as pictures, videos, and even calls. However, WhatsApp is now working on a new feature that will let iPhone users send short video messages to other people.Expand Expanding Close
PSA: Don’t steal AirPods, they’re basically AirTags
Apple’s AirTag has become known for helping people find their lost items, but there are other Apple products that also work with the Find My network – including AirPods. This time, a woman who lost her wireless earbuds on a plane tracked them to the home of an airline employee.Expand Expanding Close
When will Apple announce WWDC 2023? Here’s what history suggests
Apple fans are eagerly awaiting Apple’s official announcement of WWDC 2023. At WWDC this year, Apple is expected to unveil iOS 17, its Reality Pro headset, and much more. Here’s what history tells us about when WWDC 2023 will be announced…Expand Expanding Close
Messaging is no longer Android’s mess, it’s an iPhone problem: Talking RCS with Hiroshi Lockheimer
A few weeks ago, at MWC 2023, I had an opportunity to sit down with Hiroshi Lockheimer, senior vice president of Platforms and Ecosystems at Google, to talk about RCS messaging. While there was not a lot into the future of what Google is planning with Google Messages and RCS as a protocol, I did get a good look into how RCS came to be and how Google sees it.Expand Expanding Close
How Coldplay worked with fans to make ‘Music of the Spheres’ world tour app more accessible
As it continues its massively-successful Music of the Spheres World Tour across South America, Europe, and the United States, Coldplay has updated its companion tour app with major accessibility improvements. The band, together with its partners at SAP, worked closely with a fan from Mexico who shared her experiences using the app as a blind person.Expand Expanding Close
Best USB-C and Thunderbolt displays for Mac [New for March]
USB-C/Thunderbolt display options have really expanded over the last couple of years. While Apple’s Pro Display XDR isn’t the best fit for most Mac users at $5,000+, it also offers the more affordable Studio Display. And there are also lots of solid choices from LG, Samsung, BenQ, and more. Let’s look at the best USB-C/Thunderbolt displays available in the $400-$1,600 range.
Update 3/24/23: BenQ has launched a trio of new 4K USB-C displays at affordable prices.Expand Expanding Close
Friday’s best deals: HomePod mini hits $67, M2 MacBook Air $150 off, Magic Keyboard Folio $229, more
All of today’s best discounts are now up for grabs as the weekend begins to unfold. All brought to us by 9to5Toys, everything kicks off with a rare chance to save on HomePod mini, which comes in all five colors at $67. The second-best price to date has also arrived on Apple’s M2 MacBook Air, now landing at $150 off. Plus, you can outfit Apple’s new 10th Gen iPad with a Magic Keyboard Folio for its best price of $229. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.Expand Expanding Close
Tim Cook heads to China to partake in state-sponsored business summit, visits Apple retail store
Apple CEO Tim Cook is in China this weekend, paying a visit to a local Apple Store and attending a state-sponsored “China business summit.” As reported by Bloomberg, Cook is one of very few US executives set to attend the conference, “underscoring the growing delicacy of doing business in China in the current geopolitical climate.”Expand Expanding Close
iPhone 15 to integrate proximity sensor into the Dynamic Island, could lead to improved Face ID
With the iPhone 15 launch this fall, Apple is expected to bring the Dynamic Island to the entire lineup for the first time. In conjunction with this, the company is also reportedly planning to move the iPhone’s proximity sensor inside the Dynamic Island.
The primary purpose of the proximity sensor is to shut off the screen when a user holds their phone up to their ear. It also plays a role in optimizing the Always-On Display of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.Expand Expanding Close
Ted Lasso earns spot on top 10 streaming list with season 3 debut
Last week, the third season of the Apple TV+ hit Ted Lasso debuted. Now data is in from Reelgood that reveals how popular the show is compared to the top 10 streaming shows/movies. Here’s where Ted Lasso landed.Expand Expanding Close
Kuo: USB-C AirPods Pro coming soon; Apple has no plans for USB-C versions of other AirPods
Earlier this week, Apple released the final iOS 16.4 beta to developers and public beta users. Inside the update, Apple added references to new Beats Studio+ earbuds, as well as new AirPods. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the new AirPods referenced in this update are likely the USB-C version of AirPods Pro 2.Expand Expanding Close
Apple Arcade Guide: Everything that’s available [New: Clue – The Classic Mystery Game]
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.
Apple TV+ shows and movies: Everything to watch on Apple TV Plus
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 $6.99 per month. Here’s every Apple original television show and movie available now on Apple TV+, as well as the latest trailers …
Apple TV+ global market share shrinks and platform is overtaken by Paramount+
Apple TV+ had been slowly gaining market share since its launch in 2019, while platforms like Netflix continue to lose subscribers to smaller streaming services. But the latest research from JustWatch shows that Apple TV+’s global market share shrank last year, which resulted in the platform being overtaken by its competitor Paramount+.Expand Expanding Close
Twitter expands Blue globally, will pull checkmarks from accounts that are actually verified next week
Months after launch, Twitter has now announced that the new Twitter Blue is available globally and that the company will pull checkmarks from “legacy” verified accounts on April 1.Expand Expanding Close
Check out BLUETTI’s special limited-time deals on home battery backup bundles
BLUETTI is offering a special limited-time deal on two AC300 + B300 home battery backup bundles. But don’t wait! This fantastic sale on incredible battery power ends on March 30.Expand Expanding Close
‘Caset’ collaborative playlist app now features seamless sync with Apple Music
Apple Music still doesn’t offer collaborative playlists, but Caset is an iOS app that solves that problem by letting users create collaborative “mixtapes” with their friends. With its latest update, Caset now offers seamless sync with Apple Music, making collaborative mixtapes even easier to manage.Expand Expanding Close
Tesla competitor Lucid Air luxury EV gets wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
After being rumored as coming with an update for some time, luxury electric vehicle maker Lucid has officially announced wireless CarPlay and Android Auto are now available and come standard with its connectivity suite.Expand Expanding Close
Apple scrubs Sprint references from its online store and ends iPhone activations
Three years after the T-Mobile acquisition of Sprint was completed, Apple has now removed all references to Sprint from its online store. The company is also no longer allowing customers to activate iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch devices through Sprint.Expand Expanding Close
9to5Mac Daily: March 23, 2023 – Apple cracks down on remote work, more
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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Here’s how to watch March Madness 2023 on iPhone, Apple TV, and web [U: Sweet 16]
Like last year, the 2023 NCAA tournament is being broadcast across multiple networks. Fortunately, you can stream all the games from one place with the NCAA’s app as well as a few other options. Follow along for how to watch March Madness 2023 on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, the web, plus the full schedule, and more.
Update: The Sweet 16 kicks off tonight, March 23.Expand Expanding Close
An AirTag allegedly helped the DEA pull off a drug bust, but is that supposed to work?
Apple’s AirTag item trackers have apparently caught the attention of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency. According to a new report from Forbes, the DEA recently used an AirTag to track the movements of a pill press machine, after it was intercepted by border agents.
According to the report, which is based on a search warrant obtained by Forbes, the pill press machine was inside one of two packages from Shanghai, China that border agents intercepted last May. Those border agents called in the DEA, believing the packages were “destined for an illegal narcotics manufacturer.”Expand Expanding Close
IFTTT adding AI-based automations for Pro+ subscribers
The popular automation platform IFTTT is taking a next step to help users increase productivity. With its latest update, IFTTT Pro+ subscribers now have access to AI-based automations for generating content.Expand Expanding Close
9to5Mac Happy Hour 426: iOS 16.4 features, SiriGPT, Apple TV+ theatrical ambitions
Benjamin and Zac discuss all the cool features coming in iOS 16.4, and what old macOS habits they’ve carried across to the modern day. Zac gives his thoughts on the Kindle Scribe, and Apple dips its toe into the neural network language model hype train with a new Siri framework hidden in the tvOS beta. Plus, Apple TV+ wants to make a big splash in cinemas with plans for wide theatrical distribution of its original films going forward.
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