iOS 16.4 allows health authorities to end their support for Apple’s COVID-19 Exposure Notifications feature

Back in 2020, Apple and Google teamed up to launch the Exposure Notifications API for COVID-19 contact tracing. The feature aimed to alert you to potential COVID-19 exposures, allowing you to get a test and isolate yourself if necessary.

Three years later, Apple is now giving health agencies the ability to sunset their adoption of the Exposure Notifications API.

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Exclusive: New ‘Beats Studio Buds+’ headphones coming, possibly using same chip as AirPods [U]

exclusive: New 'Beats Studio Buds+' headphones coming, possibly using same chip as AirPods

Update: According to our sources, despite supporting features like Hey Siri, the new Beats Studio Buds+ will still use a custom Beats chip instead of Apple’s H1/H2. Original story below.

iOS 16.4 is coming soon with a bunch of new features, including new emoji, web app notifications, and more. But under the hood, today’s RC update adds support for an unreleased Beats Studio Buds+, as discovered by 9to5Mac. Read on as we detail what to expect from these new wireless earbuds from Beats.

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watchGPT skirts App Store review with ‘Petey’ rebrand, upgraded with GPT-4

Petey GPT Apple Watch app AI

An Apple Watch ChatGPT client originally called watchGPT jumped to the top of Apple’s App Store earlier this month, offering a slick AI experience right on your wrist. However, after Apple cracked down on “GPT” being in app names, the app had to pivot. Now ‘Petey’ the AI Assistant is available for Apple Watch with GPT-4 support, new quick prompts, and more.

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Apple granted patent for Apple Watch NFC tech that could warn users of ‘unauthorized’ bands

Hourly chimes on Apple Watch

Apple is continuing to research new technology and accessories for the Apple Watch. Earlier this year, a patent revealed technology that could power a color-changing Apple Watch band. Now, the US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a patent for an Apple Watch band with an integrated NFC module … that could be used for good or bad.

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H2O Audio waterproof headphones multi-sport

H2O Audio waterproof headphones work with Apple Watch and iPhone (or without)

Following up after launching its TRI Headphones last fall, H20 Audio is out with its new lineup of pro waterproof headphones that are aimed at multi-sport athletes. While they work great with Apple Watch and iPhone, you can also use the new PLAYLIST+ feature to wirelessly load content directly to the three new models of PRO headphones.

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Tuesday’s best deals: 12.9-inch M2 iPad Pro $200 off, M1 iPad Pro $699 off lows, more

All of Tuesday’s best discounts are now live thanks to the reporting over at 9to5Toys, with a pair of notable iPad offers leading the way. You can now save $200 on Apple’s latest 12.9-inch M2 iPad Pro at its second-best price yet. Or if you’re not sold on the latest from Apple Silicon, the previous-generation cellular 12.9-inch M1 iPad Pros should do the trick with up to $699 in savings attached. Then be sure to go check out OtterBox’s iPhone 14 power bank with MagSafe passthrough charging as it hits $41. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Microsoft Edge and Bing team up with DALL·E to deliver text-based image creation

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Microsoft has taken the next step in its plan to evolve its Bing search engine and Edge browser with the latest artificial intelligence has to offer. After integrating OpenAI’s ChatGPT last month, “Bing Image Creator” has arrived on iOS/Android and desktop powered by an “advanced version” of OpenAI’s DALL·E to create an image with just words.

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Anker’s new 15W MagSafe charger for iPhone 14 arrives with triangular 3-in-1 design [Deal]

Anker today is launching its second-ever 15W MagSafe charging stand. After the first one landed earlier in the year, the company is out with a refreshed take on the desktop charging system that ditches the cube design we last saw for another geometric form factor. The new Anker 737 MagGo Charger packs much of the same 3-in-1 design that we’ve come to expect and is now available for purchase with a launch discount attached.

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Apple pushes for labor reform in India, wants ‘working hours, flexibility on par with China’

Apple India

Earlier this month, a report revealed that Apple and Foxconn had successfully lobbied for more relaxed labor laws in the Indian state of Karnataka.

The companies, however, aren’t stopping there, as Bloomberg now reports that Apple and its supply chain partners are now pushing for labor reform in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu.

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Apple @ Work Podcast: Business banking made digital with American Express

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In this episode of Apple @ Work, I talk with Stewart Kendall and Catherine Lynn from American Express about “super apps” in finance and how business banking has evolved in recent years.

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Kuo: USB-C to enable faster charging speeds for iPhone 15, but only with certified cables

kuo: USB-C to enable faster charging speeds for iPhone 15, but only with certified cables

Based on the latest reports, iPhone 15 will be the one to finally ditch the Lightning connector in favor of USB-C. However, although USB-C has become an industry standard, Apple still plans to limit it somewhat on the iPhone. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported on Monday that the USB-C port will enable faster charging speeds for the iPhone 15, but only with certified cables.

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Roundup: Here’s everything Apple has been working on for its lineup of smart home products

roundup: Here's everything Apple has been working on for its lineup of smart home products

Apple entered the smart home accessories segment back in 2014 with iOS 8, which introduced the HomeKit API to integrate such products with Siri. But it wasn’t until 2017 that Apple announced HomePod, its first smart speaker and overall first smart home device.

The company now has two different models of HomePod, but according to rumors, Apple wants to further expand this lineup in the near future. Here’s everything we know about what Apple has been working on for its smart home product lineup.

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