In this week’s top stories: CES 2020 brings HomeKit, AirPlay 2, and more, Apple’s Breathe app on Apple Watch, a new “Shot on iPhone” competition, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.

This week marked the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. For 2020, the focus was on HomeKit, AirPlay 2, and more powerful charging accessories.

In the annual 9to5Mac Best of CES awards, we gave Linedock the Best Mac Accessory award. Linedock is an all-in-one USB-C dock, battery, and storage solution. The newest version for the 15-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro features 10 different ports, as well as a built-in battery and SSD storage of up to 2TB, that also happens to be user-upgradeable.

The Best HomeKit Technology award went to Abode, a popular do-it-yourself security company. At CES 2020, Abode unveiled a new indoor and outdoor smart camera that can either be used as standalone or as part of a full home security system, either with HomeKit.

We also went hands-on with the new Brydge Pro+ keyboard and trackpad case for the iPad Pro, which is now available for pre-order.

Outside of CES 2020, Zac Hall took a closer look at the Breathe app on Apple Watch, including details on how it works and why it has been confusing people for years. Read his full story here.

Apple announced this week that it set a new single day record for the App Store, with $386 million worth of sales on New Year’s Day. That’s an increase of 20 percent compared to last year. The App Store also set a new record for sales between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, bringing in $1.42 billion in revenue.

A new set of renders emerged this week claiming to offer our closest look yet at the so-called iPhone 9/iPhone SE 2. The renders today show a frosted glass back, similar to the iPhone 11 lineup. In all other respects, the renders show something identical in form factor to the iPhone 8. See the renders here.

Last but not least, Apple has announced its second annual Shot on iPhone competition. Apple is seeking the best iPhone Night mode photos shot by owners of any of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. The top five photos will each be used for Apple marketing campaigns, and Apple will pay licensing fees for that usage.

These and the rest of this week’s top stories below.

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9to5Mac Daily |

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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9to5Mac Watch Time episode #12 |

Gregory McFadden from GregsGadgets and GadgetCast joins Zac to talk about his podcast debut, how his popular YouTube channel dates back to the first Apple Watch, and his experience losing 100 pounds and discovering a healthy lifestyle with Apple Watch.

9to5Mac Watch Time is a podcast series hosted by Zac Hall. In this series, we talk to real people about how the Apple Watch is affecting their lives. 9to5Mac Watch Time is available on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, and your favorite podcast player through RSS.

Happy Hour Podcast #259 |

Apple wins CES with AirPods emoji, Global Privacy Senior Director Jane Horvath talks privacy on behalf of Apple, PopSocket now works with wireless charging, HomeKit advances in 2020, Apple marks a new era of Services, iPhone 11 has a new Night mode photo contest this month, and much more.

9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

Stacktrace Podcast #67 |

Special guest Myke Hurley joins John and Rambo for the grand season two finale of the show! A wrap-up of 2019’s trends, stories, products and services, and what those might mean for Apple and the tech industry in 2020.

Stacktrace by 9to5Mac is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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Apple @ Work is a weekly series from Bradley Chambers covering Apple in education. Bradley has been managing Apple devices in an education environment since 2009. Through his experience deploying and managing hundreds of Macs and hundreds of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple’s products work at scale, stories from the trenches of IT management, and ways Apple could improve its products for students.

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