April 12

Apple’s Studio Display has an A13 Bionic chip inside it to manage things like image processing from the built-in camera and Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos – as a result, it basically runs a special version of iOS. Interestingly, the current firmware seems to have references to a new, unreleased Mac mini that may be coming soon.

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Apple has reportedly been working on new devices with augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) capabilities for a long time, but it’s still unclear when these products will hit the market. While some analysts believed that Apple’s mixed reality headset would be released in late 2022, analyst Jeff Pu of Haitong International Securities says that the product may be delayed until 2023.

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Snapchat partnering with news publishers to power new Dynamic Stories features

Reported by Axios, Snapchat is releasing a new feature that lets news publishers upload their content in real time. Beginning today, more than 40 news publishers globally will use this new feature called Dynamic Stories to publish to Snapchat using RSS feeds. 

We’ve covered the cord-cutting-friendly live TV app “Channels” a few times over the years, and it continues to get even more powerful. A new update to the app this week adds support for offline downloads on iPhone and iPad, allowing you to download movies and TV shows straight to your device.

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The well-known payments company Block (formerly known as Square) has always offered solutions for merchants who use iPads as sales terminals. However, this time, Block is now introducing a new iPad stand that comes with a built-in NFC reader for payments.

Update: Block has now officially unveiled the next-generation Square Stand for iPad.

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Apple has made the best pro laptops ever with the M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro, and now Incase has the right accessory to protect your investment. Incase has been the leader in MacBook protection since the original MacBook hardshell was released 13 years ago. Available from Apple and Best Buy, Hardshell Dots Case for the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro updates the best MacBook Pro case for the latest Apple notebook design.

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Here’s a first look at Apple TV+ workplace comedy ‘Loot’ starring Maya Rudolph

Are you already missing a workplace show on Apple TV+ after Severance? Fear no more, as Loot, starring Emmy Award winner Maya Rudolph, is the newest Apple Original announced by the company. This time, it’s important to say, it’s a workplace comedy.

Last week 9to5Mac exclusively revealed that Apple is working on a new 35W Dual USB-C Power Adapter to let users recharge two devices at the same time. Now alleged images of this new accessory have leaked on the web showing a slightly different design compared to other power adapters from Apple.

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Spotify crams more features into its main app, this time for live audio [U]

Spotify has moved its live audio app, Greenroom, to its main app in an effort to increase its visibility. Greenroom launched last year and has rebranded as Spotify Live. Similar to Clubhouse, this will be a place where creators can have live conversations with their subscribers as their audience. 

Apple has officially set a date for its next Apple Watch Activity Challenge. This time, the company has scheduled an Activity Challenge for Earth Day, which is set to take place on April 22. This challenge requires users to complete a workout of any category for at least 30 minutes. You’ll then unlock stickers that can be used in the Messages app, FaceTime, and more.

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Via Deadline, Apple TV+ has struck an overall deal with Playtone, the production company headed by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman.

Under the exclusive deal, Playtone will make new scripted and unscripted television series for Apple’s streaming service. Deadline also mentions that a sequel to the popular Apple TV+ film Greyhound is in development.

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Twitter snaps up company focused on enhancing notifications with on-device privacy

Jay Sullivan, Head of Consumer Products at Twitter, announced today that Twitter has acquired OpenBack. OpenBack is a mobile management platform based out of Dublin. The team will join Twitter’s Bluebird product team to focus on improving the platform’s notification system.

Apple has released the latest version of Final Cut Pro, version 10.6.2. The FCP update includes two primary new features – Duplicate Detection and Voice Isolation. Duplicate Detection is a feature that will be much appreciated for those editing long-form content and documentaries, while Voice Isolation wields machine learning to help isolate voice frequencies.

Final Cut Pro 10.6.2 and updates to its companion apps – Motion and Compressor – are now available for download on the Mac App Store right now.

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After teasing new features coming to iMovie in the near future during the “Peek Performance” event, Apple is now releasing them today. According to a press release, Storyboards and Magic Movie functions are now available with the latest iMovie update.

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The Beats Studio Buds, which first launched last summer, are now available in a trio of new colors. The Apple-owned company has announced that Beats Studio Buds will be available in Moon Gray, Ocean Blue, and Sunset Pink starting tomorrow. Beats is also rolling out new features for the Beats app on Android…

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After debuting its Base One premium glass and metal MagSafe charger last month, Nomad is out today with the all-new Base One Max that adds an integrated Apple Watch charger. Check out all the details below on this elegant multi-device charger with full 15W wireless MagSafe speeds for iPhone.

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M1 Mac mini now $129 off in Tuesday’s best deals, plus Anker Gold Box from $14, more

All of Tuesday’s best deals are now up for the taking and headlined by an Amazon low on Apple’s latest M1 Mac mini. That’s alongside a collection of iPhone accessories in an Anker Gold Box sale from $14, alongside an Apple gift card promotion. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

Remote collaboration has been more popular than ever these past two years. For video creators, things are about to get easier with the latest revision to Adobe’s Creative Cloud.

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Pebble founder details product choices that led to failure on 10th anniversary of Kickstarter launch

Today (April 11) is the 10th anniversary of Pebble’s Kickstarter debut. To mark the occasion, founder Eric Migicovsky published an explainer on what went wrong over the startup’s 5.5-year history.

Gentler Streak, the Apple Watch workout app that wants to bring compassion to your fitness goals, is being updated to version 2.2. With that, there are some overall improvements, new workouts available, and nice tweaks for both iPhone and Watch apps.

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In an article from Bloomberg, Citigroup analyst Jim Suva states that Apple may soon announce a stock buyback of up to $90 billion. In addition, the company will also raise its dividend by 5% to 10%. Second-quarter results are due to close on April 28. 

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As promised, Apple CEO Tim Cook’s privacy speech was the headline address to the International Association of Privacy Professionals, describing the fight for privacy as “one of the most essential battles of our time.”

His speech followed an earlier call by FTC chair Lina Kahn for a federal privacy law, alongside antitrust legislation to make tech giants less powerful …

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Powerful photo and video editor for iOS and macOS Darkroom just announced a new update. With version 6.0, the app is bringing four mask types so users can take advantage of different layers when editing an image. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

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