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Jason Segel and Harrison Ford star in Shrinking, now streaming on Apple TV+

Jason Segel and Harrison Ford star in a new half-hour dramedy called Shrinking, streaming now on Apple TV+. The series revolves around a therapist who ignores the usual rules of practice and decides to give raw, honest, advice to his clients.

Yesterday

Apple’s Safari web browser has some filters to prevent users from accessing malicious websites. However, in China, these filters are managed by Tencent – a Chinese company – and they come with a lot of censorship. Now Apple is quietly expanding censorship of websites from China to users in Hong Kong.

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TikTok is essentially a video platform. But with the number of users growing every day combined with increasing competition from other apps, it’s no surprise that TikTok has been working on catching up with other social networks in more ways. And TikTok’s next move is to let users receive direct messages from anyone, just like Instagram.

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If you’re ready to sell, trade in, or give away your Mac or wipe it for another reason there are different steps to the process depending on what Mac you have and what version of macOS you’re on. Notably, macOS Ventura and Monterey include a handy modern erase option like iOS. Read on for how to reset MacBooks and Mac desktops.

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Benjamin and Zac discuss a change to Low Power Mode on the Apple Watch, Apple’s newest TV+ ad, and reviewers have gotten a chance to go hands-on with the new M2 MacBook Pro and Mac mini. Plus, there’s new rumors about the iPhone 15 Pro chassis redesign and insights into exactly how Apple’s upcoming AR headset will work from a software perspective.

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SwitchBuddy for iOS updated with upcoming games and release countdown widgets

Nintendo Switch companion app SwitchBuddy has been a handy way to transfer screenshots/videos and keep up with Switch news on iPhone. Now the app has received a major update with a new Games section to track upcoming releases complete with countdown widgets.

Update: Spotify has said: “Something’s not quite right, and we’re looking into it. Thanks for your reports!”

It’s not just you: Spotify is facing an ongoing outage that is affecting many of its users around the world. According to posts on social media, the outage began shortly after 10 a.m. PT and is still ongoing. Spotify has not yet acknowledged the outage or given any indication of when the service will come back online.

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As the adoption of electric vehicles has grown, so has the availability of EV-specific apps for CarPlay. There are a number of excellent CarPlay apps that help take your EV experience to the next level, including planning trips, finding chargers, and more. Read on for the growing list of CarPlay apps that every EV owner should check out.

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Award-winning productivity app Things is out with a valuable update today for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. The latest release sees an Apple Shortcuts upgrade that brings a lot more power and efficiency to the app.

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Apple is halting the development of its own custom Wi-Fi chip in an effort to direct more attention to Apple Silicon processors. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the “slowdown of processor upgrades” is a concern for Apple. Therefore, it wants to devote more resources to the development of 3-nanometer chips for Apple Silicon products.

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Deals: Apple Studio Display $299 off, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Magic Keyboard $300, M1 iMac, more

It’s Thursday, and we have a fresh batch of discounts now live across the Apple sphere. Kicking things off is a new all-time low on the Apple Studio Display, which lands at $1,300 following a $299 discount. That’s alongside a chance to save $49 on Apple’s Magic Keyboard for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which rounds out the discounts today on top of these rare 24-inch M1 iMac price cuts. Hit the jump for all of the best deals and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

In 2018, Apple redesigned the iPad Pro, and customers, including myself, were in awe of this beautiful piece of hardware. It was the first time Apple left the classic, Steve Jobs envisioned-designed, and gave us something completely different. A near-bezel-less design, with FaceID, a 120Hz ProMotion display, rear pin connectors for accessories, a new magnetically attaching Apple Pencil, and just amazing power for such a slim and clean device.

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Pegasus spyware – a zero-click way of remotely hacking an iPhone, and gaining access to all the personal data stored on it – has been defended by the company’s CEO. NSO chief exec said that the company had made “mistakes” in selling it to repressive governments, but claimed that it now sells Pegasus only to countries to whom the US sells weapons.

A security researcher said that the comparison was bogus, stating that a more reasonable comparison would be selling long-range nuclear missiles …

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The Mac Pro has effectively been defined as two things. First, the most powerful Mac in Apple’s line-up. Second, the most expandable machine, but it’s looking increasingly like neither will apply to the 2023 Mac Pro.

And if you take away both of the unique selling points of the Mac Pro, isn’t it dead on arrival … ?

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An analyst report points to likely iPhone 15 Wi-Fi 6E support this year – giving at least some of this year’s iPhones access to a whole new frequency band.

If accurate, that would mean increased capacity, reduced interference, and better video streaming performance …

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2022 iPhone shipments fell 14.9% year-on-year during the holiday quarter, and shipments for the calendar year were also down by 4%, according to the latest IDC data.

However, while that doesn’t look like great news, Apple actually fared better than any other brand in both the quarter, and across the year as a whole …

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January 25

Following all the mess happening to Twitter after the company was acquired by Elon Musk, Apple Fellow and former Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller has deleted his account on the platform. However, those who still want updates from Schiller can now follow him on Mastodon.

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Apple’s high-end AirPods Max headphones were introduced in 2020 for the high price of $549. While they impress for their sound quality, there are a lot of controversies about the product. At the same time, Apple has never released a new version of the headphone since then. With rumors of a new-generation AirPods Max in the works, we want to know what features you are most looking forward to.

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iOS 16.3 was released to everyone on Monday, with headlining features including Security Key support for Apple IDs and support for the second-generation HomePod. The update also included a handful of bug fixes and improvements, including a fix for a pesky CarPlay bug.

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In December, Apple launched a big expansion of its end-to-end encryption for iCloud in the US with the feature rolling out worldwide with iOS 16.3. As it turns out, Apple has shared there’s a HomePod bug where they can’t be set up or updated if Advanced Data Protection has been enabled and the smart speaker isn’t running at least HomePod software 16.2. Fortunately, there are two ways to fix it, here’s how.

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Earlier this week Apple officially released iOS 16.3 updates for iOS, iPadOS, and HomePod. The update brings several noteworthy changes and enhancements to these devices, headlined by support for hardware security keys for Apple IDs and the global rollout of Advanced Data Protection.

iOS 16.3 also paves the way for the new second-generation HomePod, which is scheduled to be released on February 3. But even if you don’t plan on dropping $299 for Apple’s newest smart speaker, you’ll be pleased to learn that iOS 16.3 includes enhancements for the first-generation HomePod and the HomePod mini. Watch my hands-on video walkthroughs for a visual breakdown of what’s new.

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Apple has once again adjusted the trade-in prices for many of its devices. The company does this every so often in response to market values and the release of new products. This time, Apple has adjusted trade-in prices for the iPhone, Mac, and Apple Watch, while iPad trade-in values have remained the same.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a lot of companies around the world to change the way they work, and that includes Apple. However, as the situation is now more under control, Apple is changing its policies for employees again, who will no longer need to test for COVID-19 before going to the office.

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