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A significant shift in recent years in the enterprise IT industry is how fast new versions of major operating systems are implemented. For the longest time, IT would hold users on an old version of operating systems for many months (if not years) to maintain compatibility with existing systems – but that is changing.

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One of the main draws of AirPods has always been their ability to essentially be invisible, both to the user and to people around them. When they were first introduced they had two features, the ability to play music and the ability to talk to Siri with a tap. But over the past 5 years, Apple has added new features both through hardware revisions and in software updates that have us wondering if AirPods deserve their own companion app on iPhone. Here’s what we think it should look like.

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The popular gamer-focused messaging platform “Discord” is finally working on an update for its macOS app that brings full support to Macs with M1 chip and later. Although the update is not yet officially available to the public, it can be downloaded as a beta app for now.

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Black Friday has finally arrived, and it’s now time to to take a look at ways you can keep your home (or campsite) powered at some of the year’s best prices. The official BLUETTI Black Friday sale is now here, delivering some of the largest discounts the company has ever offered. Ranging from the whole-home AC300 and B300 portable power stations setup to the lower-cost portable alternatives, we outline the best deals on BLUETTI for Black Friday 2021 down below

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Top 10 Black Friday deals still available

While we’ve been rounding up all of the best Black Friday action this week, the shopping event is beginning to come to an end. Even so, there are still plenty of notable deals out there and up for the taking. Our team at 9to5Toys has been working around the clock to deliver the best discounts, and now with time fading, we’re rounding up some of our favorite offers still up for grabs. Below, you’ll find our list of the top 10 Black Friday deals still available as of now.

When Apple Airtags came out, I bet a lot of you were thinking, “this will be a great way to track my pet if it gets lost.” While adding a $29 AirTag is better than nothing, and collars already exist, they only work if an Apple device is nearby. That’s why Apple doesn’t recommend using AirTags for pets (or kids!) The same goes for Tile trackers, which rely on the app on people’s phones nearby.

I’ve had a Fi on our escape-artist Husky for a year now, and it’s already found her twice in the woods where AirTags won’t work.

Note: Fi is $100 off at $50 for Black Friday

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Mujjo has been making high-quality iPhone cases for ten years and they’ve been a perennial favorite for many of us at 9to5Mac. But with MagSafe on modern iPhones, does it make sense to pick up a wallet case without magnets? Read on for a closer look at the Mujjo iPhone 13 Leather Wallet Case and why it still offers a compelling experience.

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Following the announcement of the new M1 Pro and M1 Max-powered MacBook Pros last month, a trend quickly emerged with multiple big tech companies rolling out the new machines to their engineering teams. At the time, companies making the upgrade included Uber, Twitter, and Reddit.

Now, Reddit staff engineer Jameson Williams has shared a detailed breakdown of the improvements the company expects to see with the new MacBook Pro models.

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Hundreds of the best Mac and iOS apps are now on sale for Black Friday!

Welcome to our list of the best Black Friday Mac and iOS app deals. Our annual roundup of the best iOS app deals features all of the top-tier games and productivity suites out there at some of the best prices of the year so you can load up your library at a major discount. This year also features some of the lowest prices of 2021 on premier Mac apps, from Parallels Desktop 17 and and Affinity design software to the new Pixelmator Pro, and much more. All listed out into neat categories for your browsing pleasure, head below the fold for the annual 9to5 list of the best Black Friday Mac and iOS app deals. 

CarPlay is Apple’s feature that brings communication and entertainment functions to the built-in screen in your car using iPhone apps. The feature appears on a lot of aftermarket displays and new cars that you can buy today.

As CarPlay support shows up from more manufacturers, we’re also seeing more developers enable CarPlay capabilities in their own apps. Once you install these apps on your iPhone, they appear on your CarPlay-enabled display when you connect your iPhone. Read on for the growing list of iPhone apps that support CarPlay. expand full story

I’ve been using Apple’s dramatically redesigned iPad mini for about two months now, and my biggest takeaway is that it’s a great device for reading and note taking. But as you’ll see in my iPad mini 6 extended-use review, it’s not without compromise.

Although the 2021 iPad mini isn’t without its flaws, its strengths – namely, portability and pound-for-pound capability – have made it an integral part of my workflow. Should you consider making it a part of your technology stack? Is it worth the $100 price increase over the outgoing model? Watch my hands-on video as I discuss the merits of Apple’s pint-sized tablet after some extended usage.

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Popular HomeKit smart light maker Nanoleaf is out today with an all-new product. The Lines HomeKit-enabled modular lights are a totally new form factor from Nanoleaf and feature a slick aesthetic for your home, office, or any space you can think of. We got a chance to test out Lines ahead of today’s pre-order launch, read on for all the details.

Update 11/26: The Nanoleaf Lines are now shipping.

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It seems like just yesterday we were all relishing the end of 2020 and looking ahead to 2021. Now, 2021 is nearing its end, and many of us are preparing to enjoy the Christmas season. Adding HomeKit support to my Christmas decorations was my first introduction to HomeKit, so it’s only fitting that we kick off the season with my official guide to automating your Christmas decorations.

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Apple Watch Series 6 sees Black Friday clearance from $320, HomePod mini $80, Anker sale, more

Black Friday is finally here! While you’ll find all of the deals through the week, today has three notable discounts worth highlighting above the rest. First up, Apple Watch Series 6 is seeing a clearance sale from $320 alongside HomePod mini from $80. Not to mention, a massive selection of Anker iPhone accessories from $12. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

Apple’s annual Black Friday shopping event has arrived, and unsurprisingly, the “deals” offer quite a bit to be desired. Apple isn’t offering cash discounts on any of its products, but rather rewarding customers with an Apple Store gift card with select purchases.

For most Apple products, you can save quite a bit more by looking elsewhere

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I continue to love my M1 Max MacBook Pro in the main – especially the cool and silent running, and the impressive real-world battery-life – but three (or possibly four) annoying macOS Monterey bugs are somewhat spoiling the experience.

Two of the issues have been ongoing almost from the start, and they are now getting old.

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Apple sales in Turkey have resumed after the company suspended them due to a currency crash in the country. However, local prices have been increased by 25% to reflect the devaluation of the Turkish lira against the US dollar.

Apple suspended sales from the local online store, and there have been conflicting reports that it also turned people away from retail stores

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As part of hitting back at spyware company NSO, Apple alerted a Polish prosecutor that her iPhone appears to have been compromised by Pegasus. This also gives us our first look at the text of Apple’s security alerts.

Although Poland has not admitted purchasing and using the spyware, there is significant evidence that it has done so …

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Apple has been fined €10M ($11.3M) in Italy for what competition authorities say is the misuse of customer data. Google has been fined the same amount for the same thing.

It follows a $225M fine in the same country earlier this week for price fixing between Apple and Amazon …

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Looking to get your first smart vacuum, upgrade an older model, or add to your existing setup? Dreametech has an impressive lineup of smart appliances to seamlessly keep your home spotless. And for the holidays, it is offering great deals on its D9 Robot Vacuum and Mop, T20 Cordless Stick Vacuum, and more. Keep reading for all the details including a special discount for 9to5Mac readers for up to 30% off Dreametech.

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Black Friday is now here at 9to5Mac, and our team over at 9to5Toys has been working around the clock to bring you all of the best deals. Through Thanksgiving week, we’ll be delivering all of the most notable markdowns on Apple devices, home goods, fashion, and much more. As always, the major players will be center stage this week, with Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and many others offering up notable deals. Head below for the best Black Friday 2021 Apple deals and more.

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The iPhone 13 Pro devices come with some great new camera capabilities with one of them being powerful performance for up-close shots and footage. Let’s look at how to take iPhone 13 Pro macro photos and videos.

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Best MacBook Black Friday 2021 deals: Mac mini $429, M1 MacBook Air $149 off, more

Black Friday is upon us as Thanksgiving week is under way, with a collection of the latest from Apple already going on sale. While you’ll find discounts on AirPods, iPhone 13 accessories, and much more, we’re also seeing a number of Black Friday Mac deals, too. With price cuts on the more affordable wearables in Apple’s stable kicking off the festivities this year, you can head below for all of the best Mac Black Friday deals.

Best Black Friday Apple Watch deals: Series 7 from $380, Series 6 from $320, SE $60 off, more

Black Friday is upon us as Thanksgiving week draws closer, with a collection of the latest from Apple already going on sale. While you’ll find discounts on AirPods, iPhone 13 accessories, and much more, we’re also seeing a number of Black Friday Apple Watch deals, too. With price cuts on the more affordable wearables in Apple’s stable kicking off the festivities this year, you can head below for all of the best Apple Watch Black Friday deals.

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