About the Author

Zac Hall

@apollozac

Lead Editor at 9to5Mac

Zac covers Apple news and product reviews for 9to5Mac and hosts the weekly 9to5Mac Happy Hour podcast.

Email tips, typos, and any feedback to: zac@9to5mac.com

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April 20

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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Japanese blog Macotakara has published new details about the rumored iPhone SE 2 based on details shared by a case maker source. The new details come after Eurasian regulatory filings this month suggest we’re just weeks away from new iPhones being unveiled.

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April 19

It’s been two years since Apple introduced us to its iPhone disassembly robot Liam, and now it’s time to meet the company’s newest bot: Daisy. Apple says Daisy — who you can see in action below — offers “the most efficient way to reclaim more of the valuable materials stored in iPhone” with the robot capable of disassembling and sorting parts from up to 200 iPhones per hour.

Daisy’s introduction is accompanied with Apple adding Earth Day donations through its GiveBack program to the non-profit Conservation International. Apple’s GiveBack program lets customers return old devices to Apple Stores or Apple.com for recycling, and newer devices can even be traded in for Apple Store credit.

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Sleep Cycle for iPhone introduced snore detection a year ago to help sleep trackers discover whether or not snoring is affecting their sleep quality. Today Sleep Cycle is building on that feature with a brand new Apple Watch app that will silently nudge you when snoring is detected…

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April 18

This week Benjamin and Zac talk about recent Amazon Alexa features and HomePod sales, Apple’s leaked memo on stopping leaks, the FCC’s gold iPhone X leak, and the potential for third-party Apple Watch faces.

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

Sponsored by FIBARO: We’ve teamed up with FIBARO to give away a HomeKit bundle to turn your house into a Siri-controlled smart home.

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HomeKit Weekly is a series focused on smart home accessories, automation tips and tricks, and everything to do with Apple’s smart home framework. 

This week on HomeKit Weekly we’re looking at personalizing the icon for individual lights in Apple’s Home app. Changing each light icon can be especially useful after adding lots of HomeKit lights to your home.

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Since launching Things 3 last summer, the task management app has received several significant updates like Siri integration and the recently introduced Mail to Things feature. Things 3.5, the latest release, continues the update cycle with a release packed with new capabilities and improvements including ‘Copy & Paste Magic’, an enhanced Today widget, Zapier integration, and a lot more.

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April 17

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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[Update: Apple has now released the second public beta of macOS 10.13.5.]

Apple has released the second developer beta version of macOS 10.13.5 for testing. The beta version includes Messages in iCloud which works with iOS 11.4 beta.

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Following yesterday’s developer betas, Apple has seeded the second iOS 11.4 and tvOS 11.4 public betas. iOS 11.4 includes both AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud for testing, and tvOS 11.4 can be used for AirPlay 2 testing.

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In addition to reaching Brazil for the first time this month, Apple Pay has also expanded to more banks and credit unions across the United States, Canada, Italy, Russia, Spain, and China. Check out the latest new partners below:

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Snapchat is updating its Lens Studio tool with the ability to create custom Face Lenses for the first time. Lens Studio previously offered the ability to create World Lenses, or AR effects applied to your environment, and now users can create custom selfie effects as well.

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April 16

Apple has released the second tvOS 11.4 developer beta for testing on Apple TV 4 and Apple TV 4K. tvOS 11.4 turns Apple TV into an AirPlay 2 speaker which supports multi-room AirPlay from iOS.

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watchOS 4.3.1 beta 2 for Apple Watch is now available for developer testing. While the new update is light on new features, it does include a new warning when launching older apps.

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Two weeks after the original developer beta, Apple has released iOS 11.4 beta 2 for testing. iOS 11.4 includes unreleased features like AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud.  We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.

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Apple’s Siri team has published a new Machine Learning Journal entry that details some of the process behind making voice-activated ‘Hey Siri’ work with just our voice. Apple previously documented part of the process behind pulling off voice-activated Siri in general last fall, and the first Machine Learning Journal entry of this year focuses on the challenge of speaker recognition.

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April 13

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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Bloomberg has published a new report that includes a memo sent to all Apple employees with a clear message: employees who leak internal information will be fired, face legal action when possible, and risk becoming unemployable at other companies.

The memo specifically references 9to5Mac and the iOS 11 GM leak that we received last fall which led to discovering the iPhone X name and features, Animoji, and the cellular Apple Watch Series 3 ahead of Apple’s event.

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April 12

Following updates to iMovie and Final Cut Pro on macOS earlier this week, Apple has finally updated the iOS version of iMovie for the larger screen size of the iPhone X. The new version also uses Apple’s Metal framework for graphics processing within the app as well. Full release notes below:

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This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Apple’s new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, the wait for AirPower, the latest Mac Pro news, macOS High Sierra’s 32-bit app warning, and watchOS 5 likely dropping old Apple Watch apps.

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

Sponsored by FIBARO: We’ve teamed up with FIBARO to give away a HomeKit bundle to turn your house into a Siri-controlled smart home.

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