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Zac Hall

@apollozac

Lead Editor at 9to5Mac

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

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tvOS 12 developer beta 8 for Apple TV 4 and Apple TV 4K now available

tvOS 12 developer beta 8 is now available for Apple TV 4 and Apple TV 4K. tvOS 12 includes expanded audio format support, app sign-on improvements, updates to Aerial screensavers, and more.

watchOS 5 developer beta 8 for Apple Watch is now available for testing. As always, we’ll dig through the latest beta version and highlight all the changes between the previous beta and the latest beta below.

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macOS Mojave developer beta 8 for Mac now available

macOS Mojave developer beta 8 is now available for testing. As always, we’ll dig through the latest beta version and highlight all the changes between the first beta and the latest beta below.

The iOS update train is still chugging along. After releasing not one but two iOS 12 developer betas last week, we expect Apple to release iOS 12 developer beta 9 for iPhone and iPad today. Apple released beta 7 on Monday but pulled the update later in the day due to performance issues that were later resolved in beta 8.

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August 17

Brooklynn Prince will play Hilde Lysiak in Apple’s upcoming TV series

Variety reports that Brooklynn Prince from “The Florida Project” has been picked to play Hilde Lysiak in Apple’s upcoming TV series based on the young journalist. Lysiak is a 12-year-old pre-teen reporter who went viral after she unearthed a cold case murder mystery in her home town of Selinsgrove, PA.

AirPlay 2 has been out for a few months now and it has generally been well received, but there’s one mystery left for Apple’s upgraded audio streaming feature: will AirPlay 2 support come to the AirPort Express? There’s both reason to be hopeful and skeptical…

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August 16

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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As part of Apple’s “Back to the Mac” event in late 2010, Apple introduced OS X Lion which included lots of features and user interface decisions inspired by the iPhone and iPad.

While much of the signature Lion design like linen and leather was replaced years later in OS X Mavericks, the Mac’s concept of borrowing the iOS app launcher with a feature called Launchpad remains.

Launchpad doesn’t get much love from Mac power users (there are plenty of other efficient ways to launch Mac apps) and Apple really hasn’t touched the feature in years. But it’s a feature I use regularly on my Mac — after making a few adjustments.

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TechCrunch has published an internal Twitter email that includes the company’s explanation for shutting down their API that powered many features in useful apps like Tweetbot and Twitterrific.

While the email likely won’t convince irritated Twitter users who are seeing features removed from their favorite apps, the internal communication is the most open Twitter has been about its thinking on the matter:

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August 15

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Group FaceTime’s delay, Twitter’s destructive API change, new details about AirPower, iPhone rumors including Apple Pencil support, Apple Car development, and much more.

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.

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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.

We’re halfway through August, but summer doesn’t feel anywhere near like letting up: it’s hot outside! Luckily there are lots of ways to keep cool indoors — including four methods that work with HomeKit and Siri. Controlling cooling with HomeKit doesn’t have to be expensive either.

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Tapbots has released an updated version of Tweetbot for iPhone and iPad that removes or degrades lots of useful features due to Twitter’s API change set to occur tomorrow. Due to the API changes, Tweetbot’s Apple Watch app which focused largely on showing alert activity has also been removed.

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[Update: Build 16A5357b now available, up from 16A5354b. Note that users who downloaded but didn’t install beta 7 may need to remove the file from Storage Settings.]

We expect Apple to release iOS 12 developer beta 8 for iPhone and iPad today after pulling iOS 12 developer beta 7 on Monday. The release earlier this week included initial performance issues that eventually caused Apple to pull both the OTA update and IPSW restore images for the build.

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iPhone buying decisions vary from person to person, and not everyone cares about having the latest version. This works for a lot of consumers since you can generally buy any modern iPhone and have a positive experience — especially if you’re upgrading after a few generations.

Every summer I hear from family members who are super excited that they just bought a new iPhone. If I mention that a new model is just around the corner and we even have an idea about what will be different, it never changes their buying decision. That can be hard for me to understand, but it works for a lot of people. Just look at Apple’s iPhone sales numbers during the quarter before a new model is introduced.

If you do care about buying the latest iPhone as soon as it comes out, it’s not too hard to guess when new iPhones will be introduced based on recent launches.

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August 14

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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I don’t know if people still play HQ Trivia (or if anyone has struck gold playing), but there’s a clever new way to compete if so: HQ Trivia for Apple TV. The live trivia game show made its debut on iPhone and iPad around this time last year, but there’s certainly less buzz around the app now. HQ Trivia hopes a new presence in the living room will change that, and frankly it’s not a bad idea.

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CNBC has published a new report that highlights recent job listings from Apple and what they could mean for future products. Specifically, the report cites three job listings from this summer that relate to sensor processors and fitness sensors, which CNBC believes could hint at a future chip dedicated to processing data from health sensors like on Apple Watch.

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Spotify giving songwriters and producers credit on iOS

Songwriters and producers are finally getting the credit they deserve with Spotify on iOS. A recent update to the iPhone and iPad app introduced the ability to see songwriter and producer attribution — a feature previously missing and still absent on Android.

Dark Mode in macOS Mojave is really awesome, but it shines in some apps better than others. Dark Mode is excellent in iTunes and Photos where colors pop off the screen, but it can make reading more difficult in text-focused apps.

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ToothFairy is a Mac utility app that makes connecting to AirPods and other Bluetooth accessories as easy as a menu bar icon click or even a keyboard shortcut. The latest version of ToothFairy for Mac adds support for Dark Mode in macOS Mojave ahead of its official release (seen above) as well as plenty of text description improvements for users.

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