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Zac covers Apple news and product reviews for 9to5Mac, contributes to 9to5Google, and hosts the weekly 9to5Mac Happy Hour podcast.
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This week Benjamin and Zac discuss changes in watchOS 4 beta 3, the first major update to Apple’s Clips app, detailed new emoji coming later this year, Apple’s new Machine Learning Journal, new VP roles at the company, and the latest iPhone 8 (and iPhone SE) rumors.
Apple has created a new vice president of People position which will be held by Deirdre O’Brien starting this fall. Today’s announcement marks the second newly created position at Apple this week following Isabel Ge Mahe’s move to vice president and managing director of Greater China on Tuesday.
If you’re in the market for an iPhone now and can’t wait for new models later this year, T-Mobile is kicking off a new promotion to discount the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus for customers. The deal starts today and discounts new iPhones by up to $400 after trading in a qualified iPhone.
Google Play Music for iOS now works with Apple’s CarPlay feature when used with compatible car systems. CarPlay support lets Google Play Music users safely control music playback from the built-in car display using a streamlined interface.
Pokémon GO has been celebrating its first anniversary with in-app promotions and a special in-person event, and today Niantic confirmed that Legendary Pokémon will soon be unlocked in the game. The first Legendary Pokémon will be unlocked on Saturday at the first-ever Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago, then globally the next day.
Hulu announced a new TV deal with 20th Century Fox that brings “nearly 3,000 episodes of hit comedies, popular dramas and iconic series” to the subscription video service. Hulu says the new episodes will appear on the service over the coming weeks and include these shows among others:
Apple has released the final version of the latest macOS 10.12.6 software update. Mac users running macOS Sierra can find the update through the Mac App Store.
watchOS 3.2.3 update for Apple Watch is now available
Apple has released a routine bug fix and security update for all Apple Watches. watchOS 3.2.3 is now available as a software update from the Watch app on iPhone for all users.
Apple has released the iOS 10.3.3 software update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The update focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements for all devices running iOS 10.
Apple’s recently introduced Single Sign-on feature for easily accessing paid video apps on iOS and tvOS has gained 10 more TV provider partners. While several major partners are still not on board yet, these 10 new additions bring the total number of partners to 24 since the feature arrived last fall.
The latest update to Snapchat coming today brings two new features: Multi-Snap and Tint Brush. Multi-Snap lets you create up to a minute of video now by separately recording up to 10 seconds at a time, and Tint Brush is a new color editing feature for selecting and editing a specific part of a photo.
Adobe is out with a new version of Photoshop Lightroom for iPhone and iPad that brings a new Brush Selection tool and much more. Lightroom’s new Brush Selection tool supports pressure sensitive input on iPhones with 3D Touch and iPad Pros with Apple Pencil.
New banks and credit unions across the United States, Italy, Russia, the UK, and China have joined Apple’s list of participating partners since the last refresh earlier this month. Check out the latest Apple Pay banks below:
Olloclip and Incase have teamed up to create the limited edition Filmer’s Kit accessory pack for iPhone photographers and videographers. Filmer’s Kit for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus includes a total of five lenses, an articulating mobile video grip, and a special carrying case made for the accessories.
This week Benjamin and Zac discuss iPhone 8 ‘panic’ stories including wireless charging shipping late, new color rumors including a mirror finish, Apple’s new HomeKit displays, and changes and improvements in the latest iOS 11 betas.
tvOS 11 developer beta 3 for Apple TV now available
Apple is rolling out the third tvOS 11 developer beta for testing on the fourth-gen Apple TV. tvOS 11 brings Home screen sync, automatic dark and light mode, full AirPods support, AirPlay 2 and more.
Apple has released macOS High Sierra beta 3 for developer testing. macOS High Sierra includes the new Apple File System, HEVC video playback, Metal 2, Photos and Safari upgrades, and more.
This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the latest Apple Watch Activity Challenge and upcoming improvements to watchOS, the curious removal of a useful 3D Touch gesture, possible ProMotion iPhone displays, fewer color options, and Touch ID potentially being replaced by facial recognition.