Zac Hall

@apollozac

Editor at 9to5Mac + 9to5Google

Zac covers Apple news and product reviews for 9to5Mac, contributes to 9to5Google, and hosts the weekly 9to5Mac Happy Hour podcast.

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

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September 13

AAPL: 107.95

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Adobe’s Lightroom app continues to live on the edge of what’s possible with Apple’s various platforms, and the latest version of the photo editing app for iOS is no exception. Lightroom for iOS now lets you shoot in raw using the built-in camera so you can capture exactly what the sensor sees without iOS processing over it artificially.

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September 12

AAPL: 105.44

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The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus don’t even hit store shelves until this Friday, September 16th, but the first official unboxing in the wild are already popping up online early. Photos shared on social media in Asia show believable images from someone who claims to be an Apple dealer unboxing and holding the unreleased iPhone models in public.

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Before Apple built its Home app for HomeKit in iOS 10, Matthias Hochgatterer created the best HomeKit app around with the original Home app. Apple’s Home app on iOS 10 is built-in, free, and has its own panel on Control, but the third-party Home app is still the best solution if you’re in deep with HomeKit like me. The iOS 10 version includes updated widgets, a new design, a refreshed Apple Watch app, and a temporarily discounted price to mark the launch.

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9to5toys 

September 9

AAPL: 103.13

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iPhone 7 pre-order day is here and two things are clear. 9to5Mac readers really like black whether its matte or glossy, and Apple can’t make enough of the new colors in time for launch day.

Jet black is already backordered into November unless you woke up at 3am ET and pre-ordered immediately. Matte black isn’t as bad with 2-3 week estimates for most models currently, but the low supply has presented an annoying downside to iPhone Upgrade Program customers.

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This week Benjamin and Zac unpack Apple’s iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 event. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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September 8

AAPL: 105.52

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So you want the new iPhone 7 but it doesn’t have a headphone jack. No problem, it comes with Lightning EarPods in the box plus a Lightning to headphone jack adapter for your old headphones. But what if you like Lightning Audio but need to charge your iPhone 7 while using the headphones in the box or other Lightning headphones? Belkin has a solution for you, but it cost $40 and it’s not pretty.

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9to5google 

The Apple Watch Series 2 announcement isn’t earth shattering. Swim proof, built-in GPS, brighter display, faster chip, and same design. Most first-gen Apple Watch users will be satisfied with the speed gains that the watchOS 3 software update offers and won’t consider upgrading, and first time Apple Watch buyers will have a better experience with the new hardware and software from day one.

I’m hardly disappointed personally. I asked for a better sports watch and that’s what Apple delivered. The Series 2 message is so clearly targeted toward health and activity that it’s easy to miss features like Siri and Apple Pay!

It’s especially interesting to me that Apple actually introduced two new Apple Watch models: Series 1 and Series 2. The first-gen Apple Watch is dead. That’s absolutely the right thing to do even if it’s a new move for Apple and implies we were all beta testers for the original.

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Update: macOS Sierra GM is also now available for public beta testers. Like yesterday’s developer release, it requires a new promo code for the App Store to redeem. macOS Sierra will be released to everyone on September 20.

Following yesterday’s release of iOS 10 GM for developers, Apple has released iOS 10 GM to public beta testers as well. iOS 10 is scheduled to be released to anyone not testing the beta version next week on Tuesday, September 13.

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September 7

AAPL: 108.36

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macOS Sierra has been used by developers and public beta testers all summer, and today the Mac software update is available in GM form as Apple prepares it for primetime. The latest release is available now through the Mac App Store. macOS Sierra’s headlining feature is Siri on the Mac with other features like Auto-Unlock which lets Apple Watch users skip the password login screen. Apple Pay is also coming to Safari with macOS Sierra, although we haven’t seen the feature live on the web yet.

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electrek 

Apple’s new ‘Series 2’ models start from $369 and ship starting next week with pre-orders kicking off this Friday as we learned in today’s keynote. Apple has also shared official details for its new swimproof models including the price for the new ceramic white model which is put in the Apple Watch Edition category (so it’s pricey). Head below for details including location availability and more…

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Apple CFO Jeff Williams has unveiled the next generation of Apple Watch on stage at its big event today.

The new model is called Apple Watch Series 2. Adding to the splash proof feature of the original model, the new Apple Watch is actually swim proof. Apple Watch Series 2 adds swim tracking to the Workouts app including pool swimming and open water swimming. The Apple Watch speaker is the only unsealed part of the casing and it intelligently ejects water after a workout.

Apple Watch Series 2 features a new S2 chip with a faster dual-core processor and a new GPU with 2x graphics performance. The new display is also 2x brighter at 1000 nits, the brightest for any Apple display.

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September 6

AAPL: 107.70

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Apple’s ‘See you on the 7th’ keynote tomorrow seems mostly set in terms of what we expect to see: iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Apple Watch 2 with GPS, wireless AirPods and new Beats products. But Apple has a lot of other products in the works that we don’t exactly expect to see tomorrow but would love to see leave the lab if only for a preview. 9to5Mac readers would probably put any new Macs on the top of that list, but there’s a lot of other stuff also rumored to be in the pipeline that would make for an exciting ‘One more thing’ on stage tomorrow…

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We’re just over 24 hours away from the kickoff of Apple’s big iPhone 7 keynote, and the company is reminding Apple TV owners that you can easily view the show from home with the Apple Events channel. The Apple TV app refreshed over the long weekend with bokeh artwork used to promote tomorrow’s Apple keynote. You can even use the channel to see a reminder for when the keynote kicks off in your local timezone.

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9to5toys 

September 3

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It’s unclear exactly when this started happening or what it means for Apple Watch 2, but a 9to5Mac reader noticed that the Apple Store app is now differentiating some models by year in the product name. This is especially curious considering Apple is expected to unveil the Apple Watch 2 on Wednesday at the September 7 ‘iPhone 7’ event.

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Shot by Howard Brilliant for 9to5Mac

Apple flags are now flying over Bill Graham Civic Center in San Francisco, California, as the company prepares the venue for Wednesday’s iPhone 7 announcement. Apple’s keynote kicks off at 10am PT/1pm ET, where we expect to see upgraded iPhones and a new Apple Watch introduced. Check out more shots of the scene after the break…

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9to5google 

This week Benjamin and Zac return for a special bonus episode of Happy Hour to discuss last minute iPhone 7 rumors including five color options, higher storage tiers, RAM upgrades, and much more ahead of Apple’s September 7 event. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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September 2

AAPL: 107.73

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Update: Every stainless steel model is now completely sold out online.

We noted last month that Apple Watch inventory was shrinking ahead of Apple’s expected fall event, and now it appears that almost all stainless steel Apple Watch models are sold out online and in limited supply in stores. Only one version of the steel Apple Watch is available to order online, and seven of the aluminum Apple Watch Sport models are sold out as well. This could mean a few things for Apple Watch 2 news at Apple’s September 7 ‘iPhone 7’ event.

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Netatmo, maker of the hyperlocal Weather Station, announced today that its Smart Thermostat and new Smart Radiator Valves officially support Apple’s HomeKit feature. The company highlights providing “the only complete heating solution in Europe that’s compatible with Apple HomeKit.”

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electrek 

September 1

AAPL: 106.73

0.63
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