About the Author

Filipe Espósito

@filipeesposito

Filipe Espósito is a Brazilian tech Journalist who started covering Apple news on iHelp BR with some exclusive scoops — including the reveal of the new Apple Watch Series 5 models in titanium and ceramic. He joined 9to5Mac to share even more tech news around the world.

He currently uses an iPhone 12 Pro Max, Apple Watch Series 6, iPad Air (3rd gen), M1 MacBook Air, and AirPods Max.

Today

Clubhouse continues to make headlines around the world for another week, but this time with some controversial news. Personal data of 1.3 million users of the audio-based social network was exposed on a popular hacker forum, but the company disagrees that it was a leak.

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Pokémon GO, Niantic and Nintendo’s popular augmented reality game for mobile devices, is now causing troubles for some players. More specifically, iPhone users have been reporting that the game is mistakenly banning players for no reason.

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April 11

Rumors have been suggesting that Apple will introduce new iPad Pro models sometime in the first half of this year, and Bloomberg has already said that these models should arrive in April. While we’re still waiting for some news, Bloomberg today reported that the new 2021 iPad Pro is indeed coming later this month, despite supply constraints with the Mini-LED displays.

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April 9

One of the actions I do repeatedly on my Mac is drag and drop, either to move files from one folder to another or upload them to a website or app. While I’ve never had any problems with the way drag and drop works on the Mac, I recently discovered an app called Dropover that remarkably improves the experience with this action.

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April 8

Back in 2019, the Apple Developer app was updated with a new feature that made it easier for new developers to sign up for the program without having to access Apple’s website. While this feature was initially only available in the US, Apple is now expanding this option to more regions.

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Actress and writer Adepero Oduye is now joining the cast of the upcoming series Five Days at Memorial, which is being produced by Apple TV+. The news was confirmed on Thursday in a report by Variety.

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The Pwn2Own 2021 event is promoted by the Zero Day Initiative as a way to encourage developers and researchers to report zero-day vulnerabilities to the affected companies instead of selling these breaches to malicious hackers. This year, systems researcher Jack Dates was paid $100,000 after finding a new exploit in Apple’s Safari web browser.

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Cellebrite is an advanced and controversial tool that has been used by law enforcement officers to crack the iPhone security on multiple occasions. Today Brazilian police confirmed that they used this tool to unlock the iPhones of two child murder suspects who were arrested after important messages were recovered from their devices.

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Back in August 2020, Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store after an update that bypassed the App Store’s in-app purchases system. Since then, Apple and Epic Games have been fighting in court — and now the findings of fact and conclusions of law filed by Apple with the court give us more details of what to expect from this trial.

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April 7

Watchsmith, which is a powerful app for Apple Watch users that offers multiple options for customizing watch faces, is getting a major update today with several new features. The update brings a variety of new complication styles and even more abilities that can be found in the app.

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Following the huge success of Clubhouse, companies like Twitter and Facebook have begun work on their own live audio chat platforms. Interestingly, it seems that Twitter has already considered acquiring Clubhouse for a whopping $4 billion — although the plan has not turned out as expected.

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Apple has just released the seventh beta of watchOS 7.4 to developers. This update brings an important new feature that lets Apple Watch users unlock iPhone models with Face ID when wearing a mask instead of asking for a password.

Update: Apple has just released watchOS 7.4 beta 7 for public beta users as well.

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April 6

Apple announced in December 2020 that 81% of iPhones introduced in the last four years were already running iOS 14, which is the latest version of the company’s mobile operating system. Now the analyst company Mixpanel says that iOS 14 adoption among iPhone and iPad users has already surpassed 90%.

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Apple Arcade was introduced in 2019 as a new way to offer full access to games through a monthly subscription. However, the platform is not exactly considered a huge success. With the recent announcement of classic iOS games coming to the Apple Arcade, we want to know if your opinion of Apple Arcade improved with the arrival of classic iOS games.

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Apple has been working on new ways to let users know more about the battery life of their devices, and it seems that the company plans to add even more related features to iOS. The US Patent & Trademark Office this week granted Apple a patent for a new system that can predict and warn the user when the iPhone battery is expected to run out.

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Disk Drill, a popular software to recover deleted files from your Mac, is getting a major update today with full support for Apple Silicon Macs. This follows the release of Disk Drill 4 last year with support for Macs with the T2 security chip and RAW file recovery.

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April 5

We’ve been hearing rumors about the next-generation Apple TV for over a year now, and although more evidence has been found, Apple’s plans for its set-top box remain unknown. However, 9to5Mac found references to 120Hz support in the tvOS 14.5 beta code, which is something that wouldn’t work on the current-generation Apple TV due to hardware limitations.

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The competition against Clubhouse has been increasing as multiple social networks have recently announced their own live audio platforms. Meanwhile, Clubhouse is today introducing a new feature called “Clubhouse Payments” that lets users support content creators by sending them money.

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April 2

Earlier this year, Apple announced that Dan Riccio would be transitioned to a new position in the company, and that John Ternus would take over as leader of the hardware team. It seems now that this transition has been completed as the company updated its Leadership webpage today with Ternus as SVP Hardware Engineering, while Riccio is no longer listed there.

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April 1

Earlier today, we shared a report about the record spend on apps during the pandemic, and now a Sensor Tower research shows that iPhone users really have been spending more than ever in the App Store ecosystem. iPhone users in the US spent an average of $138 on apps in 2020, which is 38% more than in 2019.

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