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Greg Barbosa

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Greg Barbosa is a writer and Product Manager across our network of sites at 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, and Electrek. He previously worked as a QA tester and lead at a mobile software development company, data engineer at a government procurement startup, and moved through multiple roles at an Apple store before that.

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Yesterday

AAPL: 150.34

-0.68

We’re halfway through July, but exclusive Apple Music and Beats 1 content continues to be announced. In June, we finally saw the release of Apple’s oft-discussed Planet of the Apps series. While many readers shared they won’t be watching it, it remains as Apple’s first steps into original content. Carpool Karaoke which had been slated for Spring, will now see an official release date on August 8th.

We’ll be sure to update this list with information as it arrives, so be sure to check back often. Let’s dive into what we you’ll be watching and listening to on Apple Music and Beats 1 this July 2017…

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July 14

AAPL: 149.04

1.27

Before I had even moved into my new apartment a few months ago, I was already dreaming of ways to integrate HomeKit throughout the space. The number one priority being how to turn it into a not-so-obvious smart home. I didn’t want blinking LEDs littering my apartment, and I didn’t want guests having to question how exactly to turn on a light switch. It needed to appear like a regular apartment, but be HomeKit compatible.

The area I struggled with the most was the light switch. Through weeks of hunting I came across ones that required hubs, had obnoxious LEDs, or looked like alien light switches. Then came Leviton with its HomeKit compatible Decora Smart Switch and Dimmer. At first glance, they don’t even appear to be “smart,” which couldn’t be more perfect for my setup.

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The best 4K & 5K displays for Mac

PSA: Apple updates list of countries eligible for $99/year Apple Music plan

An updated Apple Music support page now lists all countries eligible for the $99 annual membership. This updated page acts as an official announcement considering the initial launch had none.

9to5toys 

June 28

AAPL: 145.83

2.10

After months of heads-down work, today the design and dev team is proud to release an updated website across our network of sites. Taking your comments, feedback, and ideas into consideration, we were able to revamp and shape our site into what you see today…

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June 26

AAPL: 145.82

-0.46

Proper iOS 11 downgrade procedure detailed on Apple support page

Following up on today’s release of iOS 11 beta 2 update 1, Apple has also updated its beta software support page to detail the proper methods in downgrading to iOS 10. Many developers on iOS 11 beta 2 had noticed that downgrading was broken and today’s changes look to resolve that.

Apple releases fourth watchOS 3.2.3 beta for Apple Watch

Apple has begun seeding the fourth watchOS 3.2.3 beta for Apple Watch. The update is only available to registered developers for testing.

9to5google 

June 22

AAPL: 145.63

-0.24

Apple has released the fourth iOS 10.3.3 beta for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The first beta version only included new wallpapers for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and no other visible changes. We’ll update with any changes discovered below.

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June 21

AAPL: 145.87

0.86

Apple’s second beta of watchOS 4 is rolling out to developers. The new operating system brings a number of changes across the platform including an app list navigation, and new text UIs throughout. We’ve gone in-depth with over 50 of the changes watchOS 4 brings.

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[UPDATE 6/26: Apple has released a second iOS 11 beta 2 build labeled 15A5304j following 15A5304i last week. The new version is not available OTA but listed on Apple’s developer portal.]

Following up on last week’s release of the first iOS 11 developer beta, Apple has begun rolling out the second beta. iOS 11 is jam-packed with a ton of features, enough to be packed into our 100+ new features videos.

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electrek 

Apple today has introduced support for reader demographics and third-party advertisers for Apple News.

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June 20

AAPL: 145.01

-1.33

Take a look at some real world examples of iOS 11’s ARKit in use

Over the past few days a new Twitter account has been showcasing work from the iOS and augmented reality developer community. Made With ARKit is an account dedicated to sharing various videos of iOS developer projects and what they are accomplishing with Apple’s new ARKit available in iOS 11.

June 14

AAPL: 145.16

-1.43

Image: Newly leaked iPhone 8 parts give glimpse into rumored design

As we move closer to the unveiling of the next generation iPhones, more manufacturers are talking about device details. This time CEO Robert Hwang of Wistron, Apple’s primary iPhone manufacturer in India, has confirmed that the upcoming iPhone will be waterproof and feature wireless charging (Nikkei).

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June 13

AAPL: 146.59

1.17

Apple has released the third developer beta version of the upcoming macOS 10.12.6 software update. Developers testing the pre-release software can find the update through the Mac App Store.

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9to5toys 

Apple has begun seeding the third watchOS 3.2.3 beta for Apple Watch. The update is only available to registered developers for testing.

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Apple has released the third iOS 10.3.3 beta for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The first beta version only included new wallpapers for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and no other visible changes. We’ll update with any changes discovered below.

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[Update 09/14/2017 03:33 PDT]

Tony Fadell supports Schiller’s statement that the claim is not true.

[Update 09/13/2017 12:48 PDT]

In a reply on Twitter, Schiller shares that he did not push for a physical keyboard on the iPhone like the excerpt suggested.

As we approach the 10 year anniversary of Apple’s mobile phone, The Verge takes readers on an early look of the iPhone’s origin story. Pulling excerpts from Brian Merchant’s upcoming book, The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone, The Verge shares some of the risks the company took in putting together the devices we see today.

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9to5google 

Logitech today has officially announced the release of its new Circle 2 home security camera. The latest version is an upgrade from the original Logi Circle camera, introducing more flexible hardware options for customers. Users of the Circle 2 will be able to install the camera indoors or outdoors, and add additional accessories as they see fit.

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June 12

AAPL: 145.42

-3.56

During Apple’s keynote at this year’s WWDC 2017, Craig Federighi announced iOS 11 support for the oft-forgotten quick response (QR) codes. While users stateside may not use QR codes regularly, for many in China it has become somewhat of a norm.

Onstage, Federighi announced the QR support as part of “some features of special interest to our customers in China.” Coming in iOS 11, the native camera will have built-in support for QR codes. No longer needing third-party apps to scan them, QR code adoption may see a bump in usage over the coming years.

Native support for QR codes in iOS 11 will open the doors for some interesting mobile interactions. With official support for HomeKit and some third-party app flexibility in iOS, let’s take a look at which QR code types are compatible with Apple’s upcoming iOS.

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We may have just gotten another glimpse at the rumored upcoming iPhone 8’s design. A redditor shared some images from what they say is “a friend in the industry,” and what manufacturers have been receiving over the last week, and they do line up with some previous rumors

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electrek 

June 9

AAPL: 148.98

-6.01

Apple has added yet another new feature to make configuring wireless networks on iOS even easier. As first noticed by u/EzDzO on Reddit, iOS 11 users will be able to use the native camera app to scan a router’s QR code and quickly get connected.

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