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Jordan Kahn


Senior Editor

9to5Mac / 9to5Google / 9to5Toys / Electrek.co

Jordan writes about all things Apple as Senior Editor of 9to5Mac. He covers Google for 9to5Google.com, the best gadgets and deals on 9to5Toys.com, and EV and solar news on Electrek.co. He also co-authors 9to5Mac’s Logic Pros series and makes music sometimes.

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March 9

Long-time 9to5Mac partner MacPaw, the Apple developers behind CleanMyMac X, Setapp, and others, is a Ukrainian company primarily operated out of war-torn Kyiv. Today the MacPaw Development Foundation started accepting outside donations to help fund humanitarian aid to Ukrainians in war zones.

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April 16, 2021

In an open letter being sent to artists today (below), Apple for the first time broke down how it pays artists for streams on the service. It said the average play rate is $0.01 per stream, but it didn’t break down specific streaming rates that vary based on geography and discounted Apple Music plans.

Some of the highlights:

  • Apple said it paid an average of $0.01 per stream for individual paid plans last year
  • It paid the same 52% headline rate to all labels
  • Royalties were paid out for more than 5 million recording artists worldwide in 2020
  • The number of artists that generated recording and publishing royalties over $1 million per year increased over 120% since 2017
  • The number of recording artists that generated over $50,000 per year has more than doubled.

Apple said the open letter will be part of a new ongoing series to keep artists informed:

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March 27, 2021

The free S!NG app makes it easy to create NFT’s on your iPhone or iPad (and soon Mac).

With the market in its infancy, a number of platforms for packaging, selling, and promoting NFT releases are beginning to emerge. Below we take a look at a new platform called S!NG that makes it easy for anyone to create, catalog, and soon sell any idea as an NFT from their iPhone.

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September 17, 2020

A new video sent to 9to5Mac this morning claims to show a prototype of a new Apple accessory that appears to be a wireless charger of some kind.

The video follows reports earlier this year of an upcoming small wireless charging mat from Apple. It also could be related to recent reports that the upcoming iPhone 12 models will feature an internal ring of magnets in the back of the device that could allow for the attachement of accessories like wireless chargers.

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March 26, 2020

Apple today extended free trials for Final Cut Pro X while offering a new free trial for the first time for Logic Pro X customers worldwide.

The timely release of the new free trials will certainly help creatives and students that are forced to work and learn from home due to COVID-19 precautions.  expand full story

December 19, 2019

Apple’s iPhone 11 models could soon support new strobe and flash accessories for photography that connect via the device’s built-in Lightning connector, according to sources briefed on new specs shared with manufacturers in Apple’s Made-for-iPhone (MFi) licensing program.

The specs could allow for new types of accessories like a Made-for-iPhone battery case with a built-in flash that connects over Lightning.

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July 9, 2019

Following a refresh for the latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models today, Apple has informed repair staff that the two new MacBook models are eligible for its Keyboard Service program offering free repairs on keyboards in certain MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro models. The two new models added today include the MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2019) and the MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports), according to a memo to staff obtained by 9to5Mac.

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June 30, 2019

Apple has confirmed in an internal document to repair staff that it’s identified an issue with the main logic board in what it says is a “very small number” of MacBook Air models. Apple Stores and authorized repair staff have been informed to replace the main logic board in affected machines at no cost to customers, according to the document obtained by 9to5Mac.

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June 13, 2019

Apple today released an updated version of Logic Pro X with optimizations for the upcoming new Mac Pro.

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June 7, 2019

Announced during its WWDC developer conference this week, Apple plans to launch a new “Apple Watch Limited Grant” program later this year for researchers using its ResearchKit and CareKit platforms. expand full story

In iOS 13, Apple is introducing multi-cam support allowing apps to simultaneously capture photos, video, audio, metadata, and depth from multiple microphones and cameras on a single iPhone or iPad.

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June 6, 2019

Apple introduced PencilKit at WWDC 2019 this week for much easier implementation of Apple Pencil experiences in third-party apps. The new framework will allow devs to tap into the same low latency and the new Apple Pencil tool palette and “markup anywhere” features that Apple itself uses for drawing and annotating in its own apps.

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June 5, 2019

This week during Apple’s WWDC sessions for developers the company showed off some new features for accessibility coming to iOS 13. These include new settings to improve app interactions for users with various motion sensitivity and color-blindness disabilities. The new features will be available in Apple’s own apps starting with iOS 13 and in third-party apps via new APIs for developers.

Head below for full details on the new features:

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June 3, 2019

Today at its WWDC keynote presentation, Apple officially announced iOS 13 arriving later this year for iPhone users. The company demoed a few of the notable new features including Dark Mode, a new swipe-based gesture keyboard, as well as new features for Siri, Photos and AirPods. It also, however, quickly flashed a slide on stage showing over 65 other new iOS 13 features arriving with the release this fall. Take a look:

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May 20, 2019

Apple appears to be running low on inventory for Apple Watch Series 3 repairs as the company informed store staff today that it will substitute some Series 3 repairs with the newer Apple Watch Series 4. Apple announced the change in an internal memo that was delivered to Apple Store repair staff and Apple’s Authorized Service Providers, according to sources briefed on the update.

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November 25, 2018

Cyber Monday Deals Hub: Save on Apple, Google, Amazon devices, TVs, fashion, home goods, more!

After one of the biggest Black Fridays in history, it’s now time to turn our attention to Cyber Monday. We’ll be working around the clock to bring you all of the best deals. Be sure to give us a follow on Twitter and download the new 9to5Toys iOS app to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Head below for all of the best Cyber Monday deals.

November 1, 2018

Apple is introducing a new “Repair Vintage Apple Products Pilot” program that will extend the period of time customers can receive repairs for older devices, according to sources familiar with the initiative. The new program at first will include the iPhone 5 and other Apple products that are about to become obsolete, and in the coming weeks will add more products to the list for devices that previously lost repair support.

Of note, the list also includes the 5+ year old Mid-2012 MacBook Air models following the introduction of an updated MacBook Air at the company’s event earlier this week.

The full list of devices that currently fall under Apple’s new program include:

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September 27, 2018

Apple today released Logic Pro X 10.4.2 alongside MainStage 3.4 on the Mac App Store with a number of new features and enhancements. Head below to see what’s new.

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September 20, 2018

Apple has recently documented a new data recovery process internally for Macs that utilize its T2 chip introduced with the iMac Pro and the 2018 MacBook Pro. The new process for repair staff is being introduced due to the T2 chip’s advanced security features including hardware encryption for SSD storage that isn’t compatible with Apple’s previous data recovery methods used on older machines.

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August 22, 2018

One of the long requested features for Apple Music by artists has been the ability to quickly and easily change bio/profile photos – the main artist image that shows up when someone searches their name on iTunes or Apple Music and also at the top of their artist/catalog page.

Now, Apple’s recently launched “Apple Music for Artists” beta has been updated to allow exactly that. The new feature comes alongside Apple’s refreshed and enlarged artist images that appear in iOS 12 set for release this fall.

Here’s how it works…

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