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Jordan Kahn

@JordanKahn

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 delivers a weekly roundup of EV and solar news on Electrek.co. He also co-authors 9to5Mac’s weekly Logic Pros series covering music making with Apple devices and makes music as one half of Toronto-based Makamachine.

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April 15

AAPL: 141.05

-0.75

Customers in need of a whole unit replacement for their fourth generation iPad may now receive a newer and more capable iPad Air 2 as a substitute from Apple Stores and authorized service providers. Apple is implementing the new policy, allowing its repair staff to ship an iPad Air 2 for a unit replacement when stock of the aging and now discontinued 4th gen iPad isn’t available.

An internal memo obtained by 9to5Mac reads:

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April 14

AAPL: 141.05

-0.75

The Hackintosh community is probably best described as a group that doesn’t love Apple’s hardware options for pros but would prefer not to give up macOS for Windows or another alternative.

They design their own custom PC builds, and work together to come up with the necessary hacks to get macOS and the software they need running on the machines. Who better to ask what Apple should include in its upcoming modular Mac Pro than the pros it has pushed away?

To find out what Hackintoshers want in the new machine, and maybe what would help bring back some pros that Apple has lost in recent years, we’ve talked to the moderators at one of our favourite Hacktinosh communities, tonymacx86.com.

We also got some input from our own resident Hackintosh enthusiast (and YouTuber) Jeff Benjamin, and some other pros and gamers that have made the jump from Apple’s pro machines to a Hackintosh.

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April 13

AAPL: 141.05

-0.75

Apple Music launches new video concert series ‘House of Strombo’

Premiering with a first episode today, Apple Music is launching a new concert series called “House of Strombo” hosted by Canadian TV and CBC radio personality George Stroumboulopoulos. The new series will include house party-like live performances from the host’s home in Toronto, Canada and will include videos of the concerts on Apple Music, as well as interviews with artists and behind-the-scenes content.

Apple Music host and creative director Zane Lowe officially announced the show today on Beats 1 during an interview with Stroumboulopoulos.

Instagram is rolling out an update today that adds new features for stickers in both Stories and Direct messaging. The new features include more custom geostickers for cities, a new selfie sticker, and a “sticker pinning” feature that gives you more options for adding stickers to videos.

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Pokémon GO launches Eggstravaganza in-game event for Easter

As it has done surrounding past holidays, Pokémon GO developers Niantic announced today that it will host a special in-game event for Easter weekend. The “Eggstravaganza” event will kick off today at 1:00 PM PDT and include increased opportunities to catch a greater variety of specific types of Pokémon while earning more Candy from each one hatched from an egg:

April 12

AAPL: 141.80

0.17

The New York International Auto Show is about to kick off this weekend and that means the latest vehicle announcements for CarPlay, Apple’s platform for in-dash entertainment systems that allows app functionality using a connected iPhone.

Acura is showing off the first example of CarPlay that uses a dual-display setup with the latest generation of its On Demand Multi-Use Display. And Hyundai, Jeep, Honda, Lincoln and others are introducing new vehicles with support.

Head below for a first look:

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Following Apple’s pre-announcement of a new modular Mac Pro it has in the works, there has been a lot of speculation about how Apple could implement such design changes. Will it stick with a design similar to the current cylinder, aka the trash can? Or perhaps it will return to a more classic Mac tower or box design, or something new entirely, in order to accommodate the machine’s so-called “modular” design that will allow easy upgrades for key components.

Imagining the possibilities, the folks over at Curved.de put together the concept below.

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April 11

AAPL: 141.63

-1.54

Apple’s recently launched Clips video editing app managed to grab around a million downloads in its first four days on the App Store, that according to a report from TechCrunch using data complied by App Annie and Sensor Tower, two analytics companies that track app rankings.

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To enhance the feature within Facebook Messenger that lets users send money to one another, today the app is getting an update that enables payments among groups of users. The feature is aimed at people that want to be able to easily split restaurant bills or send money to friends, and works via group conversations in Messenger. It’s first coming to desktop, but should arrive later for iPhone and iPad users as the Android app today gets access first.  expand full story

An update to Instagram coming today aims to improve the service’s Direct messaging feature by combining disappearing photos and videos with text conversations into a single thread. Previously the features were separated, with disappearing photos and videos in their own conversation separate from text chats, meaning that you could have multiple threads going with the same person(s) within Direct.

Today’s update hopes to streamline your inbox within Direct by making the disappearing photos and videos appear inline within text conversations when it’s the same contact(s):

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April 10

AAPL: 143.17

-0.17

Now that it looks quite clear Apple isn’t having a Spring event– it introduced new iPads, pre-announced new Mac Pros, and launched its Clips app in recent weeks without one– all eyes are on its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) scheduled for June.

There are already quite a few clues about what to expect, and this week we’re taking a look at new features that we’d like to see included in Apple’s next major OS releases. Today, we get things started with macOS…

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April 8

AAPL: 143.34

-0.32

April 7

AAPL: 143.34

-0.32

Both Spotify and Apple Music users today have noticed that albums from hip-hop artist Jay-Z, who happens to be owner of competing music streaming service Tidal, have been removed from the services.

It appears that most of the artist’s original albums have been removed while some content where he is a featured artist or collaborator, and perhaps not the sole owner of the content, remains available for streaming. Tidal representatives have not officially announced the move, but Spotify’s support team is confirming the removal to users of the service on social media (via MacRumors).

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