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Justin Kahn

@justinkahnmusic

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Justin is a senior editor covering all things music for 9to5Mac, including our weekly Logic Pros series exploring music production on Mac and iOS devices. He is also a senior deal Jedi over at 9to5Toys where he heads up our game/app coverage. Justin is an audio engineer/producer with over 10 years experience in the music industry and makes electronic music as one half of Toronto-based Makamachine.

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September 18

Our annual roundup of the best iPhone 14 cases has arrived and has now been updated once again with additional options. With pre-order dates set on Apple’s latest releases, it’s time to dive into some of the best iPhone 14 cases out there from eco-friendly leather treatments to ultra-protective covers, branding-free minimalism, wild designs, natural wood engraving, and more. The first-party Apple silicone, leather, and clear MagSafe iPhone 14 cases are live alongside the new 2022 collections from our favorite brands, and you’ll find everything ready and waiting down below (with more on the way). Hit the jump for a closer look at the best iPhone 14 cases, including base model, iPhone 14 Plus, Pro, and Pro Max options, now available for purchase. 

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September 15

Apogee BOOM review: The brand’s most affordable 2×2 Mac/iPad audio interface with DSP FX launches today

Apogee, a leader in the digital audio space, is unveiling one of its most exciting and capable entry-level pieces of kit today, the Apogee BOOM audio interface. While not exactly known as the most affordable solution out there, they are best known in professional circles for its high-end consumer recording studio models; the brand has also been delivering top-notch interfaces and USB mics for content creators over the last several years now with gear like its Duet line and MiC Plus. But things are getting really interesting today with the announcement of its most affordable dual-input BOOM interface. After having a chance to go hands-on with an early production unit over the last few weeks, we are ready to dish up an in-depth look at this powerful little recording device. 

August 19

Deals: 12.9-inch M1 iPad Pros now up to $559 off, AirPods Pro with MagSafe at $174, more

Friday’s best deals have now been gathered down below, headlined by the certified refurbished 12.9-inch M1 iPad Pro. Alongside that $559 in savings, Apple’s AirPods Pro are also seeing a solid $75 price drop landing at $174 shipped via Amazon. From there, we are tracking deals on the latest MacBook Pro machines and more. Head below for a closer look at all of today’s best iPad Pro, AirPods, and MacBook deals in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break. 

July 24

Best iPhone 13 cases [Updated: CASETiFY Dragon Ball Z and Stranger Things, Pad & Quill wallet, more]

The best iPhone 13 cases are ready and waiting down below with a series of fresh new releases that have launched over the last few months. Our 2021-2022 roundup of the best iPhone 13 cases has now been updated with more of the latest designs and brands to keep your most important Apple EDC safe and looking its best. Alongside some collections from some of the big third-party brands and all of Apple’s covers for iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, and iPhone 13 mini, our updated 2022 list of the most reliable and interesting iPhone covers awaits below. It will give purchasers a better idea of what’s out there in just about every price range — from premium leather sheaths to more affordable covers you can switch out for various events and activities — alongside a series of hands-on reviews detailing the user experience. Head below for a closer look at our updated roundup of the best iPhone 13 cases. 

April 11

Square Enix unveils new Kingdom Hearts iOS game alongside the upcoming main line KH 4

As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, Square Enix has now unveiled Kingdom Hearts 4 and a new Kingdom Hearts mobile game known as Missing-Link. The beloved Disney and Square Enix crossover franchise is celebrating 20 years in the game this year the right way with a new entry in the mainline franchise and the upcoming iOS (and Android) title with an all-new original story. Head below for more details on the latest coming from the world of Kingdom Hearts and the debut trailers.

April 5

Spigen launches crazy new luxury Italian leather and diamond-cut metal MagSafe iPhone 13 case

Spigen is officially launching its new premium Italian leather iPhone 13 case today. The brand is well known around here for its affordable Apple gear accessories and cases that generally hit above their pay grade – its Mag Armor case landed in our Best iPhone 13 cases of the year 2021 Edition feature, but the brand is looking in an entirely new direction with today’s reveal of the “luxury without compromise” ENZO iPhone 13 case. Head below for more details. 

March 17

Best iPhone SE 3 cases for launch day: Deals, new colorways, and more starting at $5.50

The latest Apple handset was unveiled at its recent Peak Performance presentation and is set to launch today, so it’s time to look at the best iPhone SE 3 cases. Available in midnight, starlight, and PRODUCT Red with support for 5G connectivity and carrying the new A15 Bionic chip, the iPhone SE 2022 model is now out in the wild with pre-orders starting to ship out any minute now (and likely already have). If you’re looking to outfit your new SE 3 with a fancy new case, we have starting gathering our favorite options below, some of which have new colorways and designs available on the previous-generation SE case silhouettes. While you can just use the cover you had for the 2020 model in most cases, if you’re looking for a refresh you’ll find all of the best iPhone SE 3 cases down below. 

January 18

SanDisk’s latest 2TB Extreme PRO Portable Review: 2,000MB/s of best-in-class SSD

The SanDisk Extreme Portable Solid-State Drive lineup has been considered to be the best portable SSD products out there by many for at least a few years now. The latest-generation V2 iterations come in a standard and PRO configurations with the main differences landing, for the most part, in the data transfer speeds and build material categories. Nonetheless, both models are easily among the best portable SSD solutions for just about anyone’s EDC, whether you’re a photographer, video-based content creator, or just someone looking for a high-quality solution for speedy backups and on-person storage – some folks even use them to store PS5 games and the like. But with a chance to go hands-on with the SanDisk 2TB Extreme PRO Portable Solid-State Drive V2 recently, I just had to get a closer look and finally put the seemingly best-in-class portable SSD lineup to the test for myself.

December 25, 2021

How to buy crypto on iPhone the easy way

Learning how to buy crypto isn’t easy but Crypto.com has truly arrived stateside and has certainly become a viable option for getting into the cryptocurrency game on iPhone. As the bright red letters adorning the house of LeBron get pulled down and carried away into the annals of sports history, a new moniker is being readied to dawn its new mantle atop the former Staples Center. Tinsel Town will soon have a new set of shining bright lights across its beloved colosseum with the official unveil of sorts ahead of tip-off tonight when LeBron’s Lakers takes on Kevin Durant’s (and very much not Kyrie Irving’s) Brooklyn Nets. Some $700 million dollars later — a bag far larger than the one America’s favorite office supply store had to shell out 10 years prior — virtual currency giant Crypto.com will forcefully take its new place across the skyline in Laker nation. And its Crypto iOS app will be the mobile platform that helps propel it even deeper in to the pockets of Americans.

December 23, 2021

Massive lineup of top-tier holiday Mac and iOS app deals now live!

It’s that time of year again, and your massive collection of the best Mac and iOS app deals is now waiting down below. Every year in the run up to the big day at the end of December, the App Store explodes with notable price drops on many of the best games and apps for your Mac and iOS setup, and 2021 is no exception. Whether it’s 50% off Pixelamator Pro, giant price drops on the beloved Final Fantasy series, new all-time lows, or some of the best casual puzzlers you can get your hands on, now’s the time to load up your libraries for the holidays and beyond. Head below for our list of the best Mac and iOS app deals. 

December 12, 2021

The Best MIDI keyboards for Mac, iPhone, and iPad 2021 Edition

Welcome to the 2021 edition of the best MIDI keyboards for Mac (and iPhone/iPad). This is a great time of year to take stock of what’s out there ahead of the holidays, including both brand new options released in 2021 and some mainstays that have rightfully earned another mention on our list. Apple’s Logic Pro made leaps and bounds with the latest major updates and these are the best MIDI keyboards out there to take advantage of what it and other DAWs have to offer, just be sure to check out the Launchpads we detailed earlier in the year for direct Live Loops control as well. Head below for a closer look at 2021’s best MIDI keyboards.

December 6, 2021

New HYPER flagship magnetic DUO USB-C MacBook hub launches today at 50% off

Update: The campaign is now live!

The Silicon Valley-based accessory maker HYPER is launching an updated version of its flagship HyperDrive USB-C hub for MacBook Pro today (should be live any minute now) known as the HyperDrive DUO PRO. This form-fitting, milled aluminum hub – an update to what HYPER refers to as “the world’s most crowdfunded USB-C hub” ever – brings the brand’s detail-focused, feature-rich design to Apple’s latest 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros while retaining compatibility with every other MacBook released from 2016 on. The original raised over $3.1 million during its crowdfunding campaign, and HYPER is launching the HyperDrive DUO PRO on Indiegogo today with a solid 50% price drop for early backers. Alongside a flawless track record with crowdfunded product launches, the company is scheduled to begin shipping its new USB-C Hub for MacBook Pro starting next month. Head below for a closer look at the new HyperDrive DUO PRO. 

November 30, 2021

Indie App Santa: 24-days of FREE iOS apps and deals for the holidays

Welcome to this year’s Indie App Santa breakdown with some of the best FREE iOS apps and deals of the season. In support of talented indie developers and the interesting iOS apps they create, the folks at App Cafe Studio have teamed up with 24 of the best to offer up an advent calendar of sorts filled with freebies and big-time price drops for each day in December. You’re looking at a range of completely FREE iOS games alongside deep deals on expansions with up to $80 in savings to be had simply by downloading the FREE Indie App Santa iOS app and following along with our daily updates all month long. Head below for more details on the 2021 Indie App Santa deal calendar. 

November 26, 2021

Hundreds of top-tier Mac and iOS apps now on sale for Cyber Monday!

Welcome to our list of the best Black Friday Mac and iOS app deals. Our annual roundup of the best iOS app deals features all of the top-tier games and productivity suites out there at some of the best prices of the year so you can load up your library at a major discount. This year also features some of the lowest prices of 2021 on premier Mac apps, from Parallels Desktop 17 and and Affinity design software to the new Pixelmator Pro, and much more. All listed out into neat categories for your browsing pleasure, head below the fold for the annual 9to5 list of the best Black Friday Mac and iOS app deals. 

November 24, 2021

Black Friday deals for Logic Pro users: AKAI, Apogee, UA, Shure mics, more up to $945 off

We have now spotted some early Black Friday deals on MIDI keyboards and controllers for your Logic Pro and music production setup alongside hundreds of dollars in savings on Apogee and Universal Audio interfaces, plus much more. Amazon is offering the AKAI Professional LPK25 USB MIDI Keyboard at $49 shipped. Also matched at Sweetwater. This one typically sells for around $59 these days and every once in a while will pop down to the $49 range at Amazon and elsewhere. This popular mini keyboard model is now within $2 of the lowest price we have tracked in over a year at Amazon and makes for a wonderful addition to any Logic Pro, Ableton Live, or Pro Tools rig. Head below for additional details and more early Black Friday MIDI controller deals. 

Pixelmator Pro for Mac still at best price of the year: $20 (50% off)

Update 12/10: The Pixelmator Pro Black Friday price drop is still live at 50% off, or matching the lowest price we have tracked on the popular image manipulation suite. This deal could end at any minute.

After seeing holiday pricing go live on the world-class Affinity and Parallels Desktop 17 apps, it’s now time for the Pixelmator Pro Black Friday sale. Not only is the photo manipulation suite now available at 50% off, it was just updated yesterday with AI-powered background removal and advanced subject selection, among other things. As you might have seen in the recent 9to5Mac breakdown of the new features, the regularly $40 Pixelmator Pro is now available for $19.99 via the Mac App Store, matching the lowest price we have ever tracked. Head below for more details on the Pixelmator Pro Black Friday sale. 

November 23, 2021

Best AirTag cases, keychains, and straps

The best Black Friday AirTag case deals and more are now starting to land in our master AirTag case roundup. While overall sentiment has been somewhat lukewarm in some circles for the official Apple offerings (mostly a price thing it would appear), there’s no denying how important it’s going to be for some folks to ensure their slippery little Apple trackers are safe and secure. Dropping one in the bottom of your wallet or bag will certainly do the trick, but it’s also a less-than-elegant way to carry your latest Apple gear. The price of some of the AirTag straps, covers, and keychains can exceed that of the actual item tracker, so we have rounded up some options across all price ranges to give folks an idea of what’s out there and how to best make use of their AirTag accessory budget. 

November 22, 2021

Annual Affinity Mac/iOS Black Friday sale live at up to 55% off: Designer, Photo, add-ons, more

The annual Affinity Black Friday sale is now live, offering up what are easily among the best Black Friday image manipulation app deals of the year. Not only are we tracking up to 55% or more off the popular Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo apps via both the App Store and Mac App Store, but you’ll also find up to 30% off sitewide over on the official site. The direct deals include loads of the brand’s official add-on packs for these world-class image suites alongside deep deals on the brand’s official workbooks for learning about “necessary core skills right up to the most powerful tools and techniques.” Head below for the best Black Friday image manipulation app deals from Affinity.

November 15, 2021

Hyper unveils new HyperDrive double and triple 4K display MacBook docks, now 50% off!

Hyper is back again today with its new HyperDrive – a double or triple 4K display dock for MacBook. “Ditch the dongles and get your dock on” with the new all-in-one USB-C hub that supports MacBooks ranging from way back in 2016 right up to the brand new 14 and 16-inch models. Hyper is looking to consolidate the multi-display hub experience for MacBook users with its unique new HD134 and HD156 models, for the 13/14-inch and 15/16-inch models respectively. Head below for a closer look and some early pre-sale discounts. 

November 11, 2021

Tested: Twelve South brings MagSafe to its best-in-class iPhone 13 BookBook case

The Twelve South BookBook for iPhone 13 has arrived, and we are finally ready to weigh in on the experience. Easily among the most anticipated and high-quality options to wrap your new Apple handset in, the latest edition of Twelve South’s staple vintage leather book-style cover is once again at the top of our list for the best options out there. This time around, the brand has implemented a handy magnet system with MagSafe compatibility, and it’s time to take a closer look in our Twelve South BookBook for iPhone 13 review. Head below for the latest entry to Tested with 9to5Toys series. 

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