About the Author

Michael Potuck


Editor for 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, Electrek, and DroneDJ. You’ll find Michael’s articles most often on 9to5Mac where he covers news, reviews, and how-tos, and more. Reach out to Michael with tips, deliberations, and feedback at potuck@9to5mac.com

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Bring back your Mac’s startup chime with this simple terminal command

Apple’s Mac startup chime became an iconic signature of the company’s computers over the years and then in late 2016, it was removed for all Macs going forward with the exception of the 2017 MacBook Air. In a fun development today, there’s a short terminal command that’s been discovered that will bring back your Mac’s startup chime.

Largest public iOS developer survey highlights Swift’s progress, interest for each of Apple’s platforms, more

The largest public iOS developer community survey wrapped up last month and the results are now live. Among the findings, the survey of over 2,000 Apple devs highlights how Swift is doing, how much interest there for each of Apple’s platforms, what revenue models are most popular, and much more.

We’re into 2020 and USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 display options are growing. It’s great to see Apple’s Pro Display XDR on the market but it’s likely not the best fit for the majority of users with a starting price of $5,000 without a stand. Let’s take a look at some of the best USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 displays available for MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iPad Pro in the $400-$1,300 range.

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Apple Maps ‘Street View’ Look Around feature comes to Boston, D.C., and Philadelphia

Apple Maps gained the Look Around street view feature last fall along with iOS 13 but it was launched in limited cities. Now the handy option has rolled out to Boston, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia.

How to find out which Mac model you have

No matter if you’re trying to sell your Mac or want to figure out if it’s compatible with the latest software update, it’s quick and easy to find out which Mac model you have.

February 20

Twitter is testing a new feature that labels misleading news, fake news, and lies from public figures and politicians with bright orange or red warnings. If Twitter decides to move ahead with the change, it could arrive as soon as March 5th.

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T-Mobile tops Verizon to earn best ‘wireless purchase experience’ in J.D. Power study

J.D. Power is out with its latest study looking at the best wireless purchase experience in the US. T-Mobile came in first place, beating out Verizon and AT&T when it came to overall satisfaction.

Apple pushes big Human Interface Guidelines update for developers using SiriKit

After Apple launched updated buttons, icons, and more for Sign In with Apple, Apple Health, and Apple Pay for developers last week, the Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) have seen another update with some big changes to the Siri resources of the Developer HIG.

Microsoft launched a preview of its Defender antivirus software for Mac last spring and now the company is preparing to bring the app to iOS and Android something this year. For the mobile versions, it’s unclear exactly how it will work or what features will be available, but the antivirus software for iOS and Android could be more focused on preventing phishing.

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iPhone: How to mute someone on Instagram

Are you in a situation where you’d like to stop seeing posts or stories from an account on Instagram but don’t want to (or feel like you can’t) unfollow them? Read on for how to mute someone on Instagram.

February 19

TikTok launches parental controls in the UK, no date for US rollout yet

The massively popular social media app TikTok has been under pressure on a number of privacy issues with one of them being children’s safety. Now the company is rolling out parental controls with its “Family Safety Mode” in the UK.

Last fall, Microsoft launched a new Office for iOS beta with a unified design including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Sticky Notes in one app for a simpler experience. Now the new Office app for iPhone is available for all users.

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Native Union is out with its latest Apple accessory, the Drop XL Wireless Charger (Watch Edition). It has a few unique features like a detachable Apple Watch charging puck, a fresh design, and comes with international plug adapters in the box.

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How to connect AirPods to your MacBook

Whether you just got a pair of AirPods or AirPods Pro or have had them for a while but just haven’t used them with your Mac, follow along for how to connect AirPods to your MacBook. We’ll also look at how to set up seamless one-click or keyboard shortcut pairing with a Mac.

February 18

SoundCloud for iPhone and iPad now integrates with Files app, Android uploads coming later

This week SoundCloud is rolling out support for users to upload tracks directly within its iOS app on iPhone and iPad. The new functionality also includes the ability to upload album artwork and more.

Spotify updates podcast show pages with trailers and Apple-inspired design

Spotify has rolled out an update today to its podcasts show pages that include a new Apple-inspired design with trailers and descriptions toward the top and new show categories.

How to remotely control your iPhone camera with Apple Watch

Have you found yourself in situations where you want to snap some photos with your iPhone but aren’t able to hold it? Follow along for a variety of ways to remotely control your iPhone camera with Apple Watch including zoom, focus, and turning flash, HDR, and Live Photos on/off.

February 17

How to turn off iPad multitasking — Split View, Slide Over, more

Multitasking on iPad has evolved over the years, and with iPadOS 13, we saw another round of changes and new capabilities. But if you find yourself accidentally invoking features like Split View, follow along for how to turn off multitasking on your iPad.

February 14

How to send more personal messages on iPhone with Digital Touch heartbeat, kiss, more

Since it’s Valentine’s Day, you might be looking for different ways to show your significant other some love. Follow along for how to use Digital Touch on iPhone and Apple Watch to send a more personal message with your heartbeat, a kiss, fireball, or even a broken heart.

After settling its legal fight with Qualcomm last year and securing a 5G chip supply for its 2020 iPhones, things seemed to be looking up for Apple bringing the next-gen cellular standard to its iPhone 12 lineup. However, a new report today says that Apple isn’t satisfied with Qualcomm’s antenna designed to work with its 5G chips and that it may make its own… for this fall’s iPhones.

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