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Michael Potuck

@michaelpotuck

Michael is an editor for 9to5Mac. Since joining in 2016 he has written more than 3,000 articles including breaking news, reviews, and detailed comparisons and tutorials.

Michael has also appeared on the 9to5Mac Watch Time podcast with Zac Hall and TWiT’s Tech News Weekly.

Reach out to Michael with tips, deliberations, typos, or feedback at potuck@9to5mac.com

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AirTags are here and the accessory market around the new item tracker is expanding quickly. While there are lots of keychains, cases, and other similar options to attach an AirTag to things, we haven’t seen as many wallets that are compatible with it. With a super minimal design, the Snapback Slim Air wallet for AirTags caught our eye, here’s our review.

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Target has released its newest perks for its Circle loyalty program and this time around, it’s partnered with Apple to offer 4-6 months free for some of its most popular services. That includes Music, Arcade, TV+, and even upgraded iCloud storage for new and existing Target Circle members.

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USB-C/Thunderbolt display options have really grown over the last couple of years. While Apple is making its own monitor again with the Pro Display XDR, it’s not the best fit for the majority of Mac users with a starting price of $5,000 (without a stand). Let’s take a look at some of the best USB-C/Thunderbolt displays available in the $400-$1,300 range.

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Latest Apple Arcade games for iPhone, Mac, Apple TV [New: Frenzic: Overtime and Game Dev Story]

Apple Arcade launched with close to 100 titles and the service is seeing new games added regularly with over 180 games now in the library. Follow along with our guide on the latest from Apple’s gaming service.

New: The classic Mac fast-paced puzzler is back with Frenzic: Overtime. And the sim title Game Dev Story has made the jump to Apple Arcade too.

June 17

Apple Podcasts Subscriptions and channels officially launched this week giving both creators and listeners more flexibility. While the two new features can work together, they can also function separately. Follow along for a look at how they work in iOS 14.6 and later.

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Apple officially announced its 2021 Back to School promotion today in the US. Like last year, students, teachers, and faculty can get a free pair of AirPods along with the standard education discount on Mac and iPad but there’s more complexity this time around. Here’s why you might want to wait on Apple’s Back to School promotion – at least for a bit.

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June 16

Apple unveiled a totally redesigned Safari with macOS Monterey (same for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15). With the sweeping changes comes some controversy as early testers try out the beta. Let’s jump into what’s changed, what’s new, and how Safari in macOS Monterey looks and works.

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PSA: Seeing the 15-second Dolby Atmos bug in Apple Music? Try these options

Dolby Atmos Spatial Audio arrived last week on Apple Music and while many are enjoying the new immersive content, there is a bug that’s making that a hassle for some users. Here are a couple of tips to help fix the 15-second Dolby Atmos bug.

Apple confirms some Apple Card users are currently unable to make in-store purchases [Fixed]

After seeing an Apple Card outage earlier this month that affected all users, the credit card is seeing downtime again this morning which is preventing some from using it for in-store purchases.

Update 6/16 3:41 am PT: Fixed!

June 15

The latest big tech antitrust hearing is being held by US lawmakers today and Sonos is the main party testifying. Many of the company’s antitrust concerns revolve around Google and Amazon, but Sonos’ chief legal officer also called out its issues with Apple in his testimony.

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After a couple of months without much launching on Apple Arcade since the massive April update, some exciting releases are slated to arrive soon. Snowman has a special new version of Alto’s Odyssey, Angry Birds is launching Reloaded, and a remastered Doodle God Universe is coming to the gaming platform.

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Running alongside the iOS 15 beta and more, Apple has seeded developers with the latest beta of iOS 14.7, watchOS 7.6, and macOS 11.5 today.

Update 6/15: Public beta 3 for all of the releases are now available.

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Opera GX launches as a dedicated gaming browser for iOS/Android, perfect for xCloud and GeForce Now

Web gaming on iPhone and Android continues to gain momentum with services like Microsoft’s xCloud and Nvidia’s GeForce Now and Opera is opening up the beta of its customized browser for gamers today. The new Opera GX is available to try now and comes with haptic feedback, custom skins, gaming news/deals, and more.

Update 6/15: Opera GX for iPhone and iPad has now left beta and is available for all users for free on the App Store (and Android too).

June 14

The newest Beats in-ear headphones have officially arrived and they come with a compelling set of features priced $100 below AirPods Pro. But even though they come with active noise cancellation, transparency mode, Hey Siri support, and more, there are some tradeoffs. Let’s look at the Beats Studio Buds vs. AirPods and AirPods Pro to see how they all stack up.

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Nvidia announced last fall that it was officially starting the process of acquiring Arm Holdings from SoftBank for $40 billion. In the months since we’ve seen concerns from competitors and the deal hasn’t yet been approved or shut down by regulators. Now Qualcomm has shared that if the sale to Nvidia is blocked, it and others would invest in Arm.

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June 11

How to install the watchOS 8 developer beta

Eager to test out everything arriving with watchOS 8 like the new Mindfulness app, Focus mode, Photo watch faces with Portrait mode, multiple timers, AssistiveTouch, and more? Read along for how to install watchOS 8 developer beta.

Fresh details have surfaced on new legislation that could be proposed in the US House of Representatives as soon as today that’s set to take on the likes of Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook. Called the Ending Platform Monopolies Act, the proposal contains a few bills including one that could regulate Apple’s App Store and more. The development comes after Congress spent almost the last year and a half investigating antitrust concerns in big tech.

Update 11:50 am PT: The new antitrust act has been officially introduced.

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After we uncovered the upcoming Beats Studio Buds in iOS 14.6, we’ve seen them out in the wild with LeBron James sporting the earbuds on social media. Now US soccer star Alex Morgan has done the same with the white variant of the Beats Studio Buds.

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June 10

One of the handy new features arriving with iOS 15 is the option to quickly recognize text and select, copy, paste, lookup, and more in both the Camera and Photos app. Let’s looks at how iPhone Live Text OCR works from photos to screenshots and handwriting too.

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In the years ahead, passwords, as we know them, will become a thing of the past. However, that change won’t happen overnight and will take a concerted effort from lots of different parties, including the major tech giants. At WWDC, Apple announced how it’s moving toward a more secure and easy-to-use passwordless authentication powered by WebAuthn and Face ID/Touch ID with the preview of passkeys in iCloud Keychain.

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