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Michael Potuck


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

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Just two days after releasing the first developer beta for iOS 12.1, Apple has now made its public beta of iOS 12.1 available, as well as tvOS 12.1. The latest betas comes with a few notable changes.

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iOS 12: How to edit, duplicate, and delete Memoij on iPhone

After getting started with Memoji in iOS 12, you might be wondering how to go further with the fun feature. Follow along for how to edit, duplicate, and delete Memoji on iPhone X, XS, and XR.

September 19

HomePod misses top 5 smart speaker list, but grabs impressive 70% of $200+ market

Strategy Analytics is out today with more data on Q2 smart speaker sales. Previously, the firm said that HomePod had grabbed a 6% market share of 2018 smart speaker sales so far. A new report today suggests that even though HomePod has lots of room to grow, it is the best-selling smart speaker in the $200+ segment.

iPhone XS sees slight battery capacity reduction as XS Max and XR offer biggest batteries yet

Apple shares battery specifications for iPhones by giving usage ratings for talk time, internet use, video playback and more, but it doesn’t share the actual battery capacity for each model. Now, we’ve got specifics on the battery specs for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.

How to set up Apple TV, iPad, and HomePod as HomeKit hubs

While there are a mix of Apple devices that work as HomeKit hubs, there are some limitations to enable all of the available HomeKit features like automations, streaming HomeKit cameras remotely, and more. Follow along for how to set up Apple TV, iPad, and HomePod as home hubs.

September 18

How to replace Apple Maps with Google Maps on CarPlay

In the four years since CarPlay debuted, Apple Maps has been the only option for navigation. Today, the long-awaited support for Google Maps has officially arrived. Follow along for how to replace Apple Maps with Google Maps on CarPlay.

Apple carrying stick-on Health Tags wearable with over one-year battery life

While Apple Watch Series 4 offers the most comprehensive health features yet and is the number one smartwatch, Apple still sells wearables from other companies in its retail stores and online. One of the latest products to become available from Apple is Spire’s Health Tags that stick to your clothes to seamlessly track heart rate, steps, stress, and sleep.

Gray’s titanium x-frame case costs over two times more than the iPhones it protects

Gray International has unveiled its latest luxury cases for iPhone X, XS, and XS Max. Made from titanium, the new Alter Ego Collection is available in four finishes and focuses on a unique design, at what seems like the expense of practicality.

September 17

iOS 12: How to add a second person to Face ID on iPhone

While Face ID has seen overwhelmingly positive reviews on the whole, one trade-off compared to Touch ID has been the lack of support for multiple users. Fortunately, iOS 12 brings the option to add a second person for Face ID. Follow along for how to make use of this handy feature.

Instagram launches new shopping features in Stories and Explore

After testing out a new shopping feature in Instagram Stories this summer, the social media platform is now rolling out the new way to buy products to all users, along with a personalized shopping channel in the Explore tab.

Shortcuts user guide for getting started now available, Siri Shortcuts Field Guide course available for learning more

Along with the public release of iOS 12 today, Apple has brought the Shortcuts app out of its invite-only status and made it available to all. It has also published a user guide for getting up and running with the useful automation focused app. And if you’ve already been a Workflow/Shortcuts user, we’ve got a great resource to go further.

[Update: We’ve now got another collection of images from the iPhone XS taken by former White House Photographer Pete Souza, published by Daily Mail.]

While we’ve seen some brief hands-on coverage of the iPhone XS and XS Max from Apple’s event last week, the new devices aren’t out in the wild quite yet. Now, we’re seeing the first real-world images from the XS as travel photographer Austin Mann got his hands on the new iPhone early.

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Hyper unveils ‘world’s most powerful USB-C battery pack’ with Kickstarter campaign, 50% off deal

On the heels of launching its Qi wireless charger adapter for AirPods last week, Hyper has unveiled what it’s claiming to be the “world’s most powerful USB-C battery pack. Going for the crowdfunding approach with this launch, Hyper is giving Kickstarter backers the opportunity to get up to 50% of the HyperJuice external battery that puts out 178W of power.

September 14

How to prepare iPhone and iPad for iOS 12

During Apple’s iPhone event, we learned that iOS 12 will be released to the public this coming Monday, September 17. Whether you want to make sure you’re all set for the software update, or want point friends or family to a helpful resource, follow along for how to get ready for iOS 12.

Apple gives elevator pitch for iPhone XS with new 54 second ad

Apple has shared a variety of new videos highlighting the new iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR after announcing the new devices at Steve Jobs Theater this week. Now Apple has released an ad that focuses just on iPhone XS, attempting to tell all there is about the new features in under a minute.

Go hands-on virtually with this interactive 3D visualizer for iPhone Xs, Xs Max and XR

Whether you’re still trying to decide on which new iPhone to pickup or just want to have some fun comparing the latest models side by side before they arrive next week, you’ll want to check out this fun interactive 3D visualizer.

Apple giving $1m to the Red Cross as North Carolina takes brunt of Hurricane Florence

As Apple often does when natural disasters strike, the company is donating $1 million to the American Red Cross to help those affected by Hurricane Florence on the East Coast.

September 13

AppleCare+ price jumps for aluminum Apple Watch Series 4, monthly payments available

AppleCare+ for iPhone was refreshed after Apple’s event yesterday, and so was the protection plan for aluminum Apple Watch Series 4 models. Since 2015, AppleCare+ for the aluminum models has been $49, this year it’s seeing an increase.

A new exploit discovered by F-Secure is said to put “almost all” Mac and Windows laptops and desktops at risk for data theft. The vulnerability even leaves Macs with FileVault turned on susceptible.

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While AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint are often battling for an edge over each other, the major US carriers have come together to create a new approach to password management as well as a more secure 2FA solution. Named Project Verify, the new collaboration has the goal of replacing individual passwords with an approach that offers more security and a simpler user experience.

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