About the Author

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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Today

Last summer we got a sneak peek at the new high-end speakers that Sonos has in the works. Now it’s surfaced that the upcoming premium products will be called the Era 100 and 300, set to compete with Apple’s HomePod 2. Further, a second-gen portable Sonos Move is in the pipeline and another release is coming that will be in a “brand new category.”

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Expectations are growing for Apple to debut a titanium iPhone as well as a new Ultra tier for its smartphone in the next couple of years. While there’s no certainty of how that will manifest, a new rendering visualizes what it would look like if the Apple Watch Ultra design was directly translated to iPhone.

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Carrot Weather gets refreshed map styles, state and province labels, more

After getting a major update in December and another release in January, Carrot Weather has received its latest update today with updated map style sheets, US state and Canadian province labels, lots of bug fixes, and more.

Curious how to use your iPhone more intentionally so it’s not making it difficult for you to get to sleep at night? While blue light has gotten a lot of focus as something to avoid, there’s also recent research that shows more than just blue light can have a negative effect on falling asleep. Read on for several tips to block blue light on iPhone and other ways to improve sleep.

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Yesterday

Want to find a way to use iMac as a monitor? While Apple’s target display mode is limited to 2009 to 2014 iMacs, fortunately, there are several other options to make use of that nice big screen on your iMac as a monitor.

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February 4

Ever wonder how much storage Apple has put in its iPhones over the years or how much storage your current iPhone has (or could have had)? Read along for a look at the complete iPhone storage list for what capacities come with every iPhone model.

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February 3

Have the new HomePod 2 or HomePod mini smart speakers? If so, you’ve got access to built-in temp and humidity sensors with software 16.3 which can be useful in a variety of ways. Here’s how to set up and use HomePod temperature and humidity sensors plus we’ll look at some ways to bring the same functionality to the Home app without a HomePod.

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In a surprise launch, Apple revived its full-size HomePod with a second-generation model. While the overall design and many of the features remain the same as the discontinued original, there are new capabilities and changes. Here’s our full HomePod comparison for a look at HomePod 2 vs the original vs HomePod mini too.

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Apple Arcade games for iPhone, Mac, Apple TV [New: Castle Crumble]

Apple Arcade launched with close to 100 titles and the service is seeing new games added regularly with over 200 games now in the library. Follow along with our guide on all the available Apple Arcade games.

New: Physics-style puzzle game Castle Crumble is the newest release on Apple Arcade.

February 2

Along with reporting its quarterly performance, Apple shared the latest details on how many of its devices are currently active. The installed base has continued to steadily grow, pushing the company past the 2 billion device milestone while Services have hit a new revenue record.

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Apple has shared its latest promotion when using its contactless/secure payments with iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. The new Apple Pay deals feature up to 30% off from 1-800 Flowers and Zazzle.

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February is Heart Month in the US and the beginning of the year is a time when many people have a fresh focus on health and fitness. With that in mind, let’s look at 7 valuable ways you can check and improve heart health with Apple Watch.

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February 1

Designer and creative wizard Basic Apple Guy is out with a new set of wallpapers for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Inspired by the latest M2 Pro and M2 Max Apple Silicon comes six designs – with light and dark versions – in the sharp Minimal M2 Wallpaper collection.

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How to see steps with Apple Watch including distance and custom complications

Whether you’ve just gotten an Apple Watch or have had one for a while and just haven’t tracked your steps closely before, it’s easy to do. Follow along for how to see steps on Apple Watch including distance, flights climbed, along with daily, monthly, and yearly trends. We’ll also look at how to make custom complications to track steps right on Apple Watch faces.

January 31

Apple launched its new M2 Pro and M2 Max custom silicon inside the new MacBook Pro and Mac mini machines. Along with more powerful CPUs, GPUs, and media engines, the chips support up to 96GB unified memory, and even 8K video output. Follow along for our detailed M2 Pro/Max vs M1 Pro Max comparison for how everything stacks up and how much of an improvement to expect.

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Reviews have landed for HomePod 2 ahead of the refreshed smart speaker arriving on Friday, February 3 to customers. Among the interesting details is HomePod 2 ring stain is an issue on wood surfaces, meanwhile, the power cable has been updated with a removable design.

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January 30

Apple debuted physical security key support with iOS 16.3 and macOS 13.2. While they work across iPhone, iPad, Mac, and the web, there are some instances when they are not supported, even if successfully set up with one device. Here are 5 ways security keys don’t work with Apple ID.

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Opensignal has released its latest in-depth reports on the overall mobile experience and the 5G performance of the major US carriers. For Q4, T-Mobile retained its big lead for metrics like download and upload speed, consistency, and 5G availability. But AT&T and Verizon were able to win some categories too. Here’s how much faster Opensignal found T-Mobile to be over its competitors and more.

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January 28

Popular recipe/cookbook iOS app Pestle is out with a big update that brings a number of upgrades. Headlining the release is Smart Folders plus new ways to import recipe cards and cookbooks via PDF, existing images, and more.

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Sitting down with pro videographer, photographer, and YouTuber Tyler Stalman, two of Apple’s executives have shared an in-depth look into the process of creating the 2023 MacBook Pro laptops with M2 Pro and M2 Max Apple Silicon.

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