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Michael Potuck


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

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Polls area a handy tool for both personal and professional use but a lot of the time they’re tied to social media like Twitter, Facebook, or via the web with an underwhelming UI and overall experience. Enter “Agree” that lets you make iPhone polls – iPad and Mac too – with a clean and beautiful interface, notifications once everyone has voted, themes, and more.

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iFixit shared an initial look at its AirPods Max teardown last month, and now it has completed the intricate process. The final result has revealed some really interesting details about AirPods Max like the headband actually being user-removable which could hint at customization, how the electromechanical hinge hardware works, and that they are “actually fairly serviceable.” 9to5Mac has also uncovered that iOS devices can see the “headband type” that AirPods Max are using.

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January 18

Apple’s Jay Blahnik talks Fitness+, metrics as motivation, and more in podcast interview

It’s been just over a month since Apple Fitness+ launched – the company’s latest move wading further into the health and fitness market. Now Apple’s senior director of fitness technologies, Jay Blahnik has shared some thoughts on why metrics can be our biggest motivator, how Apple Fitness+ comes into play with that, and more.

USB-C/Thunderbolt display options have really grown over the last couple of years. It’s great to see options like 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/Thunderbolt displays available in the $400-$1,300 range.

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Even though it looks like we’re still more than several years out until Apple Car might reach the world, excitement is building as we learn more details. Now a graphic designer has created a sharp Apple Car concept that imagines what it would look like with a large 15-inch center console screen like Tesla uses with its Model 3 and Model Y.

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January 15

We just got some exciting news from Ming-Chi Kuo and Bloomberg today about the next-generation MacBook Pro notebooks. While we already knew some of the details like 14- and 16-inch screen sizes and the move to Apple Silicon, an expansion of I/O beyond USB-C ports, the return of MagSafe, a new design, and more have now been predicted. What ports and features are you most interested to see return or arrive on the next-gen MacBook Pro lineup?

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Apple shares 9 tips to take control of your privacy on iPhone

Apple’s Tips app on iOS has been around for a while and the company has been consistently updating it with new content over the years. Now a new Privacy tips collection has been added with Apple’s recommendations to change iPhone privacy settings.

The HomeKit doorbell scene has finally grown wings and one of the most compelling options is Logitech’s new Circle View Doorbell. It’s got a sharp and simple design, HomeKit Secure Video support, face recognition, and an impressive price point – particularly if you’re willing to handle the installation yourself. Join along for our full review of this Logitech HomeKit doorbell, the first true consumer option with HKSV.

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The latest development in the almost decade-long battle between VirnetX and Apple could see the latter have to pay up to $1.1 billion in total damages. That’s the result of US District Judge Robert Schroeder today denying Apple’s request for a new trial along with other requests.

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January 14

Apple TV+ picks up Ridley Scott’s ‘Kitbag’ featuring Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon

The latest film that Apple TV+ has picked up is Ridley Scott’s “KitBag.” The movie centers around Napoleon’s origin story and his “swift, ruthless climb to emperor.” Joaquin Phoenix is slated to play the French ruler.

Apple’s App Store Connect and TestFlight seeing outage for some developers

Two of Apple’s important developer tools are seeing downtime. Apple says “some users” are seeing problems with App Store Connect App Processing and TestFlight.

Wrapping up its time at CES, Scosche is out today with three new MagSafe mounts for iPhone 12. The latest MagicMount options include a window/dash mount, cup holder mount, and a 4-in-1 kit that let’s users get the perfect view of their iPhone in cars and at home.

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Samsung debuted its newest flagship smartphones and more today at its Unpacked 2021 event. The major launches include three new iPhone 12 competitors with the Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra as well as AirPods Pro and AirTags competitors.

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How to clean your dirty AirPods Pro and charging case

AirPods Pro have a different form factor compared to AirPods that includes an in-ear design. With that comes new parts to keep clean, and you’ll likely see them become dirtier than AirPods since they’re worn inside your ears. Even after a short time, AirPods Pro can get gunked up. Read on for how to clean your AirPods Pro and charging case.

January 13

iPhone 12 Pro prototype shows early ‘Pacific Blue’ variant and nonUI version of iOS 14

An iPhone 12 Pro prototype has just surfaced and it gives an interesting look at the latest build of Apple’s nonUI version of iOS 14 called SwitchBoard along with an early version of what’s become the very popular Pacific Blue color.

After almost a month since the first beta of 11.2, Apple has released the macOS Big Sur 11.2 beta 2 for developers as well as the public.

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A sharp looking new RSS reader option has launched called “An Otter RSS Reader.” Key features include a minimalist design, iOS and Mac widgets, iCloud sync, an adorable icon, and as you’d hope, it’s a universal app.

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Spotify Wrapped has become a really popular way to look back at all your most listened to artists, albums, songs, and more. Even though your Wrapped 2021 won’t become available until the end of the year (usually early December), Spotify is out today with tips on how to use features and tricks now to get the most out of it so the results are the best reflection of what you really listened to throughout the year. And the first two tips are how to hide songs from Spotify Wrapped.

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January 12

At CES this week, Kensington has unveiled what looks like one of the most compelling Apple accessories we’ve seen so far – the StudioDock for iPad Air and iPad Pro. The product aims to bring together a whole lot of functionality with the aesthetic from Apple’s Pro Display XDR stand.

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CBS teased an upcoming interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook today that included the outlet reporting the company will make a “big announcement” on Wednesday – but it’s “not a product.” One of the likely possibilities is the launch of the iOS 14 ad privacy feature that gives users a transparent look at how apps and websites are tracking them and the ability to block them. However, other theories are bouncing around today in anticipation of the news. What do you think the “major new initiative” will be?

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