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Michael Potuck


Editor for 9to5Mac and 9to5Google. You’ll find Michael’s articles most often on 9to5Mac where he writes the weekly ‘Become Tech Savvy’ series and also covers news, reviews, and how- to’s. Reach out to Michael with tips, deliberations, and feedback at michaelp@9to5mac.com

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AAPL: 157.50


iTunes U Collections will move to Apple Podcasts next month

Apple’s iTunes U Collections will move to Apple Podcasts next month with the release of iTunes 12.7. As the company removes iTunes U from the macOS/PC iTunes app, Apple is encouraging users to access and utilize the content from the iOS or Apple TV app.

As Tim Cook mentioned in an email last week to employees, Apple has taken another step to promote equality and justice after the Charlottesville tragedy as it has teamed up with the Southern Poverty Law Center to accept donations through iTunes this morning.

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August 19

AAPL: 157.50


Apple looks for exceptional engineer with a secret job posting

[Update: Apple has pulled the posting, but it can still be seen below]

A hidden Apple website that hosts a job description and invitation to apply for an important position has recently been discovered. The posting describes a role that should be filled by a “talented engineer” who will develop a critical infrastructure component for the company’s ecosystem.

In this week’s top stories: Apple releases iOS 11 beta 6 and we break down what all is new, McDonald’s teases an iPhone 8 design, we see a new iPhone 8 ‘Home Bar’ and dark mode concept, Apple shares six new iOS 11 videos, Apple Watch Series 3 updates, and more.

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August 17

AAPL: 157.86


Apple expands office space beyond its yet to be filled Apple Park

While some employees have moved into Apple Park, work is still under way on the new campus. Despite Apple Park providing 2.8 million square feet of office space, Apple is continuing to expand its room for employees with construction underway in two new leased buildings in Santa Clara.

As we move closer to the public release of iOS 11, Apple tonight has shared a series of new ‘how to’ videos for iPad features that come along with the newest software.

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Latest Instagram update brings new options to reply with photos and videos

An update today to Instagram adds new ways to reply with photos and videos and also includes the option to send split-screen replies.

Late last week, Apple, Aetna, and various chief medical officers met to discuss bringing the Apple Watch to millions of the healthcare company’s customers. Today we’re hearing more specifics about the main topics of discussion.

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August 4

AAPL: 156.39


9to5Rewards: Colorware custom skins for iPhone, iPad, MacBook, and more

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Minnesota based Colorware. If you’re not already familiar, the company offers a wide selection of device skins, custom painting, printing, and more. The company has an iPhone, iPad, or MacBook skin of the winner’s choice to giveaway to 9to5 readers.

For the last few weeks I’ve been using the Action Band for Apple Watch by X-Doria and it’s the most comfortable sport band I’ve worn to date. With unique design, both familiar and new color options, and a price tag 50% less than Apple’s Sport Band, Action Band is worth your attention.

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August 2

AAPL: 157.14


AAPL performance to decide if Tim Cook will receive $44M bonus later this month

Earlier this year it was reported that Tim Cook’s 2016 pay was cut by $1.5M as Apple missed its revenue and profit goals. Today, Bloomberg reports that Cook’s yearly performance award window is about to close later this month and 280,000 AAPL shares are on the line…

August 1

AAPL: 150.05


In addition to Tim Cook’s comments and answers to the press’ questions on Apple’s earnings call today, Cook has spoken with The Wall Street Journal, sharing some more thoughts on the company’s successful fiscal Q3 and predictions for the iPhone 8.

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AAPL hits all time high in after hours trading

In after hours trading following Apple’s announcement of strong fiscal Q3 results, AAPL stock has jumped to almost $160 as of this writing.

July 31

AAPL: 148.73


HomePod display specs and RAM details found in pre-release firmware

Since Apple pushed the firmware for its upcoming HomePod last Friday, developers have been discovering more specs for the smart speaker, along with confirming details about the iPhone 8. Today, we’re learning a few more things about HomePod’s RAM and display…

July 28

AAPL: 149.50


9to5Rewards: Nomad’s Sport Strap for Apple Watch [Giveaway]

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Nomad, makers of slick cases and accessories for iPhone, Apple Watch, and more. The company has its Sport Strap for Apple Watch to giveaway to 9to5 readers this week.

July 27

AAPL: 150.56


Apple highlights its sustainably managed forest project in new video

Apple shared a series of lighthearted animated videos for Earth Day back in April and today the company has released another new video in the same style. This one highlights the company’s efforts with sustainable packaging…

Twitter Q2 results reveal it didn’t add any new users last quarter

Twitter shared its Q2 results today, and while the company saw a slight increase in revenue, the social media service didn’t add any users and its stock is tumbling…

As we noted earlier today, Apple has discontinued its iPod nano and iPod shuffle. The company has also simplified and updated its pricing on the current iPod touch, bringing pricing down by up to $100.

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MacPaw acquires The Unarchiver Mac app, will keep it updated & free

Mac app developer MacPaw who develops a number of standalone Mac apps alongside the Setapp app subscription service, today announced that it has acquired The Unarchiver, a free file-extraction utility that has long been popular among Mac users for around 10 years.

July 26

AAPL: 153.46


TSA announces new security measures for devices ‘larger than a cell phone’

A statement today on TSA’s website announced new security protocol coming to all U.S. airports for how electronic devices will be screened.

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