9to5Mac Happy Hour May 20

iOS 16 rumors are heating up, including Apple pre-announcing some accessibility-focused features that will inevitably arrive with iOS 16’s release later this year. Benjamin and Zac also discuss reports that a cheaper Apple TV is in development, interesting updates to Apple Podcasts, and hands-on with the game-changing Apple Studio Display firmware update.

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9to5Mac Happy Hour May 13

Zac tries out an Oculus Quest 2, a high-profile machine learning exec quits over Apple’s work from home policy, the iPhone might finally go to USB-C next year, and Apple discontinues the iPod for good.

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9to5Mac Happy Hour May 6

Zac has read the new book on Apple and Jony Ive, ‘After Steve’. We break down the intriguing anecdotes shared about Ive, Cook, Forstall and others as well as our opinion on the book as a whole. Plus, in the news, Apple Pay is in the sights of the EU competition commission and Apple commits to supporting the FIDO standards for passwordless authentication.

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9to5Mac Happy Hour April 29

The long-awaited Studio Display firmware update is out to fix all the problems with the webcam — or so some would believe — and Apple debuted the new Self Service Repair Store. Benjamin and Zac also discuss the newest developments with Apple Pay Cash, the App Store old app purge, and more.

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9to5Mac Happy Hour April 22

Benjamin and Zac start off by discussing the surprising firmware update for the MagSafe Battery Pack. Then, we continue to wish for Apple to bring back the big HomePod. The Information claims that Apple’s strict stance on user privacy is inhibiting feature development. And finally, there’s a handful of iPhone 14 rumors to digest.

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9to5Mac Happy Hour April 15

The software rumor mill has finally started, with reports about what to expect from iOS 16, iPadOS 16 and watchOS 9 to digest. Plus, Benjamin and Zac discuss the ongoing confusion about exactly when the M2 chip is launching. Finally, Apple showed off its first attempt at live sports, with the launch of Friday Night Baseball.

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9to5Mac Happy Hour April 8

Apple finally announces the date for WWDC 2022, which returns as a mostly-but-not-completely online event. Zac unsurprisingly caves on the Studio Display. iOS 15.5 features some curious Apple Cash related changes, and Friday Night Baseball is just another example of the TV app needing significant UI redesign.

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9to5Mac Happy Hour April 1

After a week hiatus, Zac returns to the show with some eyes-on experience with the Apple Studio Display. Plus, Benjamin and Zac discuss the latest Apple news including rumors of an Apple hardware subscription service, so you can effectively lease an iPhone, and the ‘dream machine’ 15-inch MacBook Air. And, Apple TV+ wins big at the Oscars.

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9to5Mac Happy Hour March 25

This week, Benjamin and special guest Chance Miller discuss the delayed Matter rollout, a major Apple services outage, and the final release of EV navigation routing in Apple Maps. Plus, Chance gives his hands-on impressions with the Mac Studio, Apple Studio Display and iPad Air 5.

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9to5Mac Happy Hour March 18

Zac and Benjamin review the reviews of the iPhone SE, iPad Air, Mac Studio and Apple Studio Display. Plus, iOS 15.4 launches with genuinely cool features, and there’s some interesting developments in the iPhone 14 rumor mill.

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9to5Mac Happy Hour March 11

It’s Apple’s first event of the year. Benjamin and Zac break down all the announcements, including the brand new Mac Studio, Apple Studio Display, updates to iPhone SE and iPad Air, and the new MLB streaming initiative for Apple TV+

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9to5Mac Happy Hour March 4

Zac has a closer relationship with the Apple Watch once more thanks to a new purchase. Plus, Mark Gurman shares some rumors about what’s in store for the Apple Watch hardware and software this year. And we preview Apple’s March 8 event where we will ‘peek performance’.

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9to5Mac Happy Hour February 25

Benjamin has put a Thunderbolt cable in his new MacBook’s HDMI port one too many times. Plus, Mark Gurman at Bloomberg gives us the breakdown on all the specs of the Apple Silicon Macs due this year. Plus, there are some wild rumors about foldable display MacBooks and iPhones. 

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9to5Mac Happy Hour February 18

Benjamin and Zac discuss one of the most frustrating parts of iOS; audio source management. There’s also some speculation about future directions for the Apple Watch, now the main product is relatively mature. Some new stuff from the latest round of iOS 15.4 betas — and the HomePod surprises, in a good way.

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9to5Mac Happy Hour February 11

Zac found an eMac on a beach. More importantly, Apple responds to AirTag stalking reports with a new round of mitigations, launches a new Tap to Pay on iPhone initiative, and reveals the new deal terms for alternative payment systems in the ongoing Dutch dating app saga.

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9to5Mac Happy Hour February 4

Zac recalls a surprisingly difficult journey to buy a new $329 iPad. Fun word game Wordle has been sucked by the corporate overlords of the New York Times, and we have more iOS 15.4 features and tidbits to discuss.

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9to5Mac Happy Hour January 28

Benjamin and Zac run down all of the new features in the just-released iOS 15.4 betas, including support for Face ID unlock with a face mask on. Apple also surprised everyone this week with an over-the-air new Apple Watch face. There’s also rumors of Apple turning iPhones into credit card payment terminals, and Apple’s head of PR leaves less than a year after joining the company.

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9to5Mac Happy Hour January 21

Benjamin and Zac follow up with even more Apple headset rumors, discuss whether ProMotion will trickle down the iPhone lineup, new details about the 2022 iPad Pro redesign, and the App Store has a date with the Dutch authorities.

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9to5Mac Happy Hour January 14

Benjamin and Zac mourn the loss of the (multiple) products Apple discontinued this week. Plus, there’s some funny rumors circling around the new look for the iPhone 14 notch, updates to Fitness+ and ‘serious talks’ about Apple acquiring some MLB broadcasting rights.

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9to5Mac Happy Hour January 7

Benjamin and Zac discuss the divisive new series of Apple Watch commercials, intriguing rumors about Lossless music coming to AirPods Pro 2 courtesy of Ming-Chi Kuo, and whether the iPhone 15 will lose the physical SIM card slot. Plus, Zac poses a mysterious CarPlay riddle (find out the answer at the end of the show).

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9to5Mac Happy Hour December 31, 2021

Benjamin and Zac look back on all the Apple hardware releases in 2021, from the iPhone 13 to the long awaited release of the AirTags accessory, revamped iPad mini, the colorful M1 iMac, and the ultimate MacBook Pro update. Happy New Year!

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9to5Mac Happy Hour December 24, 2021

Apple’s return to work deadline is extended indefinitely. Meanwhile, Zac and Benjamin share some grievances about keyboard shortcuts and Live Text behavior. There’s also renewed rumors about a possible trio of Apple external displays coming soon and Swift Playgrounds 4 launches on iPadOS.

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9to5Mac Happy Hour December 17, 2021

iOS 15.2 is out with a bevy of interesting new features including the Apple Music Voice Plan and Legacy Contacts support. Apple launches a new app for Android this week in the form of the Tracker Detector for identifying nearby AirTags. Universal Control is officially delayed and the tvOS 15.2 has a few cool surprises inside. Plus, Zac has an update in the ongoing iCloud Photos saga.

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9to5Mac Happy Hour December 10, 2021

It’s storytime with Zac leading into a discussion about just how hard it can be to keep backups of iCloud Photos. Meanwhile, Apple avoids the Epic deadline, launches hotel keys in Apple Wallet and Ming-Chi Kuo releases some specs for the upcoming AR/VR Apple headset.

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