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First HomePod shipments are on the way to Apple ahead of launch

Apple suppliers have begun shipping the first HomePod units ahead of the smart speaker’s much-anticipated launch. Just 1 million devices are on the way initially. However, Apple is expected to receive

iPhone slowdown lawsuit wants to examine Apple’s battery data

Apple has said that it will reduce the cost of replacement batteries as a result of its iPhone slowdown controversy. However, according to a new lawsuit leveled against Apple this practice could wind

Today in Apple history: Mac’s ‘1984’ ad debuts in theaters

January 17, 1984: A week before its famous airing during Super Bowl XVIII, Apple’s iconic “1984” ad debuts as a trailer in movie theaters. To hype its revolutionary new Macintosh computer, Apple buys

Tim Cook talks Apple values in rare interview with high schooler

As CEO of the world’s most valuable company, Tim Cook can pick and choose where he gives interviews. Which is why it’s kind of cool that he just gave an interview to high school student Rebecca Kahn.

This seemingly innocent link causes big problems on Mac and iOS

Another strange bug has been discovered in Messages for Mac and iOS. Following a certain URL causes all kinds of issues on both platforms, including freezes, restarts, and even battery issues. You

Poor iPhone 8 sales could be dragging down iPhone X momentum

Poor sales of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus may be dragging down “the momentum” of the iPhone X, a new report claims. Citing component suppliers in the iPhone supply chain, it’s claimed that the

watchOS 5 concept brings extra info to Apple Watch

WWDC 2018 is six months away but it’s not too early to start dreaming of new watchOS software. Concept designer Matt Birchler has created a detailed look at some incredible features he thinks Apple

AudioStretch slows down songs and videos to make learning music easier

AudioStretch slows down, pitch-shifts, and loops audio and video to make learning new songs way, way easier. It lacks a few features, but makes up for it with a super-intuitive interface. (via Cult of

Smuggling cocaine in an iPhone box leads to death sentence

If you’re gonna smuggle cocaine, don’t use iPhone boxes. The United Arab Emirates have sentenced a man to death after he was recently caught in Abu Dhabi the country with iPhone boxes stuffed to the

Silicon Valley FBI boss says the bureau loves Apple

Apple’s relationship with the FBI isn’t nearly as contentious as some government officials and critics would have you believe. That’s according to the FBI’s San Francisco chief, John Bennett, who says

How to compare and restore previous versions of your Dropbox files

Dropbox remembers any changes you make to your files for 30 days. Here's how to use Revisions app to find and restore those previous versions. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple

Fifth macOS 10.13.3 beta lands for developers

Apple seeded a new beta build to developers today with the release of macOS 10.13.3 beta 5. The new beta comes a week after Apple dropped the fourth beta build on developers, bringing with it a host

WhatsApp will warn you when you receive hoax messages

WhatsApp has begun testing a new feature that warns users when they receive a suspected hoax message. It should help users avoid common spam that may seem genuine at first glance. If you’ve been a

iPhone’s Face ID notch could get a lot smaller next year

The iPhone X’s controversial notch could get a lot smaller next year. According to the latest rumor out of Asia, Apple’s suppliers are supposedly in the early stages of a solution that could shrink

Apple faces new accusations of harsh conditions in supply chain

Foxconn isn’t the only Apple supplier to be accused of having hazardous working conditions. According to a new report, manufacturer Catcher Technology Co. — which produces casings for iPhones and

iPhone reclaimed some valuable ground from Android last quarter

iOS increased its market share in the U.S. over the most recent quarter, a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners reveals. The newly published research claims that iOS devices

Save massively on a lifetime of VPN protection [Deals]

If you aren’t concerned about your security online, you aren’t paying attention. Data and identity theft are a growing, serious problem. Plus, it’s just plain annoying to deal with location-based

YouTube is getting a new dark theme on iOS

The official YouTube app for iOS is getting a new dark theme. The theme makes YouTube easier on the eye — particularly at night — and could help improve battery life on your iPhone X. iOS has always

Stars of The Office reunite for Apple’s new FileMaker ad

Apple subsidiary FileMaker, which makes the popular “cross-platform relational database” of the same name, just launched a new ad, reuniting several stars from the U.S. version of hit comedy The

WeChat users in China can soon resume tipping

Nearly 1 billion users of Chinese messaging app WeChat will soon be able to resume sending tips to content creators with their iPhones. Tipping a fellow user is a big part of the popular social media