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Zac Hall


Ocean Springs, MS, United States

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Recent articles by Zac:

9to5Mac Happy Hour 289: Schiller retires, iMac design refuses to retire, iPhone 12 parts leak

This week on 9to5Mac Happy Hour, Benjamin Mayo and Zac Hall make sense of Phil Schiller’s “Fellow” retirement, the new nano-texture (option) iMac, this week in iPhone 12 part leaks, and much more. Sponsored by Space Time — check out the 9to5 Network’s new space news podcast! Here’s the live stream for today’s episode starting at 4 p.m. […] → Read More

9to5Mac Watch Time: Season 3 coming in September

Here’s a quick update on the status of 9to5Mac Watch Time: Good news — season three is coming this fall! After a break during July and August, Watch Time will recalibrate and come back with a focus on marathon training with Apple Watch. 9to5Mac Watch Time is a podcast series hosted by Zac Hall. In […] → Read More

Which U.S. states are using Apple's Exposure Notification API for COVID-19 contact tracing?

Update August 5: Virginia becomes the first state to release a contact tracing app. Update July 13: Six weeks after the release of this feature for iPhone and Android, zero U.S. states have released apps that support contact tracing. This post will absolutely be updated when contract tracing apps in the U.S. debut, but the […] → Read More

Watch SpaceX troubleshoot iPad technical difficulties with NASA astronauts during spaceflight

Law breaking boats weren’t the only surprises SpaceX experienced during an otherwise smooth NASA astronaut splashdown over the weekend. An issue involving a custom SpaceX app on the iPad also made a cameo appearance during the crewed return trip from the International Space Station to Earth. iPad mini manuals SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft is a […] → Read More

9to5Mac Happy Hour 288: Face ID on Mac, Apple confirms iPhone 12 delays, antitrust hearing

Apple has a unified gift card system, Face ID Mac evidence piles up, Digitimes backs Apple Watch Series 6 reporting, MacBook Air refresh clues, Apple’s informative antitrust hearing, iPhone 12 release clues in Aple earnings, and much more. Sponsored by Things: The award-winning to-do app for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. Subscribe to receive […] → Read More

[New availability and missing features] Yobi B3 beats the smart home industry to creating an affordable HomeKit doorbell

HomeKit doorbells are like unicorns. Mythical and make-believe, yet they still hold a place in our imagination. But what if they were real? HomeKit doorbells, not unicorns, that is. Turns out they do exist, and they’re as magical as any HomeKit enthusiast would expect. Especially if you’ve been waiting for years to get your hands on […] → Read More

9to5Mac Happy Hour 287: iOS 14 beta 3 changes, iPhone 12 specs, iOS apps on the Mac

This week on 9to5Mac Happy Hour, Benjamin Mayo and Zac Hall talk iPhone 12, iOS 14, ARM Mac apps, and much more Sponsored by LinkedIn — check out our offer to support the podcast! Here’s the live stream for today’s episode starting at 4 p.m. ET (or the video after 5 p.m. ET): Subscribe to receive […] → Read More

9to5Mac Happy Hour 286: iOS 14 privacy, iOS 13.6 released, the state of the Apple Watch

This week Benjamin Mayo and Zac Hall unpack privacy features in iOS 14, Apple’s first tweet, iPhone 12 and the braided USB-C cable, the latest Apple Silicon Mac expectations, iOS 13.6, and much more. Sponsored by Sun Basket and Raycon Earbuds — check both out to support the podcast! Subscribe to receive new episodes every […] → Read More

New Nissan Ariya electric crossover packs Wireless CarPlay on a 12.3-inch display

Nissan has a transformation plan to achieve sustainable growth and profitability by the end of 2023. The all-new Nissan Ariya crossover electric vehicle is a part of that plan, and the infotainment center tech inside is ready for the modern driver. What to know Nissan unveiled Ariya today at a virtual event in Yokohama, Japan […] → Read More

9to5Mac Happy Hour 285: iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur impressions

This week Zac and Benjamin discuss the iOS 14 public beta, two weeks using macOS Big Sur and the latest OS updates, favorite under-the-radar features so far, and much more. Sponsored by TextExpander: Visit and select 9to5Mac Happy Hour to save 20% off your first year! Sponsored by Griffin: Get Griffin Survivor iPhone SE cases now for 15% offwith code 9TO5SURVIVOR.… → Read More

Check out this SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch remotely captured with an iPhone 8 Plus

SpaceX is scheduled to send its tenth batch of Starlink internet satellites to space on a Falcon 9 rocket in less than 24 hours. The payload will also include two Earth observation satellites from Seattle-based BlackSky Global. The Starlink 9 mission follows the successful launch of a next generation GPS satellite for the U.S. Space […] → Read More

9to5Mac Happy Hour 284: iPhone 12 charger rumors, Force Touch on watchOS 7, shifting Arcade strategy

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Apple’s Developer Transition Kit ARM Mac mini, rumors that iPhone 12 won’t include a charger in the box, Apple Watch losing Force Touch in watchOS 7, Apple Arcade’s shifting game strategy, and new Apple Card features. Subscribe to receive new episodes every Friday: 🟣 Apple Podcasts 🟠 Overcast 🟢 Spotify […] → Read More

Review: Fi Smart Collar uses GPS and LTE to track your dog's location on your iPhone

My inside dog became a part-time outside dog earlier this year when we completed our backyard fence. Apollo was over-the-moon happy to expand his playground, but as a dog owner I had mixed feelings. What if my dog dug a hole under the fence or one of the kids left the gate open and he […] → Read More

Which U.S. states are using Apple's Exposure Notification API for COVID-19 contact tracing?

Apple and Google announced plans to build COVID-19 tracing into iPhone and Android operating systems on April 10. The move marked a major partnership between the top two mobile operating system competitors in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Platform updates to enable the COVID-19 contact tracing feature on iOS and Android were publicly […] → Read More

Video: 9to5Mac Watch Time 26: What's new in watchOS 7? Sleep tracking, face sharing, hand washing, and more

Zac Hall and Michael Potuck from 9to5Mac unpack the latest updates to watchOS 7 and Apple Watch in this special live edition of 9to5Mac Watch Time. 9to5Mac Watch Time is a podcast series hosted by Zac Hall. In this series, we talk to real people about how the Apple Watch is affecting their lives. Sponsored […] → Read More

9to5Mac Happy Hour 283: WWDC 2020 impressions: iOS 14, watchOS 7, macOS Big Sur and tvOS 14

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Apple’s major WWDC 2020 keynote, including what’s new in iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, macOS Big Sur, and tvOS 14. Sponsored by CleanMyMac X: Get CleanMyMac X 30% off valid until July 5. Sponsored by MacStadium: Get 50% off the first six months of a Mac mini subscription with code WWDC2020 Sponsored […] → Read More

iOS 14: Hands-on with the first CarPlay wallpapers

Apple CarPlay improves every year with software updates for the iPhone. This year is no different with iOS 14 and new features like wallpaper support. Here’s how to set a CarPlay wallpaper in iOS 14: Launch the Settings app on CarPlay (not on iPhone) Select the Wallpaper section Tap a wallpaper to preview it, then … → Read More

Download macOS Big Sur and new Safari splash screen wallpapers

Want to refresh your background with Apple’s new default wallpaper from macOS Big Sur? Check out the latest macOS Big Sur and Safari wallpapers below. macOS Big Sur includes four static wallpapers and two dynamic wallpapers based on these two graphics. Safari in macOS 11 also introduces the ability to set custom backgrounds or choose … → Read More

Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 will not update to watchOS 7

Apple has previewed watchOS 7 ahead of its release later this year, but two Apple Watch models running watchOS 6 won’t receive the software update. Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch Series 2 will stop receiving major software updates with watchOS 6. Before watchOS 7, Apple only dropped software support for the original Apple … → Read More

watchOS 7 for Apple Watch: Sleep tracking, face sharing, new workouts including dance, hand washing detection, more

Apple is previewing watchOS 7, the new software update coming to Apple Watch later this year. The update includes new watch faces, workout types, and sleep tracking. Here are some core changes in watchOS 7 for Apple Watch: Built-in sleep tracking with iPhone integration New workout types including Dance, Core Training, Functional Strength Training, and […] → Read More