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Ocean Springs, MS, United States

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Recent articles by Zac:

Apple's Home app takes a step back in iOS 13

Apple is upgrading HomeKit this fall with new features like Secure Video and expanded automation, but it’s not all good news for Apple’s smart home framework. The Home app where users manage the smart home experience makes one design choice that is likely meant to make it more approachable. In practice, the change degrades the … → Read More

Beats launching three new Powerbeats Pro colors next week

The wait is almost over if you’ve been holding out for Powerbeats Pro to launch in any color but black. Powerbeats Pro will be sold in three new colors starting next week. Customers can purchase Beats Powerbeats Pro in navy, ivory, and moss from Apple.com starting August 22nd. The color expansion for Powerbeats Pro will … → Read More

9to5Mac Happy Hour 238: iPhone 11 rumors, Spotify on Siri, iOS 13 beta 7

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss using the new Apple Maps experience, the release of iOS 13 beta 7, a potential iPhone 11 event date, an improvement to Mac App Store stories, the possibility of Spotify working with Siri, our review of the new Sonos IKEA AirPlay 2 speakers, and much more. 9to5Mac Happy Hour … → Read More

Apple releasing iOS 13 developer beta 7 today [U]

Update: iOS 13, iPadOS 13, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13 beta 7 are now available. No update to macOS Catalina beta 5 yet. iOS 13 public beta 6 also coming today. Apple is releasing the seventh developer beta version of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 (possibly alongside new seeds of watchOS 6, tvOS 13, and macOS Catalina) … → Read More

9to5Mac Watch Time podcast episode 4: Apple Watch and learning to love workouts with Kyle Seth Gray

9to5Mac Watch Time is a new seasonal podcast series hosted by Zac Hall. In this series, we’ll talk to real people about how the Apple Watch is affecting their lives. In the fourth episode of our new Watch Time podcast, Zac is joined by Kyle Seth Gray to talk about fitness experiences in school, fitness … → Read More

Review: Sonos IKEA speakers double as AirPlay 2 furniture

Sonos IKEA speakers have bundled a Play:1 inside a table lamp and bookshelf end cap. Useful features and attractive prices make both worth considering. → Read More

How parents can monitor how children use iPhones with Screen Time, Family Sharing

​​​​​​​Managing iPhone and iPad usage and digital purchases can be a challenge for anyone — especially for families. → Read More

USB-C car charger for MacBooks? Satechi delivers

Satechi's new 72W USB-C PD Car Charger has the ability to charger a MacBook and an iPhone on the road for a reasonable price → Read More

Apple releasing iOS 13 developer beta 6 today

Apple is releasing the sixth developer beta version of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 (possibly alongside new seeds of watchOS 6, tvOS 13, and macOS Catalina) today. Apple’s public beta builds should follow at a later date after the latest developer beta has been tested in the wild. Apple’s new software version won’t be complete … → Read More

Apple TV, Siri, and HomeKit integration lands on Crestron's programmable touch screen remote

Home control system integration with Apple TV and Siri is one of the few features introduced in tvOS 12, and this week Crestron is releasing an update to its programmable touch screen remote to support the new feature. Apple announced home control system integration last year at WWDC 2018 alongside Dolby Atmos support and new … → Read More

Download iOS 13’s HomeKit Home app wallpapers for iPhone and iPad

iOS 13 introduces a fresh set of built-in background options for customizing Apple’s Home app, replacing three color gradients with a half dozen atmospheric color splashes. Check out all six new wallpapers below. Apple’s Home app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac manages smart product products that work with HomeKit, Apple’s framework that connects smart accessories … → Read More

Nanoleaf transforms Canvas smart lights into touch-based HomeKit buttons with Touch Actions

Nanoleaf has a new update launching today for its Canvas smart lights that transforms the color-shifting tiles into touch-based HomeKit buttons for activating scenes. Touch Actions let you assign HomeKit scenes to specific Canvas tiles for controlling groups of smart home accessories without an app or voice. That convenience is important in situations where voice … → Read More

9to5Mac Watch Time podcast episode 3: Apple Watch and managing mental health with Alex Cox

9to5Mac Watch Time is a brand new seasonal podcast series hosted by Zac Hall. Over the next few months, we’ll talk to real people about how the Apple Watch is affecting their lives. In the third episode of our new Watch Time podcast, Zac is joined by Alex Cox of Cards Against Humanity plus several … → Read More

9to5Mac Happy Hour 236: Apple spends a billion, iPadOS multitasking, #Ask9to5Mac Q&A

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Ming-Chi Kuo’s updated forecast for when Apple’s MacBook keyboard problems will be resolved, Apple’s $1 billion purchase of Intel’s smartphone modem business, the state of iPad multitasking in iPadOS 13, and our first-ever #Ask9to5Mac question and answer segment! 9to5Mac Happy Hour is available Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through … → Read More

Beats Solo Pro or Studio Pro: which should follow Powerbeats?

Beats Solo Pro or Studio Pro. Which pair of Beats wireless headphones should be upgraded following the successful launch of the awesome Powerbeats Pro? → Read More

Apple releasing iOS 13 developer beta 5

Apple is releasing the fifth developer beta version of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 (likely alongside new seeds of watchOS 6, tvOS 13) today. Apple’s public beta builds should follow at a later date after the latest developer beta has been tested in the wild. Apple’s new software version won’t be complete until around September, … → Read More

Does Apple Watch need a 'Series 5' this year?

We’ve grown accustom to new Apple Watches debuting alongside iPhones each fall since the Series 1 and Series 2 launch in 2016, but does Apple Watch need a ‘Series 5’ this year to stay competitive? Probably not, and Apple waiting until 2020 to introduce the next generation of Apple Watch doesn’t seem impossible. No Series … → Read More

9to5Mac Happy Hour 235: iOS 12.4, Apple Podcasts+ and iPhone 11 features

This week Benjamin and Zac talk LG’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit TV launch, changes in iOS 12.4 and watchOS 5.3, Bloomberg’s report that Apple may invest in original podcasts, and new hardware rumors for Apple Watch, MacBook Pro, and iPhone 11. 9to5Mac Happy Hour is available Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for … → Read More

iOS 12.4 coming today, Apple Card release expected

Apple is releasing iOS 12.4 for iPhone and iPad today. For users in the United States, we expect this release to support the Apple Card release. → Read More

Using Peloton and Apple Watch, Apple Music, and Health

Peloton bike and treadmill workouts can be tracked with Apple Watch or saved in Apple Health. Peloton also integrates with Apple Music. → Read More