Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Zac Hall

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Ocean Springs, MS, United States

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Recent:
  • 9to5Mac
Past:
  • The Clarion-Ledger

Recent articles by Zac:

9to5Mac Happy Hour 254: Apple award season, 16-inch MacBook Pro experience, no Lightning port iPhone future

iPhone 11 has a privacy concern, Ming-Chi Kuo forecasts a whole new wave of iPhone releases with major changes, Zac takes the Apple Watch Series 5’s always-on display for a half marathon, Zac and Benjamin talk more about the 16-inch MacBook Pro, and much more. 9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google … → Read More

Peloton launches official Apple Watch app for viewing workout data

Great news for Apple Watch users who workout with Peloton. There’s now a new way to use your Apple Watch while you exercise. Peloton already worked with Apple Health on the iPhone and workouts could be tracked from the watch, but the new app gives more control and data during sessions. Here’s how Peloton describes … → Read More

New to the 16-inch MacBook Pro? These accessories are essential for professionals

Apple’s new 16-inch MacBook Pro is easy to recommend for replacing a MacBook Pro from 2015 or earlier. It has a reliable keyboard (unlike 2016 to 2019 15.4-inch models), significantly better microphones and speakers, and a more immersive display. But unlike MacBook Pros from a few years ago, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro has the … → Read More

9to5Mac Happy Hour 253: Apple holiday ad, Apple Watch for kids, Group FaceTime retrospective

Apple’s annual special holiday ad is out alongside Black Friday through Cyber Monday promotions, Benjamin and Zac take a retrospective look at Group FaceTime and how it’s perfect for the holidays, the prospect an using a cellular Apple Watch with kids, and much more. 9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, … → Read More

9to5Mac Gift Guide: What do you buy for the person who already has the latest technology?

How do you shop for a tech-savvy person who buys the latest of everything before the holidays arrive? I am totally that person for my family when it comes to the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and AirPods. There are some Apple products that I can never have enough of like App Store gift cards and … → Read More

9to5Mac Happy Hour 252: Apple December ‘event’, iPhone 11 Smart Battery Cases and HomeKit Secure Video

Apple has a ‘special event’ dedicated to apps, the WWDC app has been rebranded, iPhone 11 has an all-new Smart Battery Case, Zac has hands-on experience with HomeKit Secure Video, and Apple TV+ has some unexpected movie drama. 9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and … → Read More

9to5Mac Watch Time episode 11: An interview with the hosts of Apple Watchcast

Tom, Vincent, and Chris from the Apple Watchcast podcast join Watch Time to discuss the origin of their Apple Watch-focused podcast, the Apple Watch Series 5, maintaining health goals with the Activity app, running with technology from the Walkman to the Apple Watch, and much more! 9to5Mac Watch Time is a podcast series hosted by … → Read More

HomeKit Secure Video is a privacy win, but expect some missing features for now

HomeKit Secure Video officially arrived last week starting with Logitech Circle 2 cameras. While my early impressions are positive for Apple’s new smart security camera feature, the very first version of HomeKit Secure Video leaves out some familiar features. HomeKit Secure Video has a focus on privacy while starting with a set of basic home security … → Read More

9to5Mac Gift Guide: What do you buy for the person who already has the latest technology?

How do you shop for a tech-savvy person who buys the latest of everything before the holidays arrive? I am totally that person for my family when it comes to the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and AirPods. There are some Apple products that I can never have enough of like App Store gift cards and … → Read More

Using HomeKit Secure Video in iOS 13.2 with Logitech Circle 2 cameras

HomeKit Secure Video from Apple is a real feature that you can actually use with iOS 13 thanks to Logitech Circle 2 cameras. Logitech promised an update for Logi Circle 2 Wired cameras earlier this summer right after Apple unveiled its new approach to home security camera software. A new app update and beta camera firmware … → Read More

9to5Mac Happy Hour 251: 16-inch MacBook Pro, service bundle rumors, Apple Music Replay

Apple has a brand new 16-inch MacBook Pro with a ‘Magic Keyboard’, the new Apple Research app with two new health studies debuts, Apple Music has a new ‘Replay’ year-in-review playlist, and lots of news about Apple Services bundles, TV+, HomeKit Secure Video, and much more. Sponsored by Capterra: Visit Capterra.com/HappyHour today and join the millions … → Read More

HomeKit Secure Video

HomeKit Secure Video from Apple is a real feature that you can actually use with iOS 13 thanks to Logitech Circle 2 cameras. Logitech promised an update for Logi Circle 2 Wired cameras earlier this summer right after Apple unveiled its new approach to home security camera software. A new app update and beta camera firmware released this week fulfilled that promise, making Logitech Circle 2 Wired… → Read More

Peloton Apple Watch app mentioned in report on rumored rower and cheaper treadmill

Peloton bikes and treadmills already work with Apple’s Health app on iPhone, but there’s no Apple Watch app integration yet. That could soon change according a new report on the company’s rumored rower machine and cheaper treadmill. The details are inside a new Bloomberg report highlighted by CNBC. According to the new information, Peloton is … → Read More

The latest MacBook Pro has a different keyboard, so is it safe to buy an Apple laptop now?

Hooray! Apple has a new MacBook Pro with what we all surely hope will turn out to be an actually reliable keyboard! If you’ve been using a MacBook computer introduced in the last four or five years, this is really great news. We’ll have to test the new keyboard out for ourselves before we reach … → Read More

16-inch MacBook Pro reveal likely this week as Apple appears to be holding private press briefings

Where is the rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro? Apple hasn’t officially announced the larger entry in the notebook lineup, but there’s growing evidence that we could finally be on the cusp of an unveil as soon as this week. This is the MacBook Pro that’s expected to be the first to replace the failure plagued butterfly … → Read More

Apple Watch fall detection makes hilarious appearance on James Corden's 'Late Late Show'

We’re seeing more and more extraordinary stories from Apple Watch customers who credit the device with saving their life. Now there’s one feature intended for life-saving that can add ‘comedic TV cameo with James Corden’ to its résumé. During a trivia segment from last night’s episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden, a … → Read More

9to5Mac Watch Time episode 10: Running a half marathon with Apple Watch Series 5 and AirPods Pro

In the tenth episode of 9to5Mac Watch Time, Zac goes solo to share his experience with running a half marathon race at Disney World with the Apple Watch Series 5 and newly released AirPods Pro. 9to5Mac Watch Time is a seasonal podcast series hosted by Zac Hall. In this series, we talk to real people … → Read More

Roku coming to Apple Watch with remote control and voice search following TV+ support

Roku streaming devices gained the Apple TV app last month for viewing Apple TV+ shows as well as content from HBO, Showtime, and other Apple TV Channels. Now Roku customers are gaining a convenient new way to control the viewing experience from the Apple Watch. Roku announced a new version (specifically 6.1.3) of its remote control … → Read More

9to5Mac Happy Hour 250: AirPods Pro review and Apple TV+ launch

HomePod has a great holiday price and new features, Zac tested AirPods Pro at a Disney World Half Marathon, iOS 13.3 introduces new improvements, and Benjamin gives his take on the launch of Apple TV+. Sponsored by ExpressVPN: Take back your Internet privacy today and get 3 months free with a 1-year package at ExpressVPN.com/HappyHour. Sponsored … → Read More

Buying AirPods for Christmas? Apple has new versions, and they’re going fast

I recommend acting fast if you’re shopping for the brand new AirPods Pro wireless earphones. Inventory quickly slipped to being backordered. → Read More