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Filipe Espósito

@filipeesposito

Filipe Espósito is a Brazilian tech Journalist who started covering Apple news on iHelp BR with some exclusive scoops, including the reveal of the new Apple Watch Series 5 models in titanium and ceramic. He joined 9to5Mac to share even more tech news around the world.

Filipe currently uses an iPhone 13 Pro Max, Apple Watch Series 7, iPad mini 6, M1 MacBook Air, and AirPods Max — or AirPods 3 sometimes.

Yesterday

Apple this week released the first beta of macOS Monterey 12.3, which comes with new features like Universal Control and secure notes in Safari’s password manager. The update also prepares Apple’s desktop operating system for new technologies, as internal system files hint at ultra wideband (or UWB) coming to the Mac.

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January 27

In addition to iOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3, Apple also released the first beta of tvOS 15.4 on Thursday. The update brings some tweaks to the default Apple TV video player, which now shows the user’s “Up Next” queue.

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One of the best surprises that came with iOS 15.4 beta, which was released Thursday for developers, is a new option to enable Face ID when wearing a mask without the need to have an Apple Watch. What’s even better about this feature is that it works with Apple Pay and even apps.

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The process of updating AirPods firmware is quite confusing, as there’s no manual way to download and install a new firmware, or even any indicators on the progress of the update. While this remains true, macOS 12.3 beta finally allows AirPods to be updated from a Mac.

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Apple today released the first beta of iOS 15.4 to developers, which comes with multiple new features like Universal Control, secure notes on iCloud Keychain, Face ID when using masks, and more. Interestingly, Apple has also been working on a new “Trade-In Tool” for scanning cosmetic details from another device using the iPhone camera.

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Following the release of iOS 15.4 to developers earlier today, we’ve been finding out that the update comes with several new features. One of them is a welcome change to iCloud Keychain, which now lets users store notes to their passwords.

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On Thursday, Apple released the first beta of macOS Monterey 12.3 to developers. While we’re still learning about what’s new in today’s update, the release notes shared by Apple reveal a new API called “ScreenCaptureKit” that adds high-performance screen recording support for Mac apps.

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January 26

Apple last year announced Xcode Cloud, which is a new platform that lets developers accelerate the development process by running automated tests and other tasks in the cloud. While the platform is still available as a private beta, Apple says access will be expanded to more developers soon, while the official launch is still expected later this year.

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iOS developers can now promote custom product pages in App Store search results

Apple on Wednesday announced that iOS developers can now promote their apps on the App Store with custom product pages via the Apple Search Ads platform. With the new feature, developers will be able to create multiple versions of an ad to be displayed in App Store search results.

Fanhouse is a platform for creators that competes with OnlyFans as it lets users post photos and videos (SFW only) that can only be viewed by those who pay a monthly subscription. After criticizing App Store fees last year, Fanhouse is now raising subscription prices by 50% for iOS users as a way to cover Apple’s commission.

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Update: Apple said it had fixed the problems with iCloud, but now the company states that they’re back. Not only that, but Game Center is also having issues this Wednesday.

If you’re experiencing problems when trying to access some iCloud services, you’re not alone. iCloud Backup, iCloud Mail, and iCloud Photos are currently down for some users.

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January 25

Apple releases App Store Connect API update to developers

Following the launch of the new App Store Connect experience earlier this month, Apple on Tuesday updated its App Store Connect API with new features. The new version is now available for developers and brings features such as more flexibility, custom workflows, and more.

Apple on Tuesday released a new firmware update for the truly-wireless earbuds Beats Studio Buds. While the content of the update was unknown, the company revealed that it enables instant pairing via iCloud and new volume controls.

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Dropbox is still doing the final tweaks to make its macOS app compatible with M1 Macs, but it seems that the company has even more challenges ahead. Some Dropbox users received an email on Tuesday warning them about possible compatibility issues with future releases of macOS Monterey.

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January 24

It’s not hard to find counterfeit Apple products and accessories to buy online, especially when it comes to accessories like AirPods, chargers, and iPhone cases. Apple of course doesn’t like this at all, and the company is taking new measures to crack down on sales of counterfeit products in Latin America along with Mercado Libre.

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Apple has been aggressively investing in Apple TV+, its own streaming platform with original movies and TV shows. While Apple TV+ market share grew in 2021, the platform is still far behind its competitors with only 5% market share in the United States.

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Twitter revealed in July 2021 that it was working on a new alternative timeline for “Trusted Friends” as a way to let users share tweets that only selected people can see. Although the feature is not yet available to everyone, the company has now rebranded it as Flock ahead of the official launch.

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January 21

Apple constantly highlights that iPhone and iPad devices always receive system updates for a long period of time. While this is true, the company sometimes fails to deliver bug fixes and security improvements as quickly as possible to its users because it needs to update the entire system to fix those things. It’s past time for Apple to offer standalone updates for native iOS apps.

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January 20

While most rumors are geared toward the 2022 iPhone, some of them are already predicting what to expect for the 2023 iPhone. In a report seen by 9to5Mac, analyst Jeff Pu claims that the iPhone 15 Pro models will feature a periscope lens with a 5x optical zoom.

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Apple is back with new iPhone 13 advertisements that highlight some of its features, such as the durability of Ceramic Shield glass and the longer battery life. The company also shared a short film shot entirely with an iPhone 13 Pro in celebration of Chinese New Year.

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